Open Positions in NYC
Data Scientist
Development Team Lead
DevOps Team Leader
Head of Social Media
Senior Front-End Developer
Producer
SME Analyst
Social Media Editor
Writer/Reporter - Science

Want To Work For Us?

We’re always interested in meeting people who share our vision for great storytelling, data-driven news and new technology applied to news-gathering. Below are a list of our current openings. For more info or to apply, please ping us at: jobs@vocativ.com


Research
Data Scientist
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NY01

Position Summary:
The Data Scientist will be a key resource, managing data projects from end to end, in order to tell beautiful data driven newsworthy stories at Vocativ.

Responsibilities:
•Creative - Come up with ideas for new data driven stories, research methods and tools.
•Lead - Lead data driven stories and reporting from inception to publishing, working with different staff members to product quality text and video reporting.
•Analytical - Analyze and identify patterns in big data sets, and evolving models for our ongoing investigations.
•Team Player - Work closely with our deep web analysts, perform investigations and build models for specific team requirements and needs.
•Geek - Develop scripts and tools for data gathering, structuring and analysis for our deep web analysts and journalists.
•Storyteller – Shape data into beautiful and informative stories with our developers and designers. Visualize and communicate your insights and methods to our audience in a compiling way.
•Innovative - Support the research and product team and help develop a big-data solution to mining insights from large unstructured datasets.

Qualifications/Requirements:
•BA/BS Degree in Applied Mathematics or Statistics, Computer Science or Engineering.
•MS degree a plus
•3-5 years experience in Business Intelligence and analysis
•Hands on experience in scripting is a must. Python or R is preferred.
•Knowledge of statistical methods in modeling and analytics.
•Ability to work hands on with large scale data sets and databases.
•Experience working with web APIs and open source libraries is an advantage.
•Great communication skills and team player

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IT & MIS
Development Team Lead
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NY01

Responsibilities:
•Manage and design the architecture of our web site and CMS
•Be responsible for product quality and timeliness of product delivery
•Review and take part of defining the software development best practices and processes
•Support and represent the company’s goals and objectives
•Design and develop awesome new features
•Project deadlines and product launches & releases
•Provide weekly development tasks & milestones for team members

Qualifications/Requirements:
•At least 3 years’ experience leading a software team
•At least 5 years’ experience with web development
•Strong knowledge of WordPress and experience building WP plugins
•Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology – an advantage
•Experience in agile development methodologies

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Systems Architecture & Development
DevOps Team Leader
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NY01

Position Summary:
Vocativ is seeking a devops team lead. As a devops team lead you will manage a small operation team responsible for evaluating, providing, and supporting solutions for all aspects of Systems, Networks, Monitoring and Deployment across our environment. A few examples of technologies we work with on a daily basis: WordPress, php, Apache, Memcached, MySQL, MongoDB, New Relic, Github, RabbitMQ, AWS (EC2, S3, VPC, RDS, Elasticache), nginx, .Net, ElasticSearch. We don’t expect you to know all these things right off the bat, but you should definitely be interested in learning.

Responsibilities:
•Deploy, configure and manage Linux & Windows systems
•Define and implement infrastructure management systems for cloud environments
•Integrate management systems into the full development lifecycle
•Configure and manage databases
•Provide insight at high-level architecture decisions
•Monitor critical systems to ensure availability and performance
•Design and/or adapt automation tools
•Design and maintain disaster recovery processes
•Continue to improve security policies and procedures for production systems
•Formulate a high level strategy and action plan for development operations
•Communicate, Integrate and Collaborate complete process of multi-environment management and maintenance
•Maximize efficiency, security and maintainability of operational process
•Ability to support continuous deployment cycles for multi-function applications
•Capable of working comfortably in an iterative and incremental development environments
•Keeping track and clearly document dependencies, making sure the system can cope with unexpected 3rd party glitches
•Ability to learn quickly, adapt, improve dependency details, error details, configurations options

Qualifications/Requirements:
•Knowledge and experience working with cloud infrastructure such as AWS, EC2, S3
•Strong experience in release engineering
•Excellent understanding of current web and internet technologies like Apache, Tomcat, Nginx, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Memcache
•Experience using Python and Ruby for development and deployment automation
•Experience with build and configuration management tools (Chef, Puppet)
•Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
•Understanding of modern software developments technique and evolution
•Experience in deploying, maintaining, monitoring and troubleshooting environments problem with infrastructure
•Understand the boundaries/risk to the system versus tasks and due dates as demanded by stakeholders

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Marketing & Communications
Head of Social Media
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NY01

Position Summary:
Vocativ is hiring a Head of Social Media to drive the expansion of our presence on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. The position includes overall responsibility for the company’s outreach, content dissemination, user engagement and brand messaging on all social media platforms.
This role coordinates with the Editorial, PR, Marketing, Product and Development teams to support their respective missions, ensuring consistency in brand voice and mission. This person will oversee a team of social media editors and a budget, and will integrate deeply with the analytics team. The position reports to the CEO.

