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Slate Is Now Hiring

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April 24 2015 4:00 PM

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Work For Slate!

Photo illustration by Slate, help wanted ads by Stephen VanHorn

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

Intern for Slate

For information on applying for paid internships, click here.

iOS Developer

We’re looking for a talented iOS developer to lead the development of Slate’s iOS applications. This position is for a self-starter who writes high-quality code in a timely manner. The candidate is passionate about great user experience and beautiful app design and has acute attention to detail.

You’ll be working in tandem with energetic and talented creative teams to provide a compelling experience across platforms. Our weekly lunch-and-learns (with free lunch) are for exactly that. Of course, there are also all the normal hey-we’re-cool items to check off your list like flexible office hours, casual dress, location 20 steps from the Metro exit, team happy hours, and yearly company retreat.

  • Passionate about great user experience and creating the stickiest possible application;
  • A good communicator, who can work collaboratively with product managers and other developers, as well as editorial and business stakeholders;
  • Skilled with designing, building and troubleshooting native mobile applications
  • Someone who is motivated by user growth, not just technical execution.

Our ideal candidate has the following:

  • Expertise in Objective-C, Cocoa Touch, and CocoaPods;
  • Experience working with iOS frameworks;
  • Experience with DFP and integrating and troubleshooting ad executions;
  • Experience working with remote data via REST and JSON;
  • Experience with third-party libraries and APIs;
  • Working knowledge of git version control;
  • Working knowledge of the general mobile landscape, architectures, trends, and emerging technologies;
  • Familiarity with Swift is a plus;
  • Android experience is a major plus!

This position reports to Slate’s director of technology and is located in Washington, D.C. Salary is commensurate with experience. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply for this position, click here.

Full-Stack Web Developer
Slate is looking for a full-stack developer to help power the customization and personalization of Slate for its readers. You’re someone who reads Slate, knows how to make it better and wants to help make it happen!

The ideal candidate should be:

  • A self-starter who can prioritize, plan, and execute
  • 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

Responsibilities:

  • Implementing and maintaining code for managing user profiles
  • Integrate Slate and various third-party services via Web APIs
  • Provide input on how to improve Slate’s services
  • Troubleshooting and solving problems when testing and publishing new features

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.

This position reports to Slate’s director of technology and is located in D.C. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply for this position, click here.

Front-End Programmer, Slate Custom
Slate is looking for a front-end developer for our award-winning (seriously, some have won actual real awards) native advertising sites. If you want to build sites like these, Lexus and John Templeton Foundation, we want to talk to you.

You’ll be working in tandem with energetic and talented creative teams to provide a compelling experience across platforms. We code with current front-end tech such as SASS, grunt, require.js, but we are always open to try something new, so don’t be shy. Our weekly lunch-and-learns (with free lunch) are for exactly that. Of course, there are also all the normal hey-we’re-cool items to check off your list like flexible office hours, casual dress, location 20 steps from the metro exit, team happy hours, and yearly company retreat.

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. We do have a friendly work environment, but coolness under pressure and comfort with short time horizons is a must. In short, please play well with others.

Responsibilities:

  • Implementing and maintaining native advertising templates and promotions inside of the core publishing platform
  • Assisting in the production of custom campaign creative
  • Providing input on how to improve custom products
  • Troubleshooting and solving problems when testing and publishing new products

Requirements:

  • Experience with HTML5, CSS3, and modern JavaScript
  • Expertise in turning PSDs into Web pages
  • Experience building custom Web experiences for clients
  • Excitement about new technologies and techniques, along with a strong desire to learn and evolve

Bonus Points:

  • Experience with front-end single page app frameworks such as AngularJS
  • Experience in stacks such as Django or Adobe AEM/CQ
  • Experience with two or more Web templating systems (e.g. PHP, ASP, JSP)
  • Experience with server-side technologies, such as Java, Python, Node.js, or Ruby
  • Experience with display advertising and DFP ad scripting

This position reports to Slate’s director of technology and is based in D.C. Salary is commensurate with experience. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply for this position, click here.

Video Producer/Editor
Slate is looking for a high-energy, self-motivated editor/shooter/producer. Must have experience working in fast-paced deadline-driven environments. Our small, flexible team is looking for someone who is smart, witty, proactive, solution-seeking, organized, efficient, creative, thoughtfully communicative, detail-oriented, a team player, hard-working, instinctive; can pivot when news breaks; and takes direction well. The ideal candidate can easily navigate the digital landscape and possesses a nose for viral content. At Slate, every idea is heard. It’s the perfect place for those looking to spread their wings. Entrepreneurial attitudes are recognized, rewarded, and admired—the hungrier you are, the more you will excel.

Technical skills required: Master of Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Canon is your middle name. Experience writing scripts for video. This editor/shooter/producer will be tasked with conceiving, pitching, and creating original video content for Slate that is insightful, off-beat, on-brand, engaging, and shareable.

Please include your résumé and add your cover letter and reel as an attachment. Salary commensurate with experience.  

Slate is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to sourcing applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and all candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work. To apply for this position, click here.

