Grist is seeking a long-form whiz to develop and execute feature articles, primarily on the topics related to environmental and climate justice, for the nation’s leading green news publication. We’re looking for someone with strong editing, reporting, and writing chops, along with stellar news judgment, a passion for storytelling, and a deep commitment to helping nurture and mentor young talent.
The articles editor will manage staff writers, work with fellows, and commission freelancers. One of your primary responsibilities will be leading coverage of the connections between social inequality and the environment. This will involve developing a desk that is able to both execute deeply reported community-level stories, as well as offer an analysis on the day’s environmental news through an equity lens. We’re especially interested in journalism that identifies and examines solutions to these environmental justice concerns, ranging from local communities fighting for clean air and water to the plight of international climate migrants.
As a member of the editorial team, you’ll also work with our executive editor to help shape Grist’s larger strategy. And you’ll be called on from time to time to help your fellow editors untangle threads in particularly knotty longform stories. Nice, but not required: Experience on investigations, as a reporter, editor, or part of a team.
Grist is based in Seattle, but the job doesn’t have to be. We have staff around the country.
- Conceive of, edit, and assign features, news analysis stories, and op-eds/columns
- Plan and oversee Grist’s environmental justice coverage
- Manage and mentor staff writers and fellows
- Work on special projects, investigations, and multimedia storytelling
- Report, write, and produce as needed
- Hire and manage freelancers and contributors
- Help shape editorial and organizational strategy
- Help recruit and hire editorial fellows
- Help fellows develop and execute their ideas
- Providing regular feedback to fellows
- Other duties as assigned
- At least 8 years of editing experience, with experience in long-form editing and multimedia journalism
- Commitment to mentoring young writers and diversifying the pool of writers working in environmental journalism
- Demonstrated reporting experience, knowledge, and interest in environmental justice or related issues
- An extensive network of freelance writing contacts and experience working with contributors
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities and deadlines
- Comfort with technology, social media, and digital tools for journalism
- Superior organizational skills and obsessive attention to details
- Ability to work independently, demonstrate good personal judgment, and exercise a commitment to ethical conduct toward sources, story subjects, and readers
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills. Demonstrated poise, tact, diplomacy, and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
Grist offers a dynamic and engaging editorial environment and the opportunity to be part of a unique online publication with a mission that matters. To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Articles Editor” in the subject line. Include a resume, 3-5 work samples, and a cover letter. 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.
Network Weaver, New England
Grist, the environmental media organization, is seeking a leader to build a New England hub of its ambitious new program Fix. Serving as Grist’s solutions lab, Fix is one-half network-building and one-half storytelling. The program identifies and lifts up a diverse array of leaders working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. It brings them together to break down silos, develop new partnerships, and accelerate solutions. And through storytelling, live events, and partnerships with culture-shaping institutions, it ushers in a whole new narrative of what’s possible to achieve a world that works for everyone.
The network weaver will partner with the Fix leadership team, including Grist’s founder, to develop and implement a regional strategy for the program, establishing its New England branch. Working across the six states, we aim over the next three years to build a network of hundreds of regional leaders that fosters new connections, collaborations, and learnings, and that represents a powerful and diverse wave of leaders in sustainability. And we plan to advance the world-changing work of such leaders, whom we call Fixers, using in-person convenings and the power of media to drive the public to action.
The network weaver will help to design and implement a one-year pilot involving ~50 New England Fixers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, knitting together the network and connecting the regional network to program efforts across the country. The work will involve community-building, events, and a heckuva lot of partnering. In the role, we are looking for a creative, results-oriented leader who has led programs in the past. The successful candidate will come with a broad knowledge of the environmental and social-justice spaces, and relish connecting the dots and weaving together relationships. The role will be based in New England, and entail frequent travel across the region. It will begin as a one-year assignment, with the potential to transition into a longer-term position.
Fix believes in a systems approach to problem-solving. The challenges we face as a society are too big, and too complicated, for any one person to address. Fixers are already leaders. Fix helps them take their work to the next level, equipping them with new relationships, resources, and ideas, and boosting their stories through our media platform.
In New England, the network weaver will:
- Establish the regional Fixers network and serve as matchmaker and relationship-weaver for Fixers, connecting them to opportunities to expand their reach and deepen their work
- Pilot a set of program offerings — from events to mentorship opportunities to storytelling about solutions — that build a Fixer community and connect them to the public
- Serve as Fix’s liaison with a partner organization whose 400-acre retreat center and arts-performance space in New Hampshire will serve as homebase for the majority of our in-person convenings
- Manage significant projects, including events, outreach, and general communications work
- Build and nurture a growing community of Fixers, engaging with ~50 leaders in year one and laying the groundwork for the network to expand to hundreds in later years
- Seed and build on unlikely partnerships to strengthen and bring new opportunities to the network
- Help to create a culture within the national Fix network that values complex reciprocity, where information and resources are shared without expecting a return
The ideal candidate for this position is a mission-driven, strategic professional with a creative spark, a passion for project management, and significant experience community-building. You must possess exceptionally strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and have demonstrated excellence in planning, priority-setting, tactical execution, and communications. You should be passionate about people — and about saving the planet and building a more just world (but not in a tree-hugging sort of way!).
These words and phrases make us think of you:
- At least 3-5 years experience in building and nurturing networks, coalitions, or communities of practice that encompass a range of perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds
- Comfortable 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
- Deep passion for building and supporting relationships; skilled in lifting up the work of others, often in a behind-the-scenes way
- Strong project-management skills and attention to detail
- Team player with an entrepreneurial bent
- Talent scout
- Demonstrated knowledge of environmental and social-justice issues, and experience working with a range of sectors
- Experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work
- Superb written and verbal communication skills
- Comfortable flying in the cloud (Google Drive, Slack, Salesforce, Dropbox, etc.), and proficiency with Kumu or other network-mapping tools
- A flexible schedule, including travel and occasional work on evenings and weekends; the first network event will take place during the last week of July 2019
- Proudly based in New England with a sophisticated understanding of regional issues and the people involved
- A wicked sense of humor
Compensation. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a one-year position that may extend to future years.
To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to email@example.com with “Network Weaver” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. 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.