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Designer

Atlas Obscura is looking for a junior or mid-level designer to join our team. The role will be embedded within the Product team working alongside Design, Engineering, and the COO to conceive and execute site improvements and fine tune our digital experience while also introducing new features and functionality to our digital properties.

You’ll also work across departments to create digital mock-ups and to design materials for our sales, editorial, and events teams. You’ll work within an existing brand vocabulary and have a role in helping to shape and define new extensions of our quickly-growing brand.

We are looking for someone who is:
  • Well organized, articulate, detail-oriented, and a problem solver
  • Passionate about clear, functional design
  • Keen on defining—and sometimes redefining—functional requirements for user interfaces
  • A multi-faceted design-thinker who knows about brand systems, user experience, usability, development technology, and web standards
The ideal candidate has:
  • Some branding and identity design experience or has worked successfully within an established brand system
  • Great understanding of typography and classic design concepts
  • Ability to work swiftly and iteratively on multiple, overlapping projects
  • An obvious passion for clear and functional design, responsive layouts, usability standards, and web technologies
  • A portfolio demonstrating a solid understanding of the above
  • 1–3 years professional design experience
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, Keynote and Pages
What will make you stand out:
  • Experience coding your own designs with HTML and CSS
  • An ability to demonstrate and articulate your design process
  • Experience working collaboratively
  • A passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission and a deep curiosity about the world

If this sounds like you, please email blake@atlasobscura.com with “Designer” in the subject line, your cover letter in the body of your email, a PDF resume, and link(s) to portfolio.

Content and Marketing Strategist

Atlas Obscura is looking for a Content and Marketing Strategist to join our brand partnerships and sales team in our Brooklyn, NY office. You’ll work on developing and executing unique marketing and branded content programs for an array of advertisers, making sure that the work we produce is as surprising, smart, and engaging as our editorial endeavors.

You’ll participate both pre- and post-sale, collaborating on sponsored posts, video series concepts, podcasts, events, and more. (Does going kayaking, while Facebook Live-ing, to a haunted lighthouse sound like a good idea to you? Does figuring out how to logistically pull it off seem fun? If so, you’ll fit right in.)

Responsibilities
  • Brainstorm and respond to advertiser RFPs.
  • Communicate with our Editorial, Events, and Product teams to understand our brand voice, and bring new offerings to market.
  • Assist in developing sales and brand marketing materials, including for editorial and event tentpoles.
  • Assign, manage, and edit work from freelance contributors.
  • Develop internal timelines and budgets for content production.
  • Help to manage workflow between pre- and post-sale.
  • Assist in producing branded content, events, video series, and podcasts.
  • Create case studies and content insight wrap reports.
Qualifications
  • A minimum of 2 years+ of experience in digital media, working in writing, sales marketing, brand strategy, creative direction or similar.
  • Outstanding writing skills, with an allergy to marketing jargon and “ad speak.”
  • Experience with writing and designing Keynote presentations.
  • A passion for good stories and the ability to clearly communicate your ideas.
  • The ability to strengthen the work of your colleagues and contributors.
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized, with ability to project- manage programs with many moving pieces.
  • Experience interacting with agency and brand-direct clients.
  • Willingness to work on a small, entrepreneurial team, pitching in across the organization.
  • A passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission and a deep curiosity about the world.
  • Bonus points if you have strong freelancer relationships and know how to communicate with creatives. We’re always looking for new writers, filmmakers, developers and artists to work with.

Compensation is competitive and includes equity. To apply, please email a résumé and cover letter with the word “Strategy” at the beginning of your subject line to Rose Annis at rose@atlasobscura.com and Matt Frampton at matt.frampton@atlasobscura.com.

Deputy Editor

Atlas Obscura is looking for an exceptional Deputy Editor to help lead our editorial team and guide our daily coverage online. You’ll work with a team of staff writers, editors, and contributors to create original content about history, science, geography, exploration—any subject that’s filled with wonder and surprise. You’ll assign and edit articles, but also collaborate on video series concepts, podcasts, events, and more. This role reports directly to the editor-in-chief, and will be based out of our offices in Brooklyn, NY.

Responsibilities
  • Brainstorming, assigning, and commissioning stories that distinguish Atlas Obscura’s coverage.
  • Editing work from both staff and freelance contributors.
  • Helping to manage workflow and maintain high editorial standards across the site.
Qualifications
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in digital journalism.
  • Outstanding editing skills, with the ability to strengthen the work of both experienced reporters and emerging contributors.
  • Experience planning and executing editorial calendars.
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized.
  • A passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission and a deep curiosity about the world.
You'll Get Noticed If
  • You’re an idea-generating machine.
  • You have a deep bench of talented writers in your contacts list.
  • You have experience helping to lead teams, and a demonstrated willingness to pitch in and collaborate across departments.
  • You have a sense of humor and work well with others.

