Employment Opportunities

Autos Online Editor/Technical Writer

Posted 4/2/2014

U.S. News & World Report is seeking a motivated, experienced, full-time Autos Online Editor/Technical Writer for our consumer-oriented automotive site, usnews.com/cars. This position is based in our Washington, D.C. office.

U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that helps consumers make decisions, for example with Best Colleges, Best Hospitals and Best Cars. U.S. News Best Cars helped more than 40 million car shoppers in the past year through rankings and reviews of new and used cars.

The primary responsibility of the Autos Online Editor will be to write consumer-oriented new and used car reviews based on opinions from automotive critics and safety and reliability data that have been translated into scores. This Online Editor will synthesize these opinions, data and scores into a cohesive review that outlines the strengths and weaknesses of a car and how it stacks up against its competition so that consumers can make informed decisions.

The Online Editor/Technical Writer will do the following:

  • Write clear, concise, objective new and used car reviews based on scored research to help consumers
  • Write news articles and blog posts, feature stories and buying guide content that aids our users with car shopping
  • Research monthly manufacturer car deals, enter deal information into content management system and write deal summaries
  • Fact check and edit his/her own reviews and content, as well as those of others

Qualifications:

  • 2-4 years professional experience in technical writing or journalism for the web
  • Expertise combining and writing about quantitative and qualitative data
  • Experience working with online content management systems
  • Moderate Microsoft Word and basic Microsoft Excel skills
  • Moderate knowledge of search engine optimization best practices
  • Knowledge and experience with AP style
  • Ability to meet deadlines and be extremely detail-oriented
  • Solid copy editing skills a plus
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills

Enthusiasm about cars and the automotive market is a big help, but the best person for the job will be just as enamored with writing about minivans as they are with writing about sports cars. Most importantly, the best candidate for this job will be passionate about helping consumers navigate the new and used car market.

Please email your cover letter, resume, 2-3 clips and salary requirements to:
Liz Opsitnik, Deputy Managing Editor, Autos
eopsitnik@usnews.com

Please include “Autos Online Editor” in the subject line of your email.


Account Manager

Posted 3/31/2014

The Account Manager will work as part of the B2B Group within U.S. News managing a new analytics application, Academic Insights (ai.usnews.com). The application centers on our ranking products within the Education vertical and allows institutions to gain a deeper understanding of U.S. News’ rankings as well as providing competitive intelligence.

This is a hands-on role that is ideal for someone with strong analytical skills, personal drive and entrepreneurial attitude. The Account Manager will be responsible for on-boarding subscribers, ensuring retention of existing accounts and meeting client needs.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Client Management. Operate as lead point of contact for schools and users currently subscribed to Academic Insights. Build and maintain strong, lasting relationships.
  • Develop Best Practices. From on-boarding new accounts to renewal of existing accounts, find processes that scale to ensure a seamless and delightful customer experience.
  • Understand the product and U.S. News’ data at a deep level to provide a high level of support to users.
  • Drive engagement. Create and maintain internal reports on key metrics and accounts.
  • Track cases involving product feedback to drive new features.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Bachelor's degree, with strong quantitative analysis skills
  • 1-3 years of professional experience
  • Experience in higher education is not required, but is a plus
  • Proficient in Excel
  • Has strong communication skills and collaboration skills
  • Fun, outgoing and easy to work with

Applicants must provide a resume and cover letter. Please send all materials to edu-ai-jobs@usnews.com and include "Account Manager" in the subject link. No phone calls, please.

EOE

M/F/V/D


Digital Analyst

Posted 3/26/2014

U.S. News is seeking a data-savvy, critical thinker to join its Digital Products, Optimization and Revenue team. Among the 100 most-visited websites in America*, USNews.com has grown rapidly as a source for rankings, consumer advice and news. As our audience has expanded, so has the need to understand user behavior and translate this research into recommendations that improve product and business performance. If you are passionate about data and digital media, this is a unique opportunity to help shape the future direction of USNews.com.

