Events and Outreach Associate

Full-time

Do you want to work with inspiring leaders in environmental justice and sustainability to help spark change and elevate solutions? Are you excited to use organizational, outreach, communications, and event-planning skills to create experiences that are memorable, meaningful, and fun? Do you want to join a team of journalists, social-media gurus, and other creative, mission-driven professionals to make a difference? Does working in an organization committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion speak to your values? If so, we have the gig for you!

Grist, the nation’s leading nonprofit, independent green news platform, is expanding into an important new area: events and convenings. Our aims are to build an unlikely community of changemakers; support interdisciplinary collaborations to address the world’s most pressing sustainability and environmental-justice challenges; and spur greater awareness of emerging solutions.

We are seeking an enterprising Events and Outreach Associate to help build this new program. The Associate will be responsible for a variety of essential and detail-oriented tasks, including developing events timelines and action plans, researching and communicating with venues and vendors, designing event materials, managing a growing database of contacts with individuals and organizations, and communicating directly with our network of leaders.

The job will be based in either Seattle or Washington, D.C., and will report to the Director of Networks. The Associate will also work closely with Grist’s founder and other team members across the organization.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute events for a dynamic set of audiences, ranging in size and style from small dinners to panel discussions, from virtual gatherings to larger, multi-day conferences
  • Organize event details from start to finish, including researching and booking venues, catering, entertainment, transportation, invitee lists, special guests, A/V, and preparation of posters, handouts, and other materials
  • Ensure strong management of each event by setting up other team members to succeed in leadership roles (e.g., host or facilitator) and tracking countless details, responding appropriately in real time to requests or anticipating changes and coming up with back up plans
  • Manage event budgets to meet or exceed budgetary goals
  • Serve as outreach lead, writing compelling invitations and follow-up notes and producing events collateral; coordinating with featured guests/speakers, external partners, and internal team members; managing Facebook groups, Twitter lists, and other forms of social media
  • Prepare regular updates to networks members, communicated via email and Facebook
  • Ensure success behind the scenes of virtual events on Google Hangouts, Facebook, Slack, and other systems
  • Relentlessly track contacts with leaders and organizations in Salesforce; produce reports for other team members to guide next steps in developing relationships and ensure that follow-up happens
  • Research how other organizations are using events and other convenings to expand their impact; vet potential partners, conferences we should be attending, and related speaking opportunities for team members
  • Be an entrepreneurial and collaborative team member, identifying new ways to expand Grist’s impact while maintaining high standards of excellence
  • Thrive with a flexible schedule, including travel and occasional work on evenings and weekends to support events

Qualifications

  • Comfort in working in a quick-paced environment to help develop a new program area that will involve experimentation, learning, and adjustments along the way; ability to push through ambiguity to deliver results
  • Experience managing complex and fast-changing program elements, setting priorities effectively
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative and strategic thinker with a customer-service mindset
  • Experience developing relationships with clients and strategic partners
  • Experience negotiating, reviewing, and managing contracts with vendors and venues
  • Experience with a Customer Relationship Management system, preferably Salesforce
  • Entrepreneurial spirit; track record of initiative and ownership of work
  • Happy flying in the cloud (Google Drive, Slack, Salesforce, Dropbox, etc.); experience with social-media tools; and excitement to learn new tools and skills in an ever-changing technology environment
  • Passionate about Grist’s mission and the power of pulling people together to spark change
  • Commitment to continual professional learning and growth on the job
  • Bachelor’s degree required; 2+ years of relevant experience desired

Compensation

  • $37,000-$43,000 annual salary, depending on qualifications
  • 10 paid holidays per year, 15 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of sick pay accrued per calendar year
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits (Grist pays 85% of the premium)
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • Public transportation benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

To apply, please send a cover letter to eventsandoutreach@grist.org with “Events and Outreach Associate” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style, and a resume. No phone calls, please.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer


Membership Officer

Full-time Seattle-only

At Grist, we can see a better way forward. Our vision is a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. We make that possible through eye-opening environmental journalism that explores solutions, exposes injustice, and emboldens our millions of monthly readers to take action. Grist goes beyond the page to convene the leaders who are working for that sustainable, just future. We are an independent, nonprofit media organization with a base in Seattle. Our coast-to-coast dream team of journalists, editors, producers, designers, and event creators make the story of a better future so irresistible, you want it right now.

