Jobs + Intern




Digital Editor

Reports to Editor
Location: Central Arkansas or Remote

The Oxford American (OA), a nonprofit literary arts organization devoted to exploring the complexity of the American South through our quarterly print magazine, digital media, and live events, is seeking an experienced Digital Editor (DE) who is eager to think creatively about the OA’s future. At a time when the Oxford American is evolving our online presence and expanding access to our large archive, this position provides an opportunity for someone with strong initiative to contribute to the strategy and growth of our digital platforms and audience. Thus, a thorough knowledge of the Oxford American’s aesthetic and mission is a prerequisite. 

We are seeking someone with initiative and drive, who is capable of balancing multiple deadlines and has exceptional written and verbal communication skills. The DE should be able to function both as part of a dynamic team working toward common goals and independently. Successful candidates should be comfortable brainstorming, leading, and executing new ideas and projects from start to finish. 

The digital editor will have the option to report to the magazine’s main offices in Conway, Arkansas or work remotely. This is a full-time salaried position reporting to the magazine’s Editor.

Responsibilities

* Oversee digital production calendar

* Manage oxfordamerican.org

o Upload content to CMS

o Keep home and support pages updated

* Solicit, curate, and edit web + multimedia stories

* Select and secure art/photo pairings for digital stories

* Contribute to production of Points South podcast multimedia supplements

* Collaborate with engagement editor to ensure consistent messaging across web and social spaces

* Manage the print-to-digital production process

Knowledge, skills, and experience

* Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) and minimum 3 years in a digital editorial role

* Demonstrated ability to implement SEO best practices

* Demonstrated proficiencies with CMSes, HTML, and analytics tools

* Proficiency with InDesign, Photoshop, Canva, etc.

* Excellent organizational and communication abilities

* Track record of audience/traffic growth

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Development Coordinator

Reports to Executive Director

Location: Central Arkansas or Remote

The Oxford American (OA), a nonprofit literary arts organization, is seeking a Development Coordinator (DC) for an exciting opportunity to help lead the organization to new heights. The DC will play an essential role in redefining and executing development strategies that enhance the organization’s fundraising practices. This is a full-time salaried position.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter committed to the OA’s mission to explore the complexity and vitality of the American South. We are seeking someone capable of balancing multiple deadlines and who has exceptional written and verbal communication skills. The DC should be comfortable functioning both as part of a dynamic team working toward common goals and independently.

Responsibilities

* Develop a sustainable strategy for contributed income that leverages the organization’s strengths, including:

o Consistent award-winning quality and integrity

o Recognition as a national leader in literary journalism and arbiter of Southern culture

o Enhanced and stable financial position

o Sustained success with donor stewardship and relationship-building

* Grant research, writing, and management with an emphasis on successful new multi-year funding

* Establish realistic budgets and strategies for general donations and major gift giving

o Maintain the OA’s current network of stakeholders while cultivating new relationships

* Work directly with marketing team to manage project workflow and oversee milestones for campaigns

* Work with ED and Editor to conceive of and execute up to (3) fundraising events each year

Knowledge, skills, and experience

* Bachelor’s degree and min. 3-5 years of experience in fundraising, development, and project management

* Arts, humanities, and/or literary development experience preferred

* Demonstrated success in past development and fundraising roles

* Proficient in donor database management applications, as well as MS Office suite

* Enthusiastic about developing positive relationships with current and potential donors 

* Ability to work closely with multiple departments to execute events and programs

* Ability to prioritize and manage several milestones and projects efficiently

* Exceptional professional written and interpersonal skills toward relationships with donors, foundations, etc.

* Experience planning large-scale events and fundraisers

* Ability to generate interest in the organization and serve as a steward for our mission

* Experience working with a diverse team and promoting a mission

Additional Information

* Travel will be required

* Salary and benefits package including health, dental + vision insurance, unlimited vacation, and 401(k) plan

* Compensation will be commensurate with demonstrated experience and skills

* To apply, email a cover letter and résumé to jobs@oxfordamerican.org, Subject line: Development Coordinator.

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Junior Account Executive

Reports to Ad Sales Director
Location: Remote or Central Arkansas

The Junior Account Executive (JAE) will play an integral role in the Advertising Sales process at the Oxford American. The primary objective for this position will be to manage a list of accounts while interacting with all departments of the organization including Marketing, Production, Accounting, etc.

We are seeking an individual with 1–3 years of media planning/buying experience who is looking to make the transition to Advertising Sales. The ideal candidate will have serviced accounts with a heavy focus on Digital (although Print experience is a plus). Oxford American works with a wide variety of clients; the JAE will engage with key decision-makers across categories including Tourism, Arts & Culture, Academia, and Food/Beverage, among others. This candidate must demonstrate a collaborative spirit with a passion for learning and the ability to multi-task. They will take great pride in their ability to close deals while developing strong working relationships with clients as well as their coworkers at the OA. 

