Open Positions in NYC
Data Scientist
Development Team Lead
DevOps Team Leader
Head of Social Media
Internship: Data Analyst
Internship: Digital Production Design
Internship: Interactive Design
Internship: Video Metadata
Senior Front-End Developer
Producer
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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Media / New Media
Internship: Data Analyst
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3NY1

Internship: Data Analyst
Duration: 12 weeks
Hours: 20 - 30 hours/ week
Compensation: $20.00 / hour
Desired Start Date: Immediately

Position Summary:
The Data Analyst intern will support the data science team at Vocativ, working on collecting, structuring, analyzing and visualizing data to tell beautiful data driven newsworthy stories. The intern will work on a political index project with one of our data editors / scientists and will have major responsibility in publishing the story.

Responsibilities
• Research of different sources to find relevant data sets.
• Collecting data using different techniques and Vocativ’s proprietary technology.
• Analyzing and identifying patterns in the data in order to come up with newsworthy insights.
• Working with our staff to shape data into beautiful and informative stories. Visualize and communicate your insights and methods to our audience in a compelling way.

Skills and Experience
• Journalism MS degree (In progress or completed)
• Coursework in applied mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or Engineering a plus.
• Knowledge of statistical methods in area of modeling and analytics.
• Ability to work hands on with large scale data sets and databases, and ability to pull stories or newsworthy topics from the data.
• Great communication skills and team player

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Media / New Media
Internship: Digital Production Design
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3NY1

Internship: Digital Production Design

Duration: 12 weeks
Hours: 20 hours / week
Compensation: $10/ hour
Desired Start Date: Immediate

What we're looking for:

Our Digital Production Design intern will be in the center of it all, gaining experience with everything from story packaging in the form of creating banners, posters, animated gifs, and other graphics to UI design for products that will hit the site.

We're looking for a high-energy team member (not a lackey) who wants to see the immediate impact of their work on the site, is eager to work directly with writers and editors to package their best work, and wants to get deeply involved in the entire agile software design and development process.

What you'll get:

This is a paid internship with the option to apply for academic credit where applicable. You'll also get experience with every aspect of production and product design in online media. You will have an immediate and tangible impact; seeing your work hit the site every day.

Required:
• Currently enrolled in an academic program in graphic design, photography production, or related field
• Online portfolio that demonstrates best work
• Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
• HTML, CSS
• Typography, layout, color theory
• Past experience creating animated gifs
• Microsoft Powerpoint and/or Keynote for Mac

Nice to haves: tell us what you bring to the table
• JS, JQuery, relevant libraries
• InVision app and other prototyping tools
• Motion graphics, animation, data graphics, data interactive, games
• Logo, font, icon design
• Mixpanel, Google Analytics, and other tracking tools
• Leadership experience – independently guiding projects through to successful completion
• Project management software (such as Jira) familiarity
• Agile software design & development experience

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Media / New Media
Internship: Interactive Design
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3NY1

Internship: Interactive Design

Duration: 12 weeks
Hours: 20 hours / week
Compensation: $10/ hour
Desired Start Date: Immediate

What we're looking for:

Our Interactive Design intern will be in the center of it all, gaining experience mocking and prototyping whole (small-medium), and components of products that will launch on .com.

We're looking for a high-energy team member (not a lackey) who wants to see the immediate impact of their work on the site, has their own ideas for media product, and wants to gain experience with Agile software design and development and product management on a sprint cycle.

What you'll get:

This is a paid internship with the option to apply for academic credit where applicable. You'll also get experience with every aspect of Agile product design and development in an online media and a startup environment. You will have an immediate and tangible impact; presenting your work to the team and seeing it hit the site at the end of every sprint.

Required:
• Currently enrolled in an academic program with focus on interactive design and/or front-end web development or related field
• Online portfolio that demonstrates best work
• Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
• HTML, CSS, JS, JQuery, Ajax, relevant libraries
• Github
• Responsive layout

Nice to haves: tell us what you bring to the table
• Other programming languages
• Motion graphics, animation, data graphics, data interactive, games
• Mobile app, mobile web app
• Experience with Wordpress CMS
• Mixpanel, Google Analytics, and other tracking tools
• Follow-through: experience seeing projects through to completion, including collaboration with developers, QA, etc.
• Project management software (such as Jira) familiarity
• Agile software design and development experience


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Media / New Media
Internship: Video Metadata
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3NY1

Internship: Video Metadata
Duration: 12 weeks
Hours: 20 hours / week
Compensation: $10/ hour
Desired Start Date: Immediate
Position Summary:
We are looking for an intern who will be in charge of metadata input for our existing and future video files. This process will involve systematically going through our existing media, noting relevant information that will be useful for repurposing the media, and inputting that information into each video file. Additionally, this position will entail tagging all new media with relevant metadata, as it arrives.
Responsibilities
• Input relevant metadata into existing video files
• Keep pace with metadata input as new footage arrives
• Work with production staff to improve the accessibility of media to our editors and producers
• Develop sustainable organizational tactics for our media

Skills and Experience
• Experienced with video asset management systems and/or metadata tagging
• Familiar with video production workflows
• Organized and detail oriented
• Experienced in using Final Cut Pro 7 and/or Adobe Premiere

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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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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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