Responsibilities:

  • Use web analytics tools to support creation of reports and dashboards for key stakeholders across the company
  • Interpret data with eye towards developing actionable product and business recommendations
  • Respond to ad-hoc internal requests for data and analysis
  • Collaborate with design team on integrating data-driven decision making into page layouts and product functionality
  • Identify gaps in current data collection strategy and suggest processes to address
  • Work with IT to ensure analytics tools are properly maintained and updated

Skills:

  • Exceptional quantitative and qualitative reasoning ability
  • Experience applying strong attention to detail to data/business reporting
  • 1-3 years of experience using a web analytics tool such as Google Analytics or Omniture
  • Intermediate to advanced understanding of Excel including Pivot Tables
  • BA/BS degree

If this sounds like you, send a resume and a brief cover letter to jmirick@usnews.com. Please include “Digital Analyst” in the subject line.

EOE

M/F/V/D


Economics Reporter

Posted 3/20/2014

The News & Opinion section of U.S. News & World Report is looking for an experienced economics reporter well versed in macroeconomic policy and trends. This is a high-profile reporting position with a broad scope and the opportunity to do significant work that identifies and reports on trends in the national and global economy.

It's also a highly productive beat, and requires a journalist up for the challenge. The successful applicant should be comfortable covering economics at the intersection of the public and private sector. It will not be enough to write what happened; it will also require the ability to explain why. The writer will cover the Federal Reserve as well as economic trends in the business world. The candidate must be able to understand complex issues and write clearly, accurately and authoritatively.

We are looking for a critical thinker who knows how to dispense with acronyms and jargon to explain what's working and what's not – whether it is Obama’s jobs program or the Fed’s stimulus plan. An understanding of how politics plays into economics is also required.

The candidate should be as comfortable interviewing Fed governors as CEOs.

This is a position requiring a lot of collaboration with other writers. The ability to be a team player is essential. The writer will be expected to both be able to turn around a breaking news item on the latest jobs report as well as a rich, analytical piece on deflation.

A minimum of three years of reporting experience, with specific coverage of economic news, is required.

Additional Requirements:

  • Strong editorial sensibility and news judgment
  • Excellent knowledge of grammar and AP style
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Awareness of social media tools

Applicants must provide two references, a résumé, cover letter and three writing samples. Please send all materials to newsjobs@usnews.com and include "Economics Intern” in the subject line.

EOE

M/F/V/D


Director of Web Technology

Posted 3/20/2014

U.S. News & World Report is seeking a Director of Web Technology to oversee the technology needs for web and digital product development efforts for this internationally trusted brand.

For 80 years, U.S. News & World Report has built a strong and trusted media business by providing research and rankings that help individuals and families make important life decisions. USNews.com is a highly visible web site that features both news analysis and comprehensive data ranking products. Our infrastructure and software stacks are based on open source components.

This is a full-time position, with benefits, located at U.S. News’s Georgetown, Washington, D.C. office.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide development-centric strategy and roadmaps for U.S. News’s digital and web-based technologies and products.
  • Keep abreast on digital publishing and software development trends, developing a vision to continuously steer U.S. News in a forward-looking direction, amid the rapidly changing media landscape.
  • Oversee application development efforts and provide high-level project management.
  • Liaise between the technical and business/editorial departments, establishing requirements and offering technical solutions, while gaining a broad understanding of the various content units and projects published.
  • Work with the Systems/Operations team to guarantee a well-performing web infrastructure.
  • Ensure development resources are appropriate to the business needs, project scope, deadlines and the quality standards of U.S. News.
  • Advocate for developers while advising project stakeholders on available developer resources.
  • Develop strategies to improve application development processes, workflows, and quality control.
  • Energize and mentor a team of approximately twenty software and front-end developers.

