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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Business Development and Strategy Manager, a Ruby on Rails Developer, and More.

Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Business Development and Strategy Manager, a Ruby on Rails Developer, and More.

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Feb. 15 2017 9:56 AM

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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
Manager of Business Development and Strategy, Panoply

Panoply is looking for a business development and strategy manager to work in the fun and fast-paced new media environment of podcasting. The BD and strategy manager will work closely with Panoply's technology, content, sales, marketing, legal, and partnership management teams to grow Panoply's network of compelling audio programs and expand the number of podcast publishers using Panoply's Megaphone platform.

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 is a must.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the director of business development and strategy to add and retain podcast publishers using the Megaphone platform
  • Add partners to the Panoply network by building on existing relationships, cultivating new ones, and working to anticipate partners' ongoing needs
  • Negotiate deals with a variety of potential partners ranging from podcast publishers to celebrities to media companies to best-selling authors
  • Promote new technology and product capabilities to internal and external clients
  • Identify and explore new business opportunities across the audio-on-demand landscape
  • Stay up to date! The podcasting business is evolving quickly, so Panoply's business development team should stay up to the minute on industry trends that will shape our strategy and goals.
  • Work closely and develop great relationships with Panoply's product, technology, content, legal, and sales teams

Requirements and attributes of the ideal candidate:

  • 3+ years business development, consulting, investment banking, or other partnership experience—technology or platform sales experience a plus
  • Proven track record of balancing multiple deals and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent negotiating skills
  • Proactive self-starter who will think beyond his or her own role
  • Creative thinker with strong organization skills who's not afraid to talk process
  • Audio industry experience desired but not required
  • Bachelor's degree

Bonus points if you:

  • Host your own podcast
  • Live to negotiate
  • Are an early adopter with a passion for technology
  • Can pronounce Panoply properly

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.

To apply please send a cover letter and a résumé to BD@panoply.fm. This position will be based out of Panoply's Brooklyn office.

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.

Director of Creative Services, Slate Group Studios

Slate Group Studios is looking for a director of creative services to oversee the design and production of our branded content and custom display offerings.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage day-to-day activity and performance of the Slate Group Studios design and production teams
  • Provide leadership and market insight to develop branded content and custom display offerings
  • Manage production budgets for all Slate Group Studios initiatives
  • Review work of both in-house and external development teams, ensuring adherence to high standards of code quality, design patterns, documentation, standards, and security
  • Determine program features and scope to assign to design and production teams
  • Coordinate with the ad product manager to provide cross-functional team leadership to develop and launch new custom display ad products
  • Provide leadership on technical communication between internal teams and vendors on all client projects
  • Provide strategic and consultative advice to clients for all aspects of each campaign
  • Distill client goals and feedback to help effectively define and accurately measure campaign success
  • Closely collaborate and communicate across multiple functional groups, including business, dev, ops, and edit
  • Attend key client meetings to better understand challenges for brands in digital advertising

Requirements:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree required
  • 5+ years of experience in a digital publishing environment
  • 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 success launching large-scale campaigns
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across different teams/departments
  • Demonstrated ability to work face to face with client teams
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Interest in all aspects of the production cycle
  • Thick skin and a great sense of humor

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

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

Partner Management Coordinator, Panoply

Panoply is looking for a partner management coordinator to work in the fun and fast-paced new media environment of podcasting. This dynamic and multifaceted position will work closely with the director and all internal departments and Panoply's podcast partners to help launch shows and maintain excellent relationships geared toward mutual success.

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 is a must.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the director of partner management to launch new shows and manage current partner relationships
  • Coordinate the onboarding of new shows, from kickoff through launch, creating great relationships with our partners and ensuring smooth and successful transitions
  • Update and maintain all partner information and documentation
  • Collaborate with business development, audience development and marketing, editorial, ad sales and operations, data science, and finance teams to support and promote Panoply's podcasts by relaying pertinent information internally and to partners
  • Help improve internal processes to improve communication and efficiency
  • Create and manage project-related documents
  • Manage the cross-promotion process
  • Create and manage a partner newsletter
  • Continuously document learnings and best practices to be shared across the organization and with partners
  • Other duties as assigned by the director

