Writing and Creative Associate
Editorial and Creative Team for The Public Interest Network
 

The Public Interest Network

The Public Interest Network operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done. The network includes PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), Environment America, Green Corps, National Environmental Law Center and 11 other organizations.

Our collective mission is to build the public power required to win lasting solutions to the key challenges of our time, among which multiple environmental crises, a fraying national fabric, and an addiction to producing and consuming more “stuff.”

If these challenges speak to you, come talk to us: Apply for a position.

The Editorial and Creative team

The mission of the Editorial and Creative team is to help our network win the country over to a new politics and a forward-looking agenda by messaging, packaging and amplifying our organizations, our campaigns and our staff.

The creative associate position

Each creative staffer on our editorial staff is assigned to an organizational “beat” and charged with finding and telling the best stories about our organizations and campaigns.

U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest, speaking out for a healthier, safer, more secure lives for all of us. We’re currently looking for a creative associate to cover the national PIRG beat: to tell and amplify the stories of U.S. PIRG's national campaigns and federal work through social media, blogs, email alerts, newsletters, annual reports and other print and digital content.

Some of the things you will do

  • Connect: Meet and stay in touch with PIRG program directors and advocate team, learn the issues and campaigns, and keep on top of our action, progress and results.
  • Pitch stories: Find the most compelling stories to tell our activists, donors and the public. Pitch them to our team and others, leading with strong hooks that create paths to action, giving and other forms of engagement.
  • Tell stories: Write (and rewrite, and rewrite again), edit and proofread stories that capture attention and motivate, excite, persuade and enlighten.
  • Amplify and expand stories: Amplify your stories on social media. Expand their meaning and impact through blogs. Adapt them for email alerts and fundraisers, campaign content, direct mail appeals, newsletters, annual reports and more.
  • Get and stay organized: Come up with a plan that puts you in position to deliver what we’ve promised. Manage your time and keep track of your progress. Organize the team of people you need to take your work from concept to completion.
  • Get training and direction: Practice and perfect your craft. Learn new skills. Get direction up front, editorial feedback throughout, and an evaluation (and maybe even a grade) at completion. Keep getting better at what you do.

Why you’ll be great for it

  • You’re a strong writer who has written not only academic papers but also news articles, opinion columns, blogs, campaign content and/or fundraising appeals.
  • You’re a clear thinker (usually a prerequisite for being a strong writer) who can quickly get your head around an issue, sniff out a good story, give it structure, stay on-message, and plan your way from Point A to Point Z.
  • You’re a voracious consumer of news and political content. You not only know what our network is doing, but you understand the context because you’re on top of the news on our issues, politics and the players, including other advocates and activists.
  • You’re a student of communication. You understand how to tell stories differently in a tweet v. a 7-minute long-read, and how to make text and visuals work differently in a post on Instagram v. a spread in an annual report.
  • You’re creative, dynamic and ambitious. You’re a firehose of new ideas. You can think your way around problems. You adapt well to changing circumstances and new developments. You want to achieve more today than you did yesterday.
  • You’re organized. You have excellent judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects.
  • You’re driven to change the world. The planet needs saving, and you’re ready to help save it. You don’t understand why we can’t organize our lives to be healthier, safer and less wasteful, and you’re ready to do your part. You’re looking for a calling, not just a job.

Bonus points

These skills aren’t required, but they sure come in handy.

  • Tech stuff: Do you know Canva? Adobe Creative Suite? Are you a Google Sheets wizard?
  • Data stuff: Can you explain statistical significance and medians v. averages? Are you able to turn raw data into a chart that looks cool and communicates something meaningful?
  • Creative stuff: Are you a good photographer, illustrator, or videographer?

Location

Boston, MA

Compensation & hours

We plan on working 50 hours a week; sometimes we work more, sometimes less. Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

To apply

Fill out our online application. We'll consider your application, and if we think you're a good fit, we will be in touch. Note: all finalists also will be required to complete a writing test.

Questions?

Contact Marites Velasquez at 312-544-4436 ext. 2012 or creative@publicinterestnetwork.org. Learn more at www.TPINCreative.org.

Things To Know When You Apply

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The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer.