Footnote is seeking skilled communicators to help us unlock the power of academic research by making it accessible and engaging to the public. We are actively hiring Assistant Editors to collaborate with academics at top universities to create original content communicating their research and expertise to mainstream audiences. We are also on the lookout for a Social Media Manager to help Footnote and our clients amplify their impact through Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Footnote is looking for talented writers and editors to collaborate with academics to create articles and op-eds communicating their research and expertise to mainstream audiences. Your job is to help researchers give voice to their ideas by clearing away the academic jargon and complexity, teasing out what’s most interesting and impactful at the heart of their work, and translating it into accessible, engaging stories.
At Footnote, we partner with universities, research centers, scholars, and scientists to increase the impact and influence of their work by sharing it in outlets such as The Washington Post, Wired, The LA Times, The Boston Globe, The Hill, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review. Our editors work with scholars from schools including Harvard, Stanford, Brown, UC Berkeley, and USC to showcase innovative research and ideas in disciplines ranging from business and technology to public health and education.
Whether you are a journalist with a nerdy streak or a recovering academic, you should have extensive experience communicating science and social science research and its impact to mainstream audiences. You should have a knack for:
- Developing compelling story angles and news hooks
- Writing succinct, clear, engaging prose
- Structuring an article with a clear, interesting narrative and logical flow
- Paying attention to detail, including fact-checking and grammar
- Incorporating ideas and feedback from others (i.e. being a collaborator and editor, not just a writer)
You should be able to understand and synthesize science and social science research from a range of disciplines, talk intelligently with leading academics about their work, and identify the most compelling and important insights at the heart of a piece of research. You should also be able to work independently; manage projects and tasks in a timely, organized manner; and communicate well with a virtual team and with clients.
Our main priority is to find talented writers and editors with the skills described above. However, experience with any of the following is an added bonus:
- Pitching – Pitching and publishing at prominent outlets, understanding the media landscape and the styles and requirements of different publications
- Social Media – Writing social media posts and managing social media accounts
- Client Interactions – Interacting with leading academics or serving clients in any type of external-facing role
We’re a small company with team members from across the country and leadership based in Washington, D.C. and Boston. We care about the mission behind what we do and about building a sustainable, successful organization with a positive work culture. We’re looking for editors to join us part-time at first, starting on an article-by-article basis, and ideally build up to 20 to 40 hours a week of consistent work as a core part of our team. We generally pay our editors $30-40 an hour, depending on their skill set and experience, but we encourage people at all levels to apply.
To learn more, please check out our work at https://footnote.co and this Inside Higher Ed article by our co-founder that discusses our mission. If you’re interested in the position, please send a resume, short email introduction, and samples of relevant work (including pieces you’ve edited or collaborated on, if you have them) to connect @ footnote.co with the subject line “Application for Assistant Editor position.” In your application, we’d like to know:
- What excites you about this position? What drives your passion for communicating science and social science to the public?
- What articles best exemplify your writing style and showcase your ability to translate academic research into compelling, engaging stories?
- Do you have experience working as an editor or collaborator, in addition to writing your own pieces? How do you feel these roles differ?
- What topics in science and social science are most compelling to you?
- Do you have experience working in an academic setting or collaborating with researchers?
- Do you have experience managing projects for clients?
- What is your current rate and availability for new projects?
- How did you find this job posting?
Social Media Manager
In the coming months, Footnote will be looking for a social media specialist to help us unlock the power of academic research by making it accessible and engaging to the public. We’re on the hunt for a skilled science communicator or marketing wizard who can drive forward our efforts to amplify research via effective storytelling, while also cultivating Footnote’s online presence, promoting our mission, and growing our audience.
We partner with universities, research centers, scholars, and scientists to increase the impact and influence of their research by communicating it to audiences outside academia. We collaborate with clients at schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Brown, UC Berkeley, and USC to create and place articles in mainstream media outlets and craft social media strategies to amplify the impact of their work. We also build our own social media presence to share Footnote’s mission with a broader audience.
We’re seeking a savvy social media expert who has a passion for science and social science and wants to help research have a bigger impact. Our ideal candidate is a skillful storyteller and communicator who can identify captivating content, craft compelling posts, engage and expand our audience, and cultivate our brand on social media. We are hiring for 5-10 flexible, remote hours a week at a rate of $20-$30 an hour, depending on skill set and experience level.
- Oversee the creation and posting of engaging social content on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
- Identify compelling, “on-brand” content to share for Footnote and our academic partners
- Advise universities, research centers, and individual academics on how to increase the impact of their research via social media
- Develop and execute marketing strategies for growing our audience and expanding awareness of Footnote through social media
- Handle engagement and interactions with other social accounts
- Track and create reports on social media outcomes for Footnote articles (i.e. likes, shares, engagement by high-profile accounts, etc.)
- Experience managing professional accounts on Twitter and Facebook, particularly for organizations in science, media, higher education, research, or related fields
- Ability to identify and present compelling, engaging, relevant content that creates a cohesive identity for an organization
- Experience growing and interacting with audiences and driving engagement on social media channels
- Self-driven, detail-oriented, and able to manage and execute on your own with limited day-to-day oversight
If interested, please send a resume, short email introduction, and samples of relevant social media accounts you’ve managed and posts you’ve written to connect @ footnote.co with the subject line “Application for Social Media Manager position.” In your application, we’d like to know:
- What social accounts have you managed, particularly in science, media, higher education, research, or related fields?
- What are some of the most impressive examples of social media content you’ve designed and written?
- Have you ever successfully grown an account’s followers? If so, what strategies did you use and how effective were they?
- Have you ever designed coordinated marketing campaigns for promoting an organization’s identity and mission on social media? What was your approach and what were the results?
- Have you ever trained organizations or individuals in how to manage their own social media presence?
- What excites you about this position? What drives your passion for communicating science, social science, and academic research?
- Are there particular social media accounts you think do an effective job engaging the public around complex ideas? What accounts do you strive to emulate as a research communicator?
- How did you find this job listing?
Listings last updated March 15, 2021