Responsibilities:
•Responsible for developing and executing a clearly defined and effective social media strategy for Vocativ including:
•Rapid growth of followers/fans on all relevant social platforms
•Rapid growth of engagement on all relevant social platforms
•Drive rapid growth of referrals to Vocativ.com from all relevant social platforms
•Collaboration with social media companies for alignment on best practices, special projects, new product testing / rollouts.
•Identify new and developing social media trends and partner with Editorial and Product to deploy resources – from content creation to apps – as necessary to exploit them.
•Build and execute strategies and proposals for implementing effective Social media marketing campaigns.

Qualifications/Requirements:
•2 – 5 years’ experience in Social Media management, preferably with a major media company.
•Innovative and creative thinker who can develop out-of-the-box strategy and tactics for building audience, engagement, etc., while using excellent analytical/data skills to steer understanding of the prevalent social media platforms and burgeoning platforms.
•Advanced connections with the “news teams” at these platforms so as to partner and collaborate.
•Active and extensive involvement within social communities and a deep understanding of effective feedback loops and calls-to-action.
•Ability to engage and spur action – online and offline, in the real world – with a target audience that is educated, urban, and edgy.
•Must be highly collaborative and also able to work independently.
•Must be excited about and comfortable in highly dynamic, energetic start-up environment .
•Entrepreneurial, proactive self-starter and problem-solver.
•Able to thrive in a fast-paced, fluid, and dynamic work environment.
•Curiosity and interest in experimenting with new newsgathering methods and utilizing technology to deliver a quality and fast-paced product.
•Skilled at juggling various responsibilities; willing and able to take a hands-on approach to building this business.
•Excellent leadership, written & verbal communications, interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills.

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IT & MIS
Senior Front-End Developer
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NY01

Position Summary:
We are seeking a super talented front end developer with a passion for creating beautiful user experiences and developing innovative products.

Responsibilities:
• Develop major new features that will be used by millions of users across the globe, include innovative real time data visualizations
• Ensure great consistent user experience across the Vocativ site
• Meet project deadlines and product launches & releases
• Be responsible for product quality and timeliness of product delivery

Qualifications/Responsibilities:
• At least 5 years’ experience with web development
• Proficient in JavaScript, HTML and CSS
• Experience in developing high performance/traffic websites
• Knowledge in some of all of the following libraries - JQuery, Backbone, Require, Angular
• Experience with map libraries and tools
• D3.js experience – major advantage
• Strong knowledge of WordPress and experience building WP plugins – major advantage
• Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology – an advantage
• Experience in agile development methodologies

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Media
Producer
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United States (NYC)

Position Summary:
We’re looking for top-notch editorial leaders with a passion for data and curation to lead teams who will use the latest curation tools and social news validation. Our senior producers will manage the site home page, section pages and the producers who create video powered stories across the site. Proven curation skills, data driven editorial success matched with a proven track record of social best practices are a must.

Responsibilities:
• Lead data and trends, execute editorial vision for the day, adapting to breaking news
• Passion for developing and experimenting with new methods of curation and aggregation.
• Build video driven story experiences, edit scripts/stories/headlines for maximum clarity, editorial and traffic impact
• Manage multiple sources of information
• Coach, mentor and manage team of producers and external contributors
• Manage homepage and section fronts for maximum appeal to visitors
• Thrive in a fast paced, start up environment with rapid fire decision making skills

Qualifications/Requirements:
• 5-8 years experience in a high volume setting with a mix of video, curation, aggregation and original content production
• Strong editorial skills {Story selection, SEO best practice headlines, copy editing, video review, editorial page management}
• Technology savvy in latest tools for news gathering and production for consumers and pros
• Demonstrated ability to build content for SEO and social traffic
• Demonstrated data driven decision making skills in laying out pages and selecting content to feature and cover
• Web video promotion best practice familiarity and experience
• Strong background with social media for news gathering and distribution (e.g., traffic trends) and addressing opportunities from it as well as solving problems learned from it
• Identify and develop the news stories, angles, segments, and formats that will drive audiences and achieve a return on programming investment
• Working knowledge of content creation for traditional and new media, including online, mobile, and social media platforms
• Proven leadership and managerial skills including previous direct managerial responsibilities of traditional journalists as well as non-traditional sources, such as bloggers, in the completion of news content for the end user
• In-depth knowledge of national and international news and be able to create compelling and visually exciting newscasts and story packages using multiple sources and media
• Able to handle breaking news situations
• Expertise in content “packaging” to attract audiences, including search-engine optimization strategies
• Expertise in managing video production and programming, especially on new media platforms
• Sophisticated understanding of the traditional and new media industries. Demonstrated ability to accurately assess emerging trends and innovations in media creation, distribution, and consumption
• Extensive news management experience with a cable and/or new media company

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Research
SME Analyst
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NY01

Position Summary:
The SME Analyst will work with the latest data mining and analysis technologies in an innovative, cutting-edge environment working in the area of open source intelligence and news media. The SME analysis group is comprised of subject matter experts in his/her field of concentration. The SMEs will be part of Vocativ’s editorial team and operations, working in tandem with journalists – reporters, writers, editors and producers. The SME will address the data needs and the requirements of the relevant writer / editor through automate and manual web-research leading up to the creation of a story. The SME will create and maintain a methodology combining his domain expertise and cutting edge open source intelligence technology.

