Careers

Join Participant Media! Please submit your cover letter and resume to careers@participantmedia.com, with the position you are applying for in the subject of the email.

If you’re a student interested in joining us for a semester, learn more about our student internship program.

If you have graduated within the last year, learn more about our fellowship program.

Current positions:

Manager, Email & Mobile Marketing – TakePart (Los Angeles)

Manager, Video Acquisition & Development – TakePart (Los Angeles)

Director, Software Engineering (Ruby) – TakePart (Los Angeles)

(Temporary) Coordinator, Ad Sales Marketing – Pivot (New York)

Director, Change the Course – Social Action, Campaigns & Programming (Los Angeles)

Software Engineer (Drupal/PHP) – TakePart (Los Angeles)

Associate Editor, Home Page – TakePart (Los Angeles)

Editorial Director, News & Social Justice – TakePart (Los Angeles)

Reporter, Culture & Lifestyle – TakePart (Los Angeles)

Sr. Manager, Research Analytics & Insights – Pivot (Los Angeles)

Reporter, News & Social Justice – TakePart (New York)

Manager, Email & Mobile Marketing – TakePart

TakePart, the digital division of Participant Media, is looking for manger-level CRM talent to join our growing marketing team. This role will focus on growing the size of TakePart’s marketing database through creating/executing marketing promotions, establishing partnerships, and other acquisition campaigns.  This person will also be responsible for creating/deploying email and SMS direct marketing campaigns.

Responsibilities:

  • Help develop TakePart acquisition strategy
  • Grow the TakePart email and SMS lists in alignment with yearly goals
  • Establish relationships with suitable brands and execute partnered promotions
  • Research and work with 3rd party marketing agencies to execute marketing programs
  • Test quality of new leads against house file
  • Provide regular reporting on the success of acquisition campaigns
  • Collaborate with TakePart’s Social Media and Social Action teams to ensure acquisition is maximized across all channels
  • QA email and SMS direct marketing campaigns and ensure they are deployed on time with the highest quality and superior user experience
  • Build segmented email lists based on strategic campaign plans
  • Assist Email/Mobile marketing team to test all aspects of marketing including day/time sent, subject lines, call-to-action placement, etc.
  • Create marketing copy and HTML content for emails
  • Enforce best practice data collection and direct marketing policies including management of marketing permissions, rules for customer contact frequency and CAN-SPAM, COPPA, MMA compliance
  • Stay abreast of opportunities to grow and optimize Digital Marketing efforts

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years in Digital Marketing field working with large brands
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, or related field
  • Experience executing large marketing promotions focusing on user acquisition
  • Worked with 3rd party vendors to create and execute marketing campaigns
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Highly creative with technical prowess
  • Working knowledge of HTML programming and HTML editors
  • High proficiency in MS Office, particularly Excel and Powerpoint, or Mac equivalents
  • Exemplary communication and organizational skills
  • Experience working with front- and back-end web developers
  • General knowledge of topics covered on TakePart.com and in Participant Media films
  • Bonus points:
    • Experience in Email and/or Mobile Marketing Field
    • Graphic design experience

Location: LA Office

Manager, Video Acquisition & Development – TakePart

TakePart is a leading publisher and platform for socially conscious consumers, reaching over 9 million visitors per month.  The site offers original coverage of issues including social justice, the environment, education, global development, and more.  TakePart is searching for an acquisition and development manager to help source and create compelling video content.  This position will be based at the headquarters of TakePart’s parent company, Participant Media.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage video development projects for TakePart as well as brands/partners: create treatments and RFPs, review proposals, select producers, oversee production, provide notes and guidance on edits
  • Source, evaluate, license, and launch video content
  • Help define successful programming formats and a creative lens for video on TakePart
  • Assist with production and postproduction tasks when needed
  • Manage toward video usage and ad inventory goals, working closely with editorial and marketing teams to achieve success
  • Manage TakePart’s YouTube channel

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years film/video experience, including creative development and/or production roles
  • Hands-on “preditor” skills
  • Extensive digital media experience including successful management of YouTube properties
  • Solid filmmaker / producer contacts
  • Comfortable working with a wide variety of colleagues and contacts, ranging from filmmakers to sponsors to business affairs to tech

Location: LA Office

Director, Software Engineering (Ruby) – TakePart

TakePart, the digital division of Participant Media, is seeking a Director, Software Engineering to help build and maintain large-scale web application Ruby on Rails platforms for its office in LA. This is an exciting role at a rapidly growing media company whose mission is to create entertainment that inspires and compels social change.

