The Story of Oberlin Switchboard

Founded on April 28, 2014


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I am Ma'ayan Plaut. I started Oberlin Switchboard so that members of the community could help each other out.

These fantastic people help our Switchboard thrive.


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We made 61 connections and they were great!
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Since the Dawn of Oberlin Switchboard We've had the pleasure of seeing

2,641 members
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by Jenna on Feb 14, 2017

Seeking advice: 2017 grad interested in software

Hi! My name is Jenna, and I will be graduating this May with a major in English and a minor in computer science.  I'm seeking a full-time position in software engineering at a mid-size startup. If you work in the field, I would love to hear from you.  I would especially love to talk about machine learning, natural language processing, and engineering for accessibility.  How did you conduct your job search in the field?  What do you like and dislike about your current position?  What advice do you have for someone who is just starting out? Thanks! I can't wait to hear from you.

by Jacob on Feb 07, 2017

Job - Get started in the podcast business as Partner Management Coordinator at Panoply

I'm the Director of Data Science and Analytics at Panoply, which is Slate's podcast network and one of the biggest presences on both the technology and production side of the podcast business. This position will be a real jack-of-all-trades, and exposed to every side of our business operations. It's a great gig for relatively recent grads who want to develop their knowledge and skills in a wide range of media operations (including data, ad sales, partner wrangling, and more).  Panoply is co-situated with Slate in downtown Brooklyn, and the company culture is fantastic - smart, dedicated, and *nice* people. And the person who you'd be reporting to is among the best. Let me know if you're interested in learning more - I'd be happy to answer any other questions, and refer you to the position - and find the posting below. JKD OC '02 Panoply is looking for a partner management coordinator to work in the fun and fast-paced new media environment of podcasting. This dynamic and multifaceted position will work closely with the director and all internal departments and Panoply's podcast partners to help launch shows and maintain excellent relationships geared toward mutual success. Working at Panoply means flexible office hours, casual dress, full benefits, competitive salaries, and vibrant offices in downtown Brooklyn and Washington. We have a friendly work environment, but coolness under pressure and comfort with short time horizons is a must. Key responsibilities: Work closely with the director of partner management to launch new shows and manage current partner relationships Coordinate the onboarding of new shows, from kickoff through launch, creating great relationships with our partners and ensuring smooth and successful transitions Update and maintain all partner information and documentation Collaborate with business development, audience development and marketing, editorial, ad sales and operations, data science, and finance teams to support and promote Panoply's podcasts by relaying pertinent information internally and to partners Help improve internal processes to improve communication and efficiency Create and manage project-related documents Manage the cross-promotion process Create and manage a partner newsletter Continuously document learnings and best practices to be shared across the organization and with partners Other duties as assigned by the director Requirements and attributes of the ideal candidate: Bachelor's degree 1–3 years of relevant experience Excellent time management and prioritization skills to manage multiple podcasts, personalities, and calendars Ability to multitask effectively Outstanding written and verbal communication skills Smart communication, including the ability to "know your audience" when having conversations Hyper-organized and detail-oriented Proactive problem solving that is solutions-based An entrepreneurial, collaborative spirit and a willingness to perform a variety of tasks, from administrative to higher-level, and to grow as the department grows Ability to use data to make decisions and recommendations Fluency in web, social media, and basic office programs. Project management and/or newsletter experience a plus. A love of audio and podcasting Across Panoply, generally, the company looks for three "pillar gifts" in its candidates: Smart: displays a quickness of understanding, sound thought, and good judgment. Hard-working: embodies enthusiasm, eagerness, and passion for high-quality work and professional success. Nice: characterized as considerate, thoughtful, and compassionate toward peers and partners. Panoply is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply. To apply please send a résumé and cover letter to This position is based out of Panoply's Brooklyn office.

by Ellen on Jan 31, 2017

Looking for Obies in Miami

After 6 months in Miami, it still doesn't feel like home. A friend pointed out that I haven't found any other Obies yet. Are there any other Obies in the South Florida area that would like to meet up sometime? 

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