Zócalo Public Square

Zócalo Public Square connects people to ideas and to each other by examining essential questions in an accessible and broad-minded spirit. Zócalo seeks to create a welcoming intellectual space for all, at a time when our country’s public sphere and our global digital conversation have become ever more polarized and segregated. Zócalo pursues this mission by convening events and by publishing ideas journalism. We are committed to translating ideas to broad audiences and to engaging a new and diverse generation in the public square.

Jul 22, 2019
Zócalo Public Square, the innovative blend of live events and ideas journalism, seeks a dynamic and ambitious Senior Editor, with a deep interest in American history. We are looking for an intellectually curious person who is interested in big questions, passionate about democratizing ideas, and has the experience to tackle a variety of challenging projects. Zócalo is a thriving Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization and a creative unit of Arizona State University dedicated to connecting people to ideas and to each other. Our mission is to create a welcoming intellectual space offline and online by convening smart events and publishing thoughtful, wide-ranging essays. We are a high-spirited team partnering with some of the country’s most prestigious intellectual enterprises. Since our founding in 2003, we have presented over 500 events in 23 cities, seven states, and six countries. We syndicate our journalism to 290 media outlets worldwide and co-present events with the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty Museum, and KCRW among others. For the Senior Editor position, we are looking for applicants who pride themselves on their editing skills, ability to organize projects, and commitment to rigor, and willingness to jump into the fray. This opportunity is perfect for someone who loves books—particularly history—and will thrive in the close-knit community that brings Zócalo’s nonideological and generous spirit to life. The Senior Editor has three areas of responsibility. In partnership with the Smithsonian, Zócalo regularly publishes essays, written by historians, on the question of  What It Means to Be American . Under the direction of the Editor-in-Chief and the Deputy Editor, the Senior Editor will stay abreast of recent history books, assign essays to authors, and do first edits to work with the authors to develop their essays for publication. This position calls for a strong and broadminded background in history as well as an interest in the deeper questions raised by the series. Editors need to pay close attention to historical details and nuances, and must be able to work intensively with academic writers to make their work accessible to a wide audience. In addition, the Senior Editor will work on special projects, including Zócalo’s yearly book prize, the poetry prize, and other editorial needs. These projects require both organizational skills—organizing entries, communicating with publishers and judges, and hitting firm deadlines—and creative ones including interviewing winners and writing press releases. This work requires the ability to both shepherd a project over the long-term and to think on one’s feet. Finally, the editor will work on editorial content related to Zócalo’s events programming. Responsibilities will include writing event rundowns, editing event descriptions, and conducting one-on-one interviews with our speakers. Previous reporting experience is a definite plus but is not required. This position will work collaboratively with the Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor, and Associate Editor. The Senior Editor must be able to work out of Zócalo’s offices in downtown Los Angeles, and commit to long hours, occasional weekend and evening work, and some domestic and international travel. Pay and benefits are competitive. Zócalo is an ASU Knowledge Enterprise and this editor will be employed by Arizona State University and eligible to participate in a full range of benefits, including health care, and retirement. Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and writing and/or editing samples to  jobs@zocalopublicsquare.org . Please include “Senior Editor” in the subject line. The interview process includes an editing test.
Zócalo Public Square Los Angeles, CA, USA Marketing / PR
Jul 22, 2019
Zócalo Public Square, the innovative blend of live programs and ideas journalism, seeks a detail-oriented person to fill the role of Assistant to the Publisher. We are looking for a someone with excellent communication skills who can work as part of a tight-knit team in a fast-paced environment. Zócalo is a thriving Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization and a creative unit of Arizona State University dedicated to connecting people to ideas and to each other. Our mission is to create a welcoming intellectual space offline and online by convening thoughtful live programs and publishing wide-ranging essays. Since our founding in 2003, we have presented over 600 programs in 32 cities, nine states, and six countries. We syndicate our journalism to 290 media outlets worldwide and co-present programs with the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty Museum, and KCRW, among others. We’re looking for energetic, professional applicants with superior people skills, the ability to take initiative, and an aptitude for strategic thinking. This is an entry-level opportunity with room to learn —at a high level—how nonprofits function. It is also a chance to become part of a thriving, innovative Los Angeles institution and the close-knit community that brings Zócalo’s non-ideological and generous spirit to life. The Assistant to the Publisher will be responsible for supporting Zócalo’s Founder and Publisher. He or she will build and maintain databases for fundraising and other purposes, manage schedules and travel details, act as a point person for the Board of Trustees, and assist in research as requested. Some knowledge of development is a plus, and the ability to quickly synthesize information with accuracy and focus is crucial. He or she will also help with all activities related to Zócalo’s programs—including registering guests, managing the audience, assisting front and back of house, staffing receptions, and other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director. The Assistant to the Publisher must be able to work out of Zócalo’s offices in downtown Los Angeles, and commit to long hours—including the evenings when Zócalo’s programs are held—and some domestic and international travel. Pay and benefits are competitive. Zócalo is an ASU Knowledge Enterprise and this assistant will be employed by Arizona State University and eligible to participate in a full range of benefits, including health care and retirement. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@zocalopublicsquare.org. Please include “Assistant to the Publisher” in the subject line.  