Responsibilities:

The ideal candidate will be a proficient Ruby developer who is also multidimensional and capable of assisting in an array of developer tasks when needed.  This position will be the lead engineer for all of our Ruby applications and their integration across our technical stack.  Additionally, this role requires supervision of two software engineers.

  • Work with internal and external teams to develop and maintain large-scale, high-availability web applications
  • Work with stakeholders to help define features and plan their development using an Agile process
  • Provide consistent technical leadership – create an architecture roadmap, manage and mentor junior developers, and anticipate and resolve potential roadblocks
  • Seamlessly integrate user interface elements into scalable backend services
  • Optimize code reuse through efficient coding techniques
  • Maintain a disciplined approach to testing and quality assurance

Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent work experience
  • 7+ years in internet software development
  • Expert knowledge of Ruby / Rails
  • Expert knowledge of OO design patterns, MVC frameworks, UI development across desktop, mobile, and tablets
  • Experience with CoffeeScript, RSpec, and Jasmine is a plus
  • Experience developing large-scale, high-availability client/server web applications, preferably consumer-facing
  • Experience working with Drupal or other content management system a plus
  • Comfort implementing and customizing open-source applications
  • Competence working with traffic optimization techniques (e.g. sharding, caching)
  • Ability to multi-task and collaborate with multiple sets of developers, both in-house and external
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Location: LA Office

(Temporary) Coordinator, Ad Sales Marketing – Pivot

Pivot TV is looking for a freelance Ad Sales Marketing Coordinator to fill an immediate need. This role will work closely with an Ad Sales Marketing Director and the larger marketing team as well as sales, programming, creative, and digital team to help develop and manage custom programs that support sales efforts and drive social action.

The ideal person is a self-starter who can think creatively and strategically and can work collaboratively in a fast paced environment.

Responsibilities:

• Actively participate in creative brainstorm sessions to conceptualize revenue-generating programs in response to client RFPs

• Compile compelling proposals in PowerPoint in response to client RFPs

• Post-sale project management of pitches sold through to clients

Qualifications:

• Strong writing skills and strong PowerPoint skills a MUST

• Ability to work as part of a team and individually as needed

• Highly detail-oriented and organized

• Ability to juggle multiple projects at once and thrive in a deadline-driven environment

• Proficient in Word and Excel

• Interested in advertising and television

• Working knowledge of Photoshop a plus

Location: NY Office

Director, Change the Course – Social Action Campaigns & Programming

Lead the day-to-day management and continued development of the CHANGE THE COURSE campaign including:

  • Developing and executing all campaign messaging to CtC community on a weekly basis in integration with TakePart CRM team
  • Managing all campaign budgets, expenditures and internal/external financial reporting
  • Managing campaign microsite and liaising with in-house tech and product to ensure that the campaign’s digital platform and all relevant campaign metrics are functional and up to date
  • Oversee all the social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
  • Researching the relevant organic and paid opportunities for audience expansion and greater campaign reach
  • Identifying and cultivating relationships with potential NGO, foundation and corporate partners
  • Developing and executing digital marketing strategies that include multi-platform content, marketing and action elements for across internal and external platforms
  • Manage any ad buys done via social media.  Support all other digital advertising campaigns including administrative work
  • Analyze the campaign reporting and translate anecdotal and qualitative data into recommendations and plans for revising social media around campaign

Collaborate with external Campaign alliances by:

  • Leading Campaign alliance meetings and acting as point of contact for all marketing, social media and external messaging needs
  • Interact with the social networks of our campaign alliances and sponsors as well as affiliate campaigns
  • Developing campaign elements that are appropriate and effective for campaign alliances
  • Tracking and reporting on the social impact and outcomes of the campaign via in-house and external metrics

Collaborate with other divisions of Participant Media by:

  • Providing research and insights about the most effective strategies for social impact
  • Representing CtC in all relevant film meetings, convenings, presentations, etc.
  • Developing and integrating CtC campaign elements and opportunities into Pivot and TakePart
  • Liaising with all relevant divisions, as necessary, for all maters relevant to Change the Course

This position is will last one year. For more information on Change the Course please visit www.changethecourse.us.