SUMMARY

Grist has a loyal base of long-time supporters and enthusiastic new readers. We’re looking for a Membership Officer to channel that support into a robust membership program. Under the direction of the Director of Development, this person will increase engagement, retention, and revenue of Grist’s entry-level donors. The Membership Officer will create an engaging annual membership communications plan, organize and orchestrate fundraising appeals, cultivate a portfolio of major donor prospects, and serve as the point person for Grist’s members.

Do you write copy that sparkles? Are you excited by the prospect of brainstorming member benefits and organizing reader meetups? Are you passionate about analytics? The Membership Officer will take a data-driven, creative approach to developing a top-notch, innovative membership program for a growing nonprofit, mission-driven media organization.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage annual appeals, one-off appeals, and engagement strategies designed to increase donors and the connection they feel to Grist
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the current membership program, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. Use this information to develop goals and objectives for a membership development plan
  • Work to optimize our marketing funnel in collaboration with our marketing team, owning the subscriber-to-donor conversion rate
  • Produce monthly membership emails and other member communications
  • Maintain all static communications/pages in collaboration with our membership team
  • Serve as one of our organization’s experts on our email platform, maintaining relationships with its customer service personnel
  • Brainstorm and define engagement opportunities for our members, including thank-yous, follow-ups, and an annual calendar of member communications (appeals, gifts and cards, newsletters, events)
  • Maintain donor database and produce reports to track, analyze, and inform decision-making
  • Identify and cultivate a portfolio of members with potential to become major donors in collaboration with the fundraising team
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, identifying new techniques, technologies, and creative ways to help Grist meet its goal of increased engagement and retention
  • Serve as the face of Grist’s membership program, answering member emails
  • Assist in the logistical support of meetings and special events
  • Respond to donor and staff inquiries and other special projects
  • Contribute ideas, enthusiasm, and collegiality to a growing fundraising team
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of nonprofit fundraising or marketing experience or similar community-based or membership program
  • Relentlessly positive outlook and positively relentless spirit with the ability to manage ambiguity
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to produce dynamic content for newsletters, appeals, campaigns, etc.
  • Constituent relationship management skills and techniques
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members and staff across other departments
  • Ability to manage and understand data
  • Excellent skills with Salesforce or other CRM databases, Pardot or similar email marketing platforms, MSFT Office, Google products, Facebook, WordPress, and other online tools (surveys, etc.), and a willingness to learn new skills in these areas
  • Position is Seattle based

COMPENSATION

  • $40-50k annual salary, depending on qualifications
  • 10 paid holidays per year, 15 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of sick pay accrued per calendar year
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits (Grist pays 85% of the premium)
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • Public transportation benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

Please apply here: https://careers.hireology.com/grist. We’re looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please. Thank you. Applications will be accepted through December 22nd, and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Grist is an equal opportunity employer


Foundation Relations Manager

Full-time

At Grist, we can see a better way forward. Our vision is a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. We make that possible through eye-opening environmental journalism that explores solutions, exposes injustice, and emboldens our 2.5 million monthly readers to take action. Grist goes beyond the page to convene the leaders who are working for that sustainable, just future. We are an independent, nonprofit media organization with a base in Seattle. Our coast-to-coast dream team of journalists, editors, producers, designers, and event creators make the story of a better future so irresistible, you want it right now.

SUMMARY

Ready to make Gristory? Lucky you: It’s a vital time for our planet AND we have a visionary new CEO at the helm. The Foundations Relations Manager will play a critical role at the nation’s top source of environmental news. Our ideal candidate knows how to build dynamic relationships with current and potential foundation supporters, write a kickass grant proposal, and talk about Grist with all audiences. The Foundations Relations Manager will work with the Development Director, CEO, and Board of Directors to create strategies to sustain and increase our $4 million budget. As the primary point person for foundations, the manager will prospect leads, develop new partnerships, and steward long-time relationships.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with Development Director and senior staff to design and implement plans to increase Grist’s base of foundation support
  • Create and write compelling communications for funders at all stages of the cultivation process from letters of inquiry to annual reports
  • Conduct preliminary funder research and evaluate foundation prospects
  • Partner with the Development Director to design strategies to engage, solicit, and steward these prospects
  • Participate in face-to-face meetings with funders across the country and manage relationships with foundation staff
  • Collect and synthesize information about Grist’s programs from across departments as needed to make the case for support and report on organizational progress
  • Provide support to the CEO, Development Director, and Board of Directors for in-person meetings with current and potential funders
  • Support efforts to raise Grist’s profile in the funder community, including funder briefings and speaking engagements
  • Manage organized and efficient operational systems to ensure accurate records and timely communication with funders; oversee all foundation database records

