The Paris Review, Digital Director

The Paris Review, the nation’s preeminent literary quarterly, seeks a digital director to manage website operations, develop new media features for the organization, and lead digital marketing. Since its founding in 1953, the magazine has featured the best new literature; the organization has grown to include a robust online presence, featuring archival and new native content (including the award-winning Paris Review Daily), books, a podcast, and documentary film. The Paris Review’s website has grown exponentially in the last few years and has become its primary source of business (subscriptions, merchandise, books). Continued growth of the Review’s digital footprint is an institutional priority, and we are looking for a digital director to help create and drive our digital growth strategy by employing best practices, brand awareness, and ingenuity across the Review’s entire digital platform.

Primary Responsibilities

 ● Responsible for

○ Manages and improves the digital archive of magazine, including converting the print quarterly into its digital formats
○ Maintains, updates, and monitors WordPress account, ensuring that the Daily implements the best online publishing practices and strategies
○ Manages subscriber database and subscription order pages with a third-party subscription fulfillment house
○ Maintains and updates The Paris Review’s website—including the home page, side rails, subscription pages, Shopify store, and ad distribution platform; manages digital image assets
○ Manages web hosting and certificate accounts
○ Acts as the Review’s IT department; maintains data management and communications accounts; troubleshoots web and computing issues as they arise with the assistance of data and developer consultants

● Digital Initiatives

○ Acts as primary liaison to web developers, project-manages website updates and other digital initiatives
○ Researches market trends and best web practices to be incorporated into online content
○ Works closely with editor to develop new media content (video and audio); assists with conception, production, and placement across digital platforms
○ Works with Daily editors and social media manager to develop and implement strategy for cross-platform content initiatives

● Data Management

○ Manages the Review’s digital data gathering, ensuring digital team implements best practices for tracking marketing campaigns (merchandise and subscriptions)
○ Distills marketing, traffic, and digital data into actionable and readable reports for the editor, publishing director, board of directors, and other Paris Review staff
○ Monitors changes in performance metrics and responds as necessary

● Marketing and Promotions

○ Leads the digital marketing function in order to drive sustainable, profitable incremental revenue growth while supporting and driving brand engagement
○ Coordinates online marketing, promotional, and partnership efforts with editor, publishing director, and social media manager
○ Creates promotional materials, house ads, and campaign creatives as needed
○ Explores emerging digital marketing technologies to drive acquisition, retention,and engagement

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

● 4+ years of professional experience in a literary or arts organization and/or e-commerce environment, with experience in project management, managing online databases/extensive digital content, working with and improving a proprietary CMS, and driving audience engagement in new media/cross media
● Passion for literature
● Understanding of direct response, digital marketing, e-commerce, and lead generation as well as online business models and KPIs (key performance indicators)
● Willingness and ability to be hands-on in executing programs, including getting deep into data analysis while balancing multiple priorities and projects
● External orientation and ability to take best practices and apply them to our organization
● Ability to turn empirical data into insightful, strategic decisions and actionable plans
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills
● Analytics: extensive knowledge of Google Analytics and Google Ad Manager
● Marketing: thorough understanding of and experience managing the following: SEM, SEO, PLAs, programmatic/display, paid social, email (Mailchimp), and audience targeting
● Web development: extensive knowledge of WordPress and relevant e-commerce platforms, and experience with programming languages and tools (i.e., HTML/CSS, PHP, UTM)
● General: extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with Adobe Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, etc).

This is a full-time position located in our office in New York City.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to [email protected] Please be sure to use the subject line “Digital Director.”


Editorial Internship

The Paris Review offers paid editorial internships twice a year (two interns per term). The internship requires a full-time commitment for six months, affording interns the opportunity to participate in two full production cycles. Interns assist with every step of production, from fact-checking to proofreading to distributing issues. They are also tasked with a variety of administrative, digital, and developmental work. Interns work a thirty-five-hour week at minimum wage. We do not sponsor visas.

Paris Review internships are an excellent introduction to the literary world. Past graduates have gone on to find work at a wide range of literary agencies, publishing houses, magazines, and newspapers, among them HarperCollins, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Simon and Schuster, the Gernert Agency, the Wylie Agency, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the Wall Street Journal. Others have gone on to enjoy successful freelance careers as editors and writers.

The application schedule is as follows:





January 2–June 30

July 1–December 24

Application Deadline:

October 1

May 1

Decision by:

December 1

June 1

To Apply

Send your résumé and a cover letter clearly stating the term for which you would like to be considered and explaining your interest in The Paris Review. Please also send a one-page reader’s report on a story published in a journal or magazine within the past year. All materials should be mailed to:

Attn: Lauren Kane
The Paris Review

544 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001



Reader Program

The Paris Review offers unpaid reader positions on a rolling basis. Readers volunteer their time to assist the editorial staff by evaluating manuscripts, tracking submissions, maintaining office databases, and transcribing interviews. Applicants should be able to work from The Paris Review’s New York office at least one day a week.

To Apply

Send a cover letter stating your desired starting date and explaining your interest in The Paris Review, along with your résumé and one or two nonfiction writing samples (preferably essays relating to a work of literature) totaling no more than ten pages, to:

Attn: Lauren Kane
The Paris Review
544 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications received, we cannot respond to every applicant.