Climate Solutions Fellow

Fellowship

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.

Grist is looking for a Climate Solutions Fellow to join our Fix team. The Climate Solutions Fellow will track news related to climate and justice progress and produce a steady stream of stories about the people driving it, helping to create a new narrative of hope and possibility. This fellowship will run for six months, beginning in June 2020. They will report to the Fix Content Manager.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Monitor several dozen news sites, email newsletters, and social media accounts for stories about climate and justice solutions, and build a system to file and track progress in various fields.
  • Consistently produce at least two written pieces each week, including a Fixer profile/Q&A and a reported piece or book/film/podcast review.
  • Compile, test, publish, and send the biweekly Shift Happens email newsletter.
  • Organize monthly discussions among Fixers, and between Fixers and audience members, for the Fix website and other platforms.
  • Collaborate with the Fix Content Manager and Growth and Engagement Editor to create solutions-oriented social-media content for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (including the founder’s accounts).
  • Produce an in-depth “capstone” project that highlights a climate solution and the person or group that is advancing it.
  • Assist with Fix events, including dinners, retreats, and the annual Fix Fest.
  • Other duties may be assigned from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four-year degree, or equivalent professional experience
  • Strong understanding of Grist’s brand
  • Passion for climate and environmental journalism
  • Ability to produce two stories per week
  • Ability to make a full-time, six-month commitment

BENEFITS

  • This fellowship is a paid, six-month opportunity ($2750/month) for early-career journalists
  • 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 script-writing
  • Fellows benefit from full integration into the workings of a busy and exciting nonprofit media organization

THE GRIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

As a climate solutions fellow at Grist, you will be a part of our larger fellowship program, which aims to provide a formative experience in a tight-knit media organization and professional development for early-career journalists and storytellers. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings and seek input on issues large and small.

Fellows can elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office, our New York hub, or a remote location of their choosing. Plus Grist will invite you to the Seattle office at least once during the six-month fellowship.

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 solutions beat.
  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.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Climate Solutions Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For fellowships that begin June 2020, please submit applications by April 20, 2020.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

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.


Environmental Justice Fellow

Fellowship

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 June 2020. The fellow will report to the Articles Editor.

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.

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 our daily newsletter The Beacon
  • Produce an in-depth “capstone” project that can range from a feature-length story to a series on a specific topic to live coverage of a major event
  • Other duties, like research and fact-checking, may be assigned from time to time

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four-year degree, or equivalent professional experience
  • Strong understanding of Grist’s brand
  • Passion for climate and environmental journalism
  • 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

BENEFITS

  • This fellowship is a paid, six-month opportunity ($2750/month) for early-career journalists
  • 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 a 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 elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office, our New York hub, or a remote location of their choosing. If you work remotely, you will be encouraged to report on stories in your home community. Plus Grist will invite you to the Seattle office at least once during the six-month fellowship.

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.
  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.
  1. Write a short news post. Identify something that’s happening in the news 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.)
  1. Pitch a story about a community that’s doing model work. Pick a community that’s working on a home-grown solution to an environmental issue and tell us how you would approach a story about this community. The pitch should be a brief paragraph.
  1. What’s your big idea? What aspect of environmental justice 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.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Application materials combined into one PDF attachment should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Environmental Justice Fellow” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For fellowships that begin June 2020, please submit applications by April 20, 2020.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

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.


Head of Content Studio, 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 Head of the Fix Content Studio will lead the work of the Fix 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 contentstudio@grist.org with “Head of Content Studio” 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. We are committed to equal-employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or veteran status.


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. We are committed to equal-employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or veteran status.


Senior Human Resources Advisor

Part-time Senior

Grist, the leading national environmental media non-profit, is seeking a part-time (.5 FTE) Sr Advisor, HR. This role reports directly to the Director, Finance & Administration, and will help create and manage Grist’s nascent Human Resources function. The position is also a member of Grist’s leadership team and works closely with the CEO.

Grist is in an exciting chapter of growth and innovation as we expand our creative coverage, journalism, special projects, and leadership work on the most existential challenge of our time: the climate crisis. The ideal candidate for this role brings leadership experience in HR and an excitement to help our HR function grow and scale to match the growth in our work and our team.

