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June 4 2013 5:00 AM

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Education Blogger
Slate is hiring a part-time education blogger to write several times a week on K–12 education research, policy, and politics. The ideal candidate should have solid news judgment, a good sense of how to frame complicated policy questions, and be curious about and open to all sides of the various education debates of our time, from charter schools to Common Core to standardized testing. This person does not have to be an education policy expert but must demonstrate a real interest in the beat and hunger to learn it, and have the ability to write commentary; quick, news-reactive blog posts; and longer, reported pieces. Please include a résumé and cover letter explaining why you would be right for this job, with links to some of your best work. This is a part-time contract position that can be located anywhere.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the education blogger position, click here.

Full-Stack Developer
Write software to power the podcasting renaissance! Slate’s podcasting audience has grown dramatically in the past year, and we’re expanding our audio technology and operations teams to accelerate that growth. 

We’re looking for a versatile full-stack developer who can build both a robust API and a stunning UI.  You’re someone who is excited about the opportunity to build from scratch, passionate about user experience, and experienced enough that you can create a backend that will scale to hundreds of thousands of users.

Additionally, you are:

  • A self-starter who can prioritize, plan, and execute in the early stages of new business
  • A good communicator, who can work collaboratively with product managers and other developers, as well as editorial and business stakeholders
  • Someone who is motivated by user growth, not just technical execution

The nuts and bolts:

  • We use Django/Python on the server side, and typically use TastyPie for APIs. At a minimum, you should know your way around modern Web application frameworks, have experience consuming third-party APIs, know some Python, and want to develop in this stack.
  • For single-document applications we, use AngularJS. At a minimum, you should have a strong HTML/CSS/JS background, and experience with some UI framework and build tools.
  • You should have experience in scaling out Web applications, including optimizing SQL and building and utilizing caching layers.
  • You should be passionate about spoken digital audio.

This position reports to Slate’s vice president of engineering & product development. Salary is commensurate with experience. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the full-stack developer position, click here.

iOS Developer
Write software to power the podcasting renaissance! Slate’s podcasting audience has grown dramatically in the past year, and we’re expanding our audio technology and operations teams to accelerate that growth. 

We’re looking for an iOS developer to lead the development of a new, audio-focused iPhone and iPad application for Slate Audio’s large and growing fanbase.

Additionally, our ideal candidate is:

  • Passionate about great user experience and creating the stickiest possible application
  • A self-starter who can prioritize, plan, and execute in the early stages of new business
  • A good communicator, who can work collaboratively with product managers and other developers, as well as editorial and business stakeholders
  • Someone who is motivated by user growth, not just technical execution

The nuts and bolts:

  • You should be passionate about spoken digital audio and have opinions about UI and UX that support its consumption.
  • You should have experience with both app-based multimedia and offline modes, especially the nuances of fetching and caching over differing speeds and connection types.
  • You should have experience with using gestures and speech to control applications.
  • You’ll be working closely with other developers to define the API and data model; you should have enough knowledge of APIs and OO programming and concepts to make this a fruitful collaboration.

This position reports to Slate’s vice president of engineering & product development. Salary is commensurate with experience. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the IOS developer position, click here.

Audio Product Manager
Help shape the future of digital audio! Slate’s monthly podcast downloads have grown dramatically in the last year, and we’re expanding our audio technology and operations teams to continue our growth and capitalize on the exciting business-to-business and consumer opportunities. We’re looking for an organized, forward-thinking, entrepreneurially minded product manager to lead the technical projects on which the future of our burgeoning podcast business depends. 

This role will require a unique candidate who can envision and plan for a world where the consumption of audio content looks very different that it does today. He or she will employ a combination of data analysis, project management and organizational skills, business reasoning, and a product manager’s talent for understanding how people will engage with audio content in an increasingly social, mobile world. The role will report to Slate’s director of product development.

Responsibilities

  • Lead a cross-functional team of world-class engineers, designers, and podcast creators to conceptualize and build innovative best-in-class digital audio products.
  • Lead the development of the product roadmap and overall strategic direction with an eye toward maximizing user adoption, advertising revenue, and partner satisfaction.
  • Stay abreast of all changes in the rapidly evolving digital audio market, from new advertising formats to car-based operating system APIs to app store requirements, share that learning across the organization and adjust product strategy accordingly.
  • Define and analyze metrics that inform the success of new and existing products.
  • Integrate usability studies, market research and analysis, and listener feedback into product requirements.
  • Conduct testing to understand how potential UX modifications will influence core business metrics before deploying them broadly.
  • Proactively engage with stakeholders, including the podcast editorial team and external content partners, the sales team, the general manager, and others throughout the organization, communicating with them on product cycles and strategic priorities.
  • Deliver products on time and on budget, working with the Vice President of Engineering and Product Development, a development team dedicated to audio, and the rest of the technology and product teams to set direction, balance scope and priorities.
  • Lead projects in a transparent and productive way, applying standard project management practices.
  • Work as a product owner within the Agile development framework and sometimes as a project manager to resolve logistical issues.

