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McClatchy Interactive Job Openings

McClatchy Interactive is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory pre-employment drug test results. Interested persons should send resume to jobs@mcclatchyinteractive.com or apply online.

Software Developer

Updated: 10/08/14
McClatchy Interactive creates, deploys, and maintains software that powers over seventy periodical Web sites, including miamiherald.com, charlotteobserver.com, and newsobserver.com (Raleigh, NC). All of the Web sites are hosted and monitored in enterprise-class data centers.
Additionally, McClatchy Interactive supports all of the Web sites with hands-on technical training, consulting services, and 24/7 customer service.

Job Summary

A software developer at McClatchy Interactive designs, implements, and maintains code for the company's proprietary content management system and other, supplemental applications and infrastructure that power the McClatchy Company's numerous Web sites.

Developers work closely with colleagues, the immediate multidisciplinary Agile team, the department head, product managers, and others to define deliverables, divide and conquer assignments, design solutions, and write code. Developers also work closely with technical writers to assure product documentation is complete and accurate.

The ideal candidate for the position is an expert in one or more of the following: Ruby on Rails; C++; Object-oriented PHP; MySQL; Apache. The ideal candidate has at least four-six years in Web development, and at least two years in an area of specialization.

Major Responsibilities/Activities

  • Object-oriented design and development
  • SQL database design and development
  • Web interface development in (template-driven) HTML and JavaScript
  • Design and development of unit test modules
  • Peer code reviews
  • Creation of documentation for both developer and end-user consumption
  • Providing training to other developers and customer service personnel
  • After hours availability for emergency issues


Education: Preferred

  • Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in computer science, electrical or computer engineering, physics, or mathematics is preferred but not required

Experience: Required

  • Four-six years of professional programming experience
  • At least two years in any of the aforementioned areas of expertise
  • Enterprise scale software development
  • Two years MySQL (or similar relational database) development and deployment
  • Experience with a revision control system (e. g. GIT, Subversion)

Special Skills/Licenses/Certifications: Required

  • Object-oriented software design and development in a team environment
  • Proficient in HTML & JavaScript
  • Solid knowledge of Unix or Linux, the command-line, scripting, configuration and administration
  • Experience with Apache configuration (tuning a plus)
  • Customer service skills

Special Skills/Licenses/Certifications: Desired

  • Agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban)
  • Ruby on Rails
  • REST API structure and usage
  • Test driven development, unit tests, test automation
  • Web Services in a Service Oriented Architecture

Web Operations Specialist

Updated: 10/07/14
As a McClatchy Interactive Web Operations Specialist, you’ll be on the front-lines delivering online news to 38 million unique visitors per month. You’ll have a chance to expand your horizons and your knowledge of front-end web development and back end web server operations supporting a large array of products and services to 29 markets across four time zones. You’ll dive head-first into emerging Internet technologies used to deliver text, images, and video to 30 McClatchy-owned daily and 29 weekly newspapers. If this is the fast-paced and diverse environment you’re seeking, then here’s what we need to see in your resume:
  • Dependable, professional demeanor with strong written and oral skills;
  • professional experience managing and configuring LAMP based servers;
  • proven skills using BASH, Perl, SVN, Git, Apache, MySQL, YAML, and Linux/UNIX;
  • experience with monitoring with tools such as Hobbit/Xymon and Gomez;
  • great forensic skills in reproducing reported problems, and then solving them; and
  • a passion for interacting directly with clients, team members, and other departments.


  • Execute and document work through ticket and project management tools;
  • investigate system issues, perform root cause analysis, and report on system performance;
  • engage in web and application log monitoring and Apache configuration management;
  • perform code releases, and respond to system alerts;
  • Organize and prioritize duties in relation to department goals; and
  • Serve as on-call support when assigned.


Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field is required or equivalent combination of education and experience that provided the necessary background and skills to accomplish responsibilities. Ideal candidate is interested in working in technical support/project management. Dependable, professional demeanor, and strong communication skills are required.