Requirements and attributes of the ideal candidate:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1–3 years of relevant experience
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills to manage multiple podcasts, personalities, and calendars
  • Ability to multitask effectively
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Smart communication, including the ability to "know your audience" when having conversations
  • Hyper-organized and detail-oriented
  • Proactive problem solving that is solutions-based
  • An entrepreneurial, collaborative spirit and a willingness to perform a variety of tasks, from administrative to higher-level, and to grow as the department grows
  • Ability to use data to make decisions and recommendations
  • Fluency in web, social media, and basic office programs. Project management and/or newsletter experience a plus.
  • A love of audio and podcasting

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.

To apply please send a résumé and cover letter to PartnerManagement@panoply.fm. This position is based out of Panoply's Brooklyn office.

Client Services Manager, Slate

Slate is seeking an experienced and driven client services manager to join our team in New York. The client services manager will be responsible for all aspects of the campaign life cycle from RFP response to client deck creation and campaign management. The ideal candidate thrives in fast-paced environments and produces high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead client strategy and RFP brainstorms across multiple teams: sales, Slate Group studios, ad ops, design
  • Drive campaign from strategy to reporting
  • Have detailed knowledge and understanding of The Slate Group's products and strategies and how to strategically add these to plans
  • Manage client communication, leading campaign kickoff calls and in-person meetings
  • Manage and track campaign implementation, delivery and optimization process to ensure we're meeting clients' goals and maximizing revenue recognition
  • Work with internal teams to analyze campaign performance, making optimization recommendations where necessary
  • Conceptualize, prepare, and deliver client decks and campaign reports
  • Assist in monthly billing, reconciliation, and other financial reporting

Requirements

  • 2+ years in the digital space, preferably in campaign management or sales planning
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to collaborate productively and effectively across teams
  • A great attitude and self-motivation
  • Adaptability to and flexibility with new situations

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

To apply please send your résumé along with a cover letter to clientservicesjob@slate.com.

Copywriter, Panoply

We are looking for a copywriter to work closely with the senior copywriter on developing new and effective ways to manage podcast ad copy while maintaining and updating current copy processes. The ideal candidate is detailed-oriented, understands the need for quick responses, and has the ability to juggle multiple projects at once.

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 is a must.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain copy tracking documents
  • Track incoming ad copy and copy deadlines
  • Communicate clearly with the team on progress and timelines throughout entire workflow process
  • Update process flows and best practice docs
  • Assist sales with new advertiser onboarding
  • Work with external partners on copy acquisition
  • Act as a liaison between advertisers and podcast hosts/producers
  • Contribute to the input process for internal tracking systems when needed
  • Build trust and relationships with prospective and current sales partners

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

This position will be based out of the Washington office.

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

To apply please send a résumé and cover letter to copywriter@panoply.fm with the subject line: Panoply Copywriter.

Audience Engagement Editor, Slate

Slate is hiring an editor to join its audience development team. Ideal candidates know what inspires readers to click and share stories on social media, but their interest in audience strategy goes beyond driving traffic. Curiosity is key. Slate values surprising ideas and smart analysis in our journalism, and we want the same on our audience team. Candidates should want to experiment with new platforms and test their assumptions as social media sites change. The audience engagement editor will write strong headlines, manage our social feeds with precision, and work collaboratively with editors. He or she will be the first to spot new digital media trends and discern how promotion of our journalism needs to evolve.

Key Responsibilities:

The audience engagement editor will report to the director of strategy and audience development and work with Slate's audience team to:

  • Manage the strategy and scheduling of existing social media accounts and help define the voice of Slate's feeds
  • Develop Slate's presence on Instagram, Snapchat, and emerging platforms
  • Work with editors to write sharp and social-friendly headlines for the work we publish
  • Plan social media campaigns to support major editorial packages
  • Use data to make decisions on how and where to promote our work
  • Identify trends in the social media world and determine how Slate's plans should adjust to them

Requirements:

You have:

  • At least 2–4 years of social media experience
  • The ability to work across social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
  • An interest in working closely with the rest of the newsroom, whether it's framing a cover story for Facebook or pitching ideas at our weekly editors meeting
  • An appreciation of the role and importance of Slate's journalism in the media landscape
  • The ability to write clean, clear copy and the proper touch in deploying wit and finesse as needed
  • Experience at balancing short-term and long-term responsibilities and working quickly when necessary, including in breaking news situations
  • A desire to work collaboratively on projects and teach others what you know

To apply, please submit your résumé, a cover letter, and a short (300 words or fewer) memo explaining what social media platform should be Slate's top priority in 2017 and why. Please email documents to AudienceDevelopment@slate.com with the subject line Audience Engagement Editor.

