Environmental Justice Fellow

Fellowship Full-time Remote

Grist is a nonprofit media organization working for a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. Its editorial team leads the conversation on climate change and climate action, producing daily news and analysis pieces, as well as video and longform stories, on humanity’s attempt to grapple with the most critical issue it faces.

Grist is seeking an Environmental Justice Fellow to join our Editorial team. This fellowship will run for six months, beginning in January 2021. The fellow will report to the Articles Editor.

With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the environmental 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 homegrown solutions.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify and pitch ideas for stories that look at the effects of climate change and pollution on marginalized communities
  • Write multiple stories — quick news or analysis pieces — each week
  • Contribute to Grist’s daily newsletter The Beacon
  • Other duties, like research and fact-checking, may be assigned from time to time
  • Pitch and write one enterprise/feature story in the second half of your fellowship
  • Contribute to larger editorial projects as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four-year degree, or equivalent professional experience
  • Strong understanding of Grist’s brand
  • Demonstrated familiarity with environmental and climate justice
  • Ability to produce at least two stories per week
  • Ability to make a full-time, six-month commitment
  • Fellows can work remotely and be based anywhere in the United States

BENEFITS

  • This fellowship is a paid, six-month opportunity ($3334/month) for early-career journalists
  • Fellows are eligible for Grist health benefits coverage, including medical, vision, and dental
  • Fellows come away with six months of solid newsroom experience, a body of clips, and fluency in climate and environmental justice issues
  • Through our Newsroom Training Series, fellows are also trained on a range of crucial skills, from filing FOIA requests to audio/video script-writing
  • Fellows benefit from full integration into the workings of a busy and exciting nonprofit media organization

THE GRIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

As an environmental justice fellow at Grist, you will be a part of our larger fellowship program, which aims to provide a formative experience in a geographically distributed but tight-knit newsroom and professional development for early-career journalists. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings and seek input on issues large and small.

Fellows can be based anywhere in the United States. Global health conditions permitting, at a future date there may be opportunities to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or New York hub. All fellows who work remotely will be encouraged to report on stories in their home community.

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 explains what you think are the most important environmental justice topics and stories to follow in the next six months — and why you’re the right person to cover them for Grist.
  2. 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.
  3. Write a short news post. Identify something that’s happening on the environmental justice beat and write a brief story for Grist. If possible, try to take a sharp angle on the news of the day or think up a smart way of making the news digestible. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. The brief should be about 300 words. 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.)

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Application materials combined into one PDF attachment should be emailed to fellowshipapps@grist.org. Please include “Environmental Justice Fellow” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For fellowships that begin January 2021, please submit applications by November 16, 2020.

No phone calls, please.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


News and Politics Fellow

Fellowship Full-time Remote

Grist is a nonprofit media organization working for a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. Its editorial team leads the conversation on climate change and climate action, producing daily news and analysis pieces, as well as video and longform stories, on humanity’s attempt to grapple with the most critical issue it faces.

Grist is seeking a News & Politics Fellow to join our Editorial team. This fellowship will run for six months, beginning in January 2021. The fellow will report to the News Editor.

With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the news & politics fellow will be expected to write quick news updates, newsletter items, and short, reported stories. You’ll help chronicle the progress being made to tackle the climate crisis, whether it’s coming from scientific laboratories, the halls of Congress, or companies and corporations.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify and pitch ideas for stories that identify the key issues in the day’s climate news — quick explainers, short analysis pieces, or even smart, voicey aggregation
  • Write multiple stories each week
  • Contribute to Grist’s daily newsletter The Beacon
  • Other duties, like research and fact-checking, may be assigned from time to time
  • Pitch and write one enterprise/feature story in the second half of your fellowship
  • Contribute to larger editorial projects as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four-year degree, or equivalent professional experience
  • Strong understanding of Grist’s brand
  • Demonstrated familiarity with climate and environmental science and policy
  • Ability to produce at least two stories per week
  • Ability to make a full-time, six-month commitment
  • Fellows can work remotely and be based anywhere in the United States

BENEFITS

  • This fellowship is a paid, six-month opportunity ($3334/month) for early-career journalists
  • Fellows are eligible for Grist health benefits coverage, including medical, vision, and dental
  • Fellows come away with six months of solid newsroom experience, a body of clips, and fluency in climate, science, and environmental policy issues
  • Through our Newsroom Training Series, fellows are also trained on a range of crucial skills, from filing FOIA requests to audio/video script-writing
  • Fellows benefit from full integration into the workings of a busy and exciting nonprofit media organization

THE GRIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

As a news & politics fellow at Grist, you will be a part of our larger fellowship program, which aims to provide a formative experience in a geographically distributed but tight-knit newsroom and professional development for early-career journalists. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings and seek input on issues large and small.

