Gerry Lenfest made history earlier this year with his donation of the Philadelphia newspapers to a new & independent nonprofit foundation. “Of all the things I’ve done, this is the most important,” said Lenfest of the donation, “because of the journalism.”
We are deeply grateful to Mr. Lenfest for his support, but as our publisher Terry Egger will tell you, the hard work is nowhere close to done.
We want you to be part of it.
We’re changing how our product and technology groups use data-driven decision making to create delightful and scalable digital experiences that reflect the ethics and trust so critical to American newspaper journalism and our newsroom.
We’re starting with a new analytics team that will champion a data-driven foundation & culture across the enterprise. By the end of the year, we plan to hire a director, a data scientist, an analyst, and an engineer.
We’re starting today with the analyst and the engineer. As an early hire on this team, you will be deeply involved in its direction, and you will have the opportunity to participate in the hiring of a permanent director. We’ve already posted our interview questions, too. Open FTW!
And there’s one more thing I’m excited to tell you about.
Hiring is usually a very one-sided process. We want to give you more agency in making decisions. And really, who can tell what it’d be like to work together just from an interview?
In lieu of a traditional second round interview, we are stealing a page from Automattic’s playbook and asking candidates to complete a short (and compensated) project with us. If you’re an engineer, maybe you want to build a Slack bot that does something nifty. Or an analyst who wants to dig into how we might grow a section in a certain demographic. The goal is to give you a risk-free look at what the work would entail and spend some quality time collaborating with the folks who would be your colleagues.
If you’re interested, drop me a line, find us in the PhillyDev Slack, or just go ahead and apply already. Here are the job descriptions for the team’s first analyst and engineer. Can’t wait to hear from you.