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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Director of Branded Podcasts, a Freelance Copy Editor, and More.

Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Director of Branded Podcasts, a Freelance Copy Editor, and More.

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July 17 2017 10:32 AM

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Work For Slate!

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If you love Slate and are incredibly talented, maybe you should work for us. Slate and Panoply just so happen to be hiring.

Open Positions
Director of Branded Podcasts, Slate Group Studios

Slate Group Studios is looking for a director of branded podcasts to oversee our branded podcast group.

The director of branded podcasts will have a passion for storytelling, a deep understanding of digital media, and an informed interest in the relationship between brands, podcasts, and listeners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for developing smart, stimulating podcast ideas that engage our discerning listeners and offer unique value to our brand partners
  • Manage a team of in-house and freelance producers to write, structure, and produce branded podcasts for a diverse set of advertisers
  • Provide guidance and critical feedback on production tasks including recording, editing, mixing, scoring, and publishing audio
  • Provide leadership and market insight to develop branded podcast and cross-platform offerings
  • Attend key client meetings to better understand challenges for brands in digital advertising
  • Participate in pre-sale brainstorms to develop podcast-specific and cross-platform ideas for advertising partners
  • Provide strategic and consultative advice to clients for all aspects of each campaign
  • Manage production budgets for all Slate Group Studios branded podcast initiatives
  • Closely collaborate and communicate across multiple functional groups, including business, dev, ops, and edit
  • Stay current on content programs being produced by competitive publishers and production companies

Requirements

  • B.A. or B.S. degree required
  • Must have 5+ years of experience in content development and production for podcast, terrestrial, or satellite radio, or other audio medium
  • Must be well-connected to the larger community of independent producers and great at identifying talent
  • Experience in a digital publishing environment is preferred
  • Extremely strong writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with little to no guidance and think outside the box
  • Experience in juggling and prioritizing competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic environment and work as a team player
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work across departments to influence and gather resources to support strategy and prioritize workload
  • Demonstrated ability to work face-to-face with client teams
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Thick skin and a great sense of humor

To apply, please send a résumé and a cover letter to brandedpodcasts@slate.com

The Slate Group is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Freelance Copy Editor/Web Producer, Slate

We're looking for a computer-savvy grammar geek to join Slate's copy desk in either our D.C. or Brooklyn offices. This freelance position would be for 20 hours a week on a six-month contract, with the possibility of renewal. This is a contract position.

Key Responsibilities:

Slate's copy editors have two overarching roles: copy editing and proofing articles and blogs for correct style and grammar, and guiding content through the production process. The part-time copy editor would work closely with writers, editors, the art team, and other copy editors to move content quickly and cleanly through the desk. Solid news judgment and the ability to multitask are essential to succeed in this position.

Requirements:

  • 1–3 years of experience in copy editing or web production
  • Familiarity with AP Style and strong feelings about the Oxford comma
  • Work well independently and with a team
  • Proven communication skills
  • Be adept at navigating the quirks of content management systems
  • Basic HTML knowledge is a plus

To apply, submit a résumé and a brief cover letter that includes a few sentences about your biggest grammar pet peeve as a single PDF to copyjob@slate.com by July 23.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Commerce Lead, Slate

Slate is hiring a commerce lead to sit on the business team and build a commerce brand and function from the ground up. This pioneer will start testing content and driving commerce revenue growth. After proving initial success, the commerce lead will steadily build a team to grow the revenue stream.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop an affiliate-based commerce brand that appeals to the Slate audience
  • Manage relationship with readers, editorial, executive leadership, and affiliate partners
  • Define core performance metrics, and work with Slate's research team to create actionable dashboards and reports for understanding commerce content performance
  • Strategize with the Slate dev/tech team: think about product development and CMS tools and treatments that will promote the commerce initiatives
  • Ensure that content is consistent with Slate's voice and deepens the relationship with the Slate audience while maintaining separation of editorial and commerce content
  • Run production of the Slate gift guides from soup to nuts
  • Oversee the sharing and socializing of commerce content
  • Curate deals, consumer products and discounts for Slate's audience
  • Pitch video and podcast initiatives and identify other opportunities to leverage Slate's platforms and assets to meet commerce goals
  • Refine a consumer-centric view in your strategic thinking
  • Possess a deep understanding of current laws, requirements, and ethics around transparency and disclosure

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

  • At least 3 years' experience and success in a digital commerce role
  • You consume and value Slate's written and/or podcast content
  • Naturally inclined to think in a way that is experimental, adaptive, and innovative
  • Skilled in writing and editing
  • Passionate about discovering and sharing consumer products
  • A desire to build and lead a team

To apply, submit a résumé, a cover letter, and three writing samples to commercejob@slate.com

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Financial Analyst, Panoply

Panoply is looking for a financial analyst to work in the fun and fast-paced new media environment of podcasting. Stationed in our Washington office, the financial analyst will work closely with Panoply's content, sales, and technology teams while supporting our core business and broader business initiatives.