Qualifications:

  • A breadth of knowledge on the roles and function of web-based languages and frontend frameworks (e.g. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, etc.), programming languages (e.g. Python, Java), web development backend languages and frameworks (e.g. Pyramid, Django, PHP), databases and open-source environments (e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL, Linux), and a strong understanding of content management systems (CMS). Extensive programming abilities are not required, but a comprehensive understanding of what these technologies are and how they work together is.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in the ability to aide in the translation of highly technical subjects to business/editorial project stakeholders.
  • Extensive experience managing and nurturing developers, as well as in project management of application development.
  • Ability to handle pressure, while enjoying the exciting and ever changing field of digital publishing.
  • Some experience with the serving of online advertisements is a plus.
  • 2-5 years of experience managing web-based application development in a fast-paced environment, with a focus on strategy and personnel management.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and any references to its-resumes@usnews.com with “Director of Web Technology” in the subject line.

EOE

M/F/V/D


Intern, News

Posted 3/14/2014

The News & Opinion section of U.S. News & World Report is seeking a paid intern for an early shift to write short, breaking news briefs. This one-year internship in our Washington, D.C., office is ideal for a newshound who can wake up early and write quickly and accurately. Only self-starters need apply.

Our ideal teammate is deadline and detail oriented. This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated individual to expand his or her experience in online media.

Additional Requirements:

  • Technical proficiency in HTML, photo editing software and Web production
  • Strong editorial sensibility and news judgment
  • Excellent knowledge of grammar and AP style
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices
  • Proficiency with social media tools

Interns are expected to work 37.5 hours a week. Our internship rate is $12 an hour, and health benefits are available.

Applicants must provide two references, a résumé, cover letter and three examples of deadline writing. Please send all materials to newsjobs@usnews.com and include "News intern” in the subject line.

EOE

M/F/V/D


Intern, Autos

Posted 2/27/2014

U.S. News & World Report is seeking a paid intern for our consumer-oriented automotive site, usnews.com/cars. This one-year internship in our Washington, D.C. office is ideal for recent college graduates with strong data skills to support our online data processes.

Our ideal teammate is deadline- and detail-oriented and has strong communication skills. You’ll gain experience working with a content management system, online publishing and search engine optimization. This person will primarily be responsible for gathering automotive data for our site, conducting data audits, editing and uploading photos, fact checking car reviews and analyzing site traffic data. Note that this is not a writing position. This is a great opportunity for a highly-motivated individual to expand his or her experience in online media.

U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis. Focusing on Health, Money, Education, Travel, Cars and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News Best Cars helped more than 40 million car shoppers in the past year through its rankings and reviews of new and used cars, automotive news and analysis. Our car rankings are based on a consensus of America's top automotive experts, as well as safety and reliability data.

Interns are expected to work 37.5 hours each week for a one-year period. Our internship rate is $12 an hour, and health benefits are available. Please email your cover letter and résumé to eopsitnik@usnews.com with the subject line “autos internship.”

Requirements:

  • Utmost attention to detail
  • Ability to work on deadlines and handle several tasks simultaneously
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Experience gathering, processing and analyzing data from multiple sources
  • Intermediate-level experience using Microsoft Excel (calculations, sorting, filtering, etc.)
  • Basic photo editing skills
  • Familiarity with search engine optimization best practices
  • Experience with website analytics tools (such as Google Analytics) a plus

Intern, Health Care Products

Posted 2/5/2014

Whether it’s choosing a hospital, finding a doctor or picking a health insurance plan, U.S. News & World Report’s analysis, tools and content help consumers make informed choices to achieve their best possible health. Our unique data-driven journalism requires talented quantitative people who can dive through tons of data and generate easy-to-understand metrics and advice for the average family.  In the intern role, you’ll be assisting our product managers and editors in launching data-rich tools like our Best Hospitals Rankings.

The Intern, Health Care Products role is a 12-month internship based in our Washington, D.C. office. There are two primary responsibilities:
1) to gather, transform, and standardize sets of data related to health insurance;
2) to assist in analysis, project management, feature development and market research related our various Health Care sites.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, technically savvy, and able to manipulate data. He or she is able to break complex ideas into manageable parts, and set and work to deadlines. He or she should be a team player and willing to tackle new projects and job functions as needed.

Please note, this is not a reporter/writer job.

