The Cipher Careers

Web Design Associate

We’re a scrappy, news and analytic start up, completely obsessed with national and global security issues.  If you wake up thinking about whether anti-ISIS strategies are doing any good, or if the CIA really has a program called ‘Treadstone’, we’re probably gonna like each other.  OK, probably kidding about the ‘Treadstone’ thing, but a healthy dose of both curiosity and creativity are excellent things to have.

Our news site is dedicated to creating intelligent meaningful conversation with security experts from both the public and private sector.  We interview the best and brightest minds who have led Intelligence Agencies or spent entire careers working undercover.  We don’t have time for politics.  After all, there’s a world that needs to be saved.

You can help by joining our dynamic team of start up experts.  We’re a start up, which means there is enormous opportunity for growth, and we have awesome benefits like healthcare and the opportunity to own a piece of what you grow.

Let’s talk. Send your resume to: careers@thecipherbrief.com.

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We're looking for an experienced and motivated Web Design Associate to create clean and sophisticated user experiences.  The ideal candidate should have an eye for artful design and possess superior user interface design skills.

Here’s what we can offer the right candidate:

  • The typical start up dream, complete with routine chaos and rewards for innovative thinking
  • A swanky Georgetown location, (with exposed brick walls, of course)
  • The opportunity to share in a part of what you build 

Here’s your part:

  • An appropriate ‘find a way to yes’ attitude
  • The ability to work collaboratively
  • Execute all visual design stages from concept to changes going live
  • Conceptualize original ideas that bring simplicity and user friendliness to leadership and news requirements
  • Establish and promote design guidelines, best practices and standards and maintain site appearance by enforcing content and display standards
  • Proven work experience as a web designer; experience with Drupal and PHP strongly preferred
  • Demonstrable graphic design skills with a strong portfolio
  • Solid experience in creating wireframes, storyboards, user flows, process flows and site maps
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator or other visual design and wire-framing tools
  • Proficiency in HTML, CSS and JavaScript for rapid prototyping
  • Excellent visual design skills with sensitivity to user-system interaction
  • Up-to-date with the latest Web trends, techniques and technologies
  • BS/MS in applicable fields
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of national security news issues

Oh, one more thing: The Cipher Brief values its diverse team of entrepreneurs and we’re committed to providing equal opportunities and to creating an inclusive work environment.  We want to hear from you. Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@thecipherbrief.com.

Web Development Associate

We’re looking for a Web Development Associate to create clean and sophisticated user experiences.  The ideal candidate should have an eye for artful design and possess superior user interface design skills.

Job Responsibilities

  • An appropriate ‘find a way to yes’ attitude
  • The ability to work collaboratively
  • Prepares site by installing and configuring server software; installing programming language using authoring and formatting tools; ensuring cross-platform compatibility; establishing links
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Upgrades site by updating content and graphics; monitoring performance and results; identifying and evaluating improvement options; introducing new technology
  • Protects site by designing and installing security precautions
  • Execute all visual design stages from concept to changes going live
  • Proven work experience as a web designer; experience with Drupal and PHP strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in HTML, CSS and JavaScript for rapid prototyping
  • Excellent visual design skills with sensitivity to user-system interaction
  • Up-to-date with the latest Web trends, techniques and technologies
  • BS/MS in applicable fields
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator or other visual design and wire-framing tools
  • BS/MS in applicable fields
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@thecipherbrief.com

Account Executive

We’re looking for experienced and motivated Account Executives to help manage and grow long-lasting relationships with corporate sponsors who share an interest in global security.

Job Responsibilities

  • An appropriate ‘find a way to yes’ attitude
  • The ability to work collaboratively
  • A proven track record for understanding online media sales and metrics
  • A demonstrated ability to generate revenue-producing networks of contacts
  • 2-3 years of digital sales experience with an eye toward where the market is headed, not just where its been
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of national security news issues

Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@thecipherbrief.com.

New Media Account Representative

We live in a complex and evolving security landscape.  The Cipher Brief helps you figure out how to navigate it and what it means.  We are a young, innovative digital media platform that focuses on high-level National Security analysis and reporting.  The Cipher Brief has become the go to source for the most credible, expert perspectives on national and global security issues.

If you are an Account Executive with a passion for National Security Media, and are looking to join a team of fast moving high performers, and are innovative with a talent for consultative sales and achieving growth, then we want to speak with you.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develops and grow sales pipeline through prospecting, networking and account development (in a specific territory) to meet and/or exceed goals
  • Sell B2B/B2G advertising campaigns and sponsorship packages to partner companies seeking to reach Fortune 500, government, military and defense markets involved in global security
  • Uses a consultative approach with clients to assist in optimizing brand messages, thought-leadership opportunities and event participation/sponsorships
  • Develop strategies and campaigns, based on the needs of the client, and presents them in proposal format to achieve new business goals
  • Manage campaigns/programs from beginning to end including but not limited to creation, delivery and execution of contracts/insertion orders, collection of needed deliverables from both internal stakeholders and clients, POC for client on all matters related to campaigns/programs
  • Update client information in CRM and generate weekly sales reports for submission to management 

Qualifications

  • Hunter mentality 
  • Experience in consultative selling and program/campaign development
  • Strong awareness of key media metrics
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Organized thinker, with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong PowerPoint and Excel skills
  • Creativity, solutions-orientation, and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Collaborative spirit, with the ability to coordinate across a cross-functional, high-performing team

We're currently recruiting for Washington DC, New York, Atlanta and West Coast

Oh, and one more thing: The Cipher Brief values its diverse team of entrepreneurs, and we’re committed to providing equal opportunities and creating an inclusive work environment.

Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@thecipherbrief.com.

Sales-Sponsorship Internship

The Sales-Sponsorship Associate will be responsible for supporting the Director of Sponsor Engagement on all marketing, sales and sponsorship initiatives.  This position will assist with company research, contact management, event management, marketing writing, and social media strategy.  This individual should be prepared to work in a fast-paced, start up environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of sales and marketing. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the Director of Sponsor Engagement’s sales and marketing efforts 
  • Provide support to The Cipher Brief’s events
  • ID target companies with The Cipher Brief product and sponsor programs
  • Build TCB information and contact databases
  • Research Business Development opportunities

Job Requirements

  • Recent university graduate
  • Strong computer (specifically Microsoft Suite) skills and ability to be a quick study on new software required; familiarity with Mailchimp and Insightly preferred
  • Experience with Social Media
  • Interest in the security space is preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Solid organizational abilities
  • Individual initiative and flexibility
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to represent The Cipher Brief 

Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@thecipherbrief.com.