Content Editor

| Greater LA Area
We are currently looking for an experienced Editor on our Content Team. This is a great opportunity to edit and create smart, fun articles on a wide range of subjects (including pop culture, sports, video games, history, true crime, comics, shopping, etc.) everyday for a leading entertainment website, which also happens to be among the top 50 websites in the United States. Don't take our word for it, check it out at https://www.quantcast.com/top-sites.
Despite all that traffic, we do this with a small, talented team of about 20 editors and about 80 freelance writers who love creating compelling, varied content on a daily basis. We built up our traffic the right way, by creating lists and stories that people love reading and sharing steadily over almost the course of nearly a decade. Here are some examples of lists we create:
General: https://www.ranker.com/list/everything-the-president-pays-for-themselves/jordan-breeding
Weird History: https://www.ranker.com/list/why-536-was-the-worst-year-ever/melissa-sartore
Pop Culture: https://www.ranker.com/list/horror-villains-ruined-by-backstory/jacob-shelton
Timely: https://www.ranker.com/list/all-the-relationships-in-ariana-grande-song-thank-u-next/jacob-shelton
Want to be part of our editorial team? Here’s how you’ll know if you’re going to love this job:
First, what’s in it for you:
  • This isn't a freelance gig. It's a full time job with regular salary paid twice a month, as well as benefits and potential for equity.
  • Speaking of benefits, we offer fully-paid medical, plus heavily subsidized voluntary dental and vision plans, 10 paid holidays, and additional days of paid time off per year.
  • Very casual workplace (no one has ever worn a suit to work) with a fully stocked kitchen including plentiful free snacks; we also do catered lunch and breakfast weekly, along with free massages every week.
  • Located conveniently in the Mid-Wilshire district, minutes from Beverly Hills, Miracle Mile, and the 10 Freeway.
  • Daily collaboration with a smart, talented, and funny group of editors, writers, and social media professionals in a writer-friendly environment (ie quiet).
  • Opportunity to ideate, refine, assign, and edit lists to freelance writers to producing clever, funny, A-list quality work, following each piece through its life cycle on social media and in search traffic.
All our successful Editors have been able to hit the ground running, showing initiative and passion for the editorial process. Realistically, you’ll have to have: 
  • 2 - 3 years of actual commercial editing experience, ideally for a fast-paced, content-driven website, responsible for generating several articles a day in entertainment, viral, video games, culture, horror, and/or other relevant verticals.
  • Experience assigning and managing assignments, especially with multiple freelance writers.
  • Photo skills - picking great images, cropping, etc. Creative Photoshop skills a plus.
  • Broad entertainment knowledge in celebrity, music, sports, games, comics is a major plus.
  • We are only considering applicants who are currently based in Los Angeles - this is an in-office position, high-touch content editing role. We will not consider candidates who are not currently in the Los Angeles area.
  • Please keep in mind that this is a content writing/editing job - those looking for video should please check out our other positions.
  • If you don’t have any commercial experience, and/or you’re not currently in Los Angeles, we would strongly suggest you check out our open freelance writer jobs that we have posted on our site at http://blog.ranker.com/jobs.
If this sounds exciting, here's what we need from you:
  • A cover letter giving color/examples of how you meet and exceed the qualifications listed above. And yes, we are looking at your cover letter to get an idea of your writing style, so smart, thoughtful, and clever letters really stand out.
  • As we are a site with lists about literally everything, we like editors who know a lot about a lot of things. In your cover letter please list any areas of expertise you have, from the broad to the pretty granular.
  • OPTIONAL: Any writing and/or editorial samples you’re proud of, as well as (if applicable) links to any social media properties you’ve helped program (you can put these links in your portfolio, or include them in your cover letter).

The Ranker Story:
Ranker is a data-driven media company whose unique hook is, “Editors Create, Users Participate.” We collect over 12 million monthly user votes, which has built a treasure trove of psychographic "people who like X also like Y" first party data, while delivering a fun, engaging user experience.
Ranker will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.
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Location

Located conveniently in the Mid-Wilshire district, minutes from Beverly Hills, Miracle Mile, and the 10 Freeway.

An Insider's view of Ranker

How does your team reward individual success?

What I love about being a part of Ranker's Audience Development team is that one person's success is celebrated not just as a personal victory, but as a triumph for our whole team. Every day we are encouraged to step outside of the box and speak our minds; to be creative and analytical without fear of rejection.

Amanda Bennett

Audience Development Specialist

What projects are you most excited about?

The best part about working at Ranker is the wide variety in the types of projects we might work on. We could be working on a traffic arbitrage system one week and creating big data management systems the next. Our latest project is a soon-to-be-released TV recommendation app that utilizes the latest in web development and machine learning tech.

Skylar Wolf

Senior Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

Ranker offers me the opportunity to flourish in a completely original creative manner. Working here has provided me with the opportunity to cover a large array of subjects I'm passionate about such as pop-culture and entertainment. By treating my voice and skill sets as an asset to the company, I have been given a sense of freedom and growth.

Erin Maxwell

Entertainment Editor

What is your vision for the company?

Our focus for 2020 is expanding Ranker beyond our high-trafficked site (Quantcast Top 50) via growing video, globalization, licensing Rankings IP, growing the Ranker Insights business unit and most importantly, launching a new game-changing personalized TV recommendations app.

Clark Benson

Founder & CEO

What's something quirky about your company?

At Ranker, we are all about votable lists. We even have an enormous, interactive list on display in our lobby — anyone at the office can arrange the items on the list to their own taste. Anything from top sitcom moms to fictional pets you'd love to have, there's always a good debate going on. We even vote on our favorite catered lunches!

Andre Rodriguez

PR Manager

What are Ranker Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 6 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Monthly.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once per month.
Parking
We offer employees Free on-site garage parking.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per quarter.
Cross functional training encouraged
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