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

Software Engineer (DevOps) for D.C., Slate

Slate is excited to be seeking a talented back end/DevOps engineer to help scale and maintain Slate.com and associated web services. Candidates should be broadly and deeply familiar with AWS, web development best practices, and with strategies for scaling content-driven websites and web applications. We're open to new technologies and strategies, and are looking for someone who will help us continue to streamline and update our infrastructure. If you want to help Docker-ize the things, this could be a great position for you.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for second-tier (escalation) of production issues as they arise 24/7
  • Responsible for maintaining instances required to run Slate.com and associated services within AWS
  • Make recommendations to other engineers and management for scaling and cost-saving strategies within AWS
  • Manage vendor relationships for CDNs, AWS, and other third-party services used by Slate.com
  • Report to the director of technology of Slate
  • Lead weekly incident review meeting to record production alerts for the previous week and discuss strategies for long-term resolution
  • Maintain and improve existing disaster recovery plans for Slate.com and associated services
  • Maintain and improve existing incident response plans for Slate.com and associated services
  • Provide strategic thinking and execution for deployment strategies
  • Maintain and improve existing security scanning and reporting and respond to security alerts from said scanning and reporting

Requirements:

Ideal candidates MUST:

  • Understand AWS's EC2, Route53, S3, VPC, RDS, and IAM services and interfaces inside and out
  • Have experience with monitoring systems (aka New Relic, Nagios)
  • Be comfortable procuring and renewing SSL certs
  • Be comfortable backing up and restoring databases, filesystems, and the like
  • Be very comfortable with Mysql, Redis, and ElasticSearch
  • Be willing to work from Slate's D.C. office (is downtown, has gym, great bike parking)

Ideal candidates SHOULD:

  • Know what a reserved instance is and when to use it
  • Like the idea of scripting your way out of a situation
  • Detest repetitive processes that could be scripted
  • Know when to give up and not script something
  • Be familiar with or have at least heard of many of the technologies that we use at Slate including but not limited to: CentOS, Python, Django, RabbitMQ, Docker, NodeJS, Akamai, Fastly, SSL, Jenkins/Continuous Integration, Memcache, MySQL, Postgres, SNS, Varnish, Apache HTTP Server, Nginx, New relic, Nagios, PagerDuty, Fabric, Ansible, and much more

Ideal candidates MAY:

  • Email slate.jobs.tech@slate.com with a brief statement about why you are interested and a good candidate for this role with your résumé attached
  • Expect a prompt response from us if you are under consideration
  • Expect a brief phone interview, followed by in-person interviews that may include coding exercises
  • Expect to provide references on request

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

Technology Writer, Slate

Slate is hiring a full-time technology writer to work in our New York or Washington, D.C., offices. The writer will be responsible for writing frequently on topics like cybersecurity, surveillance, robotics, social media, internet culture, and technology policy. This isn't really a gadget-reviewing gig—you'll write less about the new iPhone cameras than about the Apple-FBI encryption debate or the high drama involving the iOS peach emoji. Mostly, we're eager to shape the job around you, the areas you'd like to dig into as a reporter, and the arguments you want to make as a leading technology voice. Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply, submit a cover letter; a résumé; three references; a short critique of a recent Slate technology story (no more than 400 words); and three clips or writing samples (Word docs preferred). Applications should be emailed to TechWriter@slate.com.

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.

Chief Revenue Officer, Slate

Slate is a multimedia digital publishing company focused on politics, news, business, technology, and culture. Slate's smart, witty take on current events has been recognized with numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with an executive team, award-winning journalists, industry-leading design and technology professionals, and talented sales and marketing division.

