Fix Intern

Internship Part-time

Grist seeks a part-time, paid intern to join the Fix team starting immediately. Fix combines solutions-oriented storytelling with gatherings that bring together a growing community of Fixers to create a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. The intern will support Fix’s content and events teams, and help to produce the upcoming Grist 50 — an annual list of solution-oriented phenoms we like to call “Fixers.”

Responsibilities include:

  • Organize, research, and vet nominations for the Grist 50 list
  • Request and organize photos for the Grist 50 list
  • Work with program assistant to maintain and update database of Fixers
  • Research and contribute ideas for Fix’s articles and newsletters
  • Upload stories into CMS as needed
  • Contribute ideas and content to Fix’s social media queues
  • Report and write an occasional story or Fixer Q&A
  • General support for program assistant and Fix team as needed

You’re well suited for this role if you’re a self-starter, hyper-organized, and have a passion for the Grist mission. A sense of humor helps, too.

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to fixintern@grist.org with “Fix Intern” in the subject line. 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.


Project Manager, Grist 50

Contract Part-time

Grist seeks a contract, part-time project manager for the Grist 50, an annual list of emerging leaders who are working on fresh, real-world solutions to our world’s biggest challenges. The list includes scientists, artists, policymakers, farmers, social-justice advocates, storytellers, entrepreneurs, technologists, chefs, clean-energy wonks — all kinds of people pointing the way toward a just, sustainable future. 2020 will mark the fifth anniversary of Grist 50. Woohoo! Grist 50 is part of Fix, Grist’s solutions lab. Fix combines solutions-oriented storytelling with gatherings that bring together a growing community of Fixers to create a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck.

The project manager will work with the project lead, project editor, and Fix team to coordinate all efforts around the Grist 50’s product, design, PR and marketing, communications plan, and more. Responsibilities include: create an overall project roadmap template and timeline for Grist 50 (for use now and in subsequent years); organize and arrange key collaboration documents; set and run regular cross-department meetings; create and coordinate a communication plan around the project’s launch; check in regularly with the editorial team and product teams on progress, surface challenges, and coordinate needed troubleshooting; and liaise and coordinate meetings with external marketing and PR partners. The project manager will lead and coordinate all internal communication around the project, as well as communication with key external partners. The project manager will also work with the project lead, project editor, and Grist’s operations team to keep the project within budget and ensure contracts with external partners are executed.

Requirements

  • 5-7 years of project management experience, preferably with experience leading a multi-faceted editorial or content project.
  • Familiarity with Slack, G Suite, Salesforce, WordPress, and project management tools like Trello.
  • Experience managing communication and aligning priorities with multiple teams.
  • Entrepreneurial drive to take initiative and problem-solve.
  • Passion for the Grist mission and a sense of humor.

You’re well suited for this role if you’re a self-starter, hyper-organized, bring an entrepreneurial approach to your work, and are adept at setting priorities and developing good relationships with various stakeholders both inside and outside the organization.

This is a contract, part-time position, requiring (on average) 10 hours/week in October, November, and December, 20 hours/week in January and February, and 40 hours/week in March. Schedule to be determined in collaboration with the project lead and project editor.

Grist is based in Seattle, and the preference is that this role is based in Seattle. However we’ll consider candidates around the country.

To apply, please send a resume and a brief note about why you’re the best person to manage the Grist 50 to projectmanagerGrist50@grist.org with “Project Manager Grist 50” in the subject line. 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.


Staff Writer, Environmental Justice

Full-time

Grist, the nation’s leading green news publication, is seeking a staff writer to contribute to our national news and environmental justice coverage. We’re looking for someone with strong reporting and writing chops, along with stellar news judgment, a passion for storytelling, and a deep commitment to community-level journalism.

The staff writer will pitch, report, and write stories on the connections between social inequality and the environment, including the disproportionate impact of pollution and climate change on the disadvantaged, ranging from local communities fighting for clean air and water to the plight of international climate refugees. We’re especially interested in journalism that identifies and examines solutions to these environmental justice concerns.

What does this role look like in practice? You’ll know how to follow the money, file FOIA requests, and dream up new ways to tell justice-related stories. You’ll happily jump at opportunities to contribute to larger projects, appear in the occasional video, and represent Grist at conferences and workshops. We’re a small editorial staff, so everyone has to pitch in and support one another. You’ll help guide and train junior staff, including our editorial fellows, in both subject matter expertise and the basics of strong, independent journalism.