Fellows can be based anywhere in the United States. Global health conditions permitting, at a future date there may be opportunities to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or New York hub. All fellows who work remotely will be encouraged to report on stories in their region.

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 explains what you think are the most important climate and environmental policy topics and stories to follow in the next six months — and why you’re the right person to cover them for Grist.
  2. 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.
  3. Write a short news post. Identify something that’s happening on the climate and environment beat and write a brief story for Grist. If possible, try to take a sharp angle on the news of the day or think up a smart way of making the news digestible. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. The brief should be about 300 words. 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.)

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Application materials combined into one PDF attachment should be emailed to fellowshipapps@grist.org. Please include “News & Politics Fellow” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For fellowships that begin January 2021, please submit applications by November 16, 2020.

No phone calls, please.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


Editor, Creative Storytelling, Fix

Full-time

About Fix, Grist’s Solutions Lab
Grist is a nonprofit media organization for people who want a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. In 2019, Grist launched a new program, Fix, to change the arc of storytelling about climate change. The challenges of the climate crisis are now widely understood, and, sadly, more apparent day by day. Thankfully, and perhaps just in time, tectonic positive shifts are occurring in the worlds of energy, transportation, food, architecture, social justice and more to tackle climate change. A younger, more diverse generation is rising and has its eyes set on advancing equitable climate solutions and demanding the structural reforms necessary to remake governments into truly representative democracies. If you squint, you can see more stories emerging of how we humans took on climate change and built a more just, sustainable world. As Grist’s solutions lab, Fix tells imaginative stories that envision ways forward. Half network-building and half storytelling, the program identifies, celebrates, and connects solutions-oriented climate and justice leaders who are at the center of the story of progress; and it introduces a whole new narrative of what’s possible to address climate change and build a better world.

The Opportunity
Grist is seeking an entrepreneurial leader to help build the storytelling wing of Fix. The Editor of Fix’s creative storytelling will lead the work of the Fix content team as it develops new ideas, strategies, and approaches to telling stories of what a better, more equitable future could be — through a Fix website, live storytelling events, social media platforms, multimedia projects, and partnerships with culture-shaping organizations. This narrative of possibility will help to elevate a diverse array of solutions-oriented leaders and their work, and accelerate climate and justice solutions. The overall focus will be on Who’s Next and What’s Next in tackling climate change, and on making palpable and real what’s possible, in entertaining, informative, heart-moving (and fun!)ways. The Editor will supervise the content team, report to the Fix program director, and work closely with Grist’s founder. Grist is looking for a creative, results-oriented leader who has developed programs and led the implementation of storytelling strategies.

Grist is looking for a creative, results-oriented leader who has developed programs and led the implementation of storytelling strategies.

Key Responsibilities

The Editor will provide strategic and innovative leadership to grow Fix’s impact on the cultural conversations happening around climate change. Key goals and responsibilities for this leader include:

  • Work closely with the other members of the Fix team to identify climate and justice solutions, and the diverse leaders who are making them a reality.
  • Develop and implement a strategic storytelling plan.
  • Direct and manage a growing Fix content team, including a managing editor, a fellow, and a range of contractors, including writers, visual and multimedia journalists, video producers, animators, and illustrators.
  • Coordinate the production of special projects such as deep-dive and interactive features, monthly themed content, live events, Instagram posts, and climate fiction contests.
  • Play a key role in developing and implementing partnerships with other organizations that have significant reach and shape culture through storytelling (e.g., other media entities, Hollywood studios, museums).
  • Work with product development and design staff and contractors to develop and refine Fix’s digital presence.
  • Collaborate with Fix staff and contractors to curate talent and programming for Fix events, including dinners, public performances, retreats, Grist 50, and an annual Fix Festival.
  • Collaborate with marketing staff to identify other platforms, from streaming video to live events, where broad audiences can connect with Fix content.
  • Collaborate with fundraising staff to support outreach and development opportunities, draft reports and other materials related to Fix content.
  • Coordinate content plans with Grist’s editorial leaders and represent Fix in organization-wide planning and project meetings.
  • Ensure integration with Grist’s audience and social media team.
  • Other duties may be assigned from time to time.

Candidate Profile

Key Competencies
The ideal candidate for this position is a mission-driven, strategic professional with a creative spark and a successful track record of program expansion and implementation. They will bring the following qualities to the role:

A Skilled Leader and Manager
The Editor will be a dynamic leader with a track record of success in managing distributed teams and preventing siloed work. They will bring experience building and leading high-performing teams and guiding team members’ growth and development. They will have an abiding commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive team environment, one that is able to establish priorities, goals, and timelines to achieve quantifiable and qualitative outcomes.