Responsibilities

* Manage an account list by establishing relationships and making sales presentations to ad agencies and clients

* Generate advertising revenue through new account acquisition while growing existing business

* Focus on selling integrated advertising packages including both Digital and Print assets of the OA Brand

* Utilize knowledge of the entire advertising sales process by engaging with all the internal departments of the OA including Marketing, Production, Accounts Receivables, etc.

* Oversee Digital and Print production calendar while liaising with clients and internal departments

* Assist the Advertising Director (AD) in creation of sales tools for agencies and client organizations

* Maintain analytics for Digital platforms and (upon request) ad campaigns

* Coordinate Digital invoicing with the Accounting Manager (FA) per agency or client purchase

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

* 1–3 years of related experience with particular expertise related to Digital media

* Proven ability to meet deadlines, multi-task, and work under pressure

* Strong analytic abilities with numbers and data with attention to detail

* Ability to be efficient, effective, and productive

* Exceptional work ethic: ability to proactively manage workload, as well as excel in a team environment

* Software: Microsoft Suite (required), Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat) (highly preferred)

* Familiarity working in a CMS, Analytics platform, Google Workplace, and cloud file management platforms

Compensation

This is a contract position. The Oxford American will offer 25% commission on sales in addition to a monthly retainer for responsibilities listed above. Retainer will be commensurate with experience and time commitment to these duties. 

To apply, email a cover letter and résumé to jobs@oxfordamerican.org, Subject line: Junior Account Executive.

 


Editorial Internships


The Oxford American offers a comprehensive year-round editorial internship program.

We have full-time and part-time positions available and offer a stipend of $2,500 per term. Internships begin in January, June, and September, though the program provides some flexibility for starting dates, and the opportunity for interested interns to extend their terms. For the near future, internships will be remote.

The OA is grateful to the family of Jeff Baskin (Susan Weinstein, Bernie and Danny Baskin) for their generous support of this program. Jeff Baskin, a librarian by trade, was a lifelong and generous literary citizen. His imaginative approach to his work and his programming innovations brought reading and writing to countless in the North Little Rock community. In 2010, he initiated the Laman Library Writers Fellowship, an annual award that honored Arkansas writers. In partnership with his family, the Oxford American is proud to reinvigorate and expand this legacy to support editors and writers.

The OA is also lucky to receive support from the University of Central Arkansas and the Murphy Scholars program at Hendrix College toward internship placements for their students in accordance with the academic calendar. For more information on UCA’s graduate student assistantship, please reach out to Stephanie Vanderslice at stephv@uca.edu. Hendrix students should apply here and contact Hope Coulter at coulter@hendrix.edu with additional questions.

We accept applications for all terms year-round but please note the following deadlines: 

  • April 15 for internships starting in June

  • August 21 for internships starting in September

  • November 15 for internships starting in January 

Interns are a vital part of the Oxford American’s print and digital production teams. The duties of an intern include evaluating manuscript submissions, participating in the planning of issues, fact-checking and proofreading stories, drafting posts for social media, and creating and maintaining digital content for the website. Interns are encouraged to participate in our off-site concerts and readings, generate article ideas, and to write for oxfordamerican.org

Applications should include a detailed cover letter, resume, and one writing sample of up to 5 pages in length. Your sample could be one long piece or a collection of short pieces. (Samples can include critical and/or creative work, though a substantial portion should be prose.) Please specify the term for which you are applying. 

Submit your application using this form. Simply create a Submittable account and follow the instructions to attach your materials.

Thank you for your interest.


Podcast Internship

Reports to Production and Editorial Coordinator
Location: Central Arkansas or Remote

The Oxford American (OA) is seeking an intern for our Points South podcast. This position provides an opportunity for someone with strong initiative to contribute to the growth of our programming and audience. 

We are seeking someone who has a passion for audio storytelling with some audio engineering and editing skills. The podcast intern should be able to function both as part of a dynamic team working toward common goals and independently.

Responsibilities

* Create sessions for each segment in ProTools

* Maintain and update production calendar

* Process audio files in transcription service and clean up transcripts

* ID “good tape” and generate rough cuts of scripts

* Assist producers with scheduling

* Create and update tape log

* Fact-check scripts and support producer and contributor research

* Contribute to marketing the podcast and pursuing syndication opportunities

* Collaborate with Engagement Editor on earned coverage and social media


Knowledge, skills, and experience

* Proficiency with ProTools

* Excellent organizational and communication abilities

* Strong interest in narrative storytelling

The OA is committed to empowering voices underserved by the publishing arena; applicants of color and/or those who identify as LGBTQ+ or disabled are encouraged to apply. We invite applicants to voluntarily disclose any non-dominant identities in their materials.

This is a remote internship, which will run from mid-August to mid-December. Interns will be expected to work 15–18 hours per week and will receive a stipend of $4000.

To apply, visit our Submittable form and include a letter of interest and résumé.