The New York Times is seeking an Associate Puzzle Editor to join the Games team, supporting work on the Crossword product and our growing suite of puzzles and games. As an Associate Puzzle Editor, you’ll work with a small team on our online crossword submission system, helping to select the puzzles that will run in The New York Times. You’ll correspond with puzzle constructors from around the country on their submitted work, providing guidance on themes and fill words.
You’ll work with editor Will Shortz, rewriting and fact-checking clues for soon-to-be-published puzzles. You will report to Joel Fagliano, Digital Puzzles Editor at the Times. Finally, you’ll work as part of the larger New York Times Games team — including game designers, engineers, product managers, data analysts and marketers — to help power an ever-growing subscription business.
Why You Should Apply In this position, you’ll get the chance to work on the country’s most popular puzzle, solved by millions of people every day. You’ll be part of a fast-growing team at The New York Times, which has more than tripled its subscriber base in the past five years. And you’ll have the chance to shape the long-term strategy for this iconic product, with an eye toward broadening its appeal to a whole new generation of solvers.
Primary Responsibilities Help manage and evaluate the 6,500+ crossword submissions a year we receive to ensure our feedback to constructors is timely and helpful. Highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each puzzle, including: Identifying themes and assessing their quality Pointing out good and bad fill Review these notes with the rest of the editorial team Write constructors on whether their puzzles have been accepted, rejected or need more work, with specific feedback on why; handle back-and-forth on edits and changes Fix fill in accepted or soon-to-be accepted puzzles Coordinate this work with other team members who will also help with correspondence Help to edit clues for accepted puzzles Help manage the production process of moving the fully-edited puzzles from InDesign files into the newspaper, our apps and website. Test-solve the daily Minis, puzzle packs and other digital puzzles for the team.
Requirements 2+ years of puzzle construction experience Clue-writing skills Strong written communication skills Proof-reading abilities Ability to work collaboratively with a team Knowledge of the puzzle constructor community and wider puzzle landscape The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do.
It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply. The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law.
All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.
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