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Jobs at Newsela

Newsela is a fast-growing startup obsessed with a single ambitious goal: to unlock the written word for everyone.

We take daily news from major media and transform it into a personalized learning experience that helps students master the advanced literacy skills they’ll need in college and beyond. In less than two years, we’ve been adopted by hundreds of thousands of teachers across all 50 states and more than 150 countries.

Our dramatic growth has been driven by our educator fans who describe us to their colleagues in terms like “game-changing,” “amazing” and “a godsend.” Still, there’s no resting on our laurels, and that’s where you come in. Our teachers and students want more, and we aim to exceed their expectations. If you believe that all students deserve a rigorous, personalized learning experience, if you know that there’s got to be a better way forward than what you’ve seen around, and if you’re ready to join the team that’s solving the most pressing educational challenge of our time, please apply to one of the positions below.

Newsela is strongly committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all individuals. Newsela will make all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


Client Sales and Service Representative
Product Development Project Manager
Web Developer
Front End / iOS Developer
Visual Designer
Assistant Editor, Spanish
Assessment Producer
Email Marketing Manager / Growth Hacker
Marketing Manager - Customer Acquisition
Social Media Specialist
School Coordinator
Special Assistant
Operations Assistant

Client Sales and Service Representative

Newsela is setting a new standard for what students and teachers can expect of their software: gorgeous, intuitive, personalized, captivating and addictive. And that’s where you come in. You’re an inside sales professional who knows how to sell an online software-as-a-service (SaaS) product. Newsela has tens of thousands of customers who have been using a free trial of the service. Your job is to convert them to "Pro" version, which has an annual fee. These will not be cold calls - prospects will be requesting appointments. Conversations will take place via telephone - outbound to prospect - and, via email exchange. While the primary focus is selling, the inside sales representative will also handle customer service inquiries.

We’re seeking an individual who wants to work in a new exciting company in one of the hottest start-up sectors. This is an opportunity to be one of the first 15 employees and is an environment where everyone is willing to "roll up their sleeves" and figure it out. If you want to sit in a cubicle with a hundred others and follow a script, this job is not for you. But if you are willing to spend time making sure your prospect understands the product before completing the sale, then check the qualifications below and do apply.

This is a NYC-based position so please do not apply unless you are prepared to work here. Recruiters not welcome.

Desired Skills and Experience

-Four-year degree from an accredited college or university.

-Minimum 12 months experience in inbound or outbound (but not cold calling) telesales. Experience as a cold caller does not count in the 12 month minimum. Clearly label these positions on your resume or you will not be considered.

-Minimum 6 months experience selling in an online industry (can overlap with above). Some examples are web-based subscriptions, SaaS products, online advertising.

-Experience as an primary or secondary school teacher is preferred, but not required.

-Social media expertise - candidate must be a "super user" of social media and understand its role in the sales process.

-Tech-savvy: candidate must understand technology to provide technical support to prospects and customers. Intelligent, articulate, motivated, innovative, creative, hard-working - provide examples in your cover letter of any or all of these traits in your cover letter. Sell us on you!

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.

To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to salesjobs [at] newsela.com. Subject line must read “Sales rep search.”

Product Development Project Manager

Register at Newsela and ask yourself if you would have enjoyed this product when you were growing up. If the answer is yes, then come be a part of the solution.

Our engineering, creative, data science, marketing, sales and community teams bring great expertise and passion to helping Newsela fulfill its mission to unlock the written work for everyone. You bring the skills and tactics to keep these teams working from the same playbook. When we’re aligned in our vision, having the information that we need when we need it, and knowing what others are expecting and when, we are capable of extraordinary achievement. Your role is to clarify, illustrate, coalesce, introduce, exemplify, orient, document, catalyze and inspire. You’re adept at managing competing priorities, keeping multiple stakeholders informed, and enabling teams to hit their stride. You’re tireless, adaptive and have many experiences and lessons-learned on which to draw. You’ve been there, you’ve seen a lot, and you’re coming back for more. Within three months of your start date, we’ll wonder how we ever made it this far without you.