Editorial Expertise
As the key member of a small, nimble team, the Editor will be responsible for developing and managing Fix’s storytelling strategy, setting and following through on deadlines, with an appetite for rolling up their sleeves, digging into projects, sharing story-specific feedback, pitching in on editing, and ensuring a high standard of quality across the portfolio. As such, they should bring superb written and verbal communication skills. Even as they will be driving strategy and managing a growing team, they should also be able to dive into the details alongside a team of editors, freelancers, writers, and other creatives.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Key to the success of this person will be their hunger for building something transformative and a track record of implementing ambitious projects. They should have visual storytelling experience, including video, photo and animation, and should be excited to build a vision for Fix. The ideal candidate will bring a marketing instinct and an understanding of how to create buzz, build partnerships, and build a line into cultural conversations around climate change and environmental justice.

Broad-Ranging Knowledge of Climate Change (or a Deep Curiosity to Learn)
Ideally, the Editor will bring an understanding of a breadth of topics related to climate change, from environmental justice to entrepreneurship, and the types of stories and individuals that Fix covers. If not, they will bring a deep curiosity to learn about this field and a passion for climate solutions.

Contact
Koya Leadership Partners has been exclusively engaged by Grist for this engagement. Kara Teising and Libby Cornelssen are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please use this link or email Kara or Libby at kteising@koyapartners.com or lcornelssen@koyapartners.com. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Grist’s commitment to a diverse, inclusive staff reflects our vision of a just, sustainable world. We do our best work when we embrace differences and thrive when we explore them. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experiences. Grist provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.


Program Assistant, Fix

Full-time Seattle or New York City

Grist, the national environmental media organization, is seeking a highly organized and driven assistant to support the recently launched Fix program, which serves as the organization’s solutions lab. Drawing on operational and administrative experience and creative thinking, the Program Assistant will play a crucial role in extending the capacity of the Fix team leadership and increasing the program’s impact.

Grist is a nonprofit media organization dedicated to making the story of a better future irresistible. The Fix program explores the world of what’s possible, identifying and celebrating emerging climate and justice leaders, connecting them to each other to deepen their impact, and telling unexpected stories about progress. Through network-building, live events, creative storytelling, and partnerships, Fix accelerates solutions to our most complex global challenges and changes the story society tells itself about its future.

The Fix Program Assistant will provide administrative and project support to the Fix team, as well as to the Fix Director, who leads and oversees the growing Fix team and the program implementation and operations; and works closely with the rest of Grist management and teams.

The Program Assistant will be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive-support tasks and will be able to work independently with little supervision. The role is based in Seattle or in New York City, and will report to the Fix Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

Fix community/event support and communications coordination (80 percent)

  • Schedule and manage Fix team meetings, including setting agenda, providing background materials, keeping time, and taking notes
  • Assist and support planning of Fix staff retreats and strategy meetings
  • Support and coordinate planning and logistics for live and virtual events (including drafting meeting agendas, creating and updating attendee lists, venue research and vendor lists, helping to coordinate meals, entertainment, etc., sending event invitations and managing responses, travel logistics, vendor contracts, virtual event set-up, and technical and Zoom management)
  • Maintain and update Fix events calendar, and cross-check with content calendar
  • Regularly maintain and track use of Slack channels and Trello boards
  • Maintain Fixer and other contact information in Salesforce, and update related Fix regional or other lists (i.e. addresses, jobs)
  • Support Fix team’s involvement in partnership or development/fundraising efforts
  • Attend team meetings and contribute ideas for events and storytelling
  • Join organizational internal workgroups as needed

Administrative support for the Fix Director (20 percent)

  • Set appointments and maintain Fix Director’s schedule, including internal and external meetings, calls, and events
  • Manage Fix Director’s daily activities, ensuring efficient use of time and attention to urgent matters
  • Handle all aspects of Fix Director’s travel, including arranging transport and lodging, and planning external meeting or event details
  • Assist Director in preparing presentations for board meetings or events, including designing spreadsheets or slide decks/PowerPoints

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
  • 2+ years of relevant experience a bonus
  • Proven ability to organize and schedule work effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to manage up and across
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing and editing correspondence
  • Fluency with technology, including deep experience with calendar and database systems and strong comfort working with Zoom, Gmail and other G Suite tools; bonus points for Salesforce, Slack, Trello, and ToDoist experience
  • Passion for our organization’s mission and work
  • Experience planning events, preparing slide presentations, and leading design projects

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to fixpa@grist.org with “Program Assistant, Fix” in the subject line. Application deadline is September 15, 2020. No phone calls, please.

Grist’s commitment to a diverse, inclusive staff reflects our vision of a just, sustainable world. We do our best work when we embrace differences and thrive when we explore them. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experiences. Grist provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.