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Associate Editor, Food & Drink

Atlas Obscura is hiring an associate editor to write and edit stories for our forthcoming food and drink vertical. This is not a typical food journalism job. Instead of restaurant reviews, recipes, or interviews with famous chefs, you’ll tell unexpected stories about food and its interaction with cultural, political, and economic forces. You may write about why all of upstate New York eats the same BBQ chicken or profile the (Canadian) inventor of Hawaiian pizza. Atlas Obscura stories explore something hidden, inspire a sense of wonder, and often have a strong sense of place.

As the associate food editor, you’ll join our growing, Brooklyn-based team. Your priority will be writing—you’ll be the first writer for our food vertical. You’ll also work with the food editor to edit freelance contributors. This is a great role if you enjoy unearthing hidden or surprising stories and want to be part of a growing media startup.

Responsibilities
  • Generate an endless supply of interesting and surprising story ideas about the world of food
  • Write a mix of short, daily posts and longer, reported stories
  • Edit articles by our freelance contributors
Requirements
  • At least 3 years in digital media, with excellent writing samples
  • Editing experience is a plus but not required
  • Demonstrated interest in food and drink—although you do not need to have focused previously on food. People who have not worked in food journalism are encouraged to apply.
  • Enthusiasm about working at a startup and pitching in where necessary
  • A good command of sharing content on social media and writing headlines that garner attention online
  • Experience creating or editing visuals using Photoshop or other tools is a plus

To apply, please email your resume, links to three writing samples, and a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to [email protected], with “Associate Editor” in the subject line. To stand out, please send 2-3 story ideas for Atlas Obscura’s food vertical that include a working title and a paragraph on the angle you’d take.

Community Editor, Food & Drink

Atlas Obscura is hiring an editor to help us create the definitive guide to the world’s most unusual and wondrous food and drink. Over 9,000 people have contributed to Atlas Obscura, our online database of the world’s hidden and curious places, and in 2016, we published our first book based on the Atlas, which became a best seller.

As the community editor for our forthcoming food vertical, you’ll join our growing, Brooklyn-based team. You’ll need the research, writing, and editing skills to create food entries, transform suggestions from our audience into thrilling write-ups, and create articles based on our food and drink database. You’ll also need the people skills to encourage our audience to use the database. This is a great role if you love food and want to join a growing media startup, manage a new project, and inspire people to have novel experiences.

Responsibilities
  • Edit food and drink entries submitted by our community of users
  • Research and write your own food and drink entries
  • Find and commission beautiful photographs, illustrations, and artwork for each entry
  • Communicate with our users and audience to encourage them to submit entries and use the database
  • Work with our product team to improve the database and add new features
  • Manage the creation of user-generated entries from submission through editing to publication
  • Work with our growing food and drink team to turn database entries into articles, lists, and, eventually, a book
Requirements
  • At least 4 years in digital media or related fields
  • Professional writing and editing experience as well as a command of sharing content on social media
  • Insatiable curiosity as well as excitement about Atlas Obscura’s mission of instilling a sense of wonder in our audience
Bonus Skills
  • Experience building a digital community or communicating with customers
  • Experience creating or editing visuals using Photoshop or other tools
  • Experience in product management

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to [email protected], with “Community Editor” in the subject line. To stand out, please send two suggestions of foods that belong in the database, along with a several paragraph description that communicates what is interesting and unique about that food or drink.

Fellow, Food & Drink

Atlas Obscura is hiring a fellow to help us create the definitive guide to the world’s most unusual and wondrous food and drink. Over 9,000 people have contributed to Atlas Obscura, our online database of the world’s hidden and curious places, and in 2016, we published our first book based on the Atlas, which became a best seller.

As the fellow on our new food vertical, you’ll join our growing, Brooklyn-based team and work with the community editor to create our comprehensive database of unique and curious food. You’ll write entries about foods and drinks like halo-halo and Tutankhamun Ale, and help out with administrative tasks related to the database. This is a great role if you’re insatiably curious, eager to develop your writing and research skills, and interested in a career in media and journalism.

Atlas Obscura fellows receive a salary and work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m (or 10 to 6), so no current students with class commitments will be considered. The fellowship lasts either three or six months, with a preference for those who can stay for six. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities
  • Edit food and drink entries submitted by our community of users
  • Research and write your own food and drink entries
  • Find beautiful photographs for each entry
  • Work with the community editor on administrative tasks to improve the database and assist with articles on an ad-hoc basis
Requirements
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Curiosity and excitement about food and drink
  • Passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission of instilling a sense of wonder in our audience
  • Willingness to pitch in at a growing startup
Bonus Skills
  • Experience creating or editing visuals using Photoshop or other tools
  • Journalism or other professional writing experience

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to [email protected], with “Food Fellow” in the subject line. To stand out, please send two suggestions of foods that belong in the database, along with a several paragraph description that communicates what is interesting and unique about that food or drink.

Senior Product Manager

Atlas Obscura is seeking a Senior Product Manager to join our growing, Brooklyn-based team. In this role, you’ll work with a dedicated group of developers and designers in an Agile environment to create inspirational online experiences while helping grow revenue and build a successful business. For more than 5 million monthly visitors, atlasobscura.com is already a beloved portal for unexpected stories, amazing events, and undiscovered places both near and far; the Senior Product Manager will succeed by sharing even more wonder with even more users.

