Location: Remote

Contract type: Freelance contract to 30 October 2020, with potential for extension

Hours: Between 20 and 37.5 hours per week (negotiable) with flexible hours 

Day rate: Competitive, negotiable 

Start date: Asap - no later than 24 August 2020

Application deadline: 9.00am, 6 August 2020

Interviews: 13 August 2020

We are looking for an experienced online editor to help our audiences navigate the debate on the post-Covid economy. 

The coronavirus crisis has exposed profound problems with the way our economy and society are organised. Many people are arguing that, as we try to recover from the coronavirus crisis, we should not go back to the world we had before. But there is a cacophony of voices arguing about how we can build back better, making it hard to find meaning in the noise.

The Beyond Covid website (beyond-covid.org) will enable people to navigate the debate about how to build a more resilient, just and sustainable economy and society, as we move through and beyond the crisis. The website, along with a weekly digest and webinar discussion series, will curate the latest insights from think tanks, academics and practitioners to provide an authoritative, accessible guide to our economy after Covid. 

Working with a range of experts in new economic thinking, we have developed a bank of content around the key issues in the debate, on themes including the welfare state, health and social care, the climate crisis, and paying for the recovery. Now we need a creative professional to turn these articles into high-impact web content that becomes an indispensable resource for journalists, policy advisors and political decision-makers.

About the role

We’re looking for an experienced online editor to develop an effective tone of voice and editorial style for the site, and to lead the editorial process prior to and immediately after the website launch. This is a hands-on role, working with some of the most exciting ideas for transforming our economic system and finding high-impact ways to convey them. Our work is highly dynamic and you will need to hit the ground running, working with a high level of initiative and providing creative direction for the wider team.

While this assignment has a short-term focus, your work will lay the foundations for the longer-term development of the Beyond Covid website. It will also inform the development of a permanent, staff position for this role, which will be advertised in September/October 2020.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Reviewing draft content for the site, forming a judgement on the effectiveness of the content for our audiences, and developing a template, tone of voice and style guide for the articles;
  • Editing the draft content and commissioning new content in line with these guidelines and supporting other team members and freelance contributors through the editing process;
  • Project managing the editing process, to ensure that high volumes of material are developed to high standards within tight deadlines;
  • Quality control of pre-publication articles, ensuring consistent tone, accurate use of language, effective cross-referencing of articles, and striking, relevant imagery;
  • Developing and implementing a process for commissioning new content;
  • Working collaboratively with other team members to ensure the success of the site, particularly those leading on website design and promotion. 

About you

We are looking for someone with: 

  • Significant experience of writing and/or editing authoritative online content, with the ability to produce concise, engaging, accurate copy;
  • A good understanding of our target audiences: central and local government decision-makers, journalists, and those working in policy in business and civil society;
  • The ability to take the initiative, define editorial direction and lead new processes to ensure a high standard of output;
  • Excellent project management abilities and an ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines;
  • A good knowledge of economic debates and an openness to new economic thinking (an academic qualification in economics is not required);
  • Highly IT literate, with strong digital expertise;
  • A collaborative approach, with the ability to communicate effectively with non-specialists on the team;
  • An affinity with ECU’s aims and objectives, and our organisational values of justice, inclusivity, generosity, and collaboration. 

The following qualities would be an advantage, but are not essential: 

  • Experience of developing and launching digital products
  • Knowledge of the economic, environmental and social justice movements.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background. We believe this is crucial to ensuring the legitimacy and effectiveness of our work. We recognise that people face systemic oppression based on factors including their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability, and therefore we have a responsibility to centre anti-oppression in our work.

We acknowledge that people from a number of communities are underrepresented in our team and in the wider economic justice movement, and we’re committed to doing what we can to address this. If you believe you would bring greater diversity to our team, we’re keen to hear from you. We are open to assisting with childcare or other duties that may prevent candidates from attending an interview.

If you have any questions about the role, or if you feel you could do this role well but do not have all the characteristics we are looking for, please contact Anna Fielding on anna@econchange.org for an informal conversation.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please send us: 

  • Your CV (no more than 2 sides of A4)
  • A cover letter of no more than 500 words outlining your fit for the role and including links to no more than three examples of your work. 

Apply to: info@econchange.org

Apply by: 9.00 am, 6 August 2020

Due to the volume of applications we usually receive, we regret that we are unable to offer feedback to individual applicants. 

About ECU

The Economic Change Unit is a non-profit organisation that supports the efforts of those seeking to build more resilient, just and sustainable economies.

For more than a decade, the world has been experiencing a range of inter-related crises. Financial instability, widening inequalities and climate and environmental breakdown have now been brought into sharper focus by the global coronavirus pandemic. In response, there is a growing consensus among a broad range of people – including policymakers, business and civil society leaders, academics, campaigners and commentators - that fundamental changes are needed to our economic model.

We create resources to promote understanding of the ideas, policies and practices on which more resilient, just and sustainable economies can be founded. We explore opportunities for economic change and how to overcome the barriers to achieving it. And we help connect people and organisations from a variety of sectors who are interested and involved in seeking change.

Our values apply throughout our ways of working, office culture, and individual behaviour:

Justice: We believe in social, economic and environmental justice. We work to rectify historical injustices nationally and internationally, as well as to mitigate injustices yet to come. Essential to our conception of justice is a commitment to sustainability.

Inclusivity and generosity: We provide a welcoming, safe and supportive environment to everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or disability. We believe this is crucial to ensuring the legitimacy and effectiveness of our work. We recognise that people face systemic oppression based on these characteristics and therefore we have a responsibility to centre anti-oppression in our work.  

Collaboration: We do not have all the answers, and through working with others there is more chance of making change. We stand in solidarity with the new economy movement and those who support its ideas. 

Apply to:

Economic Change Unit
Beyond Covid

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