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Deputy Director of Events

Atlas Obscura is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced, and detail-oriented adventure planner to join our expanding team as the Deputy Director of Events. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits, based in Brooklyn, NY, with a start date of January 1, 2017.

As Deputy you’ll work directly with the Director of Events to develop new programming in NYC and beyond, with an emphasis on highlighting the hidden, the wondrous, and the unusual.

Compensation is competitive and includes stock options in Atlas Obscura.

Responsibilities
  • Maintain and expand our regular calendar of local events by overseeing a team of freelance field agents, curating your own unique programming, and assisting on large-scale marquee and sponsored events.
  • Support the launch and management of additional Atlas Obscura Society chapters on the east coast.
  • Share and promote event programming through our website, local Facebook page, and mailing lists.
  • Create a budget and manage the finances for local events, while keeping detailed individual and monthly event reports.
  • Forge lasting partnerships and collaborations with institutions, organizations, and individuals.
  • Expand and foster our real-world and digital community while being a strong representative of the brand.
Requirements
  • 2+ years of event-planning or tour-guide experience.
  • Experience in leadership and team management.
  • Experience handling a budget and tracking finances for a business.
  • Strong writing and social media skills.
  • A strong connection and familiarity with New York City, a passion for exploration and adventure.

To apply, please email your resume and a short cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for the role to [email protected].

Editor-in-Chief

Atlas Obscura is hiring a new Editor-in-Chief.

As editor, you’ll guide the editorial vision of Atlas Obscura across all platforms. You’ll work with a team of writers and editors (some staff, some freelance) to create original digital content about history, science, geography, exploration—any subject that’s filled with wonder and surprise. You’ll assign articles, videos, podcasts, and VR.

But we’re a startup, which means you’ll also be doing lots more to build Atlas Obscura into a successful venture. You’ll help on our events and our book projects. You’ll collaborate on our user-created Atlas of 10,000 of the world’s most unusual places. You’ll work with with our sales team to come up with branded content packages for advertisers.

You’ll report to the CEO. Compensation is competitive and includes equity.

Who are you?
  • You’ve got excellent experience in digital media as an editor, writer, or both.
  • You’re comfortable in a small, fast-moving, and flexible organization.
  • You’ve worked well with both sales and product teams.
  • You’ve hired and managed people successfully.
  • You know how to experiment to grow traffic and how to use metrics.
  • You’re hard-working and good-natured.
  • You’re based in New York.
  • You love Atlas Obscura.

If that’s you, please apply by emailing a cover letter (in the body of your email—thanks) and a resume to [email protected]

Photo Editor (PT)

Atlas Obscura is hiring a part-time (20hrs/week) Photo Editor for two months in early 2017. The role will primarily be responsible for finding strong visuals for a wide variety of stories, which will require excellent photo research skills. The role also involves responding to queries about image rights; assessing photo-related pitches and assigning where necessary; budgeting; and, on occasion, commissioning original photography.

Ideally the person would be able to meet in person at least once a week with staff in the Brooklyn office, but remote work would be okay, too.

Requirements
  • Good understanding of digital rights and licensing
  • Ability to find great images using a wide range of resources, archives and websites
  • Ability to work with a modest budget
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • An eye for what makes a strong image, and for what makes for a great Atlas Obscura visual story
  • Experience working at a digital editorial operation, particularly working closely with editors and writers

To apply, please email your resume and a short cover letter containing a few links to previous digital photo editing work to [email protected] and [email protected].

Integrated Sales Planner

Atlas Obscura is seeking an organized, digitally savvy Integrated Sales Planner to join our growing sales and brand partnerships team in Brooklyn. The role will handle media planning for digital, event, branded content and other campaigns and will focus on supporting presale activities, from pitch to Insertion Order approval, as well as interacting with our ad ops partners.

Responsibilities
  • Lead media plan development for digital media campaigns with display, video, branded content, podcast, event, integrated, 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, events, and more.
Requirements
  • 2+ years of digital media experience, working in ad ops, planning, account management, sales marketing, or similar.
  • Understanding of media planning, pricing, ad products, and the advertising market.
  • Knowledge of advertising standards, specs and IAB guidelines.
  • Familiarity with the digital advertising ops ecosystem, including DFP and other servers, rich media providers, custom media vendors, and analytics platforms.
  • Experience 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 short cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for the role to [email protected]

Obscura Society Chapter Head - Boston

Calling all Enthusiastic Adventure Nerds - Atlas Obscura is hiring a Chapter Head to lead the Boston 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. and Philadelphia, and are thrilled to be launching new chapters in Boston and Seattle!

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
  • Forge lasting partnerships and collaborations with institutions, organizations, and individuals
  • Collaborate with other departments including Editorial, Audience Development and Product
  • Manage and present budgets, accounts, and financial statements
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate
  • Highly motivated self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Experience organizing and running both large and small scale events
  • Excellent writing, editing (photo/text), presentation, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated track record of successful community building
  • 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 Boston 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!

Click here to apply

Places Writing Fellow

Do you love geography, 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? Come be a fellow at Atlas Obscura! We are hoping to hire an editorial fellow for our Places team to begin January 2, 2017, with the potential for a longer-term commitment.

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 with user-generated content from the Atlas community of contributors, and learning about social media strategy.

Some key attributes
  • Demonstrated writing and research 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 6 months. This is a 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. gig, so no current students with class commitments will be considered.

Please apply with a resume, writing sample (ideally a place you have submitted to the Atlas!) and brief note about previous jobs and current passions to: [email protected].

The Seattle Obscura Society is Looking for Field Agents!

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

We are looking for enthusiastic adventure planners to help us launch the Seattle Obscura Society and develop new event programming with an emphasis on the hidden and unusual in the Pacific NW.

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 Seattle. Field Agents must be able to work independently and be creative.

  • A love and knowledge of Seattle, 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

Click here to apply

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

Click here to apply

Freelance Writers and Photographers

We're always looking for submissions from freelance writers and photographers. Check out our pitch guidelines and get in touch with our editors via this form.