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of fundraising and/or grant writing experience
  • Exceptional writing and editing ability
  • Strong project-management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work seamlessly with external audiences and staff across the organization
  • Strong research and database skills (experience with Salesforce is a plus)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with exceptional judgment and the ability to juggle multiple competing deadlines
  • Ability to work and problem-solve independently
  • Enjoy travel, receptions, metrics, and the Grist sense of humor
  • Preference for Seattle, but national candidates are welcome

COMPENSATION

  • $60k-$70k annual salary depending on qualifications and experience
  • 10 paid holidays per year, 15 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of sick pay accrued per calendar year
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits (Grist pays 85% of the premium)
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • Public transportation benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

Please apply here: https://careers.hireology.com/grist We’re looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please. Thank you. Applications will be accepted through December 22nd, and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Grist is an equal opportunity employer


Director of Development

Full-time

At Grist, we can see a better way forward. Our vision is a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. We make that possible through eye-opening environmental journalism that explores solutions, exposes injustice, and emboldens our millions of monthly readers to take action. Grist goes beyond the page to convene the leaders who are working for that sustainable, just future. We are an independent, nonprofit media organization with a base in Seattle. Our coast-to-coast dream team of journalists, editors, producers, designers and event creators make the story of a better future so irresistible, you want it right now.

Grist, the nation’s leading green news platform, seeks a Director of Development to oversee and expand our fundraising operations at a key inflection point for our organization. We are growing by leaps and bounds, with an audience in the millions and partnerships with the nation’s leading media outlets. Our staff and board have created a bold strategic plan that will transform the climate and sustainability conversation and are now evaluating the feasibility of launching a major fundraising initiative to support that work. All we need is you.

As a member of Grist’s senior management team, the Director of Development will work closely with the CEO and other staff members to shape and implement organizational strategies and to achieve contributed income goals. You will manage a small team responsible for raising funds from institutional sources and major donors.

This is a full-time position with a preferred location in Seattle, WA, but candidates in alternative locations will be considered. For more information on Grist, please visit http://grist.org/.

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of Development for Grist will be accountable for but not limited to the following key responsibilities:

  • Design and manage the overall strategy, plan, calendar, and budget for Grist’s fundraising program to meet its annual budget of $4M and growing
  • Build a high-performing team to implement Grist’s fundraising program, leveraging the organization’s donor database and other technologies. Currently this team includes a Foundation Relations Manager, Senior Development Officer, Membership Officer and Development Assistant
  • Lead the effort to evaluate, design, and implement a major capital campaign to support Grist’s new vision
  • Working in collaboration with Grist editorial team, develop proposals to solicit funding from high-level major donors, foundations, and other identified targets
  • Serve as a member of Grist’s senior management team, contributing to the development and implementation of the organization’s operating and strategic plans
  • Expand and manage the major individual-giving program, including the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects; the organization of fundraising events nationwide; and the creation of appropriate collateral, both print and electronic, to support a robust major donor program
  • Maintain a portfolio of individual and institutional major gifts prospects and donors and work with Grist’s CEO and Grist’s founder to manage and track the progress of their portfolios of top individual major gift prospects and donors
  • Lead and implement development strategy including a capital campaign aligned with the 20th anniversary of Grist in 2020
  • Provide direction and supervision for the foundation and corporate relations manager to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation donors; oversee the creation and production of all fundraising materials, including letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and reports.
  • Work with appropriate staff to design and run regular reports for staff and board that track Grist’s fundraising results against its fiscal year goals and past giving history
  • Design, plan, and execute donor cultivation and stewardship activities designed to advance the organization’s strategic priorities and fundraising goals
  • Serve as the fundraising liaison to Grist’s board, preparing agendas and materials for meetings; staffing the board fundraising committee; and assisting with special board projects.
  • Oversee use of Salesforce platform, including creation and analysis of reports, timely logging of communications and contacts, and system improvements as needed
  • Supervise the timely and accurate processing of gifts and acknowledgements
  • Perform other tasks, as appropriate, to achieve Grist’s fundraising goals
  • Some travel and flexible work schedule required