Are you a curious, problem-solver, who is also proactive, efficient, creative, personable, and resourceful? Are you looking for a team of thoughtful and respectful, questioning and inspiring, fun and funny people who are constantly thinking about the news and journalism? Interested in media? If so, we'd love to hear from you!

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

This position will be located in Brooklyn, New York.

Responsibilities:

  • Act as the officer responsible for all revenue-generating initiatives and processes and the guardian of the entire revenue cycle for Slate
  • Along with the executive team, identify and develop new growth strategies
  • Oversee partner development across all channels, with a deep understanding of all products available across The Slate Group
  • Bring instant credibility to the role by delivering tangible, short-term results
  • Find and close engagements and maintain relationships with key target clients
  • Develop long-term strategy, including detailed and accurate revenue forecasting
  • Build and manage teams in sales, native (Slate brand studios), ad ops, and planning
  • Create a culture of accountability, strategically develop appropriate metrics for success and use the metrics to guide smart compensation and promotion decisions
  • Keep your team and the executive team up to date on the latest trends in digital advertising
  • Collaborate with editorial and Panoply to deeply understand the brand to drive campaign growth and execute on sales strategy
  • Participate in contract negotiations as needed

Requirements:

  • You'll be driven, highly engaged, always strategic, and results-oriented
  • You can demonstrate a track record of success in digital media sales
  • You have a deep knowledge of and experience in cross-channel sales including ad, native, and programmatic
  • You have meaningful experience hiring, leading, managing, and mentoring top-performing sales teams in markets across the country
  • You possess a deep and genuine appreciation for diversity of thought, experience, perspective, and skills, and maximize these qualities in individuals and for the sales force as a whole
  • You are a strong leader, able to connect with team members individually and maximize their talents to contribute to the success of the team

Bonus Points:

  • You have a deep appreciation for Slate and Panoply content

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to SlateTalent@slate.com with the subject line: CRO.

Account Executives, Slate

The Slate Group is hiring account executives for San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. As an account executive for The Slate Group, your primary responsibility is to drive revenue opportunities with new and existing partners, by providing strategic solutions that build our clients' businesses and brands.

Responsibilities:

  • Be an expert in our full suite of products and advertising solutions across The Slate Group (Slate, Panoply, Slate Group Studios)
  • Sell programs that include custom narratives, digital video, podcasting, and events
  • Oversee pre- and post-sale process with your designated client services manager
  • Prospect for new business in assigned territory 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:

  • 2–4 years' experience in digital advertising sales with a proven record of exceeding revenue goals
  • Programmatic background is a plus, but not required
  • Experience developing multiplatform, creative concepts and ideas
  • In-depth knowledge of the advertising industry's competitive landscape
  • Established relationships across clients and agencies
  • Strong communication and presentation skills

Apply for this job here. (Please remember to include a résumé.)

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

Senior Web Developer for D.C., Slate

Slate is a multimedia digital publishing company focused on politics, news, business, technology, and culture. Slate's smart, witty takes on current events have been recognized with numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with an executive team and with award-winning journalists and industry-leading design and technology professionals. Are you a curious problem-solver who is also proactive, efficient, creative, personable, and resourceful? Are you looking for a team of thoughtful, respectful, questioning, inspiring, fun, and funny people who are constantly thinking about the news and journalism? If so, we'd love to hear from you!

Slate is hiring a senior web developer to help us build the next iteration of slate.com with the rest of our technology team in Washington, D.C. The ideal candidate will have experience with full-stack web development with a concentration in front-end technologies as well as experience in content publishing and scaling.

As a senior web developer you'll be responsible for leading other web developers on the team in choosing and implementing technologies that power slate.com and other microsites and services. This position is one for an individual contributor and does not require managing other developers—just providing technical leadership. Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Tech You'll Encounter at Slate:

As a senior web developer, you'll encounter loads of interesting technologies, including RequireJS, Django, Redis, Angular, Rabbit, Docker, Grunt, and more. You'll also encounter some more standard code in Vanilla JS, jQuery, Java, and MySQL. This position is specifically aimed at those familiar with the front end of websites and apps, so expect to be primarily dealing with JavaScript and tooling.

