SENIOR EDITOR, NEWS

Grist is an online news site that uses smarts and humor to shine a light on the big green issues changing our world. Now in its 16th year, Grist is poised to take its unique brand of journalism to a new level of growth and impact. This is a rare opportunity to be part of a fast-growing organization that combines the energy, creativity, and initiative of a young internet company with the spirit of a nonprofit. If you want to advance journalism on the web and change the world while you do it, you’ve found the place.

The Sr. Editor, News plays a crucial role in Grist’s Editorial team. S/he will manage a small, hilarious, nimble team in creating Grist’s daily news product — on Grist.org, on social media, and on other platforms as needed. We’re seeking a news junkie who’s obsessed with being ahead of the cycle and making Grist an always-entertaining, go-to source when stories break in our coverage areas. If The Daily Show had a breaking news site, what would it be like? We want you to find out. Reporting to the Executive Editor, the Sr. Editor, News is a member of the Sr. Editorial Board and will also play a big part in both high-level editorial strategy and long-term planning. Preference given to candidates on the East Coast or willing to work East Coast hours.

Specific Duties and Assignments:
• Responsible for Grist’s news content and coverage
• Manage and edit junior staff
• Plan long-term and enterprise coverage
• Reporting and writing assignments
• Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
• At least 3 years of news editing experience, preferably online
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities and deadlines
• Experience and comfort with technology, social media, and digital tools for journalism
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in journalism, communications, English, or related fields
• Facility with desktop writing tools and web technologies for news gathering and publishing
• Superior organizational skills and obsessive attention to details
• Irreverent and strong sense of humor
• Excellent analytical and process improvement skills
• Ability to work independently, demonstrate good personal judgment, and exercise a commitment to ethical conduct toward sources, story subjects, and readers
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills. Demonstrated poise, tact, diplomacy, and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization

And it sure would be nice if:
• You have an irrepressible interest in news in general as well as in the topics we cover (climate and energy, sustainability, food, environmental justice)
• You’re excited about steering coverage and exploring innovative ways to use new media to tell stories in a fast-moving environment, specifically for mobile devices
• You possess a strong voice and have no qualms about using it
• You know how to identify stories that are resonating online
• You know how to pursue a story online and offline, in social and traditional media
• Breaking news thrills you, but you don’t think aggregation is a dirty word

Grist offers a dynamic and engaging editorial environment and the opportunity to be part of a unique online publication with a mission. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to itsnewstome@grist.org with “Senior Editor, News” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications and writing style. Please submit materials by August 27, 2015. No phone calls, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.

About Grist
Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. We reach the next generation by cutting through the noise to connect big issues like climate change to daily life, and by spotlighting the people and ideas leading us to a more sustainable future. (Also by posting videos of baby animals.) Founded in 1999, Grist has been featured by media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC’s Today show, and Time, and has won many prestigious awards for its pioneering media work.


SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Grist is an online news site that uses smarts and humor to shine a light on the big green issues changing our world. Now in its 16th year, Grist is poised to take its unique brand of journalism to a new level of growth and impact. This is a rare opportunity to be part of a fast-growing organization that combines the energy, creativity, and initiative of a young internet company with the spirit of a nonprofit. If you want to advance journalism on the web and change the world while you do it, you’ve found the place.

The Social Media Manager will play a critical role in our Seattle-based marketing team, honing Grist’s unique voice on the social web and collaborating with our editorial, fundraising, and business development teams. We’re looking for someone with a wry wit and a passion for making Grist the go-to source for green news in the social space. You should be excited about using data and experimentation to help build and optimize our social media presence, focusing on the big platforms (Facebook, Twitter) and investigating and developing strategies for emerging ones (Snapchat, Tumblr, etc.).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage accounts across Grist’s social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Serve as the point person for the Grist social media community, identifying and engaging with readers and influencers as appropriate
  • Track and report metrics and KPIs; monitor emerging social trends
  • Partner with editorial, business development, fundraising, and product teams to bolster their efforts that extend into social media
  • Aid and coach Grist staff in best practices and methods to enhance their reach on social media

Qualifications:

  • At least 2 years of social media experience, preferably with a background in journalism
  • Ability to manage and interact with multiple online communities and audiences
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggle multiple priorities, manage to deadlines, and thrive under pressure
  • Experience and comfort with technology, social media, and digital tools for journalism
  • Facility with desktop writing tools and web technologies for newsgathering and publishing
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate good personal judgment, and exercise a commitment to ethical conduct toward sources, story subjects, and readers
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, an eye for detail, and impeccable grammar.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, poise, tact, diplomacy, and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent analytical and process improvement skills, with a practical orientation toward finding solutions
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in journalism, communications, English or related fields