Android Developer

Updated: 10/07/14
McClatchy Interactive is looking for an experienced Android developer to help the nation's third-largest newspaper company create its next generation suite of mobile applications across 30 markets.
You will work in a dynamic team-based environment that promotes agile development and cross-functional collaboration among a passionate and talented group of content, technology, design and advertising professionals.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Computer Science or similar.
  • At least 3 years of professional programming experience in Java.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Android SDK and the Android ecosystem.
  • Released an application (or a few) that can be found on Google Play.
  • Experience with the following technologies: JSON, XML, JavaScript, HTML and CSS.
  • Experience in mobile interface design and development.
  • Experience with version control (Git, SVN, etc.).
  • Familiarity with automated testing frameworks and test-driven development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment to define, design and ship new products and features.
  • Have a broad vision of leading-edge technologies and the ability to discover, evaluate and learn new ones as they mature.
  • Working knowledge of the general mobile landscape, architectures and trends.
  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with large scale applications serving significant traffic in a distributed environment and requiring 99.9+% availability is preferred.
  • Experience with automated deployment systems is a plus.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Participate in project and product development.
  • Develop readable, testable, scalable, maintainable and quality source code for iOS applications according to specifications created by the Mobile Product Owner and the extended mobile development team.
  • Embrace the principles of agile development and demonstrate product and technical leadership on a high-functioning agile team.
  • Participate in code reviews.
  • Availability for after hours support in the event of an emergency.

Video Product Manager

Updated: 09/26/14
McClatchy Interactive is seeking a Product Manager to support the advancement of digital video programs across the McClatchy Company. This role will be responsible for managing the lifecycle of digital video on web, mobile and tablet for McClatchy’s thirty newspaper properties. The ideal candidate is both strategic and detail-oriented, has proven video product management experience, and is equally comfortable working with content producers, designers, developers and revenue managers in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.


  • Operate as a video evangelist, working with key stakeholders to help define and execute the product strategy, vision and roadmap.
  • Translate business requirements into detailed product requirements and lead cross-functional teams through design, development, release and maintenance.
  • Work with internal analytics team to define, spec and run A/B and multi-variant tests.
  • Partner with User Experience Manager to conduct video centric focus groups and analysis.
  • Provide clear and consistent project status updates to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work with McClatchy central video team to understand workflow and ensure product meets editorial, production and revenue needs.
  • Team with revenue stakeholders to assess and increase the ROI of video content.
  • Analyze and articulate emerging technologies and market trends.


  • BS/BA degree in Marketing, Advertising, Business or similar field preferred.
  • 3-5 years digital product management experience, preferably with a focus in online news or video.
  • 3-5 years experience writing product requirements and managing project details in a fast paced web environment.
  • Experience working with development teams practicing agile methodology.
  • Experience successfully leading cross-functional teams with representation from editorial, design, development, sales, operations and business.
  • Experience defining and running usability tests, A/B tests, and multi-variant tests.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to tailor presentations and updates to meet audience needs.
  • Self-motivated, able to proactively work toward a goal independently.
  • Must be solution and team oriented with the ability to build trust and influence others.
  • Prior online advertising work experience preferred.
  • Prior experience with Content Management Systems and Online Video Product/Management tools preferred.

Digital Advertising Coordinator Team Lead

Updated: 09/26/14
The Ad Ops Team Lead role will directly manage a team of DACs (traffickers) on a daily basis. It is required that this person maintain a highly positive and collaborative attitude at all times. The ability to shift priorities quickly is essential. This role is a high stress job, with numerous internal and external stakeholders, and often inflexible dependencies. Patience and calm are required. The Team Lead will balance all tasks, coordinating closely with the Ad Ops DAC Manager. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are required while working with both staffers and the assigned local markets. An overarching goal is to align Ad Operations with revenue/sales as closely as possible. An overarching task will be to develop team members into strong, independent Ad Ops resources. With the assistance of the Ad Ops DAC Manager, this will be an ongoing conversation in managing personnel development. The Team Lead will perform some hands-on trafficking, as well as balance the workload and schedules of the other team members. Other projects will be added as assigned. After-hours and weekend coverage will be required at times as well. In general, hours for this position are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.


2-3 years of experience in digital ad operations required. Other helpful experience: media ad support, customer support, e-commerce or inventory.


Degree strongly preferred, not required.

