Slate Is Now Hiring

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June 4 2013 5:00 AM

Work at Slate

 

For information on applying for paid internships, click here.

Technical Project Manager
Slate
 and The Root are looking for a deeply organized, rational, and fun person to manage the priorities of our development and product teams. This person has a technical background and is great at streamlining internal processes like daily standups, defining sprints, QA, code deployments, and triaging and prioritizing support requests. He or she understands the difference between the “Everybody stop—we need to fix this now!” and the “This isn’t too bad—let’s prioritize and fix it later” issues, and he or she is comfortable with communicating that status across the company. This person would also be the product owner of our CMS, Adobe AEM (formally CQ5), controlling the product vision to build out the experience inside a tool that our editorial staff uses every day. While this role will be focused on internal processes, you will have the opportunity to manage other various projects and products as well, working with a world-class product team and technologists. There’s plenty of room to grow here while you’re running the herd, keeping our teams focused, and innovating our publishing process.

This is a high-visibility role that comes with the chance to have a big impact on a small, entrepreneurial team.

Responsibilities

  • Lead daily standup meetings.
  • Work with the product team to define our sprints, help developers identify when their time is fully allocated, and work with the product team to minimize changes to the sprint once underway.
  • Thoroughly test the code in our deployments, making sure it is bulletproof.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment, where calmly reacting to shifting priorities and urgent issues is required.
  • While triaging bugs, features, and enhancement requests, clearly communicate priority and status to various stakeholders throughout the company, especially the editorial and sales teams.
  • Be the product owner of our CMS, Adobe AEM. You’ll set the product vision, working with our editorial and art teams to improve our current tool set.
  • Don’t be a jerk.

Experience/Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two to four years of project management experience.
  • Software development experience a plus.
  • Experience or an interest in automated testing is a major plus.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Experience with ticket tracking systems (e.g., Jira).
  • Excellent leadership and peer management skills.
  • Ability to successfully communicate with team members and stakeholders that have different styles and discipline backgrounds.
  • Passion for media.
  • Is proactive, a hard-worker, and focused on getting things done.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills.

To apply to the technical project manager position, click here.

Video Editor/Producer
Slate is looking for a high-energy, self-motivated editor/shooter/producer. Must have experience working in fast-paced, deadline-driven environments. We're looking for someone with the following qualities: proactive problem solver, organized, efficient, full of ideas, detail-oriented, smart, team player, hard worker, creative thinker, sense of humor, takes direction well, and can pivot when news breaks. Our ideal candidate understands the digital landscape intimately and has a nose for viral content. Slate is the perfect place for someone looking to spread his or her wings. The sky is the limit here, and entrepreneurial attitudes are rewarded—the hungrier you are, the more you will excel.

Master of Adobe Premiere Pro. AE proficiency ideal but not necessary. Canon is your middle name. Experience writing scripts for video, wit and wisdom a plus. This editor/producer will be tasked with conceiving, pitching, and creating original video content for Slate that is smart, offbeat, on-brand, engaging, and shareable.

Please attach your cover letter including your reel. Salary commensurate with experience. The position can be located in New York City or Washington, D.C.

To apply for the video editor/producer position, click here.

Coordinator, Digital Sales Operations
Slate, the award-winning digital magazine, is looking for a coordinator, digital sales operations. Slate's must-read mix of politics, business, technology, and culture now attracts more than 15 million thought-leader readers monthly. Slate has enjoyed sales growth of more than 25 percent in each of the last two years, with blue-chip advertisers that include Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, GE Capital, Prudential, IBM, Apple, Google, PayPal, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Land Rover, Jaguar, and many more. This is an opportunity to be part of a rapidly growing company with outstanding people and a great working environment.

Slate is seeking a coordinator for our digital sales operations who will provide support to the ad operations and planning team by efficiently inputting all insertion orders into DSM. This person will liaison between the sales and ad ops groups during the initial process of insertion submission. Must have keen attention to details and an understanding of advertising traffic systems and process flow.