Responsibilities:
•Performing as an Open Source Intelligence domain expert with the editorial operations and team
•Function as a resource focusing on intelligence analysis in the their domain, be it geographic ( China, Middle East, etc) or market vertical ( Technology, Finance, etc).
•Day to day follow-up and support of R&D, QA and product management in product related activities
•Develop and adopt SME web investigation methodologies in support of the editorial tasks - both for the story lead identification phase, and the story creation phase.
•Create and maintain a web and technology based coverage plan for the relevant topics in the SME’s jurisdiction
•Find and communicate with relevant ‘citizen journalists’ on the ground leading up to the identification and creation of a story.
•Collaborate closely with editorial team on stories of the day, long-lead projects.

Qualifications/Requirements:
•Seeking someone who is deeply ensconced in social media but also able to understand and incorporate the ethics and rules of journalism. Maintaining a blog or a fairly active profile on Twitter is an advantage.
•Experience setting strategies for web-based data and big data collection and analysis.
•Mastering the WWW architecture, IP addresses and domain statistics, search engines architecture and methods
•Deep knowledge of web 2.0 media, with emphasis on social networks
•Capable of data analysis based on tables and DBs
•Complete command of MS Office suite
•Familiarity with HTML
•Keen eye for emerging technologies that will improve the SMEs’ effectiveness and Vocativ’s operation
•International/multicultural experience and bilingual language skills
•Experience in the process of technological product design a plus
•Experience with data collection and analysis tools
•Entrepreneurial, proactive self-starter and problem-solver
•Able to thrive in a fast-paced, fluid, and dynamic work environment.
•Team player who can also function well independently highly organized with efficient and effective communication skills
•Creative, intellectually curious - interest in experimenting with new technologies and methodologies is a must
•Excellent written & verbal communications, interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills

Undergraduate degree from a 4 year institution required, in relevant fields

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Media / New Media
Social Media Editor
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NY01

Position Summary:
Vocativ is hiring a full-time Social Media Editor to join its New York team. You’ll be responsible for helping run our social media channels and interacting with site users and followers. That means increasing our audience, retaining them, and engaging with them. You’ll know when emojis are stronger than words and when to ask more of our editors and journalists to give their content the extra legs it deserves.

Responsibilities:
• Writing great social media posts that users will interact with, which match the platform
• Deciding what’ll get our audience talking and sharing our articles and putting that plan into action
• Implementing social strategy for outreach, acquisition and engagement
• Experimenting with best practices unique to each social media platform
• Identify and targeting people/publications for content outreach
• Managing email newsletter campaigns
• Contributing to editorial brainstorming with story ideas bubbling up via social
• Occasionally, writing posts/articles

Qualifications/Requirements:
• Excellent, witty writing ability. You can sum up 1,000 words up in a pithy tweet.
• Proven track record building a social media following and using that following in innovative ways (on Facebook in particular).
• Your online footprint reflects your curiosity about the internet and the world at large.
• Deep knowledge of various publishing platforms, and just as important, the prowess to quickly master new ones.
• Good judgment. Ability to work autonomously (but not, you know, too autonomously).
• Experience with interpreting and constructing analytics reports and using analytics software
• Online journalism/reporting experience. It’s not a primary duty, but there’s plenty of opportunity to write and report for those who have the skills.
• You pronounce gif correctly

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Media / New Media
Writer/Reporter - Science
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NY01

Position Summary:
Vocativ is hiring a science writer to join its New York editorial team. You’ll be a voracious consumer of news on all things science, from the lab to lunar orbit. You know that the average consumer is fascinated by science but still thinks that putting a spoon in a bottleneck keeps sparkling wine from going flat. Because you want people to understand the complicated science that excites you, you’re able to write for the layman.

Responsibilities:
• Writing daily news pieces, blending pivots on current stories with original finds
• Identifying hot topics from upstream web sources which will resonate with Vocativ’s target audience and their web of interests
• Collaborating with other members of the editorial team
• Using images, video and data to tell stories as appropriate

Qualifications/Requirements:
• At least two years of writing/reporting experience
• A portfolio of distinctive online news content
• Demonstrable interest in a broad range of topics, from cloning to space food to why ‘Lucy’ is Luc Besson’s most thinly-stretched work yet and how science can show it
• A clear and engaging writing style, fit for the web
• A comfort level and enthusiasm for online journalism's various tools and formats

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