Work at Autostraddle!

Autostraddle.com is the world’s leading online magazine for lesbian, queer and bisexual women and all genders of trans and non-binary people, and reaches millions of queers around the world in an effort to build community, promote self-acceptance and have fun on the internet. We seek out smart, innovative and creative thinkers with a passion for queer culture who thrive when given space to fulfill their personal and big-picture ambitions.

Take a look at current job openings below. You’ll need to apply for these positions using the form provided, but if you have questions about these ads or need assistance with the form, don’t hesitate to email our Director of Operations, Laneia Jones (laneia@autostraddle.com).

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Full-time exempt, Remote

We’re looking for an experienced and innovative graphic designer to join our team and lead all things visual for our thriving LGBTQ+ community.

This role is ideal for an ambitious creative interested in executing projects across multiple fields and formats. This job has everything: gay t-shirts, tissue paper for A+ subscription boxes, infographics, in-house ads for holiday merch sales, Instagram stories, Canva brand kits, event signage, and many other beautiful places where your designs will shine.

Qualified candidates will have experience working with Adobe CS and UI programs like Figma.

You will be primarily working remotely, and we are interested in applicants from anywhere in the United States. Your work will be largely self-directed and self-managed, working proactively to identify and solve problems and sort through competing priorities.

The role of Art Director currently spans three distinct areas of the company: Website, Merchandise, and Instagram. We’re aiming to eventually hire a Social Media Director, so the Instagram-related aspect of your position is temporary.

Website responsibilities include:

  • Working with editors to translate their vision into visuals for content across all platforms: feature graphics, social imagery, dividers, in-article pictures (this will also include sourcing and directing outside illustrators and designers as necessary).
  • Creating branding for various content series.
  • Designing the look and feel for fundraising campaigns, A+ membership drives and other Autostraddle celebrations.
  • Working with our tech team to design and implement new or updated website features and layouts forAutostraddle.
  • Creating easy-to-use templates for editors.
  • Working with the Ad Director to deliver punchy proposals, display ads and social images for brands.
  • Working with the Fundraising/A+ Director to develop enticing graphics that encourage donations or membership sign-ups.

Merchandise responsibilities include:

  • Brainstorming and conceptualizing new merch ideas, both independently and with the team.
  • Sourcing and art directing outside designers, or doing your own design work, to bring merch ideas into reality.
  • Corresponding with printers to get estimates, craft orders, create print-ready art files and payment processes.
  • Tracking data on sales, inventory and orders.
  • Creating marketing materials around new merch and sales: writing posts, creating sales graphics and social campaigns.
  • Maintaining the Autostraddle Store by regularly organizing the storefront, keeping inventory updated, and determining necessary discount schedules.

Instagram responsibilities include:

  • Identifying new and legacy content that will do well on the platform.
  • Creating graphics and images specific to the platform.
  • Overseeing a regular schedule of Instagram activity, both on the grid and in stories.
  • Crafting post copy, and boosting the signal of a post through hashtags, tagging, and cross-posting on Facebook if necessary.
  • Ensuring the health of our algorithm by engaging with comments, maintaining our schedule, and reposting stories.

About Working at Autostraddle:

Founded by a group of friends using a queen bed as a desk in a cramped Morningside Heights apartment, Autostraddle has since grown to a leading media company financed primarily by the support of our passionate community of readers. We are dedicated to creating stable and supportive opportunities for employment, contract work and self-expression for LGBTQIA+ people. Aside from our annual staff retreat, our office is entirely remote with a full-time team of 9 employees, as well as numerous part-time and freelance workers.

You are largely able to set your own hours with the expectation that they will overlap with required meetings and the hours of other team members as much as possible.

Compensation:

  • $70k/year starting salary
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance for employee and dependents
  • 401(k) after six months of employment
  • Unlimited PTO

Full-time exempt, Remote

We’re looking for a talented writer and editor with leadership chops, digital media experience and a repository of SEO knowledge to join our team as a Deputy Editor. Second in rank to the Editor-in-Chief, the Deputy Editor will be responsible for developing a vision that aligns our creative and ethical goals with the oft-compromising reality that our survival depends on content that performs well on search engines. The Deputy Editor will also be writing their own work, editing work from freelance writers, managing our team of part-time Subject Editors and consulting on all-around strategy.

The Deputy Editor will have a vested interest in creating online media and community that is fun, accessible, intellectual and analytical. They will value the importance of working together as a part of a small team on large projects, and be self-driven to follow through projects from conception to completion.

You will be primarily working remotely, and we are interested in applicants from anywhere in the United States. If you are located in a major U.S. metro area, please let us know. There are a number of in-person events, meetings and interviews where adjacency to cities such as L.A., New York, San Francisco and Chicago is helpful.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with online tools and internal and external consultants to develop good, smart, efficient editorial strategy for SEO-optimized content, including monitoring relevant search trends, adjusting workflow processes, and soliciting, writing and editing content in line with our SEO goals.
  • Writing 2-3 posts a week.
  • Working with the Editor-in-Chief to meet traffic goals and guide the editorial, creative and cultural vision of Autostraddle.com.
  • Assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief in her absence.
  • Managing and mentoring a team of 4-5 part-time Subject Editors.
  • Working with the Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief to manage team writers.
  • Self-managing a pipeline of soliciting, responding to solicited pitches, editing and publishing team and freelance writers.
  • Representing Autostraddle in person, as press or participant, as needed at events (e.g., GLAAD Awards, Press Junkets).
  • Collaborating with the entire senior team and our A+/Fundraising Director to brainstorm and craft annual/bi-annual Fundraising campaigns and monthly A+ content.
  • As needed, working with our Advertising + Affiliates director to craft pitches for spon-con.