Location: LA Office

Software Engineer (Drupal/PHP) – TakePart

TakePart, the digital division of Participant Media, is seeking a Software Engineer for its office in LA.  The position will assist in the development of our Drupal 7 content management systems.  This is an exciting role at a rapidly growing media company whose mission is to create entertainment that inspires and compels social change.

Responsibilities:

Candidate will be working alongside other software engineers on developing features and functionality in support of a daily publishing site with 10MM monthly visits.  Product lines and other projects include: publishing templates, content distribution and promotion, video, social network and community tools, analytics, and sponsorship initiatives.

  • Develop with Drupal best practices
  • Build and configure custom Drupal modules and themes
  • Plan and implement CMS-driven user interfaces
  • Convert designs from comps to pixel-perfect, responsive web presentations
  • Support content producers in creating custom HTML/CSS code
  • Implement, maintain, and troubleshoot CMS features
  • Troubleshoot cross-browser and cross-platform issues
  • Respond to production issues quickly and effectively

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years hands-on development experience in PHP on consumer-facing websites
  • 2+ years hands-on development experience with HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript
  • Experience working with MySQL or other relational databases
  • Experience with scrum or other agile development methodologies
  • Experience with Git or similar version control system
  • Familiar with coding best practices for SEO and accessibility
  • Familiar with CSS pre-processing and responsive design concepts
  • Dedication to clean, reusable, secure, scalable, and well-tested code
  • Comfort with rapid UI prototyping
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Bonus points:
    • Drupal development experience – understanding of Drupal API, concepts and core modules
    • Knowledge of Ruby, Python or Perl
    • Experience with AWS

Location: LA Office

Associate Editor, Home Page – TakePart

TakePart.com is seeking an Associate Editor to manage editorial packaging for TakePart’s home page, special campaign pages, and mobile platforms. The Assistant Editor will write headlines, track search engine optimization for article pages, and manage general site and technology maintenance. The job will include opportunities to write stories. The right candidate has a knack for clicky headlines and a fluency in digital content management systems and publishing. Duties will also include some administrative work including editorial calendar management.

The Associate Editor will work across all coverage areas to ensure consistently high quality content. A strong foundation in journalism and an understanding of digital storytelling are a must. 

Responsibilities:

  • Updating content on TakePart.com home page and mobile platforms
  • Maintaining editorial assignments calendar
  • Monitoring article pages for search engine optimization and linkage
  • Coordinating with editorial, technology and marketing teams
  • Writing headlines and occasional stories for TakePart.com

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years experience in a newsroom or editorial position
  • Experience and basic understanding of digital journalism and storytelling
  • Strong understanding of Search Engine Optimization
  • Experience working with digital content management systems
  • Strong foundation in digital publishing technology

Location: LA Office

Editorial Director, News & Social Justice – TakePart

TakePart.com is seeking an experienced digital journalist, editor, and newsroom leader for the position of Editorial Director in charge of news and social justice coverage.

The Editorial Director will manage day-to-day assignments, edit daily deadline stories and features, and create a diverse mix of topical content across all digital platforms. The right candidate has an extensive background in digital journalism, a track record of aggressive news coverage and newsroom management, and strong grasp for assigning and managing dynamic multimedia packages.

We are looking for the right leader to manage a staff of talented journalists to broaden the coverage and voice of TakePart.com. How are issues like police misconduct, sentencing inequality, wage inequality, and LGBT rights playing out in American communities and across the world? TakePart aims to go a cut deeper, beyond breaking news, to discover how these and other big topics touch people’s lives, and offer the audience opportunities to participate in change. An experienced editor with a passion for strong journalism and digital story-telling will help us lead the way.

