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Worldchanging is Hiring
Alex Steffen, 17 Oct 05

Worldchanging is hiring. We're hiring for three new positions: office coordinator, assistant to the executive editor, and associate editor (the last position is temporary). All three will be based here in Seattle, and we need to fill all three jobs as soon as possible.

The job descriptions are posted in the full entry (click permalink). If you know someone who might be a good fit for one of these positions, please send 'em our way. Thanks!

Office Coordinator

WorldChanging.com is an award-winning and fast-growing weblog/online magazine covering tools, models and ideas for building a better future. We're hiring a fulltime Office Coordinator.

Changing the world requires getting and staying organized. You’re here to make that happen.

Imagine you. You’re both worldchanging and wonderful to work with. You are professional, friendly, optimistic, organized, energetic and impassioned. Like a superhero, you can kick ass and tell jokes at the same time. You secretly think that when Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world,” she was talking about you.

If so, you may be the Office Coordinator we’ve been looking for.

Main responsibilities include:

1. Support the Managing Director at the central hub of a globally-networked organization, the still point around which our vast media empire turns!

• Work independently to manage and maintain office systems, making sure schedules are kept, books are tight and communications flow smoothly.

• Facilitate special projects as required, drive on-going organizational and programmatic activities.

2. Set-up and run Worldchanging’s office and day-to-day business affairs.

• Help with office set up and maintenance.

• Maintain and improve office systems, bookkeeping and legal reporting systems, organizational calendar, and so on.

• Help set up and maintain office database, responsible for tracking donors, contacts, volunteers and important organizational details.

3. Support development work and fundraising projects and tasks such as helping track grant deadlines, setting meetings, organizing materials, etc.

4. Support Worldchanging events, retreats and travel.

5. Support programs by organizing volunteers for projects, maintaining contact information and files, contacting and following-up with volunteers, supervising volunteers projects and updating staff on progress.

6. Provide general organizational support to the Executive Editor, as requested.

Qualifications:
* Incredible – perhaps slightly disturbing – love of spreadsheets, organization and details;
* Hands-on knowledge of office management, including practical office and computer skills;
* BA and/or 2+ years of organizational, program, or project management experience;
* Ability to work in a busy environment with a balanced and positive attitude;
* Confidence as a self-starter and problem-solver;
* Familiarity with nonprofit organizations, or a willingness to learn;
* Excellent people skills and sense of humor;
* Comfort working with international and diverse colleagues;
* Outstanding references;
* Knowledge of WorldChanging content and issues desirable but not a deal-breaker: passion for changing the world non-negotiable.

The Office Coordinator reports to the Managing Director.

Location: This is a full-time job based in Seattle, WA.
Start date: November 1 (or sooner if available)

Worldchanging strongly values diversity, and actively encourages women, people of color and cultural minorities to apply.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume via email to: office1@worldchanging.com with the job title ‘Office Coordinator’ in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Assistant to the Executive Editor
WorldChanging.com is an award-winning and fast-growing weblog/online magazine covering tools, models and ideas for building a better future. We're hiring a fulltime Assistant to the Executive Editor.

Changing the world requires getting and staying organized. You’re here to make that happen.

Imagine you. You’re both worldchanging and wonderful to work with. You are professional, friendly, optimistic, organized, energetic and impassioned. Like a superhero, you can kick ass and tell jokes at the same time. You secretly think that when Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world,” she was talking about you.

If so, you may be the Assistant we’ve been looking for.

The Assistant’s job is to facilitate the work of the Executive Editor in every way possible. The Executive Editor is a busy guy. He has primary responsibility at Worldchanging for all matters organizational and editorial. Besides leading the organization, doing most of the fundraising, and managing the staff, he is also the supervising editor of the Worldchanging website and books, represents the organization at conferences and to the media, and brokers deals for new programmatic and content activities. All of this involves frequent travel, ungodly amounts of email, lots of time on the phone, and a small hurricane of reports, spreadsheets and to-do lists.