This is a NYC-based position so please do not apply unless you are prepared to work here.

You have

  • deep expertise and experience in shepherding complex, multi-disciplinary projects from conception through execution and maintenance.
  • deep expertise and experience in developing best-practice procedures and systems as need arises.
  • a sense of humor.

You'll be responsible for

  • Developing plans and schedules with well-defined milestones.
  • Coordinating client and server side feature development across multiple web-based and mobile products, acting as internal point person to coordinate deployments.
  • Managing communication of progress/status within the core team and external to the team (customers, partners, etc.) and flagging issues as necessary.
  • Identifying risks and clearly communicating goals to project stakeholders across multiple teams and geographies.
  • Identifying when emerging challenges with ongoing work and new opportunities necessitate the development of a new process or procedure. Owning development of this workflow and unifying disparate teams around its effective adoption.
  • Assessing the quality of deployments through monitoring of incoming bugs and code changes to identify quality issues and trends.
  • Rolling up your sleeves and jumping in when necessary, to triage bugs, debug and resolve technical issues.
  • Developing tools and processes to improve software engineering productivity and run point on incoming feature requests, and wrangle into a deployment process.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree from a competitive four-year institution.
  • Five years of experience as a program or project manager at a successful start-up or in a highly productive business unit solving comparably ill-defined problems.
  • Five years of experience in managing large, complex technology projects.
  • Expertise at the practical application of program management principles and tools.
  • Track record of quickly earning credibility based on your knowledge, flexibility and amazing accomplishments.
  • Fantastic communication, interpersonal, and presentation abilities; demonstrably great analytical and problem-solving skills.

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.

To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to techjobs [at] newsela.com. Subject line must read “Project Manager Search.”

Web Developer

Register at Newsela and ask yourself if you would have enjoyed this product when you were growing up. If the answer is yes, then come be a part of the solution.

You will be working alongside brilliant developers, designers and educators who have come together to change the face of literacy—in this country and around the world. We are setting a new standard for what students and teachers can expect of their software: gorgeous, intuitive, personalized, captivating and addictive.

You will be responsible for application development and support of our high-quality web and mobile products. You will work in a highly collaborative, cross-functional and agile team.

You possess an innovative but disciplined approach to development and are comfortable with iterative, short-cycle development sprints. You are highly responsive to feedback. You have led or played a major role in the successful development of large-scale projects from the idea phase, through launch, and into sustained support.

This position is based in New York City.

MUST-HAVE:

Minimum 5 years web software development experience.

Expertise with Python (we use Django), HTML5 and CSS3.

A deep understanding of cross-platform design principles and how to make UI work across many different screen types.

The ability to implement UX/UI designs into elegant and functional user interfaces.

Familiarity with production web hosting environments, preferably in the cloud.

Knowledge of object-oriented design principles.

Experience working collaboratively with other developers in a distributed version control system.

Start-up savvy with a strong desire to be a big fish in an expanding pond.

Examples of successful projects that you will share with us.

NICE-TO-HAVE:

Experience using front-end frameworks, such as AngularJS.

Mobile development experience, either native or HTML.

Bachelor’s degree in technical discipline highly preferred.

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to techjobs@newsela.com. Subject line must read “Developer search.” Please include links to or screenshots of websites or applications on which you have played a significant development role.

Front End / IOS Developer

Register at Newsela and ask yourself if you would have enjoyed this product when you were growing up. If the answer is yes, then come be a part of the solution.

You will be working alongside brilliant developers, designers and educators who have come together to change the face of literacy—in this country and around the world. We are setting a new standard for what students and teachers can expect of their software: gorgeous, intuitive, personalized, captivating and addictive.

You will be responsible for front-end and mobile development of our high-quality web and mobile products.

