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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Ruby Developer, a Slate Custom Content Editor, and More.

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July 2 2015 11:21 AM

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

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Ruby Developer, Audio
In 2015, Slate has redoubled its efforts in the world of podcasting with Panoply, which brings millions of listeners the smartest conversation that podcasting has to offer through more than 20 shows. Panoply is a tight-knit group of some of the smartest engineers, producers, entrepreneurs, and thinkers, and everybody is pulling in the same direction.

You’ll be working in tandem with the rest of Slate’s development and product team 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, and team happy hours.

Slate pioneered podcasting almost a decade ago, but for all of that time, the technology behind on demand audio has not changed. But it’s about to.

Today we’re looking for a brilliant full stack Ruby developer to help craft and collaborate around the medium’s future.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Strong object oriented and relational DB skills
  • Strong experience with Ruby and Ruby on Rails
  • The ability to jump into other languages, particularly Javascript
  • A knack for prioritizing, planning, and executing features, fixes, and systems
  • Experience or familiarity with agile development
  • An eagerness to communicate and work collaboratively around product definition with product managers, designers, and other developers, as well as editorial and business stakeholders
  • A drive to deliver working software, motivated by user growth and simple, clean, swiftly produced technical solutions

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’re building a suite of tools and user experiences powered by discrete microservices. Our suite currently consists of apps written in Go, Ruby, Python, and Javascript, communicating via RabbitMQ.

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

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Content Editor, 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 want an innovative business/tech journalist to lead editorial for Slate Custom, our internal creative agency with a journalistic voice. Slate Custom launched three years ago, well ahead of the herd and before “native” was part of the digital vocabulary. We bring together content strategy, editorial, content creation, design, and video disciplines to create sleek, intelligent programs for advertisers that inform, inspire, and disrupt the way people think about branded content.

The content editor will set the tone for all editorial programs, source and oversee freelance writers, and lead editorial production for multiple branded-content projects. These tasks include: conducting research, brainstorming, writing and editing branded content, as well as developing and managing our editorial network.

This role requires a self-motivated doer with an entrepreneurial spirit, a nimble creative mind, and outstanding writing, editing, and collaborative skills. You will have a close working relationship with advertising sales, planning, product development, ad ops, and editorial teams.

What you’ll do:

  • Create and execute high-quality branded editorial programs in collaboration with other editors, writers, designers, project managers, developers, and other team members
  • Find the balance between Slate’s voice and brand voice in editorial executions
  • Brainstorm and write original program concepts in response to brand/agency RFPs
  • Lead the RFP response process
  • Write and edit primary- and secondary-source reporting and writing for Slate Custom projects
  • Provide copy for headlines, blurbs, descriptions, and other short-form copy
  • Lead client meetings to present editorial findings and content concepts
  • Create high-quality branded content in collaboration with other editors, writers, designers, project managers, developers, and other team members
  • Source and manage an expanding network of freelance writers, editors, and related contributors
  • Maintain knowledge of new or evolving finance/business/tech trends and information
  • Stay up-to-speed on custom editorial executions at competitive publishers

Gotta-haves

  • BA, BS, and/or MA or MS in communications or journalism
  • Three to six years reporting and/or editing experience in a journalistic role, concentrating in tech and/or business
  • Passion for the tech/business/finance trends
  • Knows how to find the sweet spot between journalism and advertising
  • Excited by the publisher branded content sphere and up to speed on competitor’s programs
  • Highly conceptual thinker
  • Management experience
  • Highly proactive and thrives in start-up atmosphere
  • Happily wears more than one hat
  • Collaborative by nature and values others’ good ideas
  • Can write/edit in Slate style

Nice-to-haves

  • Copy-writing/copy-editing experience
  • Working knowledge and passion for business and/or tech subject areas and trends required, but experience in other verticals is a plus, including: automotive, travel, consumer/luxury goods, entertainment, and/or health care
  • Experience in digital media workflows and technology
  • Experience working in collaborative sales processes
  • Knowledge of the social media and branded content landscape
  • The ability to research and assess data to write infographics, visualizations, quizzes and other interactive experiences
  • Experience with content metrics and SEO

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and relevant writing/editing samples. Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, click here.