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or CFRE certification preferred
  • 7+ years solid fundraising experience, with proven success in the areas of institutional and individual giving
  • A track record of creative, innovative approaches to fundraising — as an environmental news organization, Grist doesn’t always fit neatly into pre-defined program areas
  • Demonstrated ability to build, expand, and manage a development program responsible for raising at least $4.5 million annually
  • Dynamic and capable of organizing and leading strategic meetings with funders and board members; at ease driving an agenda and pivoting in real time to achieve a successful outcome
  • Strong leadership and management experience navigating and motivating people across the organization to engage in fundraising activities
  • Experience managing and motivating boards and volunteers for fundraising initiative.
  • Proven experience opening new doors with funders, waltzing through them, and walking away with funding commitments (bonus points for a record of multi-year gifts/grants)
  • Truly outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Attention to detail; strong time-management and organizational skills
  • Experience with fundraising databases (Salesforce preferred) and strong comfort with presentation software like Google Slides and PowerPoint
  • Strong financial skills, including the ability to develop and review budgets and to develop management reports that present a clear financial picture of fundraising activities
  • Comfort (and ideally experience) working in a nimble organization in which innovation and experimentation are prized and rigidity isn’t
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues
  • A sense of humor never hurts!

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience

CONTACT

Grist has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Liz Lombard and Turner Delano here.

Grist is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

ABOUT KOYA LEADERSHIP PARTNERS

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visitwww.koyapartners.com.


Social Media Manager

Full-time Seattle-only

At Grist, we can see a better way forward. Our vision is a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. We make that possible through eye-opening environmental journalism that explores solutions, exposes injustice, and emboldens our millions of monthly readers to take action. Grist goes beyond the page to convene the leaders who are working for that sustainable, just future. We are an independent, nonprofit media organization with a base in Seattle. Our coast-to-coast dream team of journalists, editors, producers, designers, and event creators make the story of a better future so irresistible, you want it right now.

SUMMARY

The Social Media Manager will play a critical, highly-visible role on our digital team, working to make sure the story of a better future gets to a growing readership. We’re looking for someone obsessed with social media, audience engagement, and journalism.

You’re the rock star we’re looking for if:

  • You love social media and know how to expertly juggle multiple priorities while delivering on a strategy that grows and nurtures Grist’s core audience segments
  • You obsess over data to inform your decisions on strategy and tactics
  • You know the ins-and-outs of major social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as understand how to experiment with, and evaluate the effectiveness of, emerging platforms
  • You own your craft. You’re a sponge for new social media information via newsletters, networking, and career groups. You’re always on the lookout for the newest features and tactics for gaining an edge on your work.
  • You have solid news judgement, a critical eye, and can spot potential mistakes or issues before they go out to our readers
  • You’re creative, scrappy, and know the difference between telling a story and telling a story on social media
  • You have a sense of humor.
  • Bonus points if you have experience in the environmental space.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create, implement, and measure a comprehensive social media strategy across Grist’s core social properties (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and emerging platforms)
  • Work closely with the editorial team to identify trending stories and engagement opportunities during the 24-hour news cycle. Make fast decisions on how to take advantage of these opportunities on social media.
  • Coach Grist staff in best practices and methods to enhance their reach on social media. Work closely with writers on their work; create and implement social media engagement strategies around Grist’s premiere content.
  • Cultivate and manage social media partnerships with media organizations, brands, NGOs, and other key players in the environmental space
  • Serve as moderator for the Grist social media community, identifying and engaging with readers and influencers as appropriate
  • Assist membership team in managing and growing the Gristers membership community on social media, and seek opportunities to deepen their connection to the brand
  • Monitor emerging social trends and platforms. Stay on top of this always-changing industry, and look for opportunities to make Grist a part of the conversation around social media/audience engagement innovation.
  • Measure the effectiveness of our social media strategy through data analysis. Make decisions based on data, and know how to iterate quickly to reach clearly defined social media goals.
  • Partner with editorial, business development, fundraising, networks, and product teams to bolster their efforts that extend into social media.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 3 years of social media experience, preferably with a journalism background
  • Ability to manage and interact with multiple online communities and audiences
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggle multiple priorities, manage deadlines, and thrive under pressure
  • Experience and comfort with technology, social media, and digital tools for journalismFacility 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
  • Ideally based in Seattle, but will entertain remote employment for high-quality candidates

COMPENSATION

  • $45-55k annual salary, depending on qualifications
  • 10 paid holidays per year, 15 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of sick pay accrued per calendar year
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits (Grist pays 85% of the premium)
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • Public transportation benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume 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, enthusiasm and communication style, as well as a  examples of your work. Please submit application materials by Jan. 12, 2018. No phone calls, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


News Fellow

Fellowship

Are you a curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a journalist and storyteller? The Grist news fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

The news fellow will work full-time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations including (but not limited to) reporting, research, story ideas, writing, and creative experiments. You will be expected to write quick news updates, reported stories, and one mini-feature a month. You will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and laugh politely (or heartily, depending on the circumstances) at all your jokes.

