Head of Product (1 position available)

The Head of Product is responsible for developing and managing the platforms and technologies that Spectator uses to deliver information and services to the Columbia community. (S)he is fully responsible for delivering the best possible user experience to the Columbia community through an understanding of its needs, and oversees conceptualization of all new tools and services. The Head of Product also works with the Spectrum Editor to shape the vision for all of Spec’s products to ensure that service journalism is kept at the fore. . As the chief executor on the product end, (s)he is therefore involved in every step of product management, including conceptualization, planning, execution, and quality assurance. (S)he serves the liaison between the product team and the rest of the Managing Board whenever any sort of changes need to be made to our digital platforms, and sources from the expertise of other section leaders to create the best products possible. The Head of Product oversees SpecTech and Product Design. As a member of the Managing Board, the Head of Product sits on the Editorial Board.


LEAD ENGINEER (1 Position Available)

The Lead Engineer is the technical lead for all of Product. They are equipped with the most advanced knowledge of relevant coding languages, as well as best practices for development across all stacks. The Lead Engineer should work very closely with the Head of Product to ensure that his/her vision for Spectrum/Spectator’s products gets executed accurately and efficiently. The Lead Engineer will be on call to put out ‘fires’ around the clock. They will interact regularly with all Lead Developers, and work at varying levels of closeness with each developer depending on needs of each project.

LEAD PRODUCT DESIGNER (1 Position Available)

The Lead Product Designer interacts with the other sections of Spec Tech to create intuitive designs for Spectator products. (S)he is responsible for coordinating a team of designers to design all web apps and mobile applications, as well as pages for the CDS website and interactive content. (S)he will coordinate with technical leads to ensure that designs are technically feasible. (S)he will also assume responsibility for coordinating visuals for certain CDS-facing initiatives, like interactive content, liaising with design and photo as appropriate.

LEAD WEB APP DEVELOPER (1-2 PositionS Available)

The Lead Web App developer spearheads Spectator’s web application initiatives, such as The Shaft, and other future stand-alone initiatives. (S)he should have a strong technical background and extensive knowledge of MEAN stack, Javascript, React, and more, and (s)he should be able to lead a team of developers to enact a clear vision of a product. (S)he is the main technical point person in the conceptualization of web products, and is responsible for bringing these products to life.


The Lead Publications Developer spearheads all publication-facing aspects of Columbia Spectator’s product initiatives. (S)he should have a strong understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and a strong understanding of the technologies provided by to us by The Washington Post. (S)he will be primarily responsible for keeping our website design current and for spearheading collaborations between Journalism and Product Design to push out innovative and beautiful content.


The Lead Mobile Developer spearheads projects for mobile devices on iPhone and Android. They will lead a small team to push out products like the CDS mobile app for iPhone and Android, mobile app versions of our web services, and products like Eat@CU.


PRODUCT DESIGNER (5 Positions Available)

The Product Designer is expected to work to develop mockups for all Spectator services. Product Designers will usually be assigned to work on one product for a long period of time, developing a close relationship with that individual product. They will balance the priorities of giving each of Spectator’s products a unique visual identity with an understanding of Spectator’s larger visual coherence.


The Associate Developer works on projects of choice within Spec Tech. They will be able to choose or jump between projects within SpecTech as they choose, and as demands necessitate. This position is best for someone who is still developing their skills as a programmer, and wants to learn about a number of different areas or hone their skills in one.



Director of Revenue (1 position available)

The Director of Revenue is responsible for generating the majority of Spectator's annual revenue. (S)he generates revenue through advertising sales, securing full value of our portfolio of publications, products, and events, and through fundraising from Spectator's alumni and friends. (S)he optimizes how Spectator's portfolio is monetized, thinks critically about delivering maximum value to our clients, and outlines and implements new initiatives to sustain student revenue growth year over year. The Revenue Director is responsible for securing the capital backing behind Spectator's long-term expenditures, such as funds for work-study and SpecTech. As part of his/her alumni relations duties, the Revenue Director plans the Columbia Daily Spectator Annual Awards Dinner and directs alumni engagement initiatives.

In addition to operational duties, the Revenue Director is responsible for developing his/her staff. The Revenue Director helps managers develop capabilities in management, strategy, goal-setting, and workflow design; helps associates master interpersonal skills, develop business sense, and improve judgements; and helps trainees develop core skills. As a leader, the Revenue Director is responsible for embodying and spreading Spectator’s mission, building staff culture, establishing values, and planning bonding for the Revenue section. As a member of the Managing Board, the Revenue Director attends Managing Board meetings and sits on the Editorial Board.