You possess an innovative but disciplined approach to development and are comfortable with iterative, short-cycle development sprints. You are highly responsive to feedback. You have led or played a major role in the successful development of large-scale projects from the idea phase, through launch, and into sustained support. This position is based in New York City.

MUST-HAVE:

Minimum 3 years front-end and mobile application development experience.

Strong programming in Objective-C, JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

A deep understanding of mobile application architecture and frameworks.

The ability to implement UX/UI designs into elegant and functional user interfaces.

Experience working collaboratively with other developers in a distributed version control system.

Start-up savvy with a strong desire to be a big fish in an expanding pond.

Examples of successful projects that you will share with us.

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to techjobs@newsela.com. Subject line must read “Front End search.” Please include links to or screenshots of websites or applications on which you have played a significant development role.

Visual Designer

Visual Designer

Register at Newsela and ask yourself if you would have enjoyed this product when you were growing up. If the answer is yes, then come be a part of the solution.

You will be working alongside brilliant developers, designers and educators who have come together to change the face of literacy—in this country and around the world. We are setting a new standard for what students and teachers can expect of their software: gorgeous, intuitive, personalized, captivating and addictive.

We are small but mighty - and we have to be. The news doesn’t stop and neither do we. Every weekday our readers wake up to our high quality news articles at five reading levels. And they want more. So while we roll out amazing new features like annotation and data visualization, we keep on growing.

And that’s where you come in. You have 2-3 years of relevant experience in the web or mobile design space, a strong portfolio showing your past work, and a passion for pixel perfect design.

You’ll be responsible for...

Planning, developing and creating design concepts and deliverables for web, mobile and some print materials. Creating usable UI. Creating intuitive iconography. Maintaining the current brand while pushing new ideas and concepts forward using visual design. Working with marketing and sales teams to implement and launch ad campaigns - newsletters, physical merchandise, etc. Implementing designs from UX wireframes but will also be part of the UX process.

If you’re going excel in this position, you’re going to need...

Excellent visual design skills that creates a cohesive brand through multiple products and platforms. Strong UX focus. You must understand and implement design patterns with a heavy focus on the user experience. To think of visual design as a series of moving parts rather than a static image. Good time management skills. You’re able to manage your time to ensure that projects come in on deadline with small oversight from management. To be able to communicate design direction directly with developers and be willing to work hard so that the developers maintain the integrity of the visual design. To have a great attitude and be willing to work in a fast paced and ever changing agile environment.

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to creative@newsela.com. Subject line must read “Designer search.” Please include links to or screenshots of websites or applications on which you have played a significant creative role.

Assistant Editor, Spanish

Time and time again we’ve heard the request from our users: “This would be awesome in Spanish!” “I would love if there was a Spanish version for my ELLs.” “When are you going to publish in Spanish?” You’re the person who’s going to grant this wish by overseeing the production of Newsela’s Spanish language articles in our existing platform.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work with fellow Newsela editors to select articles for publication

Assign stories to writers and manage deadlines

Oversee the creation of quiz items

Edit articles daily for quality and grade-level accuracy

Manage quiz quality assurance

Oversee the copy editing of Spanish articles

Qualifications:

Experience at a top Spanish-language publication, working in Spanish, with a proven record of meeting deadlines

Native-level fluency in Spanish, with professional-level Spanish editorial skills

Proficient in English both in written and oral communication

Bachelor’s degree or higher in a communication-related field

Superior organizational and multitasking skills

Comfort working across technology platforms

Nice to have:

Teaching experience that includes the design or development of assessments

Knowledge of the Common Core State Standards

Oral presentation skills

Other Details

This job is based in Palo Alto, CA working alongside the Content team.
Compensation is based on experience and includes equity.

To apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume IN SPANISH to editor@newsela.com. Please include writing/editing samples.