This is a growth opportunity for the right person who wants to learn and advance in digital publishing—and a chance to be part of an outstanding and fun team.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • At least one year experience in online media is preferred
  • Sales operations experience highly desired
  • Strong knowledge of the media business
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • DSM knowledge required and/or similar sales management tool
  • Self-motivated and resourceful
  • Excellent organization skills, as this person will handle large volume of data

This is an excellent position in a dynamic and growing company.

To apply for the coordinator, digital sales position, click here.

Product Manager, Custom Content, Ad Operations
Slate's custom content division is the pre-eminent producer of native advertising solutions. Due to the marketplace demand for our programs, we need to hire a dedicated product manager for custom content, ad operations. This exciting and challenging position combines creativity, strategic and analytical thinking, and technical skills to help advertisers achieve maximum impact with Slate's 25 million readers.

The product manager will create and produce native promotional units for Slate Custom campaigns. After creating units, the product manager will schedule, implement, and optimize the ad promotional units on Slate desktop and mobile platforms using a combination of DFP and Polar. The product manager will use analysis and data-based decision-making to manage campaigns to achieve traffic and engagement goals for each campaign, providing reporting and customer insights. Critical to this role, this person will standardize practices, templates, and procedures where possible.

The position reports to the senior director of ad operations at Slate, but will also work closely with Slate Custom management, business development, and the planning team. Slate promotes from within: This is a growth opportunity for the person who wants to advance his or her career.

Responsibilities:

  • Execute on new product development and updates with a focus on innovation, quality, and efficiency
  • Actively participate in the sales process as an expert on Slate Custom ad capabilities
  • Work within an agile development methodology, turning concepts into clear technical requirements and actively participating in the agile development process with the technology team
  • Collaborate with ad sales, operations, editorial, technology, and design to meet objectives of all stakeholders
  • Manage implementation efforts to launch new capabilities
  • Execute data-based rigor in regularly re-evaluating existing ad capabilities and centrally tracking performance metrics. Analyze results and optimize Slate Custom campaigns.
  • Resolve any issues with vendor deliverables
  • Maintain active knowledge of the competitive landscape, market innovations, new industry guidelines, and developments in the native industry
  • Standardize practices, templates, and procedures

Requirements:

  • At least three to five years of experience of product management experience in mobile and/or digital advertising technology
  • Knowledge of mobile ad ecosystem is a must
  • Experience supporting products that require integration of third-party SDKs or APIs, particularly with Android and iOS mobile environments
  • Proven analytical skills, as well as strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Organized and processed-oriented
  • Excellent grasp of technology issues related to software development
  • Track record of problem-solving and creativity
  • Enthusiasm for working in a fun and hard-working startup-like culture

To apply for the product manager, custom content, ad ops position, click here

Senior Accountant
Slate is hiring a senior accountant in its Washington, D.C., office. The senior accountant will have wide-ranging responsibility while supporting the financial controls and reporting of a dynamic and growing online publication.

We are not looking for just anyone. The Slate candidate must be extraordinary, willing and able to work collaboratively with all areas of the company. The senior accountant will engage directly with members of Slate’s editorial, advertising, technology, and human resource teams while supporting our core business and broader business initiatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform monthly accounting activities such as gather, maintain, and analyze financial information to prepare journal entries.
  • Query the general ledger and prepare accounting statements and financial reports.
  • Assist in the budgeting and forecasting processes, including variance analysis (versus actual results).
  • Perform Accounts Receivable and related functions including customer billing, processing, and application of payments and depositing of cash or checks.
  • Ensure proper revenue and expense recognition, including revenue deferral and expense accrual.
  • Assist in the monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial close processes.
  • Maintain the fixed-assets ledger to ensure proper depreciation and perform any necessary maintenance.
  • Assist with quarterly and annual audit processes.
  • Provide analytics and response to internal inquiries.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent educational experience.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Two-plus years’ experience working at an online media company (preferred by not required).
  • Hands-on knowledge and experience using Oracle E-Business and/or similar accounting programs.
  • Skilled knowledge and experience using Microsoft Excel.

To apply for the senior accountant position in Washington, D.C., click here.

Director of Research
Slate is looking for a curious, analytical researcher to turn our mountains of collected data into actionable ongoing intelligence. From overseeing data collection, to creating standard reports, to exploratory querying, you’ll be working closely with product, engineering, editorial and advertising to ensure that we have the best understanding possible of both our content and audience.