Compensation is competitive and includes equity. To apply, please email a résumé, cover letter, and links to three work samples to sommer.mathis@atlasobscura.com with the word “Deputy” at the beginning of your subject line. For samples of editing work, please include a short description of why you're particularly proud of your involvement in the piece.

Food & Drink Editor

Atlas Obscura is seeking a highly creative editor to help us launch a new vertical dedicated to wondrous and unusual food & drink. This isn't the kind of food-journalism job focused on attending restaurant openings or reviewing dining experiences. Rather, you'll be tasked with defining and executing what Atlas Obscura's approach to this topic should be. We're a site about history, science, geography, exploration—any subject that’s filled with wonder and surprise. What we're looking for is an editor who understands our mission, who's passionate about food, and who's got a ton of ideas about how to marry the two on a variety of platforms.

You’ll assign and edit articles, supervise contributions by our community of users, and collaborate on videos, podcasts, events, and more. You'll report to the editor-in-chief, and work from our offices in Brooklyn, NY.

Responsibilities
  • Working closely with our design and product team to launch the new vertical.
  • Brainstorming, assigning, and commissioning stories for Atlas Obscura’s new food vertical, including planning and maintaining a diverse editorial calendar.
  • Managing a small team dedicated to food & drink coverage.
  • Editing work from both staff and freelance contributors.
Qualifications
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in digital journalism.
  • Outstanding editing skills, though we'll also consider talented writers looking to make the jump to the editor's chair.
  • A passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission and a deep curiosity about the world.
  • A strong interest in food & drink.
You'll Get Noticed If
  • You have a sense of humor and work well with others.
  • You have a deep bench of talented writers in your contacts list.
  • You have great ideas.
  • Experience in food & drink coverage is a plus, though not necessarily required.

Compensation is competitive and includes equity. To apply, please email a résumé, cover letter, and links to three work samples to sommer.mathis@atlasobscura.com with the words “Food Editor” at the beginning of your subject line. For samples of editing work, please include a short description of why you're particularly proud of your involvement in the piece.

Director of Sales, NY

We are looking for an outstanding Sales Director to join our Brooklyn-based advertising and brand partnerships team, leading sales efforts with NYC-based agencies and clients. You should have a passion for digital media, branded content, sponsored events, and innovative, integrated marketing programs. You should also be inspired by Atlas’ mission to redefine wonder and curiosity.

Responsibilities
  • Lead sales to all of Atlas’ NYC-based agency and brand clients.
  • Lead sales efforts to destination marketing organization (DMO) advertisers and tourism boards.
  • Grow territory revenue through innovative digital, integrated, event, and branded content programs.
  • Responsible for full client relationship, from development through pre- and post-sale.
  • Develop strong relationships with senior client and agency partners.
Requirements
  • Have a consultative sales approach built around creative ideas and client problem-solving.
  • Have a deep understanding of digital media trends, the branded-content marketplace, and emerging platforms.
  • Have strong relationships with large and boutique agencies alike as well as client decision makers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly within a small team, focused on building a multi-platform media brand that means something to its readers.
  • Have a passion for remarkable journalism and digital media.
  • 4–6 years of digital media sales experience

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for the role to matt.frampton@atlasobscura.com.

Advertising Associate

Atlas Obscura is seeking an organized, digitally savvy Advertising Associate to join our sales and brand partnerships team in our Brooklyn office. If you’re interested in learning the business side of media, advertising, and branded content, this is an ideal position, with plenty of room for growth and multiple career tracks. You’ll join a young, growing media company and develop relationships across the media business.

You’ll serve as the day-to-day contact with our agency and brand clients—developing media plans, managing digital ad campaigns, helping execute content programs and sponsored events, producing campaign reports, and working closely with our sales, content, editorial, and product teams.

Responsibilities
  • Serve as day-to-day contact with advertising clients, vendors, and other partners.
  • Develop media plans for digital campaigns that include display media, video and branded content, podcasts, events, and other elements.
  • Partner with Atlas Obscura’s ad ops provider to coordinate campaign set up, testing, QA, optimizations, inventory checks and management, and campaign reports.
  • Help out where and as needed across our brand partnerships business, working with editorial, marketing, product, and events and helping us grow our business from the ground up.
Requirements
  • 1–2+ years of digital media or advertising experience.
  • Some experience working in ad ops, planning, account management, sales marketing, or similar.
  • Ability to quickly learn the ins and out of the digital advertising ecosystem, including media planning, pricing, ad products, advertising standards, ad serving, rich media, and analytics.
  • Comfortable interacting with agency and brand-direct clients.
  • Ability to work on a small, entrepreneurial team and a willingness to pitch in across the organization.
  • A passion for digital media, exploration and Atlas Obscura’s mission of finding and reporting on the coolest things on the planet.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for the role to matt.frampton@atlasobscura.com, with “Advertising Associate” in the subject line.