Assessment Producer

You’ll be a member of Newsela’s Content team. Your job will be to turn our amazing nonfiction articles into learning tools by pairing them with assessments. At Newsela, we believe quizzes shouldn’t just be a way to verify students did the reading. A good quiz teaches while it tests. With you on the team, Newsela’s assessments will expand young minds and give teachers long-awaited, desperately needed support in the classroom to help them teach across a range of abilities.

Every day, you’ll work closely with the assessment and editorial departments to: oversee the production of new quizzes by our network of contributors review quizzes for quality and accuracy manage testing of new quizzes analyze quiz results to help draw insights into how Newsela helps student’s reading progress.

You’ll also take on longer-term initiatives, such as assisting in the development of new kinds of assessment, training of new assessment writers and creation of feedback modules for students.

Newsela cares deeply about the experience of educators and students, so you’ll get ample opportunity to spend time in classrooms, consulting with teachers and observing students to help inform your work and make it as impactful as it can be.

Who You Are

You have a background in assessment (especially at the K-12 level), either as an item writer, editor or an educator who has experience created assessments for students.

You know the the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts inside and out.

You have some Web production experience – even it it’s just publishing your own blog. You must be comfortable working with a steadily evolving content management system and nimble in working across a range of file formats.

You have a proven ability to meet deadlines, regardless of unforeseen events and outside circumstances.

You love words, learning and reading. You have had some editing experience, or you at least have a firm grasp of nuances of the English language and the rules of grammar and punctuation, which you obey as if they were federal law.

You believe deep in your core that a high level of literacy is a key to success in life and something that all children deserve.

Nice To Have

Ability to work with data and embrace analytical thinking

Fluency in a language other than English

Other Details

This job is based in Palo Alto, CA working alongside the Content team.
Compensation is based on experience and includes equity.

To Apply

Email jennifer.coogan@newsela.com with “Assessment Producer Application” in the subject line. Send us: Resume and cover letter

Two sample quiz questions from the following article: Jamaica's renowned music school aims to beat a financial squeeze. Select any grade level you prefer.

If applicable, we’d love to see a sample of your published writing.

Marketing Manager - Customer Acquisition

Newsela is seeking a Marketing Manager to promote the Newsela brand and drive growth in new teacher registrations for its free and premium services.

You’ll put your marketing experience to work creating campaigns spanning advertising, direct marketing, content marketing and social media. You’ll develop content and materials like videos, success stories, blog posts, email, presentations and tools that support sales. You’ll have strong voice on strategy and a real impact on Newsela’s success.

If you’re a marketer who executes rapidly, likes to own your projects from start to finish, and wants to work in a company experiencing explosive growth in one of the hottest technology sectors, you should apply now.

Responsibilities

  • Design and execute compelling marketing and promotional campaigns to generate new teacher registrations through advertising, email, content and social channels.
  • Create content and collateral materials, including site videos, success stories, blog and social posts, email, presentations and other tools to support inside and field sales.
  • Collaborate across the business to develop brand/product positioning and messaging.
  • Manage participation in industry events, meetings and conferences
  • Initiate and manage Newsela-branded user events
  • Continuously analyze and improve marketing efforts by channel and across segments.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You must have at least 3 years of relevant marketing experience.
  • You must be able to write content that is clear, compelling and grammatically correct.
  • You must have a four-year college degree in marketing-related or related field.
  • You are great at collaborating across technical and non-technical teams.
  • You manage time and projects with ease -- keeping multiple projects on track.
  • You can analyze data, present the results, and make sound data-driven decisions.
  • You test the boundaries, try new tactics and learn from failures as well as successes.
  • Experience with education products or in the K-12 education industry is a strong plus.
  • Experience marketing mobile applications is a strong plus.
  • Experience with Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses is a plus.

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to marketingjobs@newsela.com. Be sure to include “Marketing Manager" in the subject, and send a screenshot or URL of something you’ve done recently.

Social Media Specialist

Newsela is seeking a Social Media Specialist to help engage educators and support the schools that use our service.