Facilitating this work will require both flexibility and focus, as well as an ability to laugh at sometimes extremely tight deadlines. The work itself will range from the fundamental (answering phone calls, returning email, booking travel and running errands) to the collaborative (providing editorial support, helping to prepare reports and speeches, staffing meetings) to the downright wonderful (attending Worldchanging events in various parts of the world, working with our international team of brilliant colleagues and collaborators, being exposed to some of the world’s brightest visions for solving environmental problems, ending poverty and promoting democracy). It may occasionally be routine: it will never be boring.

If you take this job you’ll either be very organized or very unhappy: great organizational skills, attention to detail, self-motivation and a strong work ethic are essential. You’ll also need a great sense of humor, a sunny personality and a belief that the work we do in the world ought to matter.


Qualifications:
Prior Related Experience:
-BA and at least 2 years of Executive Assistant or Administrative Assistant experience; or comparable experience/ demonstrated competence.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Motivated, proactive and flexible with good follow-through skills.
-Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple priorities and projects. Ability to assist the EE with developing and maintaining sound, well-organized processes.
-Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Excellent people skills.
-Proficiency in office software (for example, Word, Excel, Power Point); comfortable with general computer usage including Internet research.
-Ability to take and transcribe meeting notes into accurate, thorough minutes and update and track project status and tracking sheets.
- Comfort working with international and diverse colleagues.
- Outstanding references.
- Knowledge of Worldchanging content and issues desirable but not a deal-breaker: passion for changing the world non-negotiable.

Location: This is a full-time job based in Seattle, WA.
Start date: November 1 (or sooner if available)

Worldchanging strongly values diversity, and actively encourages women, people of color and cultural minorities to apply.

To apply please email a cover letter and resume to office1@worldchanging.com. No phone calls please.

Associate Editor
WorldChanging.com is an award-winning and fast-growing weblog/online magazine covering tools, models and ideas for building a better future. We're also preparing a major book, to be released in Fall, 2006, and we’re hiring a temporary Associate Editor for that project.

The Associate Editor’s job will be to help get this book completed in a very short time. You will need to track editorial submissions, hunt down critical pieces of information, help edit copy, and work as an effective, inspired member of a small team doing big work.

Self-motivation and excellent organizational skills are essential. You will also need to be able to write and think clearly, research quickly and well, fact-check and edit. In short, you need to be smart, hard-working, organized and quick. It wouldn’t hurt if you already have knowledge of environmental issues, poverty and development, human rights and democracy, or design and technological innovation; but far more important than knowledge of the issues are skill, brains, humor and passion.

Qualifications:
Prior Related Experience:
- BA and at least 3 years of editing or journalism experience; or comparable experience/ demonstrated competence.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Motivated, proactive and flexible with good follow-through skills.
-Strong organizational skills and ability to assist the editorial team in developing and maintaining sound, well-organized processes for tracking content.
-Strong editing skills.
-Ability to research and fact-check quickly and well.
-Ability to write and think clearly.
-Proficiency in office software (for example, Word, Excel, Power Point); comfortable with general computer usage including Internet research.
- Comfort working with international and diverse colleagues.
- Outstanding references.
- Knowledge of Worldchanging content and issues desirable but not a deal-breaker: passion for changing the world non-negotiable.

Location: This is a temporary full-time contract based in Seattle, WA. There is some possibility of it becoming a full-time staff position after that.
Start date: November 1st (or sooner if available). Position runs through December 16th.

Worldchanging strongly values diversity, and actively encourages women, people of color and cultural minorities to apply.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume via email to: office1@worldchanging.com and include the job title “Associate Editor” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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Comments

Good luck with the candidate search. I guess there is no chance of someone telecommuting from Syracuse, NY, is there? (or a branch office, perhaps?)

Keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading your book.

-baloghblog


Posted by: baloghblog on 19 Oct 05



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