Grist is based in Seattle, but the job doesn’t have to be. We have staff around the country.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conceive of, report, write, and produce environmental justice stories of varying lengths
  • Work on special projects, investigations, and multimedia storytelling
  • Help shape editorial and organizational strategy
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 5 years of reporting and editing experience, preferably online
  • Demonstrated reporting experience, knowledge, and interest in environmental justice or related issues
  • A track record of covering stories of national importance and impact
  • Comfort building trust with communities who aren’t often reported on by national media
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Comfort with technology, social media, and digital tools for journalism
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Facility with desktop writing tools and web technologies for news gathering and publishing
  • Superior organizational skills and obsessive attention to details
  • Experience finding sharp, (occasionally) provocative angles on the news of the day
  • 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

And it sure would be nice if you also had:

  • Experience in investigative reporting and multimedia journalism
  • Excitement about exploring innovative and creative ways to tell stories in a fast-moving environment, specifically for mobile devices
  • A passion for helping Grist build new, more diverse audiences for environmental stories
  • A strong voice and no qualms about using it, while never just preaching to the choir
  • The ability to identify stories that will resonate online

COMPENSATION:

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 ejstaffwriter@grist.org with “Staff Writer, Environmental Justice” 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. 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

Grist is seeking a Director of Innovation & Growth to lead product innovation, audience engagement and growth, and the exploration of new content formats, products, and distribution channels.

With nearly twenty years experience reporting on environmental issues, Grist is entering an exciting new chapter. We’ve deepened and grown our editorial work, and launched a brand new program called Fix, focused on connecting and elevating the leaders building a just, sustainable future. The way we see it, the next few years really matter for the future of the planet (and all of us on it). To seize that opportunity across our work, Grist seeks an experienced, passionate, mission-driven Director of Innovation & Growth.

This position sits on Grist’s leadership team, reports to the CEO, and works as a partner across the organization. The Director of Innovation & Growth will manage a growing team initially composed of 5-7 individuals, and be charged with product, creative, audience engagement and growth, social media, and analytics.

The ideal candidate brings leadership experience in digital media and newsroom or editorial experience. Candidates with a track record of building and leading creative teams, launching innovative products, engaging and growing audiences, and building innovative content partnerships are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate is just as comfortable rolling up their sleeves to optimize newsletter performance as they are thinking big about content growth ideas like long-term video strategy. 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 dig into implementation.

Grist is a mid-sized and growing organization, and depending on your background, there are also opportunities to dig in beyond these core areas, from experimenting with new revenue opportunities to implementing brand awareness strategies.

Primary responsibilities

  • Product innovation
    • With a keen eye to innovation and attracting and retaining audiences, set a direction for the product team to deliver on Grist’s strategic goals (e.g., Lead the conversation on climate progress; Grow and diversify our audience; Grow our membership, etc.)
    • Set the strategy and execute the plan for big-picture projects, initiatives, and priorities that touch on product, creative, and audience development.
  • Audience engagement
    • Oversee and set organizational KPIs related to audience.
    • Define and deploy audience engagement and retention strategies, such as retargeted ads, newsletters, social media, etc. Deploy Grist’s new audience team in integrating audience engagement best practices throughout the organization.
    • Manage a team of three directly, including a growth and engagement editor, data analyst, and engagement fellow.
  • Audience growth
    • Explore and define new audience growth strategies, on the organic side through new product offerings (e.g. launching a video strategy, or exploring other formats), SEO, social, etc.
    • Develop and oversee organizational 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.
    • Build Grist’s newsletter list size through website optimization, acquisition, etc.

Qualifications

  • Track-record of building and leading innovative content initiatives focused on audience development
  • Track-record of leadership in editorial and/or media organizations
  • Strong familiarity with editorial and business functions of a media company
  • Proven track record of achieving sustainable audience growth for a media or content brand
  • Experience managing a growing, nimble, results-oriented team in a growth-stage or start-up context
  • 5+ years people management experience
  • Passion for Grist’s mission and vision
  • Strong preference that this role is based in Seattle, WA

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 a 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 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.


Articles Editor

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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

COMPENSATION:

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 articleseditor@grist.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.