The ideal candidate must have a strong understanding of standard Web analytics, along with a clarifying voice when it comes to designing and assembling reports. The position is in Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining the design of Slate and The Root’s Omniture / SiteCatalyst installation.
  • Designing, creating and maintaining excel reports in Omniture.
  • Building out Business Intelligence on top of a Hadoop data warehouse.

Requirements:

  • Experience with Omniture / SiteCatalyst.
  • Strong Excel skills.
  • Basic SQL for analytic and exploratory querying inside of the data warehouse.
  • Basic scripting for querying data from partner/vendor APIs.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience with Hadoop, Hive, Pig or Impala.
  • Experience with statistical packages such as R.
  • Experience with Optimizely or similar user testing tools.

To apply to the director of research position, click here.

Freelance Video Editor/Producer
Slate
is seeking an energetic, resourceful, hard-working, detail-oriented and creative thinker to produce/edit our weekly video series. Responsibilities include: video editing, writing, producing, and shooting. The ideal candidate would have excellent news and editorial judgement, proficiency is FCP or Adobe Premiere (After Effects a plus) and a background in all phases of digital production.

The job is not office-based—our freelancers work from home on their own equipment. This is a part-time position. Day rate is commensurate with experience. Please send a link to your reel or body of work along with a resume to Ayana.Morali@slate.com.

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EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS

Slate hires paid interns for the spring, summer, and fall. We offer internshps in five departments: Culture, DoubleX, Politics, Photo and Art, and The Slatest. More information about each internship is below.

The deadline for all summer internships is March 15. The deadline for all fall internships is July 15. The deadline for all spring internships is Nov. 15.

New York Editorial Internship
Candidates for the culture internship must be available to work in Slate’s New York office 30 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in the arts, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. Strong writing and editing skills are required. To apply, email a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests to slatecultureinternship@gmail.com. Attach your résumé and a 400-word Brow Beat post. (You can write an installment of a regular series, such as Trailer Critic, Where Do I Start With, or You’re Doing It Wrong, or you can simply write a post about a cultural topic that interests you.)

D.C. Editorial Internship
Candidates for the fall D.C. editorial internship must be available to work in Slate’s Washington, D.C. office 30 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. There will be opportunity for writing blog posts and articles. To apply, email a résumé; a 300-word critique of any Slate story from the last year; and three clips or writing samples to slatedcinterns@gmail.com. At least some of the clips should relate to politics, policy, the law, science, or other Washington-related topics. Please use the subject line "Slate D.C. Internship.”

The Slatest
Candidates for the Slatest internship must be available to work in Slate’s New York office or in Slate's D.C. office at least two days per week in the spring and fall, and four full days in the summer. Days and hours are flexible. Candidates must be highly energetic, self-starting individuals who have a nose for news, along with sharp and quick writing skills. Applicants should be tech savvy and have great editorial judgment. Previous reporting experience is a plus, and the ability to write clean, quick, and clear copy is a must. To apply, email a résumé and very brief statement of interest to slatestjob@gmail.com.

Photo and Art
Candidates for the photo and art internship must be available to work in Slate’s New York office at least two full days per week in the spring and fall, and four full days in the summer. They should be highly organized visual thinkers who are comfortable working efficiently and without much supervision. Interns will gain hands-on experience editing photos, producing slideshows, and selecting art. This is an editing—not shooting—internship; however, there are ample opportunities for motivated interns to work on special projects and publish their work. To apply, email a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability, a résumé, and links to visual works online (no PDF or attachment files please) to slateartdept@gmail.com.

DoubleX
Candidates for the DoubleX internship must be available to work in Slate’s Washington, D.C. or New York office at least two days per week, preferably Tuesday and Wednesday to assist with the DoubleX Gabfest and parenting podcast, and other duties. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in women’s issues, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. Strong writing and editing skills are required. To apply, email a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and interests, a résumé, a short critique of any DoubleX piece from the last year (no more than 300 words), and three clips or writing samples (links are fine, but no PDF files) to allison.benedikt@slate.com. Please use the subject line "Slate DoubleX Internship."

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