The ideal candidate’s background will include:

  • 3+ years of experience writing and/or editing for a digital publication.
  • Complete literacy in SEO for publishers and related tools.
  • The ability to produce content on a tight turnaround and craft clever headlines while bringing unique views and well-honed analysis to stories relevant to our community that are full of your own voice.
  • Existing proficiency (or quick learning!) of basic HTML, Google Analytics, Slack, WordPress, Jetpack Stats, Yoast, Photoshop, Airtable, Google Search Console, Parse.ly and Mailchimp.
  • Experience managing people or project management, performing customer service, social media.
  • Familiarity with online community culture and the specific nuances of politically progressive queer spaces.
  • Impeccable and intuitive writing, editing and copyediting skills.
  • An interest and natural/instinctive ability to connect with readers using writing and social media, a strong personal brand.
  • Solid social skills in all formats (email, chat, phone, IRL).
  • A commitment to anti-racism and the inclusion of disabled and trans people in queer communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, edit and collaborate with writers and creators from historically marginalized communities, such as QTPOC, disabled and trans people and an understanding of and belief in the importance of the unique needs of those communities.
  • U.S. residents only.

About Working at Autostraddle:

Founded by a group of friends using a queen bed as a desk in a cramped Morningside Heights apartment, Autostraddle has since grown to a leading media company financed primarily by the support of our passionate community of readers. We are dedicated to creating stable and supportive opportunities for employment, contract work and self-expression for LGBTQIA+ people. Aside from our annual staff retreat, our office is entirely remote with a full-time team of 9 employees, as well as numerous part-time and freelance workers.

You are largely able to set your own hours with the expectation that they will overlap with required meetings and the hours of other team members as much as possible. Twice a month you will be tasked with “weekend editor” duties, which involve 2-3 hours of weekend work as well as being aware of what’s happening on the website and in Slack over the weekend. In those weeks you will be expected to take a weekday off.

Compensation:

  • $70k/year salary
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance for employee and dependents
  • 401(k) after six months
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Opportunities to earn extra money writing sponsored content

Full-time exempt, Remote
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Autostraddle is looking for an ambitious and experienced salesperson to amp up our presence in the advertising space in a leadership role as the Senior Director of Advertising Sales.

The ideal candidate will be a personable, detail-oriented project manager and problem solver, able to work independently towards shared goals and build meaningful relationships with internal and external stakeholders. You’ll be a talented written and oral communicator who gets excited about brainstorming and developing creative, unique brand partnerships, and be a self-starter who’s able to jump right in on a significant workload.

You will be working remotely with a small team of 9 full-time employees across the country, but will occasionally be required to meet with clients in-person, and therefore ideally you will be located in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco or the surrounding regions. Although other team members will assist you with brainstorming, sponsored content and visual design, you will be the only full-time employee devoted to Advertising Sales.

Historically we have relied on revenue from subscribers and events to comprise our budget, but we are looking to shift towards a model that relies equally, if not moreso, on advertising. This is our first full-time position dedicated solely to advertising, and your work will enable our company to continue providing community and reliable employment for LGBTQ+ people, and prove the incredible viability of the queer market to brands worldwide.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Putting together media packages and pricing for RFPs.
  • Researching and cold-calling prospective advertisers (national and regional) consistent with our target demographic.
  • Building relationships with prospective and current advertisers.
  • Effectively articulating and communicating the Autostraddle brand through marketing materials and proposals.
  • Attending in-person meetings, conferences and events as necessary.
  • Project managing our team members and external contractors involved in the execution of a campaign from concept to completion.
  • Providing recap decks to demonstrate ROI to clients post-campaign.
  • Selecting and managing our ad insertion platforms for programmatic and direct campaigns.

The ideal candidate’s background will include:

  • 2+ years of proven expertise and experience working in digital ad sales.
  • An understanding of the current ad sales marketplace, as well as current trends in LGBTQ media, podcasting, women’s media, publishing and social media.
  • Prior business development, content strategy or a marketing role, ideally in the advertising sales digital marketing sector.
  • Familiarity with digital ad technology and current industry trends.
  • U.S. residents only.

While not required, we would also be interested in candidates with the following attributes. If this is you, please let us know in your application!

  • A network of contacts at relevant brands and agencies.
  • Proficiency in Slack, Airtable, Google Analytics, Jetpack / WordPress Stats, the Adobe Suite and/or Parse.ly.

About Working at Autostraddle

Founded by a group of friends using a queen bed as a desk in a cramped Morningside Heights apartment, Autostraddle has since grown to a leading media company financed primarily by the support of our passionate community of readers. We are dedicated to creating stable and supportive opportunities for employment, contract work and self-expression for LGBTQIA+ people. Aside from our annual staff retreat, our office is entirely remote with a full-time team of 9 employees, as well as numerous part-time and freelance workers.

You are largely able to set your own hours with the expectation that they will overlap with required meetings and the hours of other team members as much as possible.

Compensation:

  • Salary negotiable based on experience, $85k base, $100k-$150k OTE (commission ranges from 5% – 20%)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance for employee and dependents
  • 401(k) after six months of employment
  • Unlimited PTO

The Excitant Group LLC is an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, trans status, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender presentation, disability, veteran status or any other protected category.