Special Skills/Licenses/Certifications

Previous experience in DART Legacy or DFP Premium, or digital ad-delivery tools preferred. Strong background in ad trafficking, the Internet and web/mobile ad technologies. Strong analytical skills, with the ability to extract and interpret data from various sources and an understanding of web analytic tools. Excellent communication skills required to maintain superior relationships with stakeholders. Highly organized and detail oriented, with a proven ability to meet deadlines and deliver high quality work on deadline. Manage, motivate and develop a team. Track KPIs and tweak team performance to improve KPIs. Self-motivated, proactive and persistent in driving projects to their conclusions on time. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, high pressure work environment, working on multiple projects at once and successfully manage the workload. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Excellent problem solving skills. High proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Must able to work under fluorescent lights.


This job resides in Raleigh, NC or in a McClatchy market.

Ad Operations Engineer

Updated: 08/04/14
The Ad Operations Engineer is responsible for supporting the Ad Operations and other McClatchy Interactive teams with a variety of requests ranging from questions, troubleshooting, system administration, etc. Some of these responsibilities are listed below, and are subject to change:
  • System Administration for: DSM, DFP, APT, Parature, Ad Exchange, AdSense, etc.
  • Troubleshoot various problems as needed for local and national markets, as well as internal staff (at times, this may require after-hours or weekend work)
  • Create static ad tags
  • Financial Systems Audits (Users and Ads)
  • 3rd-party vendor testing and certifications
  • Vendor vetting
  • Work closely with vendors to manage existing products
  • Work closely with MI Support to test and release new product offerings and solutions related to advertising
  • Develop new ad server creative templates


  • 2 year degree preferred
  • Minimum of 2-5 years experience in online advertising / sales operations (ad serving system, sales process and inventory)
  • Direct experience in online ad serving with rich media, ad trafficking, and network solutions. Experience with 3rd-party tags and custom creatives is a plus
  • Familiarity with Internet protocols, HTML, JavaScript, CSS is preferable
  • Experience with Google products (email, chat, documents, calendars, etc.) is preferred
  • Highly detail oriented; ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all levels of employees and management
  • A mature, self-motivated, and creative individual with a positive and professional attitude
  • High capacity to operate effectively and accurately within a constantly changing environment
  • Excellent communication and customer-service skills

Physical Abilities

  • Conventional laptop use, such as typing, removal of laptop from docking station, etc. Conventional mobile use, both tablet and smartphone
  • Must able to work under fluorescent lights

QA Manager

Updated: 07/23/14
McClatchy Interactive provides enterprise web hosting and software services for the McClatchy company’s 30 daily newspapers. It is our mission to help establish each one as the leading online source of local news within their respective markets.
We are looking for a highly motivated and exceptionally talented QA Manager to build and lead McClatchy Interactive’s QA team. The QA Manager will lead the team in multiple testing arenas such as functional, load, and open source automation testing efforts while collaborating with the development team throughout our Scrum based development process.

The QA Manager is a hands-on contributor to the overall quality software development process. This includes estimating, planning, leading test automation and load testing efforts. In our agile development environment, ongoing proactive communication with developers, the QA team, Product Owners and the Scrum Master is critical to success of each feature and release.

Primary responsibilities of the QA Manager include::

  • Hire and supervise the quality assurance team, including preparing periodic performance evaluations as well as promoting career development activities.
  • Work with the QA and development teams to develop strategies and processes that will promote delivery of quality products.
  • Focused attention on leading and promoting test automation throughout the development and QA process.
  • Participate in and direct all aspects of testing including functional, regression, load and system testing.
  • Participate in feature and release planning exercises.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related software engineering discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience managing or leading QA teams.
  • 5 or more years experience in software quality assurance, both black and white box testing.
  • Experience using QA tools and techniques, bug tracking systems, test design and execution
  • Experience testing cross-browser based web applications and using QA automation tools.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to work constructively with developers, QA, product owners, and key stakeholders towards a common goal.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability and desire to motivate and mentor team members.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience working with open source test automation software such as Selenium and Cucumber.
  • Previous experience leading QA automation efforts.
  • Experience and desire to work in open source LAMP environment.
  • Experience with Agile development methodologies such as Scrum.

