Copy Director

Los Angeles, California, United States Full-time

The Ranker Story:

Ranker is a new form of entertainment publisher with a unique crowd-sourced element. Our editors publish ranked lists on topics as broad as The Best Movies Of All Time to things as specific as the 10 Totally Weird Stranger Things Fan Theories That Could Explain Everything. Our readers vote, edit, and re-rank the stories as they see fit. Founded in 2009, the company made a number of breakthroughs in the last 18 months which has led to explosive growth, now reaching over 50MM unique visitors worldwide spending on average 5 minutes per visit. Our business is driven primarily by programmatic advertising and is profitable.

Ranker is headquartered in LA and 70+ employees strong and growing.

We are currently looking for a Copy Director (or “Copy Chief”) with deep working knowledge of journalistic standards and best practices, grammar, sourcing, fact-checking, etc., who can help develop a compelling, smart, and premium editorial voice site-wide. With the VP Content, this position will build and manage a remote copy desk/ standards department staffed by three to five junior- to associate-level copy editors. The standards department will be the final stop for our content before publishing, and will ensure Ranker’s style standards and best practices are completely implemented on every piece of content that we publish. 

Why work for Ranker?

First, what’s in it for you:

  • Competitive compensation package
  • Enhance your leadership skills by joining fast-paced and growing media organization
  • Not deeply familiar with Ranker? Despite its huge audience Ranker has flown a bit under the radar compared to its peers - we’ve built a real business without just burning through venture capital. You can be a part of helping us change perceptions and become a more recognized media brand.
  • Great perks (weekly lunches, free snacks, and drinks, free massages every month etc) that aren’t so over the top we’re a parody of ourselves.
  • Competitive benefits, including fully-paid medical

What is expected of you?

  • 4+ years experience in copy editing editing for a high-profile entertainment, celebrity, movies or television publication
  • Build and manage a copy editing team, each member of which is your direct report
  • Build and manage a workflow between the Ranker editing crew and the copy desk that maintains sufficient output and can scale output as directed
  • Manage a style guide (either existing or new) that ensures all Ranker content is crisp, clean, properly fact checked, well-sourced, free of bias, and low-risk from a legal standpoint
  • Develop and execute large-scale cleanup projects that bring previously published Ranker content up to current standards
  • SEO optimization knowledge/ experience preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment socially forward data-driven digital publisher

Who will do great in this role?

We want you to be a successful and productive contributor to Ranker's voice and brand. With that said, we believe you’ll be successful if you have:

  • 4+ years of copy editor experience in for a high-profile online or print publication
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in digital media
  • Demonstrated track record in copy editing
  • Ability to manage a team
  • Excellent copywriting, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Great industry contacts and a passion for pop culture
  • Web analytics, content management systems and social publishing
  • Love working in fast-moving, high-growth companies in an industry that is rapidly changing
  • Creative problem solver and effective communicator. Able to make actionable and informed decisions
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, film, etc

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