Qualifications:

  • College degree or equivalent. Computer science, engineering, math majors are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Strong project management skills: organizing, creating and executing to deadlines.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Prior experience in creating or contributing to commercial or mass-reach web sites.
  • Proficient in MS Excel, including pivot tables and formula-writing for data manipulations (working knowledge of SQL and relational databases is ideal).
  • Background knowledge of the healthcare industry would also be great.

This is a full-time (37.5 hours a week) hourly paid position with medical / dental benefits. Applicants must send a cover letter and resume to cyoung@usnews.com. Include “Intern, Health Care Products” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

EOE

M/F/V/D


Health & Wellness Reporter

Posted 2/4/2014

The Health & Wellness team at U.S. News & World Report (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness) is seeking a reporter, a position that involves extensive reporting, writing and editing. The beat includes a wide range of Health & Wellness topics, including diet and nutrition, fitness, mental health and happiness, and parenting. The reporter will write several weekly stories and slideshows, along with daily news round-ups, and will contribute to social media efforts, edit blog posts from outside contributors, and assist with rankings projects.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent reporting and research skills, ideally in an online journalism environment, with two or more years of experience.
  • Knowledge of health and wellness topics, including diet and nutrition, fitness, and mental health.
  • Proven editing skills.
  • Ability to multitask and work on deadlines in a fast-paced journalism environment.
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills.
  • Working knowledge of and interest in U.S. News's rankings projects, including Best Diets and Top Recommended Health Products.
  • Strong understanding of SEO and experience with online analytics reporting.
  • Familiarity with content management systems, HTML/CSS and Web production is a plus.
  • Experience recruiting and working with freelancers is a plus.
  • Savvy with social media, including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Must be able to work well in team environment.
  • College degree or equivalent.


We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and 401(k) plans.

Applicants must provide a cover letter, résumé and 3 writing samples. Please email all materials to nycujobs@usnews.com and include "Health & Wellness Reporter" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

EOE

M/F/V/D


Data Analyst

Posted 11/7/2013

U.S. News & World Report, the leading authority in educational rankings, has an immediate opening for a data research analyst in its Washington, D.C. office. The responsibilities for this position include:

  • Assist in the analytical and survey research tasks needed to produce all the U.S. News ranking and data projects that relate to education including the annual Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools, Best High Schools and Best Online Degree Program rankings working with the Director of Data Research and others on the Education Data Team as well as those at U.S. News who work on the Education section of usnews.com.
  • Work on projects that relate to all aspects of developing international and regional higher education comparisons.
  • Work with U.S. News programmers in the calculation of and the output of the various Education rankings and the implementation of the online statistical surveys for all the U.S. News education rankings projects.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the statistical and peer assessment survey instruments needed to produce the Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and other Education related data projects.
  • Meet specific project deadlines and timelines set by the Director of Data Research and others on the Education Data Team as well as those at U.S. News who work on the Education section of usnews.com.
  • Participate in the team that produces Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools, Best High Schools, Best Online Degree programs and other education rankings and data projects for the usnews.com website.
  • Communicate and meet with representatives of colleges, graduate schools and other education institutions officials on issues that relate to any of the education ranking done by U.S. News. This may involve travel and public speaking at higher education conferences.
  • Respond to internal data inquiries relating to all of the education rankings.
  • Assist in tasks related to production of annual print Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools guidebooks and other related print products.

Qualifications:

  • A strong desire to work on and develop academic rankings.
  • Survey Research background required.
  • Advanced statistical analysis skills-SPSS required.
  • Experiencing in higher education related research is desired.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and Access.
  • Experience working with large data sets. Knowledge of SQL is desired.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with team members and with technical personnel.

Please send résumé, references, and salary requirements to: Robert Morse, Director of Data Research, U.S. News & World Report, rmorse@usnews.com.

Please include Data Research Analyst Position in the subject line of the e-mail message.

EOE M/F/V/D


Data Collector

Posted 11/4/2013

U.S. News & World Report, the leading authority in educational rankings, has an opening for a full-time Data Collector in its Washington, D.C. office.