Web Developer

Updated: 07/23/14
McClatchy Interactive is looking for talented web developers with original ideas and a passion to achieve them to help us evolve our local news web sites and expand into new areas of digital news delivery. We work in a fast-paced environment and are looking for individuals who keep an eye on current front end development trends and can help make decisions on what to incorporate into existing sites that are managed through an enterprise CMS. We’re also looking to explore new means of digital content delivery, so if you’re a team player up to the challenge we’d like to hear from you

Required skills include:

  • Advanced experience with HTML5, Javascript, and CSS.
  • Mobile web development, responsive design, and web app development.
  • jQuery and Javascript frameworks.
  • Experience optimizing client-side code and following best practices for minimizing load times.
  • Advanced sense of user experience.
  • Experience working on cross-functional, agile teams.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Strength with Java, and Twitter Bootstrap are pluses

Technical Writer

Updated: 09/23/13
McClatchy Interactive creates, deploys, and maintains software that powers over seventy periodical Web sites, including miamiherald.com, charlotteobserver.com, and newsobserver.com (Raleigh, NC). All of the Web sites are hosted and monitored in enterprise-class data centers.
Additionally, McClatchy Interactive supports all of the Web sites with hands-on technical training, consulting services, and 24/7 customer service.

Job Summary

A technical writer at McClatchy Interactive researches, designs, creates, edits, updates and manages technical documentation for software products and technical procedures. The technical writer will solicit input from subject matter experts throughout the company as well as reviewing design documentation and reference hands-on experience using the software products. The technical writer is responsible for producing and updating software user documentation including release notes, online help text, technical manuals and reference materials. The technical writer is also responsible for internal technical documentation as required for each product and in support of efficient development processes. Reporting to the department manager, the technical writer must be passionate about empowering our user base through timely, accurate product information as well as learning and documenting new technologies.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Update/create product documentation and release notes regularly.
  • Produce and maintain electronic documents for application end users.
  • Produce and maintain in-product help content.
  • Obtain user feedback on documentation.
  • Maintain relevant areas of the company’s intranet, extranet and wiki.
  • Assist product trainers with content for training program.
  • Devise new ways to deliver information to those who need it, when and where it is needed.
  • Organize & prioritize duties in relation to department goals.


Education: Required
  • BA or BS in technical communication, computer science, related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience: Required

  • Three plus years researching and writing software and/or hardware-related documentation.
  • Experience authoring documents in Structured FrameMaker or comparable electronic publishing software; working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Word and image capture and manipulation software.
  • Experience authoring content in Confluence.
  • Experience working in an Agile environment as part of a team or as a resource for a team.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to understand object–oriented languages, the concepts behind databases, Web-based technologies and IT administration.
  • Demonstrated ability to write with clarity, accuracy, and consistency for appropriate audience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work collaboratively with a wide range of individuals at all levels of the organization.

Experience: Preferred

  • Experience using document templates, style guides, and writing standards.
  • Experience managing a multi-departmental Confluence installation .
  • Experience with JIRA or similar bug tracking system.
  • Experience with Subversion, Git or similar source code repository.
  • Previous programming experience a plus.

Mobile Support Software Analyst

Updated: 08/22/13
The McClatchy Interactive team has an immediate opening for a Market Services Software Support Analyst to work in our mobile domain. This position is with the fastest growing part of Nation's third-largest newspaper company, their online news. The responsibility for this position includes working with our Newspaper affiliates providing a combination of technical support and software maintenance for the Company's mobile products and web services, and how they integrate with third party smartphone and tablet apps.


  • Track work through ticket and project management tools.
  • Troubleshoot mobile issues, debug software, and code solutions.
  • Assist newspaper staff in the use of our mobile products and best practices.
  • Capable of working independently or as part of a team.
  • Deploy apps to Google Play or Apple iTunes store as needed.
  • Demonstrate solid written and verbal communication skills.
  • Serve as on-call support when assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field is required or equivalent combination of education and experience that provided the necessary background and skills to accomplish responsibilities. Ideal candidate is interested in working in technical support and software management, specifically in the mobile domain. Dependable, professional demeanor, and strong communication skills are required.


Must demonstrate a working knowledge of Linux that includes a using command-line tools to interrogate Apache log files, modify configuration files, investigate system performance issues and debug RSS/Atom syndication files. The candidate should also have basic web skills such as HTML, CSS & JavaScript is required. Familiarity with mobile app development and/or deployment a plus.