Associate Director, SEO ~ Blavity, Inc ~ Remote

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Blavity inc

3-5 yrs
Job Type
Full Time
Date Posted
November 5, 2022

Blavity, Inc. is a venture-funded technology and news media company, founded in 2014 around a simple idea: enable Black millennials to tell their own stories. Today, we are home to the largest network of platforms and lifestyle brands serving the multifaceted lives of Black millennials & Gen Z through original content, video, and unique experiences. The company has grown into a market leader for Black media, reaching over 250 million users per month through our growing brand portfolio, including Blavity News, Blavity Politics, 21Ninety, AfroTech, Travel Noire, and Shadow & Act. Assembled of passionate, high-energy, and focused rock-stars, our Blavity, Inc. Team executes our values at the forefront of mind: Love of Community, Transparency and Communication, Collective Responsibility, and Fail Fast. Blavity, Inc. is continuously looking for new team members to help us continue to scale, cultivate our community, and advance our strategic direction.

Job Summary:

Blavity Inc. is looking for a full-time Associate Director, SEO.  As the leader of this critical new department, you will oversee all SEO strategy, best practices, and projects focused on search traffic growth (content and product) for Blavity Inc. and our growing number of O&O sites (Blavity, Travel Noire, 21Ninety, AfroTech, Shadow & Act, and more).

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of SEO growth with digital media publishers, while balancing high quality content and revenue. They will be deadline-oriented, collaborative, capable of juggling multiple projects for different stakeholders.

This role will report directly to the SVP, Commerce & Consumer Media


  • Develop and lead SEO content strategy and roadmap, including, but not limited to, monitoring and improving keyword rankings, organic traffic,
  • Partner with content leaders, product and commerce  teams to build an integrated SEO content program that drives organic user growth to relevant content and to take lower-funnel actions (affiliate conversion, newsletter sign-up, etc.)
  • Evaluate third-party enterprise SEO tools, engage vendors and create operations procedures in-house.
  • Maintain deep understanding of Search specific KPIs, reporting and levers for growth, with a clear ability to articulate strategic approach, opportunities, and risks
  • Manage and growth a talented SEO team comprised of full-time, part-time and external resources
  • Synthesize data to make informed decisions, specifically in relation to key commerce KPIs with view on revenue growth and sessions
  • Be a key stakeholder for SEO efforts around major e-commerce tentpole events like Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc
  • Hit monthly search traffic goals as it pertains to SEO and improving SERP rankings
  • Work closely with editorial leaders to craft creative content strategies to drive results in both short and long term
  • Identify and provide stories to editors to update based on search traffic potential
  • Keep up with industry trends and news
  • Serve as a leader and subject matter expert on technical and content SEO to help define strategy and implement best practices.
  • Create and maintain robust documentation around Blavity Inc.’s SEO Editorial strategy and best practices
  • Improve search traffic and rankings on evergreen content and content that falls under seasonal tent poles, tracked by sessions coming from search to new and existing content, as well as measure changes in search ranking for updated content


  • Education: BA/BS in Marketing or a related field preferred.
  • Required Experience:
    • 3-5 years of proven SEO experience in publishing (preferred), media, or at an in-house brand
    • A proven track record with 5+ years of driving dramatic, sustained, organic traffic growth in competitive environments
    • People management experience
    • Deep knowledge of Search Engine algorithms, technical and content SEO skills with the ability to evaluate HTML, CSS and Javascript for SEO purposes.
    • Experience with SEO tools, specifically Ahrefs, SEMRush, Google Search Console, and Google Analytics (or equivalent)
    • Google Analytics/Search Console fluency
    • Experience using and interpreting data from tools like SEMRush, MOZ, Screaming Frog, ahrefs, etc.
    • Strong Technical SEO experience
  • Additional Qualifications:
    • Hypothesis and data-driven mindset
    • Positive, can-do attitude
    • A strong collaborator with stellar communication skills (oral, written, and listening)
    • Ability to present on SEO tactics with gravitas and clarity to Blavity Inc. team and central stakeholders
    • Passion for understanding customers, their problems and experiences.
    • An excellent teammate, takes ownership of their work, and contributes to the achievements of the team.
    • A healthy appreciation of GIFs and Black culture

Details: This is a fully remote role, occasional travel may be required. Candidates must be available to work at least 50% in alignment with the Pacific Time Zone. 

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter online at

Blavity is committed to creating a diverse environment free of discrimination and harassment, and building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.  Blavity is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, HIV Status, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

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