The responsibilities for this position include:

  • Review, correct, and verify statistical survey data submitted by colleges and universities
  • Assist in various tasks involving the data analysis for the Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools, Best Online Programs and other educational rankings done by U.S. News
  • Assist with data collection projects and the development of the Education Section of www.usnews.com

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of survey research
  • Microsoft Office, including basic data entry and spreadsheet skills
  • Have the ability to meet deadlines and be extremely detail-oriented
  • Possess excellent communication/interpersonal skills
  • Basic knowledge of database structure a plus

There is no writing involved in this position.

Please send resume, references, and salary requirements to:
Diane Tolis, Data Collection Manager, U.S. News & World Report
dtolis@usnews.com

Please include Data Collector Position in the subject line of the email message.

EOE M/F/V/D


Front-End Developer

Posted 10/31/2013

U.S. News & World Report is looking for several front-end developers of varying degrees of experience to join a small but growing team that develops and maintains most of the custom applications for the company. These positions require expert-level knowledge of frontend development, web standards, and cross-browser development. The winning candidates will join our team creating web applications that reach millions of visitors monthly, refining their craft while working alongside our passionate and friendly team.

Duties include:

  • Working with editors, web producers, graphic artists, and programmers to create innovative online features and interactive tools.
  • Developing web-based applications, components, and visualizations from conceptual page plans in Photoshop.
  • Crafting flexible templates for custom Python-based applications.
  • Integrating and troubleshooting code from third-party content and e-commerce partners.

Applicants will be required to provide code demonstrating a clear separation of content, presentation, and behavior.

Mandatory skills (you’ll need to be strong in these areas from day one on the job):

  • A very strong understanding of CSS.
  • A very strong understanding of HTML, including HTML5 and XHTML.
  • A demonstrated understanding of JavaScript and the DOM.
  • A good eye for layout and typography; you won’t be designing, but you will be tweaking.

Pluses that will make you a stronger candidate:

  • Experience working in a Unix/Linux environment.
  • Experience with HTML mobile application development.
  • Experience with one or more rich-client frameworks, such as Backbone, Ember, Knockout, etc.
  • Experience with client-side benchmarking and performance tuning.
  • Server-side templating languages like TAL, Jinja, Velocity, Twig, etc.
  • Integration of web applications with SQL databases.
  • Version control/source control systems.

These are full-time, permanent positions. Work will be done onsite at our offices in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC, using state-of-the-art Macintosh desktops with Adobe Creative Suite and your favorite editor. Occasional night and weekend work required.

The USNews.com tech team is a made up of very smart people who are passionate about Web development. The ideal candidate will be able to contribute immediately and will both learn from us and teach us a few new things.

Compensation based on experience.

Please apply by email, to its-resumes@usnews.com. Please include ‘Front-End Developer’ in the subject line of your email. Send résumé in plaintext. No attachments please.


Health Data Analyst – Washington, D.C.

Posted 8/23/2013

U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals, Best Children’s Hospitals and other web-based decision support tools for people facing complex choices, seeks a statistical programmer/data analyst skilled at working with health data. You will join an entrepreneurial health ratings and rankings team intent on developing new ways to evaluate hospitals, doctors, health plans and other healthcare institutions.

You’ll work well on interdisciplinary teams, taking advantage of strategic partnerships and expanding access to health data to build new portals that provide consumers with information they’ll use to make informed healthcare choices. You’re intrigued by the prospect of working with journalists skilled at drawing on data for reporting and analysis.

You’re part database architect and part problem solver. You have strong data analysis skills, know how to clean dirty data and are proficient with statistical packages such as SPSS, R and SAS and SQL database managers.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Statistics, or related field with training in quantitative and qualitative analysis and research methods
  • Two years of professional experience in a statistical analysis role
  • Experience in dealing with health data a major plus

Applicants must provide at least two references in addition to a resume and cover letter. Please send all materials to Angelica Sereda at asereda@nydailynews.com. No phone calls, please.

EOE

M/F/V/D


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