Responsibilities: 

  • Assigning and editing daily stories around news and social justice issues.
  • Managing a team of editors and reporters
  • Managing content rollout and packaging on desktop and mobile platforms
  • Conceiving and executing multimedia content packages
  • Developing a strong social media presence around coverage packages
  • Coordinating with program management, product, marketing and other teams
  • Closely coordinating coverage with TakePart Live (on-air) 

Qualifications:

  • 8+ years experience as a journalist, editor, and newsroom manager
  • 3+ years experience managing a team of editors and reporters
  • Digital journalism experience required
  • Some television experience is a plus

Location: LA Office

Reporter, Culture & Lifestyle

TakePart.com is seeking an experienced digital journalist with a smart take on pop culture to write stories and assist in building and managing coverage focused on socially relevant lifestyle and culture. The right candidate has a strong understanding of the digital space and a track record for creating dynamic content with a distinct voice. Coverage areas will include art, music, books, gaming, technology, and innovation. The ideal candidate will use a variety of formats, including articles, features, photo galleries, infographics, and videos, to create a diverse landscape of lifestyle content.

Responsibilities:

  • Writing culture and lifestyle stories with a socially relevant lens
  • Conceiving and creating a diverse editorial strategy across a variety of content types
  • Coordinating with editorial, social action, social media teams
  • Managing freelance contributors when necessary
  • Some weekend hours required

Qualifications:

  • 2-4 years experience as a reporter and/or editor
  • Experience, expertise, and contacts relevant to culture and lifestyle
  • Digital journalism experience required

Location: LA Office

Sr. Manager, Research Analytics & Insights – Pivot

The Senior Manager, Research Analytics and Insights will oversee audience analytics for all Pivot platforms and provide data and analysis to all departments.

Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee audience analytics for all platforms with focus on analysis servicing Ad Sales and Affiliate teams
  • Manage qualitative projects to uncover, create and compile data resources (demos, psychographics, comparisons, success metrics, etc.) to create the best stories possible for Ad Sales and Affiliate teams
  • Manage qualitative projects that are designed to give the programming team concrete feedback on proposed and current programs
  • Create ratings and qualitative-based sales and marketing materials, including sales presentations/pitches
  • Stay on top of industry changes / developments in audience metrics across all platforms, ensuring Pivot is accessing most relevant metrics and has access to all data that will allow for most complete analysis and the ability to craft the best stories for sales
  • Interpret research data for senior managers to assist in their decision making
  • Collaborate with Sr. Director of Program Research Analytics to craft research and analysis for upfront sales presentation
  • Support Sr. Director of Program Research Analytics, EVP Sales and VP Pricing & Planning in setting estimates for each year and upfront period and work estimates into a sales model to reach business goals
  • Work with digital analyst to coordinate digital story for sales purposes
  • Manage relationships with third party providers of research services such as Kagan and MRI, Nielsen and Rentrak primary teams
  • Other duties/special projects as assigned

Direct Report: Research Analyst

Reports to: VP, Multi-platform Scheduling and Research

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of experience in audience analytics
  • Prior experience working at a cable television network preferred

Location: LA Office

Reporter, News & Social Justice – TakePart

TakePart.com is seeking an experienced digital journalist with a track record of covering social justice news. How are issues like human rights, police conduct, sentencing laws, wage inequality, and LGBT rights conduct playing out across the country, and how are they affecting American communities? TakePart aims to go a cut deeper, beyond breaking news, to discover how these and other big topics touch people’s lives, and offer the audience opportunities to participate in change.

The ideal candidate will have experience reporting and writing in a fast paced digital news environment and know how to balance quick-hit viral stories with longer-form writing. Candidates should also have fluency on digital content management systems, SEO, and social media, and be able to conceive and tell stories through a variety of formats, including articles, features, photo galleries, infographics, and videos.

Responsibilities:

  • Reporting and writing news and social justice stories
  • Conceiving and creating a diverse editorial strategy across a variety of content types
  • Coordinating with editorial, social action, social media teams
  • Managing freelance contributors when necessary
  • Some weekend hours required

Qualifications:

  • 2-4+ years experience as a journalist and/or editor
  • Experience, expertise, and contacts relevant to social justice reporting
  • Digital journalism experience

Location: NY Office