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Researcher, Talent Lab

As The Atlantic grows, we are seeking a talented journalist to join our recruitment and professional development efforts.

If you are hired for this job: You will play a critical role in our newly created Talent Lab. You will be working closely with the Talent Lab director and deputy director as they recruit and develop staff at a time of rapid growth.

You should enjoy researching, reporting and networking as well as organizing and scheduling. You will host visiting candidates and new hires and help plan their experiences at the Atlantic offices. You will also help the team in planning and carrying out staff development programs and events.

You must be an excellent collaborator and communicator. You must also be diligent, organized, and fast-moving. You’ll be part of a team that refuses to accept a finalist pool that is not both diverse and difficult to choose among, so you must be committed to the effort that makes this possible.

To thrive in this position, you will have to know The Atlantic, and what distinguishes our work. And you should be able to translate that understanding to every position and platform we encompass—from editors to writers to producers, from journalists who work primarily with printed text to journalists who produce and appear at live events.


Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Comfort switching between tasks and prioritizing throughout the day depending on Talent Lab needs
  • Discretion, especially when handling sensitive personnel information


Atlantic Media Values: Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in you, and everyone else.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions –

  • Force of Ideas:  At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing.  We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence.  Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, and giving voice to the latter.
  • Spirit of Generosity:  Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct.  Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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