Sales Manager (2-3 positions available)

The Sales Managers are the primary drivers of operational revenue, and they ensure operational excellence within their team. They are responsible for developing strategies for outreach priorities and pitch development for their assigned sectors, products, and/or events. Managers should establish a strong sense of camaraderie among their associates and should show a strong attention to detail. (S)he also must be able to problem solve, adapting pitches and sales methodologies to overcome any changing trends in the industry or specific difficulties that may arise.

In addition to operational duties, the Managers are responsible for helping his/her associates and trainees master interpersonal skills, develop business sense, and improve judgements. Sales managers are responsible for cultivating a strong sales culture with clear values that reflect the team’s personality and Spectator’s mission.

Development Manager (1 position available)

The Development Manager is responsible for Spectator's relationships with its extensive alumni network as well as all fundraising activities. (S)he devises strategies for cultivating our alumni base to strengthen the Spectator community and facilitate mentorship between alumni and current staff. (S)he plans structured, goal-driven fundraising campaigns, soliciting donations from both Spec alumni, Columbia alumni, and any other relevant parties.

In addition to operational duties, the Managers are responsible for helping his/her associates and trainees master interpersonal skills, plan long term projects, and become fluent in digital engagement and social media techniques. Development managers are responsible for helping associates improve their brainstorming, critical thinking, attention to detail, and communication skills.


Sales Associate

The Sales Associate comprise the specialized task force that lives and breathes advertising sales. A Sales Associate should be an expert in pitching, requiring a strong mastery of persuasive techniques and an understanding of Spectator's ad products to optimize packaging.

Development Associate

The Development Associates assist in all areas of fundraising, annual dinner planning, alumni communications, and general donation outreach. (S)he must have a sophisticated understanding of Spectator's campaigns and donor base and have a clear knowledge of how to handle interactions with a wide range of alumni and potential donors.



Director of Events (1 position available)

The Director of Events takes ownership of one of Spectator's content-producing sections through the conceptualization, planning, and execution of all Spectator events. (S)he ensures that the goals of each event contribute towards Spectator's mission, as the events should strive to engage the Columbia community on any relevant topics and fill gaps in information that may exist among the student body. The Director of Events thinks creatively to come up with spontaneous "campus conversation" events that may be relevant to hot topics on campus, while also targeting Columbia's strong pre-professional population through events such as the Columbia Media Conference. As a member of the Managing Board, the Staff Director sits on Spectator's Editorial Board.


Events Manager (2-3 positions available)

The Events Managers take ownership of a particular set of events and thinks critically about the content (s)he wants to promote through his/her events. (S)he works with the Events Director to establish an overall vision for each event, and serves as primary logistical master, handling speaker outreach and follow-ups and interactions with student groups.


Events Associate (4 - 6 Positions Available)

Events Associates conduct outreach to prospective speakers and assist in the execution of logistical elements of Spectator's events. Events associates also handle the relationships with speakers that they secure, as well as develop proposals for future Spectator events that will engage and inform their peers.


managing board level

director of engagement (1 position available)

The Director of Engagement takes ownership over the reach and usage of Spectator's publications, products, and events and manages the Spectator brand. (S)he skillfully uses data about how our users and readers interact with Spectator to make informed decisions to develop Spectator's audience and to provide feedback to content producers to improve our services. In short, the Director of Engagement not only maximizes the reach of Spectator's work, but (s)he also ensures that each interaction our readers and users have with our products are highly engaging. (S)he also handles recruitment of new staff at the beginning of each semester. As a member of the Managing Board, the Staff Director sits on Spectator's Editorial Board.

deputy level

DATA ANALYTICS Manager (1-2 positions available)

The Data Analytics Manager is responsible for understanding how our users and readers interact with Spectator, and (s)he uses this data to effect change on Spectator's content and technologies. (S)he is responsible for the daily production of analytics reports, including information about web traffic and Facebook performance. (S)he is also responsible for producing research projects as requested by other staff members, providing data that will empower staff to make better decisions. (S)he will be authorities on the best industry practices for social media use and Search Engine Optimization.

audience development & Marketing Manager (1-2 positions available)

The Audience Development and Marketing Manager executes all promotion and branding for Spectator's publications, products, and events in order to maximize the reach of our content. This includes taking proactive measures to reach new audiences and to develop greater loyalty from our existing users. (S)he plays an active role with content producers to best package our content and develop the best messaging to target the content to its intended audience. (S)he also handles Spectator's recruitment campaign at the beginning of every semester.

