MAKE is hiring (in Bay Area) – Online manager

Terrie our webmaster who has been here from the start of MAKE (over 3 years) and at O’Reilly for over 9 years (wow!) is moving on, we’ll miss Terrie and I’d like to say thanks to Terrie for doing a great job and getting where are today. Terrie created and worked on many of the things you see here on MAKE and she did a lot of behind the scenes work that allowed MAKE to flourish, thanks Terrie!

So — MAKE is hiring (in Bay Area) – an online manager, you don’t need to live in Sebastopol, CA – San Fran or close to is OK if you’re willing to come to the offices a few times per week or as needed.

Extraordinary Publishing Group Seeks Extraordinary Online Manager
Quick, name an upstart magazine team that’s been featured on CBS News, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CNN, NBC and PBS. One that’s been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Wired and virtually every major daily and online blog in its first 36 months.  Whose two DIY magazines won back-to-back awards for the best new magazine launch. Whose websites attract more than 3 million visitors/month and whose Weekend Projects video is one of the top-rated tech podcasts anywhere. Name a magazine team who two years ago introduced what has already become the the largest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) event on the planet. And who last year shipped thousands of DIY kits, tools and books to makers, teachers and students around the world.

If you answered O’Reilly’s Maker Media group, you’d be right.  In just three years, our small but motivated team has launched Make: magazine, Craft: magazine,,, Maker Faire, a line of DIY books, and The Maker Store.  But now, we’re looking for yet another truly unique individual to join the Maker Media family in the capacity of our new Online Manager.

This is a hands-on position on a hands-on team requiring a combination of management, design, and coding skills. You need to be able to come out of one of our roundtable brainstorms, synthesize new ideas from a mix of editorial, design, brand and marketing stake holders, and then transform your ideas into reality.  You will manage projects and day-to-day operations, and implement code and content for the Maker Media sites including,,,, and a few other cool ideas we’re working on.

Must be able to work closely with O’Reilly’s IS staff and outside vendors to ensure that features and tools are implemented properly. The online manager needs to be a self-motivated, detail-oriented individual with exceptional project management skills. At the same time, we really don’t care a lot about charts and tools you learned in school, but we do want to know that you can define the tasks and organize and manage resources to get it all done.


  • Thorough understanding of web publishing, usability and user experience, and Web 2.0
  • Familiarity with templating and layout coding in content management systems
  • Experience with weblog systems (Movable Type experience preferred)
  • Familiarity with RSS, Atom, and podcasting
  • Intermediate to advanced level XHTML, CSS, and Javascript
  • Basic SQL query skills
  • Basic UNIX skills (SSH, SFTP, text file editing, permissions)
  • Able to understand and modify simple Perl code
  • Experience managing development and design contractors and overseeing implementation of development projects
  • Able to supervise interns and possibly additional staff with growth
  • Experience implementing online advertising and marketing campaigns

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Movable Type 4.1 template coding skills
  • Familiarity with web analytics and statistics
  • Strong understanding of web application design
  • Experience with email newsletters; Lyris list manager experience a plus
  • Ability to do simple graphics editing (cropping, resizing, optimizing)
  • Experience in magazine publishing a plus
  • Experience with Jira or other issue/request tracking systems a plus
  • Experience writing requirements and specifications

If you think you’ve got what it takes to do this job, hang with this always on-the-go team, and help create even more magic on the web, send a resume with references to Shawn Connally, Managing Editor –

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