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Talent Lab Deputy Director

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

If you are hired for this job: You will play a critical role in helping to get our newly created Talent Lab off the ground. You will be working closely with the Talent Lab director to recruit and develop staff at a time of rapid growth, so you must be an excellent collaborator and communicator.

The Talent Lab will be recruiting for multiple positions at once. You must be diligent, organized, and fast-moving, working with editors and colleagues in human resources to help run a thorough and efficient hiring process for every position. You should not be willing to accept a finalist pool that is not both diverse and difficult to choose among. You should enjoy networking and traveling to identify potential hires.

In addition to recruiting, you will play a key role in shaping how our organization develops all its journalists. You must know journalism well, and have an acute, well-developed sense of the skills that reporting and storytelling require. 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.

If you possess all of these gifts, you will make an immense impact in a thriving and historic media organization, with resources at your disposal, and a wealth of generous, creative, ambitious, collaborative, and brilliant colleagues who will treasure your work. You will play a pivotal role in cultivating the very best of the Atlantic. We cannot wait to work with you.


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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