You will be the primary voice of Newsela across social media platforms and our forthcoming blog. You’ll create, curate and promote our content. You’ll collaborate with our Community Team to engage with the teachers and administrators who use Newsela, as well as industry and literacy influencers. And, you’ll report on all the positive results you’re achieving.

You have a few years of experience, and some successes under your belt. Now, you’re ready to take on a role where you can really have an impact. If you want to do social media for a company experiencing explosive growth in one of the hottest technology sectors, you should apply now.

Responsibilities

  • Manage social media presence and marketing campaigns across all social channels, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Monitor and continuously improve social media reach and engagement metrics.
  • Create content (images, videos, blog posts, etc.) that educators notice, click and share.
  • Cultivate advocates who actively participate in social events, such as twitter chats.
  • Monitor to identify support and engagement opportunities, and coordinate responses.
  • Develop, expand and manage our blogger and influencer outreach.
  • Ensure our online profiles are always relevant and up to date.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You must have a degree in marketing or a related field.
  • You must have 1-3 years of social media marketing experience.
  • You must be able to create content that is clear, compelling and grammatically correct.
  • You are great at collaborating across technical and non-technical teams.
  • You manage time and projects with ease -- keeping multiple projects on track.
  • You can analyze data, present the results, and make sound data-driven decisions.
  • You test the boundaries, try new tactics and learn from failures as well as successes.
  • Experience with education products or in the K-12 education industry is a strong plus.
  • Experience marketing mobile applications is a strong plus.
  • Experience with Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses is a plus.

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.

To Apply

E-mail a cover letter and resume to marketingjobs@newsela.com. Subject line should read “Social Media Specialist - your_name”, and please include a URL or screenshot of something you’ve done recently.

School Coordinator

Newsela is a reading company that helps students improve their literacy skills using daily news. Just over a year and a half since our launch, we are already in tens of thousands of schools in all 50 states and 70 countries. We are setting a new standard for what students and teachers can expect of their software: gorgeous, intuitive, personalized, captivating and addictive. And that’s where you come in. As Newsela’s School Coordinator, you…

  • have a love of writing and are a strong communicator (both written and verbal);
  • have a passion for helping others and are excited about the opportunity to speak with thousands of teachers, principals and district-level technical coordinators around the world and help them better understand Newsela;
  • are detail-oriented and organized;
  • have a passion for education and literacy;
  • are always teaching others about the newest technology and consider yourself a technology guru;
  • are a fast learner, highly responsive to feedback and thrive in a fast-paced and exciting work environment;
  • will amaze our community with the timeliness, responsiveness and graciousness of your stellar technical, problem-solving and pedagogical support;
  • appreciate the challenges inherent to classroom teaching and assume best intentions in all interactions with educators.
  • are intelligent, articulate, motivated, innovative, creative and hard-working & can provide examples of any or all of these traits in your cover letter.

We’re seeking an individual who wants to work in a new exciting company in one of the hottest start-up sectors. You will work on a highly collaborative, cross-functional and agile team. This is an opportunity to be one of the first 30 employees; this means an environment where everyone is willing to "roll up their sleeves" and figure it out. This position is based in New York City.

Duties and Responsibilities

The School Coordinator will support schools in learning how to use Newsela in the classroom and will be a part of a team responsible for responding to all inbound customer service inquiries via email, chat, social media and phone. This person must also be flexible to work shifts as required including occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays. This person will also play a key role in identifying patterns and trends about the user experience and respond to user requests and needs, both in private and in public, primarily via online channels like email and chat. The Newsela School Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Community Engagement to efficiently and effectively communicate user requests that will influence the development and enhancement of product features. In addition, the Newsela School Coordinator will assist with a number of wide variety of proactive strategies. Examples include:

  • Working with the entire community team to update and edit Newsela’s Learning and Support Center make it best in class.
  • Managing a list of common teacher questions and answers
  • Driving the team’s outreach with our school principals.
  • Overseeing the distribution of Newsela memorabilia to our most engaged educators.