Required Experience and Skills

  • Three to five years of experience managing technology projects.
  • Experience working closely with software engineers.
  • Experience with audio technology strongly preferred.
  • Experience with iOS and/or Android is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with automotive audio technology is a plus.
  • Great design sensibility around how to take complex systems and turn them into simple, compelling experiences.
  • Ability to create examples through wireframes and mockups.
  • Exceptional organizational, communication, and analytical skills.
  • Understanding of the technical architecture of complex and highly scalable Web applications and/or media products.
  • Passion for media and digital audio.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. 

To apply to the audio product manager position, click here.

Head of Slate Custom, Slate’s Content Studio
Slate’s the pioneer in original digital journalism. Our unique editorial strengths of intelligence, wit, and creative use of the medium attract a new influential audience of 25 million top decision-makers and cultural tastemakers. It’s proof positive that we’ve found the right mix of high-quality journalism, cutting edge technology, and deep integration with social media.

We’re a tight-knit group of some of the smartest marketers, communicators, technologists, writers, and thinkers on the planet, and everybody is pulling in the same direction. Combining the best of two worlds, Slate offers the stability and resources that come with being part of the Graham Holdings Co. and the flexibility and fast-pace environment of a digital-only property.

We want a strategic and creative mind to lead Slate Custom, our internal creative agency with a journalistic voice. Slate Custom launched three years ago, well ahead of the herd and before “native" was part of the digital vocabulary. We bring together content strategy, content creation, design, and video disciplines to create programs for advertisers that change the way they think and disrupt the traditional brands. This role requires an entrepreneurial spirit, a nimble creative thinker and doer, and an outstanding collaborator. Your group will have a close working relationship with advertising sales, planning, product development, ad ops, and editorial teams.

Is this you?

  • Creative and conceptual
  • Proven background in content development and content marketing
  • Management experience
  • Collaborative—bridge sales, edit, marketing, planning, ad-ops, creative
  • Experienced at working across creative disciplines
  • You move fast and get things done
  • Strong written and verbal communicator with the ability to support sales in external dialog
  • Accountable for the department’s performance in terms of client results and satisfaction, and the company’s own creative standards such as industry recognition and awards
  • Keep an eye on creative, technology, marketing, and design trends and convey them to the staff with a POV
  • Capable of strategically and tactically leading each part of the creative process from ideation to execution

Gotta haves:

  • 5+ years at an agency, in-house or publisher experience
  • Conversant in technology
  • A track record of delivering award-winning creative for well-known brands
  • Proven experience managing best-in-class talent
  • Extensive knowledge of digital culture
  • Ability to pivot quickly without losing speed, focus, or quality
  • Lead highly focused (and fun) cross-functional department meetings
  • Effectively communicate conceptual ideas and detailed design rationale both verbally and visually

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for head of Slate Custom position, click here.

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INTERNSHIPS

Advertising Operations Internship
Candidates for the Slate ad ops internship must be highly energetic, organized, detail-oriented, responsible, self-starting individuals looking to pursue a career in digital advertising. The individual will work with both our ad ops and ad innovations teams and take on various responsibilities such as campaign reporting, screenshots, and ad trafficking. Must be able to work quickly and efficiently and possess keen problem-solving skills. This internship is 10–15 hours a week in our New York office. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply to the Slate ad ops internship, click here.

EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS

Slate hires paid interns for the spring, summer, and fall. We offer internshps in six departments: Culture, Politics, Video, The Slatest, Photo and Art, and DoubleX, . 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.”

Slate Video Internship
Candidates for the Slate Video internship must be highly energetic, organized, detail-oriented, responsible, self-starting individuals looking to pursue a career in digital video production. They must be able to work quickly and efficiently and possess keen problem solving skills. Candidates must be proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro (After Effects a plus) and have experience shooting on DSLRs. The internship is three days a week, and candidates must be available to work in Slate’s New York office. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply for the Slate Video internship, click here.

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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