Working at Panoply means flexible office hours, casual dress, full benefits, competitive salaries, and vibrant offices in downtown Brooklyn and Washington. We have a friendly work environment, but coolness under pressure and comfort with short time horizons are musts.

Key Responsibilities:

The financial analyst will report directly to the senior manager of finance and accounting, and responsibilities will include:

  • Monthly podcast revenue analysis
  • Monthly P&L analysis
  • Calculation of partner bandwidth and technology charges
  • Preparing monthly statements for network partners
  • Budget tracking
  • Corresponding with network partners and providing assistance when needed

Requirements and Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate will have at least three years of accounting experience to go along with a B.S. degree in accounting, finance, or a related field. A working knowledge of accounting processes and strong analytical skills are must haves.

Panoply's Washington office is conveniently located near the subway, just steps away from the Farragut North Metro station on the Red Line. Relocation is not offered for this position; but, if your background and interests meet the requirements for this position, please send your résumé and contact information to FinancialAnalyst@panoply.fm.

Panoply is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Politics Editor, Slate

Slate is hiring a politics editor to drive our coverage of the Trump administration and its effect on America and the world. This position is based in Washington, although exceptional New York–based candidates may be considered. Applicants should send a résumé and cover letter to politicseditor@slate.com.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assigning and editing Slate's daily politics coverage
  • Planning and executing ambitious editorial projects, whether investigative features or conceptual packages
  • Working closely with other Slate editors to coordinate coverage
  • Giving Slate's audience the smartest possible ways to think about and understand our confounding new political order

Requirements:

  • A sharp, funny mind and pen
  • The ability to quickly find the most fascinating and illuminating kernel in every news story
  • At least 7 years' experience working as an editor online
  • Familiarity editing coverage that incorporates various digital mediums, including video, audio, interactive, infographic, and more
  • At least 5 years' experience covering U.S. politics, ideally with experience driving coverage of Congress and the executive branch
  • Experience editing both reporting and analysis—we do both
  • The ability to edit for voice, helping to nurture and elicit great work from talented writers
  • A fast metabolism and strong organizational skills
  • Smarts, kindness, humor, and generosity, all of which will help you work well with smart, kind, funny, generous colleagues

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

Account Executive for Programmatic, Slate

The Slate Group is hiring an account executive for programmatic and brand partnerships in New York City. In this role at The Slate Group, your responsibility is to drive revenue by increasing programmatic volume and yield among new and existing partners and increase private marketplace and guaranteed deals.

Responsibilities:

  • Build Slate's programmatic business nationally through partnerships with clients and trading desks
  • Be an expert in the evolving technologies and capabilities available in the marketplace
  • Oversee pre- and post-sale process with your designated client services manager
  • Prospect for new business while developing new relationships at all levels with agency and client partners
  • Serve as a trusted consultant with partners by bringing them solution-oriented recommendations and strategies to solve challenges and exceed expectations

Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years' experience in programmatic advertising sales with a proven record of exceeding revenue goals or experience managing programmatic campaigns at a trading desk or platform
  • Fluency with the language and technology of the programmatic landscape
  • Experience with programmatic sales and program management
  • In-depth knowledge of the advertising industry's competitive landscape
  • Established relationships across clients and agencies, particularly at agency trading desks
  • Strong communication and presentation skill

Apply for this job here.

The Slate Group is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Ruby on Rails Developer, Panoply

Panoply is looking for a Ruby on Rails developer to work in the fun and fast-paced new media environment of podcasting. The developer will work closely with the technology and product teams in our Washington office to develop technology that shapes the future of podcasting.

Working at Panoply means flexible office hours, casual dress, full benefits, competitive salaries, and vibrant offices in downtown Brooklyn and D.C. We have a friendly work environment, but coolness under pressure and comfort with short time horizons are musts.

Key responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain technological infrastructure that powers Panoply's podcasts
  • Coordinate with tech and product stakeholders to address user needs and prioritize work
  • Write clear, maintainable, and well-tested code
  • Contribute to team knowledge and code quality by sharing areas of expertise through pair programming and collaboration

Requirements and attributes of the ideal candidate:

  • Strong experience with Ruby on Rails
  • A focus on object-oriented design and beautiful, well-tested, and maintainable code
  • Knowledge of front-end technologies such as JavaScript, React, HTML, CSS, and JQuery
  • Good knowledge of relational databases
  • Experience or familiarity with agile development
  • An eagerness to communicate, work collaboratively, pair programs, and solve complex problems
  • A passion for innovation, pushing the boundaries and trying new tools and technologies

Across Panoply, generally, the company looks for three "pillar gifts" in its candidates:

  • Smart: displays a quickness of understanding, sound thought and good judgment
  • Hard-working: embodies enthusiasm, eagerness, and passion for high-quality work and professional success
  • Nice: characterized as considerate, thoughtful, and compassionate toward peers and partners.

