Jobs and Internships

Since 1973, Texas Monthly has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, criminal justice, the environment, industry, and education. Often referred to as “the National Magazine of Texas,” Texas Monthly is known for smart, literary journalism and in-depth investigative reporting that illuminates issues of public policy and drives the discussion of what’s important in the Lone Star State. Additionally, Texas Monthly continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations.

Texas Monthly offers a strong benefits package, including competitive health, dental, life insurance, and 401(k). If you are interested in employment opportunities at Texas Monthly, please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected].


Freelance Copy Editor – Web

Job Overview:

Texas Monthly has an immediate opening for a freelance copy editor on its website. The editor will work directly with the digital managing editor, editors, and writers to ensure the grammatical and stylistic accuracy of all its published work.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Copyediting articles for the website
  • Ensuring, in collaboration with the social media editor, that each article is properly tagged and optimized for search and social

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • A deep love for words and storytelling
  • A strong familiarity and expertise with Chicago, AP, Bryan Garner, Merriam Webster, and Words Into Type
  • A fastidiousness with regard to details, deadlines, and organization; calm under pressure
  • The ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically with parties of all sorts
  • Writing, reporting, interviewing, and general journalistic knowhow is preferred, as is fluency in Spanish and a general affinity for the state of Texas and its varied affairs

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Two to five years of copy editing experience

This role is a contract position with the opportunity to work remotely.

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate and interested in this position, we encourage you to apply. Please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line. If you have a portfolio, please include that as well.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Features Editor

Job overview:

Our new features editor will help edit the magazine’s signature feature stories, both online and in print. Ideal candidates should be digitally fluent, literary-minded journalists who are able to move easily among mediums, story styles, and subject matters. Duties will run from story ideation and development to line editing, as well as managing and editing some service packages. Some writing may also be required. You will also be expected to cultivate a reliable and diverse stable of writing talent and meet deadlines (and help others do the same). This position will report directly to the features director.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Editing a mix of feature stories and shorter pieces
  • Curating quality story ideas and shepherding them from infancy to production
  • Making freelance assignments and grooming new freelance talent
  • Crafting headlines, deks, and any manner of display type, for an array of platforms
  • Writing and editing for texasmonthly.com
  • Help writers plan a reporting approach and create a compelling narrative structure for ambitious feature stories up to 10,000 words

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Great facility with language, not only when editing stories but also when communicating with fellow staffers
  • Enthusiasm for digital storytelling and making use of modern web tools to do so
  • A nose for good narratives and the ability to execute them to their fullest potential
  • Precise, grammatically minded line-editing chops
  • An appreciation for deadlines

Education/Experience:

  • Three to five years’ experience editing long-form pieces for a magazine, be it in print or online, preferred.
  • Applicants should have, or be able to swiftly develop, an intimate knowledge of Texas—its past, its present, and, above all else, the innumerable ways in which it allows for great storytelling.

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Front-end Web Developer

 Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is seeking an experienced and energetic front-end web developer to join our growing product development team and help build the next generation of texasmonthly.com. Our team is looking for someone who has a track record of shipping products with reliable, maintainable code and someone who is eager to apply their engineering skills toward creating new, innovative, and creative experiences for our media brand. Our development process is agile but formal enough to maintain efficiencies. This is a full-time developer role on the product and innovations team, and we are excited to supercharge our technical efforts in digital journalism, audience development, digital advertising, and expansion to other platforms.

Our technology stack includes WordPress, PHP, Node, MySQL, Vanilla JS, and SaSS/CSS. A successful candidate possesses proficient skills in at least one of these technologies.

