Editorial Director, 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. Fix, Grist’s solutions lab, 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.

Summary

Grist, the environmental media organization, is seeking an entrepreneurial leader to help build the storytelling wing of a new initiative called Fix. The editorial director of Fix will lead the work of its content team as it develops new approaches to telling stories of what a better future could be, through a Fix website, live storytelling events, social media platforms, and partnerships with culture-changing media organizations. This upbeat narrative will help to elevate a diverse array of solutions-oriented climate 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 humorous!) ways. They will report to the Fix program director and also work closely with Grist’s founder.

We are looking for a creative, results-oriented leader who has developed programs and led the implementation of storytelling strategies in the past to spur change.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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 content manager, 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 the annual Grist 50 list and Big Ideas collection, and monthly themed content.
  • 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, 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.
  • Coordinate content plans with Grist’s editorial leaders, and represent Fix in organization-wide planning and project meetings.
  • Other duties may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position is a mission-driven, strategic professional with a creative spark and a track record of program expansion.

  • Hunger to build something transformative
  • 8+ years demonstrable experience in nonfiction content development
  • Visual storytelling experience, including video, photo, and animation
  • Strong people-management and team-building skills, with at least 3+ years experience managing a distributed team
  • Ability to proactively collaborate and work seamlessly with staff across the organization
  • Exceptional judgment and the ability to juggle multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • A sense of humor
  • Respectful, kind, and collaborative work style — works to eliminate versus build silos
  • Preference for Seattle or New York, but national candidates are welcome

Compensation

  • Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.
  • Grist provides a strong benefits program that includes employee and dependent medical, dental and vision coverage (with Grist covering a portion of the premiums), family leave, generous vacation accrual, and 401(k), with employer match.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three samples of your work to editorialdirector@grist.org with “Editorial Director” in the subject line. 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.


Full-Stack Web Development Engineer

Full-time Seattle-only

You’re a builder with a creative streak who’s looking to make a mark and leave the world a better place in the process. We’ve got the job for you.

Grist seeks a Full-Stack Web Development Engineer to articulate and execute upon our product vision. The person in this role will report to Grist’s Director of Innovation and Growth and partner with internal stakeholders, as well external partners and developers, to iterate on improvements to Grist’s site and related platforms, prioritize them on our product roadmap, and create and ship code.

Founded in 1999, Grist is an independent, nonprofit media organization devoted to eye-opening environmental journalism that explores solutions, exposes injustice, and emboldens readers to act. In addition to the award-winning content on grist.org, we go beyond the page to foster an unlikely network of leaders to bring about a sustainable world that works for everyone. We’re working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck.

This full-time position would be based in Grist’s Seattle office.

The ideal candidate will have a firm grasp of WordPress, Git, CSS, HTML, PHP, Javascript, and more. Key projects will include taking the Grist website to the next level and leading the development of special projects such as our annual Grist 50 list of innovators driving positive change. This role will also play a large role in building out the web experience for Fix, Grist’s solutions lab, as well as its related events (including the inaugural Fix Fest in May 2020) and database components. Nuts and bolts: We practice agile scrum in two-week sprints and ship code regularly. There are no tossing of comps over the wall – Grist is a place where you can see your product ideas contributing directly to our mission. Self-starters with a knack for collaboration are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to product-development iteration with internal and external stakeholders
  • Own all stages of product development, from design and testing through shipping and support
  • Write clean, concise, modular code that is easily testable
  • Build low-defect, user-friendly systems
  • Participate in an agile environment
  • Lead and participate in code reviews

Basic qualifications:

  • Experience in WordPress front-end and back-end development, object-oriented PHP, and DNS management
  • Programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C#, including object-oriented design
  • Proficient in server, network, and hosting environments, relational and nonrelational databases, and how to interact with APIs
  • Skilled at translating loose business requirements into product and operational systems
  • High comfort level in communicating with non-tech partners
  • Experience working with remotes, branches and deployment in Git
  • Passion for or experience in media
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent work/educational experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with Gutenberg block editor
  • REST API knowledge

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to fullstack@grist.org with “Full Stack” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Compensation is competitive with similar engineering positions in the non-profit media sector.

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.