Panoply is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Interested candidates should apply here.

Digital Producer, Panoply

Panoply seeks a digital enthusiast to create nonaudio media to promote and support Panoply's growing roster of podcast content. The digital producer will work closely with the marketing, audience development, and editorial teams to distill the essence of each program into engaging, sharable media products that drive awareness and ultimately subscriptions, as well as being responsible owning the posting, monitoring, reporting, and community management across social media channels.

Working at Panoply means flexible office hours, casual dress, full benefits, competitive salaries, a vibrant office in downtown Brooklyn, team happy hours, and working alongside our colleagues at Slate. We have a friendly work environment, but coolness under pressure, and comfort with short time horizons is a must. Panoply welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with audience development and editorial teams to quickly create compelling and shareable digital media including images, videos, newsletters, and more to support and promote Panoply's podcasts
  • Create and manage websites, content calendars, asset libraries, and brand guidelines for each podcast
  • Coordinate with cross-functional team members and external partners to create an efficient process and workflow
  • Create and manage project-related documents
  • Posting and monitoring content across Panoply's accounts and channels, driving growth and serving as a community manager
  • Consistently deliver digital projects of the highest quality
  • Continuously document findings, best practices and post-campaign reports to be shared across the organization

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1–3 years of relevant experience at an agency, media company, or startup
  • Fluency in web, social media, and platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, WordPress
  • A deep love of audio and podcasting
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to rapidly iterate
  • Excellent time management skills to manage multiple podcasts and calendars
  • Familiarity with mobile technology and devices
  • Light HTML, CSS, video, and/or graphic design experience a plus
  • Audio editing experience another huge plus

Application Requirements:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • 3–6 social media samples that showcase your flair for tone, design, and virality
    • Please include (or mock up using episodes from our networks) examples of different types of tones for different audiences

Applications should be emailed to digitalproducer@panoply.fm.

Front-End Designer/Developer, Panoply

Slate magazine helped pioneer podcasting back in 2005, but in the 10 years since, the technology powering on-demand audio has barely changed.

But it's about to.

In 2015, Slate launched Panoply, which brings millions of listeners the smartest conversation that podcasting has to offer through 50 shows from the New York Times MagazineVultureHuffington Post, Gretchen Rubin, TabletSports Illustrated, and many more.

Panoply is a tightknit group of some of the smartest engineers, producers, entrepreneurs, and thinkers. We're looking for a brilliant front-end designer/developer to help us chart the future of podcasting from our offices in Washington, D.C.

Working at Panoply means flexible office hours, casual dress, full benefits, competitive salaries, an office 20 steps from the Metro exit, team happy hours, and working alongside our colleagues at Slate. We have a friendly work environment, but coolness under pressure and comfort with short time horizons are a must.

The Position

We need a user-experience-oriented front-end designer/developer who relishes in the design process—from dashed-out whiteboard concepts to full-fidelity design. We want somebody who can debate the finer points of UI/UX, analyze the DOM, prioritize page performance, and implement designs that work for all screens.

You must have a strong visual eye along with expertise in the standard Web stack and be able to communicate clearly with co-workers and clients.

Responsibilities:

  • Create design guidelines and standards to ensure consistent user experiences across platforms
  • Collaborate closely with stakeholders and the product team to conceptualize new products and features wherever user needs are not being met
  • Produce prototypes of varying degrees of fidelity
  • Shepherd projects from wireframes through full visual design and development
  • Follow through on designs with clean, performant code
  • Walk colleagues and stakeholders through design decisions
  • Continually lift the standard for design across the organization through your work
  • Troubleshoot and solve problems when testing and publishing new products
  • Participate in meetings with nontechnical staff regarding user experience

Requirements:

  • Someone who's hard-working, smart, and nice
  • Experience with HTML5, CSS3, and modern JavaScript
  • Experience with considerations needed when building sites for mobile devices
  • Experience with tools for analyzing and diagnosing Web page performance
  • Excitement about new technologies and techniques, along with a strong desire to learn and evolve
  • Experience with git

Bonus points if you:

  • Have experience working in stacks such as Ruby on Rails
  • Have worked with slim and sass
  • Have designed audio interfaces
  • Have a love for all things podcast
  • Can pronounce Panoply properly

About Panoply

Panoply, launched in 2015, is an innovative, full-service podcast network for media brands, authors, personalities, and premier organizations.