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Audience Engagement Editor
Do you always know what the biggest story of the day is before anyone else? Can you smell an Internet hoax from a mile away? Do you love to game the things you post online to see how viral you can make them, even if it’s just on your own Facebook feed? Do you find yourself reading through your social media feeds, rewriting other people’s share texts in your head? 

This gig is for you. Slate is looking for a true Internet connoisseur who is passionate about experimentation to help build our social media presence by focusing on the big platforms (Facebook and Twitter) and by investigating and developing strategies for emerging ones. 

Our audience engagement editor will work with the director of strategy and audience development to: 

  • Manage our existing accounts and new platform opportunities as they arise
  • Help define the day-to-day voice of Slate’s feeds
  • Develop new distribution opportunities for our content
  • Closely work with the editorial team from the moment a story is conceived to make sure it reaches maximum potential by the time it’s published
  • Keep close watch on data and user patterns to continually improve how we serve our audience
  • Build and manage digital partnerships

What we’re looking for: 

  • Two to five years of social media or digital strategy experience, or proof that you’ve built something special in the digital content space
  • Great distribution ideas you’ve been waiting to try that could help bring readers and viewers to the amazing work Slate produces
  • An eye for detail and organization—you work quickly; you get the facts right; and you write precise, crisp, error-free sentences. (If they’re witty too, even better.)
  • You’re not afraid of numbers or spreadsheets, and you see patterns quickly and draw logical conclusions from them
  • You like teaching others what you know. 

Start date: ASAP.

The position is full-time, with benefits, based out of New York. Qualified candidates should apply by July 14. Slate welcomes candidates from all backgrounds. To apply, click here.

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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.

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Front-End Programmer
Slate
 is looking for an experienced front-end developer to help us improve the experience for the millions of visitors who read our site. We need a user-experience oriented, JavaScript-loving, front-end programmer. We want somebody who can build code, analyze the DOM, understands page performance, and implement design and functionality changes that produce results.

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, and require.js but 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, and team happy hours.

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 new features, interactive content, and optimizations in JavaScript
  • Inspecting and analyzing pages delivered to our readers for ways to improve page delivery
  • Working with back-end programmers to integrate front-end changes into system templates
  • Troubleshooting and solving problems when testing and publishing new products. 
  • Participate in meetings with non-technical staff regarding user experience, site design and interactive editorial content

Requirements:

  • 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, svn, or other version control systems

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. Salary is commensurate with experience. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To apply for this position, click here.

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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.

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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.

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EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS

Interactives Intern
Slate's New York office is hiring a paid intern to work on data reporting, data visualizations, and interactives with our interactives editor.

Interactives are a vital part of Slate. Our projects take on a variety of topics and tones, and range from charts and maps to games and puzzles and custom-built interactive tools. Some of our pieces, like the John Travolta Name GeneratorGreat Gatsby Game, and Game of Thrones Graveyard, make our readers laugh. Others, like the Gun Deaths project and Creationism in Schools Map, make them rethink important issues in the news. Many, like the Gerrymander Jigsaw Puzzle and the 2014 Outrage Calendar, do a little bit of both.

This is a position for journo-geeks with sharp news judgment, keen math and writing skills, and an interest in computer science and its applications to journalism. The intern is responsible for pitching story ideas, wrangling data, testing and critiquing new interactives, writing data stories, and producing his or her own interactives and visualizations under the guidance of the interactives editors.

The work schedule is flexible, but at least two full days of in-office work a week is preferred. Candidates must have a solid grasp of Excel and HTML. Familiarity with JavaScript or other programming languages is a major plus. We are currently looking for an intern for the summer or fall. Start and end dates are flexible. Please include a résumé and cover letter that outlines your availability. Application deadline is May 15, 2015.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  

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 Internship
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 as well as a 400-word Brow Beat 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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