Job Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Spearhead execution of all front-end and UI development projects
  • Maintaining and improving codebase for texasmonthly.com, building out new features and enhancements, resolving technical issues, and shipping code consistently to production environments
  • Ensuring all technical systems are performing reliably and efficiently
  • Working with other developers, product lead, designers, ad-ops, audience development, infrastructure support, and other stakeholders to implement versatile technology solutions
  • Integrating vital APIs (or in some cases building them!) and implementing core production solutions
  • Leading individual tech efforts such as (but not limited to) page speed enhancements, server load reductions, technical SEO improvements, and building tools for content distribution on other platforms
  • Sharing what you’ve accomplished or discovered for the benefit of the digital team

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Good understanding of techniques/practices such as responsive web design, progressive enhancement, accessibility and other web standards, MVC architectures, and modern deployment practices
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently under deadlines and meet weekly commitments
  • Experience working under agile development methodologies
  • Eagerness to learn about new technologies and implement those ideas into a production environment
  • Excellent design sensibilities and understanding of UX best practices preferred
  • Experience developing and working with WordPress, 1+ years preferred
  • Having built and/or maintained an open source WordPress plugin is a big plus
  • Experience with performance tuning and security
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working at a media company

Required Qualifications

  • BS degree in Computer Science, other technical degree or 3+ years of equivalent technology and/or media experience
  • Demonstrable proficiency with JavaScript, SaSS/CSS, HTML, and Git including familiarity with LAMP technologies
  • Experience building applications and integrations for high traffic consumer websites

 Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate and interested in this position, we encourage you to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.  If you have a portfolio, please include that as well.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Data Analyst, Audience Development

Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is seeking an experienced and passionate data analyst to support successful digital product development, audience growth, and audience engagement. A successful candidate will possess significant experience with Google Analytics, BI tools, SQL, reporting design, and analytical methodologies in order to effectively track, analyze, and develop strategies to grow traffic, deepen engagement, and scale reader loyalty. This role with work closely with editorial, product, technical, and marketing teams to foster a culture of data-driven decision making.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Interpret data, analyze results using statistical techniques, and provide ongoing reports regarding all aspects of web traffic and certain marketing activities
  • Translate data analysis into actionable insights
  • Ensure data integrity and champion improvements
  • Proactively conduct deep dive investigations and discover areas for optimization
  • Become the go-to team member for all data-related decision making by the marketing, editorial, and executive teams
  • Establish new KPIs and monitor existing KPIs related to all content and audience development initiatives
  • Be responsible for organization and quality of our data warehouses, Google Tag Manager, Google Analytics, Parse.ly and our Customer Data Platform
  • Consistently learn and improve your skills in data analytics and related development with off-hours research and share your knowledge with the team regularly
  • Help translate data into business decisions and insight
  • Proactively manage and report on metrics and key business goals
  • Write your own SQL or code necessary for reporting purposes
  • Discover what questions need to be asked and seek to answer them

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Familiar with Google Analytics, Google BigQuery, Google Optimize, Google Tag Manager, Parse.ly, Power BI (or another BI solution)
  • Familiar with ETL pipelines
  • Familiar with HubSpot
  • Proficient with SQL
  • Eager and capable of effectively communicating analysis and findings with other team members and stakeholders
  • Ability to create data feeds and build reporting dashboards in Tableau, Power BI, Data Studio or other dashboarding systems
  • Prior experience with customer acquisition and leveraging data to optimize for specific metrics
  • You must love to find the hidden gold and glean business direction from data!
  • Demonstrated consistent improvement and movement toward goals and a grand vision
  • Strong communication skills

Education/Experience:

  • Math, Statistics, or Marketing degree or comparable professional experience
  • At least 2 years’ experience in a similar role

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate and interested in this position, we encourage you to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Administrative Assistant, Sales & TM Studio

Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is looking for a qualified Administrative Assistant for Austin sales support and custom projects (known as Texas Monthly Studio). This person will report to the VP of Sales and Marketing and help with administrative duties across the business side of the organization. From managing custom project details in the studio, to supporting the local Austin sales teams with client mailings, this admin will be an integral part to the success of the business.
The ideal candidate is goal-oriented, has exceptional organizational skills, draws energy from being part of a team and has a deep knowledge of customer service. Ultimately, they should be able to contribute to high quality customer service and achieve sales targets.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support VP of Sales & Marketing and CRO with internal and external communications, travel schedules, expenses and more.
  • Austin Sales Support: create, analyze and manage project timelines, deadlines and priorities for active Austin accounts.
  • Texas Monthly Studio Support: project manage smaller campaigns, process house ads for the entire company, support media sponsorships when needed.
  • Ability to interact with employees and customers virtually and in person.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills enabling you to successfully contact clients to obtain missing information or answers queries.
  • Organize, plan and prepare sales meetings.
  • POC for all house ads within the magazine.
  • Work with production department to finalize monthly print thumbnails.
  • Track and manage milestone deliverables with other departments i.e. samples, presentation materials, and customer required documentation.
  • Above average computer and tech skills.

