- Content & Copywriting
- Chicago, IL
- Remote friendly
2022-09-21 14:43:31 UTC
Unify America is a nonpartisan nonprofit on a mission to replace political fighting with problem-solving. We are seeking a Writer to help shape a virtual smorgasbord of projects that educate and inspire a diverse audience of Americans around Unify America’s mission to save democracy.
Save democracy? Seriously?
Reasonable question! We’ll get to that. The ideal candidate is someone who is an extraordinary storyteller, a quick and thorough researcher and synthesizer of complex subject matter, has a magnificent command of the English language, understands effective vs. ineffective UI and UX, and can write for a variety of mediums.
Let’s get back to the saving democracy part.
We are on the way to proving that the vast majority of Americans (over 90%) share many of the same goals for the country. If that sounds crazy, then let us give you an example: we demonize each other over gun control legislation, but gun control isn’t the goal. It’s a tactic. Reducing violence is the goal, and most of us want that. On most political issues, we’re just arguing about tactics or even less productively, about political personalities.
Our long-term quest is ambitious: bringing together tens of thousands of Americans, including legislators, to identify and implement shared solutions to the many national problems that have bedeviled Congress and the country for decades.
We aspire to build an audience and a community aligned with our mission, ready to grow individually and together as a county. That’s where you come in.
Tell me more. What’s the role?
Writers at Unify America craft the language our end users hear and see when they use our products. Your days may include writing copy and microcopy for new products, writing scripts for voice and on-camera actors, researching big topics like “active listening” and “deliberative democracy,” synthesizing that research into succinct and scintillating summaries, coming up with concepts for how to teach what you’ve learned via new video and interactive experiences, and rewriting this very job description the next time we need to hire someone like you.
What are the specific qualifications?
Exceptional writing talent across a variety of mediums, with demonstrated skill in crafting succinct, conversational, clever, and helpful language.
A knack for learning and understanding what’s inherently interesting and relevant about whatever you’re communicating.
The ability to develop a deep understanding and empathy for our users, via instinct, experience, and research.
Skill in conveying concepts creatively, logically, and concisely in writing and talking.
An ability to think audio-visually. Any background or dabbling in audio or film editing will come in handy (though it’s not required).
Great creative judgment and an eye for great design. You’ll need to know funny, polished, clever, intuitive, and clear when you see it. When you don’t see it, you’ll need to know how to get it.
Tech savvy. We won’t ask you to set up our wireless network or write code, but you will be using software that you’ve probably never used before. Thus, the ability to master new software is a must.
Mental agility and a desire for feedback. You will be getting a lot of notes, and will need to quickly improvise and iterate to solve the creative problems your colleagues point out in your work.
Exceptional creativity and outrageous attention to detail.
An unusually sharp sense of humor.
We have a small Chicago studio, but most of us work remotely. We welcome candidates from anywhere within the United States. In fact, we value having a team from different areas of the country.
I’m interested. How do I apply?
Great! We need a few items from you. Follow the links to provide:
A writing sample in the form of a 250-400 word article that explains the concept of “confirmation bias.” It should be funny and comprehensive, and should employ the use of metaphor and/or an example. Imagine the article will be part of an online textbook chapter called “Understanding Biases” aimed at college students in an introductory political science class.
A cover letter that helps us get to know you and why you’d be a great fit for the role.
Optional: any relevant samples of your previous work you think we should see.
Unify America is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at all levels of the organization in all of its forms. This includes a commitment to having a team filled with people at every point on the political spectrum.
- Must be a resident of United States