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Company: Pacific Standard
Position:
Associate Editor, Digital
Location:
California
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
November 20, 2013
Job ID: 1536245

Description:

ASSOCIATE EDITOR, DIGITAL
We’ve only just sent our 10th issue off to the printers, but Pacific Standard has come a long way—fast. Put out by a small team that includes alumni of The Atlantic, The Washington Monthly, Outside, Mother Jones, and other publications, we aim to be the next big ideas magazine, with a special focus on the social sciences. We put the latest research in conversation with the national debate, propose solutions to our biggest societal problems, and have fun with features and essays that explore all aspects of human behavior. The key notion we address, broadly, is: Why do people do what they do—and what is being done about it?

In just over a year and a half, we’ve grown to nearly 100,000 print subscribers for our bimonthly magazine and over three-quarters of a million unique monthly visitors to our website, which is about to be completely overhauled with a redesign planned for the beginning of the year. Now we’re looking for the next addition to our team. This person will report directly to the digital director and work primarily on expanding our reach online, but we’re small and nimble enough that every staff member can—and is encouraged to—contribute to print and events and any yet-to-be-determined elements of the Pacific Standard brand. This full-time position with benefits is based at our offices in downtown Santa Barbara, California.

Applicants should be hungry self-starters. We are looking for someone who is obsessed with digital media, with opinions about everything from the latest Slate redesign to why The Awl hasn’t yet appointed a new editor in chief, and can begin to make their presence felt on day one. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the continued growth of an ambitious enterprise.

The associate editor will write and edit, pitch story ideas, conceive of new packages and programs, assist with story production and partner management, and more. But our immediately needs online require that this new hire spend the majority of his or her time focusing on one of two tracks, outlined below. In your cover letter, please focus on one of the two and outline why you’re the best candidate for the job.

SOCIAL MEDIA
This person must be creative; have a keen ability to spot trends in social media; possess knowledge of social media channels, trends, tools, best practices, and strategies; and have proficient knowledge of analytics and social media management tools. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of creating smart and engaging content for a wide range of social media properties. He or she will manage Pacific Standard’s existing presence on social media platforms and suggest ideas for expanding our reach, track and analyze key metrics for all social media accounts, put in place and execute a commenting policy for our growing community of online readers, oversee the continued expansion of our weekly email newsletter, and work to promote Pacific Standard stories to potential publishing and promotional partners.

NEWS EDITOR
This person will oversee the development of an exciting new feature on Pacific Standard’s website that focuses on quick and catchy write-ups of the latest research and findings in the social and behavioral sciences. Quick Studies is currently a front-of-book feature in our magazine—we feature three 150- to 250-word briefs in each print issue—that we’re aggressively expanding online. The ideal candidate will be a regular reader of existing successful news and aggregation features, from Slate’s The Slatest to Time’s Newsfeed to The Atlantic Wire, and be able to operate with a large amount of autonomy, as he or she will be tasked with establishing the direction and goals of this new feature. Because this position may come with control of a limited freelance budget for outside contributors, digital media management experience is a plus. A minimum of four to six posts per day is expected.

QUALIFICATIONS
College degree or equivalent combination of education and experience; training in journalism or communications—at least two years demonstrated Internet publication experience preferred; excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills; superior organizational skills; experience with WordPress or similar content management systems; ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment; enthusiasm, professionalism, and a passion for digital media; extremely resourceful, detail-oriented, and communicative; ability to receive constructive criticism and learn from feedback; available to work flexible hours to meet the needs of Web publishing deadlines.

TO APPLY
Please email a resume and cover letter, indicating your preference for one of the above two tracks and clearly outlining your qualifications for said position, to Pacific Standard Digital Director Nicholas Jackson (njackson [at] psmag.com). Include a work or writing sample, links to relevant social media profiles, and a selection of story ideas for Pacific Standard’s website. All materials should be submitted electronically. We cannot respond to all applicants. Absolutely no phone calls.

ABOUT PACIFIC STANDARD
Pacific Standard is a bimonthly print magazine and daily website of cutting-edge ideas that aims to put social and behavioral science research into lively, intelligent conversation with current news and the national debate. Published by The Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy, in Santa Barbara, California, Pacific Standard showcases some of the most intriguing research happening today. The key notion we address is: Why do people do what they do—and what is being done about it?

ABOUT THE MILLER-MCCUNE CENTER
The Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Santa Barbara, California. As a private operating foundation, the Miller-McCune Center strives to not just inform, but also to promote meaningful dialogue by reporting, in clear and concise language, the latest and most relevant scientific research and innovations shaping the issues of the day. We satisfy the intellectually curious while arming business leaders, politicians, scientists, and other policymakers with the information and tools they need to work toward solutions to the most pressing issues.

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