Successful candidate will possess the following:

  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Collaborative personality
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines
  • Ability to quickly and efficiently troubleshoot during planning process

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Background in sales support, analytics, or customer service
  • Understanding of sales performance metrics
  • Hands on experience with CRM software and fluent Microsoft Office
  • 2 or more years of administrative experience preferred

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate and interested in this position, we encourage you to apply. Please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Senior Editor – Houston

Job Overview:

The journalist in this position is expected to distinguish Texas Monthly’s coverage of one of America’s most dynamic, diverse, and fascinating cities.  He or she will originate ideas for original stories, along with fresh and provocative angles on major stories in the news. This person will report and write in an expeditious manner, coordinate closely with editors, and submit articles that are clean and require minimal editing. This journalist will report to the news and politics editor, but, with the approval of that supervisor, may write for any of the assigning editors on staff. He or she is expected to be available during regular business hours and occasional evenings or weekends in the event of a breaking news story.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Pitch and write two web-first stories of quality each week. On breaking news and continuing stories, we’re looking for stories that essentially say to the reader, “you’ve likely read x, but what you need to understand here is y.”
  • Be our eyes and ears in Houston— develop and make use of local knowledge and contacts to suss out stories and angles that others might not have (and that those of us in Austin might not otherwise hear about).
  • Stories should come in at or close to their assigned length, and should be clean, cohesive, and contain information for ease of fact checking (links to sources, etc.).
  • Participate on a daily basis in pitching and discussing possible stories in the Texas Monthly Slack channels. Contributions to any section or editor are acceptable as long as they are approved by the news and politics editor.
  • In addition to daily/weekly pitches, contribute to the monthly editorial pitch packet, and attend monthly pitch sessions in Austin as often as possible.

Successful candidates will possess the following skills/abilities:

  • Great facility with language
  • Enthusiasm for telling stories digitally and using modern web tools to do so
  • A nose for good narratives and the ability to execute them
  • Precise line-editing chops
  • An appreciation for deadlines

Education/experience:

  • Three to five years’ experience editing, in print or online, preferred.
  • Investigative experience is a plus.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate an intimate knowledge of Texas—its past, its present, and, above all else, the many opportunities it offers for great storytelling.

Application Process:

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Designer

Job Overview:

Texas Monthly is looking for an experienced designer to direct and produce graphics, illustrations, animations, and visual solutions for editorial stories. This designer is multidisciplinary and able to design across a range of platforms.

 Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Art direct and design stories across all platforms
  • Assist in photo research and assigning
  • Create original art for website
  • Assign original illustration, as needed
  • Create graphics and logos for various platforms

Successful candidates possess the following skills/abilities:

  • A strong portfolio of work designing across a range of platforms: digital, print, and social
  • Excellent typography and layout skills
  • Thorough understanding of digital production processes and capabilities
  • Expert proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency inWordpress, HTML/CSS, and Sketch
  • Illustration and motion graphics skills are a plus

 Required Qualifications: 

  • BA/BFA in visual arts, journalism, or related field
  • 3+ years of editorial experience

Application Process: If you are a qualified candidate and interested in this position, we encourage you to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.

NO PHONE CALLS OR WALK-INS ACCEPTED. TEXAS MONTHLY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Internships

Internships are available each semester (fall, spring, and summer). All internships are unpaid and available only to undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited academic program at the time of the internship. Internship applications will only be considered if you are seeking an internship for credit or if you receive approval via a signed “Educational Endorsement” form from your university. For students at the University of Texas, only internships for credit will be considered. All internships include a 20 percent job-shadowing experience. If you are interested in gaining valuable experience in any of the departments listed below, please send a résumé and cover letter specifying the department(s) in which you would like to intern:

INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR
TEXAS MONTHLY
P.O. BOX 1569
AUSTIN, TEXAS
78767-1569

Fax to: 512-476-9007

Email to: [email protected]

Download our internship job descriptions here.