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October 31, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Help Wanted: Web Editors & Social Media Specialists


SoxProspects.com is seeking applicants for the positions of Web Editor and Social Media Specialist for the 2017 season. 

Help Wanted: Web Editor (2)
Position Overview: We're looking to hire two Web Editors to join the SoxProspects staff through at least the end of the 2017 baseball season, reporting to and working with our Senior Web Editor. The primary responsibility will be to update the stats on the home page and Prospects 21-60 page every other day (or some other arrangement where the task is divvied up among the two Web Editors). The hope is that the two new Web Editors will split this daily task, which takes roughly 20 minutes per day and should be completed either late at night following the end of all games or in the morning before 8:00 am (ET). The other responsibility will be to serve as a back-up to the Senior Web Editor to help update the Site’s Transactions, Roster, and player pages as transactions occur, on an as-needed basis when the Senior Web Editor is busy or unavailable. Applicants should have regular availability to perform the above tasks, as well as reasonable flexibility during business hours (ET) if needed. Overall, the estimated time commitment is about 2 hours per week, maybe 3 hours in the heaviest few weeks of the season. 

Basic Requirements 
  • Commitment to the position from now through the end of the 2017 season, with the potential to renew for future years
  • Availability and flexibility to make stat updates and web updates as noted above
  • A basic familiarity with SoxProspects.com and the Red Sox minor league system (i.e., an understanding of basic facts about the system; don’t need to be an expert)
  • Perfunctory knowledge of HTML or web editing programs
  • Attention to detail
  • A basic understanding of baseball stats
  • Professional attitude and demeanor
  • Age 18+

Help Wanted: Social Media Specialist (2)

Position Overview: We're looking to hire two Social Media Specialists to join the SoxProspects staff through at least the end of the 2017 baseball season, working with our current Social Media Specialist as well as our managing editors. The primary responsibilities will be managing our Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube platforms. Additionally, one Social Media Specialist will be responsible for editing/producing our Podcast, while the other will take responsibility for occasional editing of the SoxProspects Wiki. 

Applicants should have flexibility to be able to post using the site’s platforms as needed, maybe a few times per day, including during business hours (ET) if needed. (Note that this does not mean being on call around the clock, but it will not work if the applicant is unavailable to post during the entire work day every day). Overall, the estimated time commitment is about 2 hours per week. 

Basic Requirements 
  • Commitment to the position from now until the end of the 2017 season, with the potential to renew for future years
  • Availability and flexibility to post as noted above
  • A solid familiarity with SoxProspects.com and the Red Sox minor league system (i.e., knowledge of key players, some feel for at least recent history of the system)
  • Experience with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  • The podcast position will require basic understanding of editing podcasts (concept of audio editing, uploading, and posting; training will be provided on specifics)
  • Attention to detail 
  • A perfunctory understanding of baseball stats
  • Professional attitude and demeanor
  • Age 18+

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Compensation: All four of these positions are unpaid opportunities, as are all the positions on the SoxProspects Staff. However, most staffers have found the experience on the Staff to be rewarding in other ways, such as through the camaraderie of the team, invitations to occasional staff events, and the overall experience gained. We will train whoever gets these positions from the ground up on our systems and processes. Positions at SoxProspects are a great opportunity for aspiring digital content developers to gain experience and exposure in the sports industry. It’s worth noting that members of the SoxProspects staff have gone on to write for ESPN Boston, Baseball Prospectus, the Baltimore Sun, the Sun Sentinel, MLB.com, and MiLB.com, among other outlets.

Selection Process: If interested, please email mike@soxprospects.com and provide a list of relevant skills and experience with respect to the position you are applying for, by Friday, November 11, 2016. If you apply for the Social Media Specialist Position, please let us know if you are interested in the Podcast position, the Wiki position, or both (if both, whether you have a preference). Resumes are strongly encouraged. We look forward to hearing from you! We hope to make decisions on these positions in November. Although this is a volunteer position, we evaluate applications based on their professionalism, attention to detail, and merits as if this were a paid job, so please approach the application process accordingly. Familiarity with the site is a plus, but level of fandom of the Red Sox will not really be a consideration. 

 
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