Writer/Editorial Lead

Salary: £45,000 pro rata 

We would also be happy to discuss a freelance rate within this budget if this is a preference for the right candidate, especially if you are not based in the UK. 

Hours: Full time 

This is a new role for Storythings and will be an initial 12-month contract. 

We encourage applications from outside of the UK if you’re happy to work remotely, as long as you are within a UK-compatible time zone (up to two hours ahead or behind GMT)

Start Date: ASAP

Description of role

Storythings is looking for a Writer/Editorial Lead to work with us for 12 months on a quarterly digital publication for a major US foundation. 

The role will include writing, curating and editing content for a publication centred around a US foundation’s residency program that invites best-in-class scholars, writers, artists and policymakers to month-long residencies and convenings with the purpose of advancing their work and encouraging cross-cultural exchange. 

It will also include contributing to other Storythings projects, such as writing and editing work for other clients or our own projects.

You will have experience in working with or writing for nonprofits, or at least a demonstrable understanding of how they work; and experience of writing and editing narrative and long-form editorial – particularly writing about people and ideas, coordinating media content, and producing content for social and other platforms. You will also need to have experience with CMS systems to write, edit and publish articles.

Responsible for

  • Working closely with the client, a major US foundation, to shape story ideas
  • Interviewing individuals about ideas connected to the program
  • Curating and building an editorial rhythm
  • Creating and writing web stories
  • Writing a quarterly newsletter
  • Proofreading and fact-checking, checking stories for grammar, punctuation and spelling  
  • Additional ad-hoc copywriting support for the client’s comms team
  • Working with a wider team to produce audio/video assets for the publication

Experience

  • At least three years experience in a similar role 
  • Experience within a nonprofit or demonstrable understanding of how they work 
  • Excellent interviewing skills 
  • A background in feature/long-form writing 
  • Experience in writing about people, ideas and how these ideas form 
  • Excellent proofreading skills (the publication is in U.S. English and uses AP Style) 
  • Knowledge of some of the themes important to the client and their residency program this year including gender equality, green economies, and A.I.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, including Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with Google tools such as Google Drive, Google Docs and Slides 
  • Ability to juggle priorities and tasks

Desirable

  • Experience of working with audio or video 

Contact details and how to apply

Please send us three samples of your writing work, your CV and a cover letter telling us why you’d like to work with us to work@storythings.com by Friday 10th June 2022. 

We will acknowledge receipt of your email and be in touch directly to talk further if we feel your skills and experience are right for us. This will be through Zoom or similar.

Please note we don’t work with agencies or recruiters.

What we offer:

  • Flexible working and home working
  • 25 holiday days pro rata plus extra over the Christmas and New Year period 
  • A company pension with NEST
  • Career development and training, whether this is courses, workshops, seminars, mentoring – this will be discussed when you join

About Storythings

Storythings is a strategy and content company with a simple mission: We help good people tell important stories in fascinating ways. We’re deep thinkers and multi-disciplinary storytellers – we make films, podcasts, animation, illustration. We obsess over formats and story structure. We’re fascinated by attention and behaviours. We believe in turning comms into culture. Our team of strategists and makers have cabinets filled with Baftas, Emmys and Webbys. We work with a global network of talent located across India, Latin America, Europe and the USA.

We’re a company that’s serious about its commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the responsibility of being an ally to under-represented minorities. We represent diverse people in our projects, and always look to hire people and talent from a wide variety of backgrounds across race, age, gender, ethnicity and social class. We believe that by creating an honest, bias-free and open work environment for all of our employees and freelance talent, we’ll build happier, stronger and more productive teams.

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