Desired Qualities of a Senior Web Developer

MUST

For this position to be a good fit, you MUST

  • have several years of experience building websites (apps are OK, too, but websites are important). You should also know the difference!
  • consider yourself an expert in front-end JavaScript. You're able to explain and talk through the changes coming along in ECMAScript but don't mind writing jQuery when you need to fix something.
  • have experience with scaling web content—you know when to use the CDN versus a cache, where that cache should live, key-value stores, and load balancers.
  • have strong git skills—you know when and where to rebase and understand the value of branching.
  • have experience with continuous integration (Jenkins, TravisCI, etc.).
  • have a solid understanding of RequireJS for module loading and its benefits and use.
  • have extensive experience with the command line.
  • have an interest in Slate, the news, and publishing content that has lots of users.
  • have empathy for users of software.

SHOULD

For this position to be a good fit, you SHOULD

  • have experience with agile development.
  • have once tried to build your own CMS and understand how complicated of an idea that is.
  • understand the reason for the section headers in this job posting.
  • have knowledge of the current web landscape. Why is React so popular? What's the difference between CommonJS and AMD, and did ECMAScript 6 make it obsolete? Why can't all the things be handled by Babel?
  • have solid understanding of ad networks (especially DFP). Slate has AdOps engineers, but that doesn't mean standard web developers won't be affected by ads. You should know how the DFP interface works, how to make new ads and update them, and what header bidding is.

MAY

To apply for this position, you MAY

Director of Sales Operations, Panoply

Panoply, a pioneer in podcasting and audio-on-demand and a division of The Slate Group, is looking for an experienced leader to help drive key strategic initiatives, address critical business challenges, and develop and execute strategies that drive revenue opportunities. This position will oversee traditional sales planning and ad operations roles and report to Panoply's chief revenue officer.

Podcasting is a rapidly developing and changing medium. Through leadership, creativity and insights, the director of sales operations will evaluate new and existing ad products and packaging strategies and develop and manage internal processes. This role will work closely with sale leadership, podcast partners, and internal and external technology partners.

The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about technology, business, and digital audio and awesome content, and who will play a critical role in shaping Panoply's future growth in revenue.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage, lead, and grow a team responsible for sales planning and ad operation across direct sales and private marketplace
  • Work in partnership with Panoply executive leadership to identify scalable business opportunities, then help build operational plans to execute against these opportunities
  • Develop a deep understanding of Panoply's business operations, setting, enforcing but evolving internal processes and partnership needs and expectations
  • Help adopt new platforms as well as deepen integrations with current systems to support Panoply's existing proprietary content management and ad serving platform, Megaphone
  • Play an active role in shaping and enhancing the ad operations features of Megaphone
  • Team together with Panoply's product group to ensure that we can streamline integrations between Megaphone and other existing platforms (i.e. Salesforce, DoubleClick Sales Manager, Oracle, Apps, etc.)
  • Work closely with Panoply's product and research team to develop clear benchmarks around Panoply's audio data
  • Provide direction on packaging opportunities and product catalog development, driving yield decisions and revenue to achieve and exceed revenue goals
  • Collaborate with sales to ensure they have all tools and information necessary to win business
  • Expand yield KPIs, reporting capabilities, and dashboard development

Requirements:

  • 3–5 years of experience in leading strategy in a digital or audio; experience with a rapidly scaling business is a plus
  • A deep passion for audio and podcasting
  • A strong understanding and knowledge of the digital media industry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with ad tech platforms and the integrations process
  • Experience collaborating across functions with diverse audiences and stakeholders
  • A firm grasp of the quantitative metrics related to audio
  • Strong analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Smart and quick proactive learner with organizational agility and strong attention to detail

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Please apply here through LinkedIn.

Video Editor/Producer, Slate

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, hardworking, 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 the video editor/producer position, click here.

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
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 résumé, a brief cover letter, a 300-word critique of any Slate story from the past two months, 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.

To apply for the summer (roughly May through August) 2017 D.C. editorial internship, send the materials mentioned above as a single PDF file to dcslateinterns@slate.com with the subject line "Summer 2017 internship" by Feb. 26.

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 editorial internship, please send applications to SlateInternNY@gmail.com.

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."