Senior Writer

Freelancers Union
New York, NY

Location

New York, NY

Full job description

Freelancers Union is a national membership organization that promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services. We offer health, life, disability, and dental insurance, as well as discounts and other resources, to freelancers, consultants, temps, part-timers, and the self-employed. We’re known for our innovative products, services and technologies that connect the nation’s 42 million independent workers.

Beyond our mission, we’re also passionate about and proud of the culture and work environment we’ve created. We believe everyone has an important contribution to make toward achieving our goals, both through teamwork and independent initiative. We work in a fast-paced and fun environment, and we’re constantly exploring interesting new ideas. Our team is collaborative, friendly, open-minded, entrepreneurial, creative, and action-oriented, and we’re looking for people who share those qualities.

We think of ourselves as “practical revolutionaries” – that is, people who have extraordinary vision and want to make significant change, but can also put big, lofty ideas into tangible action. We believe strongly in solidarity, both for our staff and for the freelance community.

Learn more at http://www.freelancersunion.org/

Position:
We’re looking for a Senior Writer who can tell a good story, someone with demonstrated success translating complex ideas into compelling content. We want someone whose passion about the issues can be heard through his/her words. We’re a mission-driven social entrepreneurial organization and need a senior writer on our creative team who’s a quick study and can generate ideas and write pieces that advance our cause in a brand voice. Our new writer will be part of a team, collaborating with the communications and creative teams, and executive office to distinguish us with essays, op-eds, and other writing that is smart and clear, interesting, memorable and, when appropriate, witty.

Specifically, this senior writer must be able to relate our vision and work to current cultural phenomenon, demonstrating our relevance and the providing a visionary voice for where we’re going. We need the senior writer to apply a historical lens looks to the past for insight and lessons learned, not nostalgia for days gone by. Our writing should be as innovative and gripping as the ideas that inform our work and the concrete manifestations of our success thus far.

Responsibilities:
Write smart, clear long-form pieces for print publication and work with other creative teams to repurpose writing for various internal and external channels

Operate as a ghostwriter for the Executive Director for articles, op-eds, speeches and more

Collaborate effectively with other staff members, member organizations, and external partners to develop ideas, collect content, and ensure the best product possible; use strong interpersonal and listening skills to identify opportunities to tie the work of Freelancers into current events

Work with the marketing and creative teams to craft brand messaging so that Freelancers Union’s voice is distinctive, visionary, and unmistakably our own

Ensure a consistent message and writing style across Freelancer’s various publications, while adapting voice and style to the executive director, Sara Horowitz

Utilize background knowledge and intellectual curiosity to quickly develop an expertise in multiple topic areas focused on the labor movement and new economy Manage a comprehensive editorial calendar and effectively meet deadlines while managing multiple projects with various stakeholders

Qualifications:
At least 5-7 years of experience as a professional writer; preferably with experience writing articles and speeches within a social venture and/or sharing economy space

Ability to produce clear, concise writing and to frame complex issues for varied audiences in order to advance an organization’s mission

Knowledge of and passion for current issues in the new economy and freelance labor movement

Team player with an entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, and the motivation and ability to collaborate across multiple creative teams within a fast-paced environment

High degree of initiative and independent judgment while juggling multiple projects with multiple stakeholders

Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in journalism, writing, or a related field, or equivalent experience
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