Responsibilities
  • Leading a scrum team in daily stand-ups, weekly backlog maintenance meetings, and bi-weekly sprints.
  • Iteratively improving site functionality with a particular focus on community, search, revenue opportunities, and our CMS.
  • Conducting frequent customer research and socializing the results.
  • Reporting to the COO and working cross-functionally with the Editorial, Audience Development, Ad Sales, and Events teams.
  • Closely tracking results, analyzing losses, and celebrating wins.
Requirements
  • At least 4-5 years experience as a Product Manager leading Agile teams.
  • A demonstrated ability to build successful products that customers love.
  • Expertise at conducting customer interviews and implementing user-centered design.
  • Customer obsession—our users love us, and you should love them back.
  • Being well-organized, a great communicator, and generally unstoppable.
  • A sense of wonder and a passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission.
Bonus Skills
  • Experience working in media.
  • Experience building native apps.
  • Experience A/B Testing.
  • Prior work experience as a developer or designer.

Salary is competitive and includes equity. To apply for this role, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest to [email protected]. If you’d like your application to stand out, please spend 5 minutes on the site and share the first 1-2 usability issues you encounter.

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 [email protected], with “Advertising Associate” in the subject line.

Obscura Society Chapter Head – Austin

Calling all Enthusiastic Adventure Nerds—Atlas Obscura is hiring a Chapter Head to lead the Austin Obscura Society! This job is a part-time, per-event paid position.

Obscura Society Chapters are the real-world outposts of Atlas Obscura, in which we run a regular program of local events and excursions designed to reveal the hidden gems of the region and get enthusiastic locals and our readers off the computer and out exploring. We currently have chapters in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Seattle and are thrilled to be launching a new chapter in Austin!

Responsibilities
  • Develop and execute a calendar of events designed to spark our attendees' curiosity and sense of wonder
  • Lead a diverse team of field agents and volunteers
  • Expand our real-world and digital audience through events, marketing/promotion, social media, and interactions with the press
  • Forge lasting partnerships and collaborations with institutions, organizations, and individuals
  • Collaborate with other city Chapters and Atlas departments including Editorial, Audience Development, Sales, and Product (including both monthly and ad hoc meetings)
  • Manage and present monthly budgets, accounts, financial statements, and set annual Key Performance Indicators
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
  • Highly motivated self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Experience organizing and running both large and small scale events (background working with sponsors is a bonus!)
  • Excellent writing, editing (text/photo), presentation, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated track record of successful community building
  • Familiarity and comfort with local media
  • Comfortable working remotely
  • Experience managing a professional brand on social media
  • A passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission and a deep curiosity about the world around them
  • Contagious enthusiasm

A love and knowledge of Austin is required, as is a desire to seek out the unusual, the hidden and the wondrous in your area and to share your discoveries with others!

Bonus

Travelers preferred! While we firmly believe that there is something wondrous no matter where you are, we also love people who have experienced the world.

Museum/academic/historical society experience always a plus!


Apply here.

Obscura Society Chapter Head – Portland

Calling all Enthusiastic Adventure Nerds—Atlas Obscura is hiring a Chapter Head to lead the Portland Obscura Society! This job is a part-time, per-event paid position.

Obscura Society Chapters are the real-world outposts of Atlas Obscura, in which we run a regular program of local events and excursions designed to reveal the hidden gems of the region and get enthusiastic locals and our readers off the computer and out exploring. We currently have chapters in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Seattle and are thrilled to be launching a new chapter in Portland, Oregon!

Responsibilities
  • Develop and execute a calendar of events designed to spark our attendees' curiosity and sense of wonder
  • Lead a diverse team of field agents and volunteers
  • Expand our real-world and digital audience through events, marketing/promotion, social media, and interactions with the press
  • Forge lasting partnerships and collaborations with institutions, organizations, and individuals
  • Collaborate with other city Chapters and Atlas departments including Editorial, Audience Development, Sales, and Product (including both monthly and ad-hoc meetings as needed)
  • Manage and present monthly budgets, accounts, financial statements, and set annual Key Performance Indicators
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
  • Highly motivated self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Experience organizing and running both large and small scale events (background working with sponsors is a bonus!)
  • Excellent writing, editing (text/photo), presentation, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated track record of successful community building
  • Familiarity and comfort with local media
  • Comfortable working remotely
  • Experience managing a professional brand on social media
  • A passion for Atlas Obscura’s mission and a deep curiosity about the world around them
  • Contagious enthusiasm

A love and knowledge of Portland is required, as is a desire to seek out the unusual, the hidden and the wondrous in your area and to share your discoveries with others!

Bonus

Travelers preferred! While we firmly believe that there is something wondrous no matter where you are, we also love people who have experienced the world.

Museum/academic/historical society experience always a plus!


Apply here.

The Denver Obscura Society is Looking for Field Agents!

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

We are looking for adventure planners for the Denver 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 Colorado. Field Agents must be able to work independently and be creative.

A love and knowledge of Colorado, 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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]

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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco. Field Agents must be able to work independently and be creative.

  • A love and knowledge of San Francisco, 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 [email protected]

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