Editorial Fellows

Do you love history, culture, science, maps? Do you want to spend your days working at a digital media company devoted to exploring the world's hidden wonders? Do you want hands-on experience with a small team? Apply to be an editorial fellow at Atlas Obscura! We are currently seeking entry-level fellows to begin in spring or summer of 2017, with the potential for longer-term employment.

Work duties will be varied, as this is a start-up, and everyone pitches in. You would get experience writing and producing web stories, working on multimedia projects, and learning about social media strategy.

Some key attributes:
  • Demonstrated writing and reporting ability
  • Curiosity
  • Sense of humor
  • Passion for AO’s mission of finding and reporting on the coolest things on the planet

Salary. NYC-based job. Both 3- and 6-month stints available, with a preference for those who can stay for six. This is a 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. gig, so no current students with daytime class commitments will be considered.

Please email a résumé, cover letter, and three writing samples to sommer.mathis@atlasobscura.com, with the words "Editorial Fellow" in your subject line.

The Illinois Obscura Society is Looking for Field Agents!

Enthusiastic Adventure Nerds Wanted: Atlas Obscura is hiring in Illinois!

We are looking for adventure planners for the Illinois Obscura Society chapter to help us develop new programming and create plans for bigger, better explorations into the hidden and strange places all around us.

We’ll be hiring for part-time, per-event paid positions.

Description of Position Responsibilities

Society Chapters are the official real-world outposts of Atlas Obscura, in which we run a regular program of local explorations designed to reveal the hidden gems of the state and get enthusiastic locals and our readers off the computer and out exploring.

Field Agents will be responsible for seeking out and hosting local exploration opportunities monthly such as tours, talks and expeditions or charters further afield.

Specific Responsibilities & Expectations
  • Create interesting tours and event ideas
  • Organize and lead tours
  • Write field reports
  • Manage ticket inventory
Skills & Experience Required

We are seeking an enthusiastic adventure nerd who understands and loves what Atlas Obscura is about and would like to help bring it to life in Illinois. Field Agents must be able to work independently and be creative.

  • A love and knowledge of Illinois, its hidden wonders and strange histories, a desire to find out more and share it with others.
  • Computer and Internet access adequate for working remotely.
  • Must be able to get around your local environment in a timely matter to attend meetings and events.
Bonus
  • Travelers preferred - although it is not a requirement, we are travelers ourselves and we are excited to add more world-minded individuals to our numbers
  • Museum or tour group experience
  • Enthusiasm or academic experience in history
  • PR, marketing or social media professional experience

To apply, please email your resume and a short cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for the role to amy.weber@atlasobscura.com.

The San Francisco Obscura Society is Looking for Field Agents!

Enthusiastic Adventure Nerds Wanted: Atlas Obscura is hiring in San Francisco!

We are looking for adventure planners for the Illinois Obscura Society chapter to help us develop new programming and create plans for bigger, better explorations into the hidden and strange places all around us.

We’ll be hiring for part-time, per-event paid positions.

Description of Position Responsibilities

Society Chapters are the official real-world outposts of Atlas Obscura, in which we run a regular program of local explorations designed to reveal the hidden gems of the state and get enthusiastic locals and our readers off the computer and out exploring.

Field Agents will be responsible for seeking out and hosting local exploration opportunities monthly such as tours, talks and expeditions or charters further afield.

Specific Responsibilities & Expectations
  • Create interesting tours and event ideas
  • Organize and lead tours
  • Write field reports
  • Manage ticket inventory
Skills & Experience Required

We are seeking an enthusiastic adventure nerd who understands and loves what Atlas Obscura is about and would like to help bring it to life in Illinois. Field Agents must be able to work independently and be creative.

  • A love and knowledge of Illinois, its hidden wonders and strange histories, a desire to find out more and share it with others.
  • Computer and Internet access adequate for working remotely.
  • Must be able to get around your local environment in a timely matter to attend meetings and events.
Bonus
  • Travelers preferred - although it is not a requirement, we are travelers ourselves and we are excited to add more world-minded individuals to our numbers
  • Museum or tour group experience
  • Enthusiasm or academic experience in history
  • PR, marketing or social media professional experience

To apply, please email your resume and a short cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for the role to bart.bernhardt@atlasobscura.com.

Freelance Writers and Photographers

We're always looking for submissions from freelance writers and photographers. Check out our pitch guidelines.