And it sure would be nice if you also had:

  • You have an irrepressible interest in news in general as well as in the topics we cover (climate and energy, sustainability, food, environmental justice)
  • You possess a strong voice and have no qualms about using it

Grist offers a dynamic and engaging editorial environment and the opportunity to be part of a unique online publication with a mission. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to iknowsocialmedia@grist.org with “Social Media Manager” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications and writing style. Please submit application materials by September 16th, 2015. Preference given to candidates in Seattle. No phone calls, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.

About Grist
Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. We reach the next generation by cutting through the noise to connect big issues like climate change to daily life, and by spotlighting the people and ideas leading us to a more sustainable future. (Also by posting videos of baby animals.) Founded in 1999, Grist has been featured by media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC’s Today show, and Time, and has won many prestigious awards for its pioneering media work.


EDITORIAL INTERNSHIP (part-time, unpaid)

Grist, the acclaimed green news site, is seeking a smart, detail-focused, HTML-savvy individual to join our editorial team for a credit-based internship located in our downtown Seattle office. The internship offers a great opportunity to learn about journalism, editing, online publishing, and environmental issues, and to gain experience working with a close-knit, dedicated, fun staff.

Internship Description & Responsibilities:
The primary purpose of this role is to learn about and support the Editorial operations at Grist. The Editorial Intern will be a hands-on member of the team and assist with daily activities around our content generation and online production and publishing.

Specific Duties and Assignments
• Assist with site-wide copyediting and fact checking
• Upload original and cross-posted articles in WordPress
• Assist with image searches, social media postings, article research, interview transcription, and other such editorial support
• Write daily news briefs as needed
• Pitch/write feature pieces as time allows
• Check general Grist email accounts and take action as appropriate and necessary
• Attend and participate in regular editorial and organizational meetings
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• Experience working in an editorial capacity
• Proficiency with HTML
• Obsessive attention to detail
• Solid knowledge of grammar
• Strong proofreading ability
• Facility with internet research
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Well-developed organizational and time-management skills
• Ability to learn new technologies quickly
• Ability to multitask and thrive under deadlines
• Interest in environmental issues

And it sure would be nice if you also had:
• News-junkie tendencies
• In-depth knowledge of environmental issues
• Experience with blogs, RSS feeds, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social-networking tools
• Familiarity with AP style
• A quick wit

This internship will coincide with your school’s credit requirements and includes a transit pass. Grist offers a dynamic and engaging editorial environment and the opportunity to be part of a unique online publication with a mission.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to internships@grist.org with “Editorial Intern” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications and writing style. No phone calls, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.

About Grist
Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. We reach the next generation by cutting through the noise to connect big issues like climate change to daily life, and by spotlighting the people and ideas leading us to a more sustainable future. (Also by posting videos of baby animals.) Founded in 1999, Grist has been featured by media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC’s Today show, and Time, and has won many prestigious awards for its pioneering media work.


FUNDRAISING INTERNSHIP (part-time, unpaid)

The Development Intern will be a hands-on member of a small team focused on Grist’s donor activities. The internship will provide opportunities to learn and support our donor cultivation, research and events efforts as well as build a thorough understanding of the inner-workings and challenges of a development department at a successful, growing non-profit organization.

Internship Description & Responsibilities:
The intern will primarily support Grist’s Development Department and handle a wide variety of fundraising tasks including donor research, proofreading, donor strategy, database management, mailings and general donor outreach.

Required Qualifications:
• Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student
• Exhibit strong organizational skills
• Excellent communication, customer service and interpersonal skills
• Strong time-management, organizational and research skills
• Quick learner with the ability to self-motivate
• Have strong computer skills, including strong experience in Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel)
• This internship will coincide with your school’s credit requirements and includes a transit pass. Grist offers a dynamic and engaging editorial environment and the opportunity to be part of a unique online publication with a mission.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to internships@grist.org with “Fundraising Intern” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications. No phone calls, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.

About Grist
Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. We reach the next generation by cutting through the noise to connect big issues like climate change to daily life, and by spotlighting the people and ideas leading us to a more sustainable future. (Also by posting videos of baby animals.) Founded in 1999, Grist has been featured by media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC’s Today show, and Time, and has won many prestigious awards for its pioneering media work.