Finally, the School Coordinator will work closely with sales and marketing in executing communications that will build awareness and advocacy.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Four-year degree from an accredited college or university. English or technical writing majors a plus.
  • Experience working with primary or secondary students a plus.
  • Excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills.
  • Previous Customer service experience preferred - retail customer service background accepted.
  • Social media expertise: candidate must be a "super user" of social media and understand its role in engaging our community.
  • Tech-savvy: candidate must understand technology to provide technical support to teachers and school administrators.

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.

To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Deb.Lee@newsela.com. Subject line must read “Newsela School Coordinator” and cover letter should include how you learned of the opportunity. Newsela is strongly committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all individuals. Newsela will make all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

Special Assistant to the CEO & CPO

We know who you are. You’re a lifetime high-achiever and hard worker. You want your life to have meaning and your job to have an impact. You want to learn by doing. You want to be treated like a human being. You love being part of a great team. You want to make a difference.

The Special Assistant job is designed for you. You’ll be involved in a broad range of projects and tasks in support of the Founder & CEO and Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer. If you’re the right candidate, you possess a unique combination of intellect, critical thinking and a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude. You have the confidence to participate in any project, no matter how large, and the humility to take on any task, no matter how small.

There will be a heavy focus on supporting projects for investor relations (including possible future financing rounds), business development and product development projects. But the job will ultimately touch on every important function of the company. By the end of your first year here, you’ll be deeply familiar with the inner workings of one of the hottest software companies in the education sector.

It’s time for you to escape from that investment bank or advertising agency or terrible boss or whatever isn’t feeding your soul, and come be a part of the Newsela family.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Recent graduate of a top-50 ranked national university, liberal arts college or graduate school with a high GPA -- no exceptions
  • Strong written and oral communications skills Outstanding research skills; voracious reading habits preferred
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Powerpoint and Word; proficiency in Excel is preferred
  • Tech savvy: able to leverage next-generation online services to execute projects and tasks with peak efficiency
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple, competing priorities; doesn’t crack under pressure
  • Confidence
  • History of exceptional performance throughout school, jobs and volunteer activities
  • Commitment to improving education and literacy

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.

To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to specialassistantsearch [at] newsela.com. Subject line must read “Special Assistant search.” This position is based in New York City.

Newsela is strongly committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all individuals. Newsela will make all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

Operations Assistant

Newsela is seeking an organized, independent and smart addition to our Operations Department, the team that makes the company run smoothly by making sure all the pieces are in place for other teams to do their jobs.

If you enjoy solving problems, removing obstacles and being a hero to others, keep reading. If you love taking on new projects, and think it would be awesome to be part of a rapidly growing startup that’s making a difference in the lives of children, ask yourself if you meet the criteria below. If you do, stop what you’re doing and send us your resume.

Duties

  • Maintain company morale and efficiency by keeping the office fully stocked, organized, and looking sharp
  • Welcome visitors and ensure their first impressions of the company are warm and positive
  • Process sales documentation and provide other operational support related to sales
  • Work with the Operations Manager to set up and implement office policies and procedures
  • Brainstorm, research and coordinate team-centric social events for your fellow colleagues such as bowling outings and Mario Kart tournaments
  • Assist with IT management, setting up new workstations and troubleshooting IT issues
  • Welcome new hires and help the Operations Manager ensure a positive onboarding experience
  • Provide support to the team on an as-needed basis with travel arrangements, conference scheduling and special projects.
  • Assist Operations Manager with office expansion and redesign

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in Business Administration or related field
  • Two years of relevant work experience
  • Organized and able to handle a high volume of documents and work independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to enforce policies with fairness, diplomacy and resolve *Fun, extremely detail-oriented, and tech savvy
  • Passionate about education and literacy, and excited about Newsela’s mission

Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.

To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to operationsassistant [at] newsela.com. Subject line must read “Operations Assistant Position.” This position is based in New York City.