Responsibilities

  • Create a scalable HR function maximizing effectiveness and efficiency through business alignment, technology, and documented processes
  • Assess, manage and reduce local and national employment regulation compliance risk
  • Define employee lifecycle and implement repeatable process that gets us “brilliant at the basics”
  • Act as a leadership coach and employee advocate
  • Oversee and help administer recruiting, onboarding, performance management, learning and development, compensation and benefits, and other areas across HR
  • Coach, mentor and manage HR staff
  • Be a culture evangelist and role-model
  • Depending on experience, manage and oversee legal work, including contracts, real estate, compliance and other areas requiring legal oversight

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • SPHR certification preferred
  • 10+ years’ experience leading an HR function/team across diverse organization types and sizes, but must include prior start-up experience
  • Legal and/or contract administration experience preferred
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
  • Experience with remote, distributed workforce
  • Hands-on, exceptional drive for results
  • Highly empathetic and deep emotional intelligence
  • Integrity, passion and strong ability to follow through on commitments
  • Strong preference for this position to be based in Seattle, WA

Compensation

This is a part-time position (.5 FTE). Compensation is dependent on experience and qualifications. Schedule to be determined in collaboration with the CEO. Seattle-based candidates only.

To apply, please send a resume and a brief cover letter to srhradvisor@grist.org with Sr HR Advisor in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications and writing style. 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 strongly 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.


Director of Innovation and Growth

Full-time Senior

Grist, the leading national environmental media non-profit, is seeking a Director of Innovation & Growth. This role will lead product development, audience engagement and growth, and the exploration of new content formats, products, and distribution channels. This position is a member of Grist’s leadership team, reports to the CEO, and connects with all teams in the organization. Grist is in an exciting chapter of growth and innovation as we expand our creative coverage, journalism, special projects, and leadership work on the most existential challenge of our time: the climate crisis.

The ideal candidate brings leadership experience in digital media as well as the ability to manage and mentor a growing team. This role will lead initiatives related to product, creative, audience engagement and growth, social media, and analytics. Candidates with a track record of building and leading creative teams, developing and launching innovative products, engaging and growing online audiences, and building content partnerships are encouraged to apply. This role has a combination of strategic, managerial, and operational responsibilities, requiring both a strong ability to strategize and manage, as well as an eagerness to roll up your sleeves and implement.

Responsibilities

  • Set the product vision and connect internal teams to identify, improve, develop, and advocate for new products and services
  • Set and manage a forward-looking product roadmap, including opportunities for innovation
  • Gather business requirements from stakeholders across the organization and provide input into design and user-experience requirements, in addition to scoping technical requirements
  • Ensure timely completion of projects throughout the product-development life cycle
  • Work cross-functionally to prioritize roadmap items to meet performance targets and align to organizational strategy
  • Foster and manage relationships with third-party vendors and outsourced technical solutions
  • Set the audience development vision, including defining organizational KPIs related to audience
  • Manage and mentor a team focused on audience engagement, product development, and social media
  • Explore and define new audience growth strategies through new product offerings (e.g. launching a video strategy, or exploring other formats), SEO, social, and more
  • Develop and oversee marketing strategy to leverage organic and paid opportunities to reach a larger audience
  • Explore and define a strategy for off-site audience growth through third-party platforms and other distribution partnerships
  • Define and deploy audience engagement and retention strategies, in close partnership with our development and editorial teams
  • Build Grist’s newsletter list size through website optimization, acquisition, and other tactics
  • Track and report regularly on audience growth
  • Develop annual budget for Innovation & Growth team

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of managerial experience and work in a product-management, digital-marketing, and content-management capacity
  • Track record of building and leading innovative content initiatives focused on audience development
  • Past leadership in editorial and/or media organizations
  • Proven track record of achieving sustainable audience growth for a media or content brand
  • Experience in and passion for delivering great user experiences
  • Passion for data-driven decisionmaking and evangelizing for metrics adoption
  • Experience managing a growing, nimble, results-oriented team in a growth-stage or start-up context
  • Passion for Grist’s mission and vision
  • Primary preference that this role is based in Seattle with a secondary preference for New York City

Compensation

Grist will offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with the candidate’s experience and market analysis of similar leadership roles in the national nonprofit media sector.

To apply,please send a resume and cover letter to innovationandgrowth@grist.org with “Director of Growth & Innovation” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications and writing style. 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 strongly 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.