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Jul 22, 2019
Zócalo Public Square, the innovative blend of live programs and ideas journalism, seeks an ambitious Programming and Outreach Assistant who is passionate about democratizing ideas for broad audiences. We are looking for an intellectually curious person who is interested in big questions and has the ability to think strategically while being attentive to details. Zócalo is a thriving Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization and a creative unit of Arizona State University dedicated to connecting people to ideas and to each other. Our mission is to create a welcoming intellectual space in real life and online by convening smart live programs and publishing thoughtful, wide-ranging essays. We are a high-spirited team partnering with some of the country’s most prestigious intellectual enterprises. Since our founding in 2003, we have presented over 600 programs in 32 cities, nine states, and six countries. We syndicate our journalism to 290 media outlets worldwide and co-present programs with the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty Museum, and KCRW, among others. For the Programming and Outreach Assistant position, we are looking for applicants who are ready to assist with all facets of putting together engaging public programs. This position will work closely with the Deputy Director to produce and execute Zócalo’s events—doing everything from scheduling venues and arranging speaker travel to leading grassroots audience outreach and handling audience Q&A. This job requires a person who has a strong interest in culture and current events, is creative and tenacious at tasks like doing research and building audiences, and is good at organizing schedules and programs with many moving parts. This entry-level opportunity is perfect for someone who is comfortable interacting with the public and will thrive in the close-knit community that brings Zócalo’s nonideological and generous spirit to life. This position will work collaboratively with Zócalo’s programming staff and volunteers as well as with editorial staff in the office. As Zócalo expands its reach, there is great room for growth in this position. The Programming and Outreach Assistant must be able to work out of Zócalo’s offices in downtown Los Angeles, and commit to long hours, as well as occasional weekend and evening work, and some domestic and international travel. Pay and benefits are competitive. Zócalo is an ASU Knowledge Enterprise and this position will be employed by Arizona State University and eligible to participate in a full range of benefits, including health care and retirement. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@zocalopublicsquare.org. Please include “Programming and Outreach Assistant” in the subject line.
Zócalo Public Square Los Angeles, CA, USA Marketing / PR
Jul 22, 2019
Zócalo Public Square, the innovative blend of live programs and ideas journalism, seeks an enthusiastic and nimble Outreach and Editorial Assistant. We are looking for an intellectually curious person who cares about democratizing ideas and is eager to pitch in. Zócalo is a thriving Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization and a creative unit of Arizona State University dedicated to connecting people to ideas and to each other. Our mission is to create a welcoming intellectual space offline and online by convening thoughtful live programs and publishing wide-ranging essays. Since our founding in 2003, we have presented over 600 programs in 32 cities, nine states, and six countries. We syndicate our journalism to 290 media outlets worldwide and co-present programs with the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty Museum, and KCRW, among others. We’re looking for hard-working, committed applicants with professionalism and grace, grit and spirit—as well as superb phone skills, a knack for crafting persuasive, personable emails and smart tweets, and an interest in reaching new audiences. This is a chance to become part of a thriving, innovative Los Angeles institution and the close-knit team that brings Zócalo’s nonideological and generous spirit to life. The Outreach and Editorial Assistant will be responsible for supporting our editorial team, helping them with all activities leading to publication—including uploading text and images to our content management system, communicating with freelance writers and photographers, organizing and researching projects, and creating social media posts from our ideas-driven essays. He or she will also assist in all Zócalo events and external communications, such as marketing, audience relations, publicity, social media, and other duties as assigned. This is an entry-level position and is perfect for someone who loves mastering new skills. The Outreach and Editorial Assistant must be able to work out of Zócalo’s offices in downtown Los Angeles, and commit to long hours—including the evenings when Zócalo’s programs are held—and some domestic and international travel. Pay and benefits are competitive. Zócalo is an ASU Knowledge Enterprise and this assistant will be employed by Arizona State University and eligible to participate in a full range of benefits, including health care and retirement. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@zocalopublicsquare.org. Please include “Outreach and Editorial Assistant” in the subject line.
Zócalo Public Square Los Angeles, CA, USA Marketing / PR