Panoply provides production, audience development, sales, and technology services for its expanding number of partners. We're a fast-moving team aiming to build an industry-leading company led by high-quality content, innovative sales solutions, and industry leading technology.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the front-end designer/developer position, click here.

Freelance Video Editor/Producer, Slate

Slate is seeking an energetic, resourceful, hard-working, detail-oriented creative thinker to produce/edit a weekly video series. Responsibilities include: video editing, writing, producing, and shooting. The ideal candidate would have excellent news and editorial judgment, 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 include a résumé as well as a link to your reel or body of work. 

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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

Editorial Internships
Science Intern, Slate

Slate's science section is seeking an intern to work three days a week out of the Brooklyn office. We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and an original thinker; is familiar with our science section; and has plenty of story ideas (and opinions). The ideal applicant would be a top-notch reporter with a strong nose for bullshit and a proven track record asking smart questions and finding reliable answers. The intern will help assist with reprints and light research, but the bulk of the time will be devoted to pitching, reporting, and writing. A background in science is a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you're right for the job, a résumé, and either a clip that shows work that would fit in at Slate or a story idea for the science section. Please send these as one PDF to scienceintern@slate.com.

The fall internship will run roughly from September to December and will accept applications through June 20. The spring internship will run from January to May and will accept applications through Oct. 20. Pay is $12 an hour. The weekly schedule is flexible depending on the needs of the applicant.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Social Media Intern, Slate

About the Role

Slate seeks a social media intern to help its audience engagement team grow and engage its audience across various platforms. We're looking for a true internet connoisseur with a clear voice for our feeds and a reliable but flexible schedule to help us maintain a strong, consistent social presence.

Key Responsibilities

Candidates for the social media internship must be social-media savvy, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They should have an eye for detail, be highly organized, and able to work independently. This is a paid internship.

Requirements

To apply for the 2017 Slate social media internship, include a brief cover letter and a résumé and a short critique that highlights one Slate tweet and one Slate Facebook post that you think could be improved. In 100 words or less, tell us what you would do to make these posts more shareable and/or clickable. 

Send these materials in single PDF to audiencedevelopment@slate.com with the subject line "Social Media Internship." Only finalists will be contacted. The position is open for an immediate start date, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Video Intern, Slate

Slate's video intern supports our video department. This position is paid, full-time, and based in our Brooklyn office. Applicants should send a résumé, an idea for a timely video Slate should produce, and a brief cover letter to slatevideointern@gmail.com. Include a link or two to your best work.

To apply for fall 2017 (roughly September through December), send the materials mentioned above by Aug. 11.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Handle video requests, including quick-turn edits based on breaking news
  • Research, asset collection, transcription, and other production support tasks
  • Video management in Brightcove, SnapStream, YouTube, and other platforms
  • Assist on shoots in our studio and in the field
  • Occasional shooting, writing, and editing opportunities

Requirements:

  • Planning to pursue a career in digital video production, with relevant past experience
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro (After Effects a plus)
  • Experience shooting on DSLR cameras
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm for all tasks, whether creative or clerical, and an unfailing positive attitude
  • Strong understanding of Slate's voice and what makes our work unique

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

D.C. Editorial Intern, Slate

Candidates for the D.C. editorial internship must be available to work in Slate's Washington office 29 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. This internship is paid D.C. minimum wage (currently $11.50/hour).

To apply, include a brief cover letter, a résumé, a 200-word critique of any Slate story from the past month, and three clips or writing samples. At least some of the clips should relate to politics, policy, the law, science, or other Washington-related topics. 

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2017. To apply for the fall (roughly October through December) 2017 D.C. editorial internship, send the materials mentioned above as a single PDF to dcslateinterns@slate.com with the subject line "Fall 2017 internship" by June 30. Only finalists will be contacted.

New York Editorial Intern, Slate

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, include a résumé, a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests, as well as an original 400-word Brow Beat post about a cultural topic that interests you.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the New York fall editorial internship, please send applications to SlateInternNY@gmail.com by July 30.

Editorial and Audio Intern, Slate Plus

Slate hires editorial interns for Slate Plus, our membership program. Candidates must be available to work 29 hours per week in Slate's Brooklyn office. This position is paid hourly and involves writing, editing, fact-checking, and some light audio editing and production. The ideal candidate is an idea-generating machine who works quickly and independently.

To apply, include a résumé, one clip or writing sample, a cover letter that doesn't put us to sleep, and a 300-word critique of Slate's membership program.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Send the materials mentioned above to plusjobs@slate.com with the subject line "Slate Plus internship." We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2017.