Career Opportunities

OutSmart is Houston’s award-winning monthly magazine for the LGBTQ community. Now celebrating our 29th year in publishing, OutSmart offers a creative, fun and discrimination-free work environment. Full-time employee compensation includes medical/dental insurance and plenty of extra perks.



Managing Editor

OutSmart is seeking a managing editor to help create content strategies and oversee our implementation processes. The managing editor is responsible for leading a team of writers and overseeing the results of various content campaigns and editing articles to ensure they follow tone and style guides.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Primary job responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Supervising the publication’s content creation process from writing to editing and publishing
  • Curating and planning print and web content that follows monthly editorial calendar
  • Managing a team of freelancers and other talent to ensure all deadlines are met
  • Planning, assigning, and editing print and online articles 
  • Meeting with creative team to plan and track production progress 
  • Monitoring and producing web and social media content
  • Writing a monthly editor’s note and occasional breaking news stories 

Candidate Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 3-5 years of experience working in journalism, communications, public relations, or marketing
  • Management and leadership experience preferred
  • Knowledge of media and communications practices and techniques
  • Must be able to understand and apply the use of Chicago Style formatting and GLAAD’s media guidelines
  • Experience maintaining contacts with local politicians, law enforcement, and other leaders  
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with a diverse community 
  • Using social media and other platforms to find story ideas
  • Proficiency and experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Wordpress preferred
  • Familiarity with digital analytics and digital content managing systems

Compensation and Benefits 

The salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include: major medical health insurance, dental and vision care, flexible schedule with  paid time off.

To Apply: Submit Cover Letter, resume and writing sample/portfolio and contact information for three references. Include Managing Editor in the subject line of your email to [email protected].



Editorial Assistant

OutSmart is seeking an editorial assistant to help provide support at all stages of the publication process. The editorial assistant is responsible for writing stories, creating and launching web and social media content, and ensuring all other editorial department needs are met.

Responsibilities

Primary job responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Writing at least two web or print articles per week, including weekly and monthly calendars 
  • Managing website under the supervision of managing editor 
  • Running publication’s social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tiktok under supervision of managing editor 
  • Using social media and other platforms to find, pitch, and write story ideas
  • On-site reporting through live streaming events and conducting interviews on social media

Candidate Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or least 1 year of experience working in journalism, communications, public relations, or marketing preferred
  • Experience maintaining contacts with local politicians, law enforcement, and other leaders  
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with a diverse community 
  • Proficiency and experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Wordpress preferred
  • Must be able to follow the use of Chicago Style and GLAAD’s media guidelines 

Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include: major medical health insurance, dental and vision care, flexible schedule with  paid time off.

To Apply: Submit Cover Letter, resume and writing sample/portfolio and contact information for three references. Include Editorial Assistant in the subject line of your email to [email protected]



Marketing Assistant

This position helps with the daily operations of the customer service and sales team. This position maintains company processes, procedures, and programs to help drive customer loyalty and customer engagement through outstanding customer service. The candidate must be committed to the success of our advertisers and the community in which OutSmart serves. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Communicate effectively with management, team members, and clientele.
    Assist marketing team with computer account setup, billing and receivables, data entry, and advertising lead generation.
  • Assist customer service, sales, and marketing team in implementing new successful marketing campaigns.
  • Act as a liaison between account representatives and clients to obtaining artwork for the layout and production department.
  • Qualify leads from marketing campaigns and proactively seek new business opportunities.
  • Maintain quality service to all clients by answering product and service questions, cross-selling related products and services, and being courteous and responsive to all clients’ needs.
  • Report to the business development management on weekly, monthly, and quarterly goals and results. 
  • Attend conference calls, meetings, and training with clients, management, and brand representatives.
  • Be fun and energetic and bring positive energy to our team every day!

Experience:

  • 1-2 years of previous customer service preferred. 
  • Associate’s, bachelor’s degree, or any equivalent combination of training and experience desired, yet not required. 
  • A marketing degree would be a plus, but not required. 

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

  • Candidate must be commercially astute and computer literate.
  • Candidate must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Candidate must be proactive, have a good attitude, and be a team player. 
  • Candidate must have a strong work ethic and proven ability to consistently and positively deliver quality work and ideas in a high-paced and dynamic work environment. 
  • Candidate must have integrity, be loyal and trustworthy, and use discretion. 
  • Candidate must be able to make good, consistent, fair decisions and diffuse problems.
  • Candidate must be organized with strong people skills and be able to multi-task.

To apply for this position:
You must submit a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]
Attn: Greg Jeu/Publisher.

 



Advertising Sales Executives

The Advertising and Marketing Executive position is responsible for the development of print, online, and digital advertising sales in multiple markets reaching the LGBTQ community.

Successful candidates must be: organized, self-motivated, energetic, outgoing, creative, experienced in advertising and marketing sales, have excellent communication skills and know how to generate leads and achieve goals. All candidates must have the proven ability to develop new customers and grow sales from existing accounts, as well as have the ability to develop and deliver formal presentations to groups and advertising agencies. The candidate must be committed to the success of our advertisers and the community in which OutSmart serves. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Proven ability to prospect for new accounts, conduct multimedia presentations, negotiate deals, close sales, and meet established sales goals. 
  • Generate new leads through lead generation, cold calling, email marketing and networking.
  • Create engaging advertising solutions to solve client’s business needs and recommend new product and promotional opportunities to clients. 
  • Communicate effectively with management, team members, and clientele.
  • Exceed activity, pipeline, and revenue goals on a monthly basis.
  • Maintain quality service to all clients and cross-sell related products and services.
  • Report to the business development management team on weekly, monthly, and quarterly goals and results. 

Experience:

  • 1-2 years of previous business to business outside sales and marketing experience (advertising or media preferred)
  • BA/BS degree in Advertising, Marketing, or Communications or any equivalent combination of training and experience desired, yet not required. 
  • Excellence in presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Proven success in new business acquisition and exceeding revenue goals. 
  • Techno savvy with strong business and financial acumen. 
  • Goal-orientated, competitive, and forward-thinking.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

  • Be commercially astute and computer literate.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Must be proactive, have a good attitude, and be a team player. 
  • Must have a strong work ethic and proven ability to consistently and positively deliver quality work and ideas in a high-paced and dynamic work environment. 
  • Must have integrity, be loyal and trustworthy, and use discretion. 
  • Must be able to make good, consistent, fair decisions and diffuse problems.
  • Must be organized with strong people skills and be able to multitask.

To apply for this position:
You must submit a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]. Attn: Greg Jeu/Publisher.

 



Editorial Interns

OutSmart is currently accepting resumes for editorial internships. We are seeking applicants who have journalism experience, are passionate about LGBTQ issues, and can work under deadline pressure.

Our internships provide a great opportunity for college students to expand their journalistic skills, get published, and learn about the magazine production process.

TO APPLY:
Submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

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