The news fellow can elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or work remotely. Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,750 per month. In special cases the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

We are looking for early-career writers, reporters, and editors. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with some experience in journalism. Our primary subject areas are the climate, clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, environmental justice, and a carbon-free economy. (If justice is your thing, check out the justice fellowship below.)

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style.
  1. Write a news brief. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a mock Briefly story for Grist. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. News brief should be 200 words or less. Please include a link to an image or video that you would run with the story. (Note: We do not intend to publish this assignment, so don’t worry about whether you have the rights to the image or video.)
  1. Pitch a mini-feature. Could be a profile, an explainer, a reported news story. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
  1. Pitch: What’s your big idea? What aspect of the environmental/sustainability story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a deep-dive story for Grist? Please specify how you would approach the story, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, multimedia aspects, etc. Pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
  1. Three samples of your work. Writing samples can be newspaper or magazine clips, blog posts, or unpublished pieces. We will gladly accept links to multimedia samples (video, illustration, infographic, podcast, etc.), but cannot review original files.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “News Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin March 2018, please submit applications by December 29, 2017.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Justice Fellow

Fellowship

Are you a budding journalist looking to develop your voice, tell stories about compelling people and communities, and work at a news shop that’s making a difference? Are you obsessed with justice for all? The Grist environmental justice fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the justice fellow will report on the connections between social inequality and the environment. You will explore the ways in which the environmental movement can become more inclusive, especially in the current moment — and how communities of color are developing new ways to fight for cleaner air and water and safer neighborhoods. We’re especially interested in journalism that identifies communities and people working on home-grown solutions. You will be expected to write quick news updates, reported stories, and one mini-feature a month. You will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team.

The justice fellow will be part of our larger fellowship program, a six-month career development program for early-career journalists. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and give you a custom emoji in Slack (it’s true!).

The justice fellow can elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or work remotely. If you work remotely, you will be encouraged to report on stories in your home community. Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,750 per month.

In special cases, the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your communication style and why you’re the right person for the justice beat.
  1. Write a news brief. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a mock Briefly story for Grist. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. News briefs should be 200 words or less. Please include a link to an image or video that you would run with the story. (Note: We do not intend to publish this assignment, so don’t worry about whether you have the rights to the image or video.)
  1. Pitch a story about a community that’s doing model work. Pick a community that’s working on home-grown solutions and tell us how you would approach a story about this community. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
  1. What’s your big idea? What aspect of the environmental justice story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a deep-dive story for Grist? Please specify how you would approach the story, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, multimedia aspects, etc. The pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
  1. Three samples of your work. Writing samples can be newspaper or magazine clips, blog posts, or unpublished pieces. We will gladly accept links to multimedia samples (video, illustration, infographic, podcast, etc.), but cannot review original files.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Justice Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin March 2018, please submit applications by December 29, 2017.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Video Fellow

Fellowship

Are you a curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a multimedia journalist and storyteller? The Grist video fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

The video fellow will work alongside Grist’s award-worthy video team to produce explainer videos, shareable short videos, and longer-term projects. You will be expected to produce one explainer video a month and two short-form videos a month, and to assist on the video team with weekly production. You will lead multimedia experiments, collaborate with our social media manager, and push Grist to innovate new ways to tell stories. You will also identify a special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage your full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek your input on issues large and small, and suggest the occasional one-block stroll to the picturesque Seattle waterfront.

The video fellow works out of Grist’s Seattle office, full-time. Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,750 per month. In special cases, the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

We are looking for early-career producers, reporters, and personalities. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with experience in video and journalism. Our primary subject areas are the climate, clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, environmental justice, and a carbon-free economy. (If justice is your thing, check out the justice fellowship, too.)

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style.
  1. Show us your work. A demo reel or a few videos that demonstrate your ability to tell a visual story. We will gladly accept links to your work, but cannot review original files.
  1. Pitch two short-form video ideas. What would be the first couple videos that you would produce? One idea should be for a social video that works well on Facebook or Twitter. The second idea should be for an explainer video about a compelling environmental story. Each idea should be a brief paragraph.
  1. Pitch a short documentary. What aspect of the environmental/sustainability story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a 5-15 minute mini-documentary for Grist? Please specify how you would produce the documentary, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, visual approach, etc. The pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
  1. Link us to your site. We want to see what other projects you’ve worked on. If you draw, we want to see your prints. If you are super into claymation, that’s cool too. If you have some background in audio storytelling, we’d love to check that out. Show us what else you can do.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Video Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin March 2018, please submit applications by December 29, 2017.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.