Freelance Video Editor/Producer
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 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 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 this position, click here.

Product Marketing Associate, Panoply
Slate has been a pioneering force in the world of podcasting for more than a decade. In 2015 we’re redoubling our efforts with Panoply, which brings the smartest conversation that podcasting has to offer about news, politics, business, technology, and culture to millions of decision-makers and cultural tastemakers each month.

Now we’re looking for inspired individuals to help our loyal audience connect with content from a growing network of publishers.

We’re a tight-knit group of some of the smartest technologists, audiophiles, producers, and thinkers on the planet. Everybody is pulling in the same direction, and we need creative folks to join us.

Responsibilities

  • Doggedly seek out new listeners for Panoply’s growing slate of stellar podcasts
  • Own audience development by planning and launching marketing campaigns and rolling initiatives in support of quarterly goals
  • Coordinate all outbound communication and marketing efforts around the launch of new podcasts
  • Research the shape, size, and platform preferences of Panoply podcasts’ target audiences and share learnings throughout the organization and with partners
  • Craft the right message to connect with the right audience in the right channels
  • Deeply engage with podcast download metrics on a daily basis to evaluate the success of marketing tactics
  • Document and implement best practices for podcast marketing across a broad network of shows
  • Work with distribution partners to announce new shows, identify single episodes to feature, and experiment with new formats of Panoply content
  • Facilitate cross promotion, guest appearances, and show notes between existing Panoply podcasts

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business, marketing, communications, or journalism
  • 1–3 years experience working in a related field
  • A deep love of audio and podcasting
  • Impeccable written communication skills
  • An engaging personality and eagerness to work closely with staff, cross-functional teams, and outside partners
  • A firm grasp of the quantitative metrics and principles related to social media or marketing campaigns

Preferred

  • Experience editing or producing audio and knowledge of relevant software
  • A deep understanding of social media and email marketing.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply for this position, click here.

Creative Strategist, Slate Custom
Slate is a pioneer of digital journalism. Our unique editorial strengths of intelligence and wit, plus our 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 are looking for an innovative creative strategist with a deep understanding of brands, a passion for storytelling, and insights into the future of content for Slate Custom, our internal creative agency with an editorial 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, editorial, content creation, design and video disciplines to create programs for advertisers that disrupt the way people think about branded content.

The creative strategist will help set the tone for all custom programs. They will be in charge of aiding in brainstorms for RFPs and executing the final response sent to the client.

This role requires someone excited about branded content that has a willingness to explore various verticals, and is ready to push the envelope with innovative, brand-relevant content. Outstanding collaborative skills are a must since you will have a close working relationship with creative, advertising sales and planning, project management, product development, ad ops, and editorial teams.

What You’ll Do:

  • Manage the RFP response process from a creative standpoint: from organizing creative brainstorms, to writing the response copy, and working with designer on response decks and mocks
  • Synthesize and write descriptions based on ideas of others
  • Find the balance between directly promotional and purely journalistic
  • Use understanding of brands to create thoughtful, personalized, and relevant content program proposals
  • Conduct research for proposed content strategies
  • Write descriptions, blurbs, headlines, and other short-form copy for custom content executions
  • Stay up to speed on content programs at competitive publishers

Must Haves:

  • A BA/BS or MA/MS in communications, marketing, advertising, or a related field
  • 2–3 years experience at a creative or media agency or at a publisher as a content strategist, copywriter, creative strategist, or brand strategist
  • Deep understanding of brand personality and goals
  • Strong, witty writer of both long-form proposals and short-form descriptions and headlines
  • Encourages others’ ideas, the kind of person you want in a brainstorm
  • Conceptual thinker and research-driven
  • Can strategize content programs across all media (video, infographics, editorial, interactive, live events, etc.)
  • Deadline- and detail-oriented, incredibly proactive
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Embraces a startup atmosphere with a willingness to wear multiple hats
  • Strong teamwork/communication skills

Nice to Haves:

  • Experience strategizing branded content programs (as opposed to commercial campaigns)
  • Background working for brands in finance, business, and/or tech verticals
  • Journalistic writing/editing experience
  • Network of copywriters and/or journalists
  • Knowledge of publisher branded content space

Please submit a writing sample (a RFP response is preferable, if possible) in addition to your résumé and cover letter.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply for this position, click here.

Salesperson, Panoply, Slate’s Podcast Network
With more than a decade of award-winning podcasts and deep knowledge of the medium, Slate built Panoply, the premium podcast network of top publishers, writers, and thinkers. We offer our sophisticated listeners the highest quality audio content, and we offer our marketing partners maximum engagement with extraordinary audiences within a brand-safe environment.

We are looking for a salesperson to get in on the ground floor of this exciting opportunity. This position will operate within the Slate structure but focus on building out Panoply’s podcast business.

For someone who wants to get in at the very beginning of the rapidly growing audio-on-demand business and operate as if they are within a startup but with the support of Slate and Graham Holdings Company, this is an exceptional opportunity.     

