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Deadline

Applications for this position must be received no later thanSunday, June 30th 2019, 11:59 pm BST

Position description

The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is looking for a freelance copyeditor to assist with writing and editing content for our websites and social media channels.

You will report to Aaron Gertler, CEA’s Content Specialist. The job is part-time (10-15 hours/week) and can be performed remotely.

Responsibilities

Your work will include, but might not be limited to:

  • Creating transcriptions of talks from EA Global

    • We use an outside service to create initial drafts of transcriptions, which you would then complete and polish (e.g. converting the full transcript into complete sentences, making sure unusual names and terms are spelled correctly).
  • Creating content for CEA’s social media channels

    • Our channels make use of a rotating collection of “classic” content, but we also add new/timely content on a regular basis.
    • Your task: Each week, find a few notable new stories, posts, events, or other EA-related happenings, and then write posts about them for CEA’s channels (which include four Facebook pages, two Twitter feeds, and one LinkedIn page).

Other work we may ask for help with:

  • Copyediting content written by CEA before it is posted on our websites or the EA Forum
  • Uploading content directly to our websites (for example, editions of the EA Newsletter)
  • Uploading videos to CEA’s YouTube channel and writing video descriptions

If you handle some initial tasks well, we have a substantial backlog of “things we wish someone would write”, and we might ask you to try writing up some of those articles/resources.

Hiring Criteria

Traits of an ideal candidate:

  • Editing skills

    • You produce very clean copy that requires minimal review before it can be published.
    • You’re a strong proofreader, able to review and improve copy from others while conforming to preset stylistic rules (CEA uses a mix of American and British grammar).
  • Writing skills

    • You don’t need to be a beautiful prose stylist, but you do need to be able to write social media posts that are clear and professional.
  • Knowledge of effective altruism

    • CEA’s social media channels should present a balanced collection of links which covers all the major cause areas (as well as promising new ideas and “meta” content) for a broad audience.
    • You should be able to write brief, accurate summaries of EA-related links, without being unduly influenced by your personal view on a subject. (You’ll be able to select topics to post about, but you may not be able to be as enthusiastic or critical about them as you are in your personal writing.)
  • A knack for public communication

    • In this role, you will produce content that represents not just CEA, but also other leaders and public intellectuals in the EA movement.
    • Your work will be read by thousands of people with a wide range of backgrounds and viewpoints; you should be able to produce brief content (e.g. social media posts) that appeals to this audience without provoking strong negative reactions.

Why Apply?

In this role, you’ll help CEA reach out to the EA community — and beyond. Though your work will generally be done behind-the-scenes and be published under CEA’s name, it will also be important to our mission. You’ll be working side-by-side with CEA staff (Aaron, the author of this listing, thinks of this as the best part of his own job), while simultaneously freeing staff time to focus on other projects.

Some things you’d get out of the role:

  • You’ll have a chance to spend a lot of time digging deep into EA content. (It’s hard to fully edit a transcript without developing an understanding of the subject.)
  • You’ll have a chance to share some of your favorite EA material with CEA’s audience (which includes most active members of the community).
  • You’ll be free to work out of CEA’s offices in Berkeley or Oxford if you’re ever in the area.

Salary and location

This position is part-time, likely requiring 10-15 hours per week, with occasional periods of higher or lower activity. For example, the weeks after EA Global might be unusually busy (20-30 hours per week). You don’t need to be able to commit to providing more than 15 hours on any given week in order to qualify for the position, but it helps if you can make the time for occasional busy weeks.

This role can be performed remotely. We have a weak preference for candidates who can easily get to CEA’s Berkeley or Oxford offices, but this won’t be a decisive factor in your application.

In the past, we’ve paid $25/hour to new content contractors. If you’d require a higher rate in order to take the job, please let us know when you apply; depending on the strength of your application and the other candidates who apply, we might be open to paying a higher rate.

Other Information

CEA is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our workplace. Please contact us to discuss adjustments to the application process.

How to Apply

Please send the following in an email to aaron.gertler@centreforeffectivealtruism.org:

  1. A brief introduction that covers the following points:

    • What’s your background with EA?
    • Why are you interested in this job?
    • Where do you live right now?
  2. A resume, your LinkedIn profile, or some other description of your work experience (a few bullet points are also fine).

  3. A link to your finished trial task (see below).

Trial task:

  1. Make a copy of this Google Doc, which contains the first few minutes of a transcript produced by Rev (our transcript service).

  2. While in Suggestion Mode, edit the transcript as you would if you were preparing to publish it on the EA Forum. Some guidelines:

    • The transcript should be written in complete sentences.
    • Remove words that reflect spoken pauses or transitions (for example, “kind of” and “sort of”).
    • It’s okay to make moderate edits (e.g. changing the order of words in a sentence, combining two sentences) as long as it makes the transcript easier to understand. It’s more important that the transcript be a useful source of knowledge than that it reflect the exact words of the speaker.
    • That said, please avoid changes that alter the meaning of the speaker’s words.
  3. More notes on the task:

    • Examples of published transcripts:
    • I don’t expect the transcript to be flawless. These are long and take a lot of work, and it’s better to get them 80% of the way to perfect if doing so takes half the time.
    • Please don’t spend more than two hours on this task. It’s okay if you don’t finish editing the section in that time — in fact, it’s possible that no one will finish in time, because this is the first time we’ve ever used this trial task!
    • Remember to use Suggestion Mode. Thanks!
  4. Once you’ve completed your transcript, share the document with aaron.gertler@centreforeffectivealtruism.org and enable comments.