Writer and Editor
Multiple | Remote | Contract
Reboot is seeking a creative, collaborative storyteller and editor with a track record of persuasive writing for social good. You will guide us away from the doldrums, and towards Reboot’s true voice—direct, empathetic, precise, and lively. You will help us communicate our values, methods, and impact, illustrated with the colorful and surprising details of the work we do, to reach audiences both old and new.
This is a part-time consultancy; hours to be negotiated. Availability for occasional in-office meetings in New York, London, or Abuja is preferred but not required.
The Editor is responsible for creating and editing content, as well as for supporting colleagues of varying writing ability levels to produce both day-to-day and special projects in support of our communications, programs, and business development goals. Day-to-day needs might include drafting or editing articles, blog posts, our quarterly newsletter, internal project case studies, web copy, and drafts of speeches or talking points; and pitching our work and ideas to relevant media outlets. Special projects might include writing and editing guidebooks, publications, research reports, client memos, or business proposals.
The Editor will be a key member of our editorial team, and will meet with editorial team members (Director of Advocacy, Comms and Advocacy Associate, and Visual Designer) on a weekly basis.
Tasks will vary according to team needs, for example:
Planning strategic content with the editorial team, to align with business needs or upcoming speaking engagements
Pitching to new or existing contacts at media outlets to place Reboot ideas and articles
Brainstorming one-on-one with colleagues to generate ideas for short-to-medium length articles or editorials based on existing or new project work
Working closely with the visual design team to incorporate compelling visuals (charts, photos, diagrams) into our written products
Collaborating with programs team members to strengthen the argument, logic, flow, or throughline of an existing report
Driving efficient and collaborative editorial processes from brainstorm to proofread
Structural edits, line edits, and copy edits of any type of document
Is passionate about the value of user-friendly communication, and about using the power of the written word for social good.
Follows quality news sources and compelling writers on public sector innovation, design, and international issues; eager to use this knowledge to identify opportunities for Reboot to engage in relevant dialogues.
Enjoys working collaboratively in a team environment; is empathetic in approach to collaboration with others.
Enjoys coaching and teaching others; derives professional satisfaction from helping others achieve their writing goals.
Skilled, efficient, and collaborative throughout at all phases of the editing process—creating logical arguments, strengthening a narrative throughline, line editing, proofreading.
At least 8 years of professional writing and editing experience
Understanding of issues relevant to Reboot's work (e.g. public sector innovation and design, social justice, open government, international development)
Experience working with and coaching people of varying English levels and writing abilities
Demonstrated ability to work under tight time constraints and adjust plans in the face of changing priorities and deadlines
Existing networks and contacts at relevant publication outlets; and experience successfully pitching ideas for external publication (preferred)
Please complete the application through the link below. Include your CV and a cover letter that describes why you would be a good fit for Reboot and this role. If you have a portfolio or work samples, please provide a link in the online application.
We encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible.
Reboot is a mission-driven social impact firm dedicated to accountable government. A recognized leader in adapting design and innovation practices for the unique dynamics of the public sector, Reboot has worked with international organizations, governments, and civil society organizations across the world to bring people’s voices into the programs and policies that affect their lives.
Headquartered in New York City with a regional office in Abuja, Nigeria, we have worked in over 30 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Americas since our founding in 2010. Reboot puts empathy for people and user-centered design at the core of our work in our three program areas:
Reboot Institutions: Putting innovation into practice with leading organizations
Reboot Governance: Co-creating open, participatory, and accountable governance
Reboot Media: Fostering vibrant information ecosystems
Reboot is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Reboot respects and values diversity. We are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training, or development of employees on the basis of age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, national origin, veteran status, pregnancy, race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, marital status or other personal characteristics, or political opinion. Diversity of perspective and experience benefits our firm and helps us deliver our best work; we encourage qualified individuals from all backgrounds to apply.