The successful applicant will work along side Slate’s exceptional sales and marketing team, supporting and educating them on Slate’s podcasts, our partner podcasts and the audio-on-demand business. He or she will build upon the current base of advertisers and prospects, by targeting the direct-response advertisers and working along side Slate’s team on bringing top brand advertising into the medium.  This position is headquartered in New York City.

Are you this person?

  • Ability and desire to work within a close-knit team
  • Strong strategic and negotiation skills
  • 1–2 years of experience working in a media sales role that includes account management, with a consultative sales approach
  • Ability to help clients develop new integrated marketing opportunities
  • Appreciation of clients’ business needs and resourcefulness in creating solutions to meet their challenges
  • Outstanding communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a wide range of senior client and agency contacts
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented and ability to work on own initiative
  • Desire to work within an environment that balances the successful achievement of commercial goals with a fun professional atmosphere
  • Experience with digital or audio sales
  • College degree

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply to the Panoply salesperson role, click here.

Digital Advertising Planner/Marketing Strategist
With more than a decade of award-winning podcasts and deep knowledge of the medium, Slate built the premium podcast network of top publishers and thinkers. We offer our sophisticated listeners the highest quality audio content, and we offer our marketing partners maximum engagement with extraordinary audiences within a brand-safe environment.

We are looking for an advertising sales planner/marketing specialist to get in on the ground floor of this exciting opportunity. This position will operate within the Slate structure with a focus on building out our podcast business.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to join a close-knit, smart team of a rapidly growing audio-on-demand business, operating as if they are within a startup, but with the support of Slate and Graham Holdings Company.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the execution, completion, and fulfillment of RFPs including all Excel templates and PPT presentations
  • Work closely with the Slate planning team to educate them on all the new podcast marketing and network offerings
  • Build plans and strategy around podcasts, and in some cases help build podcast advertising into Slate plans
  • Participate in the development and manage the planning of innovative digital solutions for potential and current advertising partners (including pre-sale idea generation, management approvals, and final pitch)
  • Work closely with sales reps, ad operations, research, and ad innovation/custom solutions departments to create and package podcast programs
  • Create new sales materials for both the podcast network and individual podcasts
  • Work with our podcast partners to attain assets, get appropriate approvals
  • Proactively develop advertising prospects lists

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1–2 years digital and/or radio advertising experience
  • Excellent project management, analytic, and communication skills
  • Creative, with an eye for detail
  • Highly proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Proficient in Photoshop, SnagIt, Doubleclick/MediaVisor, Prisma, Atlas, comScore, @Plan, Box, and SalesForce
  • Self-starter and an original thinker

Bonus points:

  • Digital ad planning experience
  • Agency or media background
  • Design experience

Slate welcomes candidates from all backgrounds.

To apply tothe digital advertising planner/marketing strategist role, click here.

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EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS

Slate Plus Internship
Slate is hiring an editorial intern for Slate Plus, our membership program!

Candidates must be available to work 30 hours per week in either Slate’s New York or Washington, D.C., office. The position involves writing, editing, and some light audio editing (we’ll train you). 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. Please upload all of these application materials as one attachment. Deadline to apply is May 6, 2015.

The Gist Internernship
Slate’s daily news show The Gist with Mike Pesca is looking for our second intern ever! This is a paid position, ideally for a current student or one who graduated in the past year. Details below. To apply, email a résumé and very brief statement of interest to thegist@slate.com. Please use the subject line “Slate’s The Gist Internship.”

The Gist seeks an enthusiastic new intern to support our daily show! We’re a small team, and we’ll rely on you quite a bit. Every day is different, but your duties will include pitching ideas, booking guests, recording interviews, pulling clips, and audio editing. Interns are invited to be involved in every aspect of making a daily podcast.

To be considered for this internship, you should have solid writing skills and be able to take direction. A passion for news, radio, and podcasts is essential. Audio editing skills are a plus, especially in ProTools and/or Hindenburg. Candidates must be available to work in Slate’s New York office. This internship is paid. We pay $10/hour and interns are strictly limited to 10 hours of work per week. Ideally we’d love to work with someone two partial days per week. The internship will begin ASAP and last for 90 days from the start of the internship.

To apply, email a résumé and very brief statement of interest to thegist@slate.com. Please use the subject line “Slate’s The Gist Internship.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 17, 2015.

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Slate hires paid interns for the spring, summer, and fall. We offer internships 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, include a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests and include a 400-word Brow Beat post. (You can write an installment of a regular series, such as Trailer CriticWhere Do I Start With, or You’re Doing It Wrong, or you can simply write a post about a cultural topic that interests you.) Upload your cover letter and the assignment above as one attachment.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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, include a résumé; and a cover letter that includes a 300-word critique of any Slate story from the past year; 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. Upload your cover letter and the assignments above as one attachment.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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.

The Slatest
Candidates for the Slatest internship must be available to work in Slate’s New York 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, include a résumé and cover letter with a very brief statement of interest.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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. Apply here; include a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability, and links to visual works online. 

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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, include 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. Upload your cover letter and the assignments above as one attachment.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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