DEPUTY SOCIAL MEDIA Editor (1-2 POsition Available)

The Deputy Social Media Editor is responsible for overseeing the team of Associate Social Media Editors for 3-5 production nights. S(he) is responsible for being knowledgeable of the Facebook algorithm, MailChimp, and social media strategies to increase reach and clickthrough rate on social media and newsletter platforms. S(he) is responsible for training Associate Social Media Editors on daily workflow and general skills, as well as critiquing and editing their initial drafts on a daily basis. As a manager, s(he) is also in charge of growing and maintaining the staff culture among the Social Media team and serving as a mentor and role model for the team.

associate level

DATA ANALYTICS Associate (4-5 POsitions Available)

Audience Development associates should understand how users and readers interact with Spectator, and they are tasked with synthesizing web traffic data and in-depth industry knowledge into actionable insights and recommendations to improve our digital practices. Day-to-day tasks include producing Analytics reports and conducting ad-hoc research projects. Associates should be highly detail-oriented, analytically minded individuals.

audience development & Marketing Associate (4-5 Positions Available)

Audience Development & Marketing Associates help to expand the reach of Spectator's content by assisting in the execution of proactive audience development techniques, including social media use, and marketing campaigns. Knowledge of graphic design, social media, and tailored messaging are key skills for members of the team. ADM Associates will also work with content producers to best package our content and develop the best messaging to target the content to its intended audience.

Social Media Associate (5-10 Positions Available)

Associate Social Media Editors are responsible for coming in for one production night a week and coordinating with News, Sports, A&E, The Eye, and Spectrum to write social posts and newsletter text that optimizes reach and clickthrough rate. This includes thoughtfully coming up with Facebook and Twitter pages that can be tagged in posts, Facebook groups to share articles in, and Twitter users to tweet articles at. Associate Social Media Editors report directly to the Deputy Social Media Editor, working with her/him to strengthen their social media strategy skills.




The Spectrum editor leads Columbia University’s most innovative service journalism initiative, Spectrum. (S)he, working with the Publisher and Managing Editor, is a thought-leader for creative, multi-platform content that addresses the needs of Columbia students. To achieve this, the Spectrum editor must have a solid reporting background, manage and facilitate collaborations with other Business & Innovations directors and managers, and work closely with the deputies to determine how content should be packaged within or as products, events, and marketing campaigns. 

The Spectrum editor is responsible for doing the final read/round of edits on all content before it is presented to CB and must be present in the office during production nights. (S)he also plans and executes staff training and provides regular feedback to all staff members, as well as leads content planning meetings during the day.

Finally, (s)he ensures the quality and efficient production of the daily Wake Up Call, Spectrum’s newsletter. This involves constant training, personalized staff development, and strong communications within the section and across Spec. 

As a member of the managing board, the Spectrum editor is a member of Spectator’s editorial board.



Deputy Spectrum editors oversees the daily operations of Spectrum and is responsible for being a thought-leader for a subsection of content, a zone, that is geared toward addressing major issues, such as lifestyle and health and wellness. The deputy also oversees a pod of staffers, which may consist of B&I product designers and developers and Spectrum content creators, who collaborate in order to make high-impact content. Spectrum deputies also work with other sections like Design, Engagement, Photo, and Copy to ensure that content is as beautiful, accurate, and well-marketed as possible. 

Deputies participate in daily production and write and publish the Wake Up Call newsletter to the website, Mailchimp, and Facebook 1-2 times per week. Deputy editors meet regularly with the Spectrum editor to report back on pod activity, plan pitches ahead of pitch meetings, plan staff development initiatives, and collaborate on feedbacking published content. From an editorial perspective, they do the first-round of edits on pieces, websave articles, and schedule social media posts twice a week with the editor. In pitch meetings, are responsible for curating comprehensive story ideas from their specific zone and ensuring that staff members are contributing and executing stories properly.

From a staff management perspective, the deputy editor is responsible for leading and training their staff and imbuing staffers with a thorough understanding of the Spectrum mission. 


SPECTRUM staff writer

Spectrum staff writers make creative digital projects come to life, while also building a strong foundation in front-end development, design, reporting, and digital media. Spectrum staff writers work with designers and developers in pods centred around beats. Within each pod, they are responsible for the written content of all projects and work with their pod, deputy editor, and editor to create high-quality content packages. Spectrum staff writers manage long-term projects that require in-depth reporting, research, and pod collaboration, as well as occasional shorter-form pieces.