If our magazine were an airport, the Newsletter Coordinator would be the air traffic control, because you are the one who sends our work out into the world, and tries to make a turbulent experience enjoyable. The fact is, the majority of people don’t wake up and say, You know what, I want to read an essay on trauma right now, or, Matter of fact, I was just thinking about how complicit I am in institutional racism. We’re not saying that it’s the Newsletter Coordinator’s job to stuff the pill that is our pieces inside a block of cheddar cheese, but we are making a case for nuance. Because what we are putting out there in the world is not always what the world wants to immediately read or experience. And so the role of our weekly newsletters, in a way, is to package our pieces into a thing that someone wants to digest. It is a twenty-second chance to make a case for a voice we believe it. That responsibility — to suspend someone’s disbelief, and invite interaction — we do not take lightly. Which is why we want this to be its own role. Because you are the one carrying the torch for us.
Duration. This is a one-issue commitment, which lasts 4-6 months. You will be producing weekly newsletters during your issue, which amounts to 14-18 newsletters (we publish 12-16 pieces, but also send out newsletters about events, opportunities, etc. in between). Each newsletter takes 1-2 hours to produce, so this amounts to 14-36 hours over the course of 4-6 months.
Structure. You’ll be working with the Executive Director and Digital Strategist on the overall strategy of the newsletters, but will be working with the Editorial Team and Art Director on the content of each communication.
Weekly. While our newsletters are a weekly task, some of the work can be done weeks in advance with the drag-and-drop templates we have created (a note here: we are open to innovation if a different style or template tickles your fancy).
Content. Our newsletters often have three types of content: announcing newly published pieces, sharing community news (highlighting past contributors or an upcoming/recent event), and posting opportunities for past contributors and community members alike (this includes calls for submissions and calls for applications for residencies). We love to keep our community informed of what we’re up to, as well as place our pieces in the context of what’s happening in a given moment in time, so being well-informed of current events is a definite plus.
Meetings. Monthly meetings with the entire TSW team, and weekly or bi-weekly meetings with the Editorial Staff.
Remote Work. We are a digital community, so you can be based anywhere in the world.
We’re looking for someone who has their finger on the pulse for social issues. You understand the psychology of the Internet, or that there is one. You take part in the very things that inform public will. Perhaps you love The Bachelorette, have read every Neil Postman book, or consider Twitter your sweet spot. Whatever it is that keeps you going, it’s your commitment to a regiment of curiosity that keeps you aware of the conversations around you, and not just the ones you’re a part of. You know that any venue of thought — glossy magazine, award-winning book, television series — are all a part of the same ecosystem, and that we as a literary organization are competing for people’s attention on that same level. You are able to read and understand pieces and articulate the essence of their messages concisely and incisively. You like to think about things contextually.
To apply, please send us a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and what you would bring to the team, as well as a CV, to email@example.com. Any questions? Be in touch.