How We Work at Job Portraits
- Our team is fully remote (and has been from day one). We trust our team members to find collaborative work rhythms that work best for them.
- We understand that Job Portraits’ work is just one of many things that makes our team members’ lives meaningful. That means we encourage everyone to take regular vacations, as well as breaks during the work day to do things like exercise, visit a therapist or coach, walk their dog, or spend time with their family.
- We want work at Job Portraits to provide opportunities for personal — as well as professional — growth. We ask our team members to engage with their emotions, not just their intellects. We believe that vulnerability and radical candor — practiced within Job Portraits and with our clients — help build the connections and trust that allows us to excel at our work and grow into the best versions of ourselves.
- We pay editors by the hour in most cases, although project rates are a possibility.
About the Editor Role
As an editor, you’ll review written pieces for clarity, quality, and humanity. Our clients include tech companies, health care startups, venture capitalists, science corporations, and more, and our editors help showcase the truth of what it’s really like to work at these organizations.
We have high standards because we sincerely care about words, language, and the power of words and language—such as the power to help people find life-altering work. Clarity and brevity are our guiding lights. Our most successful editors are often also writers. It’s important that you enjoy thinking critically and embrace the challenge of developing content that incorporates the needs of multiple stakeholders.
A Day In the Life of an Editor
A common day for you might include several of the following activities:
- Check Asana for critical tasks and deadlines
- Check Slack for project and team updates
- Spend heads-down time editing client work in Google Docs
- Have a call with the Editorial Director to receive and offer feedback on previous work
- Spend time reviewing transcripts and other supporting materials
- Create or respond to a message in our #writers-room Slack channel
How You’ll Learn and Grow
- Gain a new understanding of employer branding and how compelling content can improve the candidate experience (aka make people’s lives better)
- Work with skilled writers and editors who respect words and language as much as you do
- Receive nuanced feedback and have opportunities to try different types of editing
- Get an inside look at the startup world and how companies thrive at early and late stages
- Mentor newer writers and help shape their growth
- Contribute to delightfully nerdy conversations about grammar and language minutia (that matters!)
Competencies and Instincts We’re Looking For
- Familiarity with AP style
- Copy editing experience
- Proofreading experience
- Ability to perceive tone and subtext from transcripts
- Fact-checking experience (and/or the intuitive knowledge of when to look something up)
- Strong emotional intelligence
- Sincere interest in capturing the essence of people and places
- Pervasive curiosity
- Desire to give and receive feedback
- Personal preference for the serial comma
- Fluency in Google Docs
- Penchant for critical thinking
- Feels annoyed by even minor grammatical mistakes
- Appreciates a finely crafted sentence
Core Tasks and Relationships
- Edit client work in Google Docs
- Communicate via Slack and Asana with Project Managers, Creative Directors, and Editorial Director (as needed) to clarify scope of work and deadlines
- Engage in regular feedback calls with the Editorial Director
- Optional attendance at twice-monthly team meetings
Interested? We welcome everyone who is passionate about our mission and feels they can contribute to our work, and we especially encourage candidates from historically excluded and marginalized groups to apply.