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Lead Storyteller

  • Content & Copywriting
  • Full-time
  • Shelburne, VT
  • Remote friendly
  • 60K - 100K USD a year

2022-10-26 18:00:47 UTC

Hack Club is nonprofit education organization, founded by high-school dropout/coder Zach Latta and run by a team of young, highly-creative engineers, overseeing a global network of tens of thousands of teen coders in the US and around the world.

We are looking for a smart, creative storyteller to craft media about Hack Club teenagers and what they create, as well as to capture our inspiring vision and mission, and translate it across various platforms, including social media, email newsletters, op-doc videos, blog/op-ed posts, direct emails, and curated collaborations with major tech companies and organizations (whilst avoiding any and all corporate partnerships or advertising tradeoffs.)

Our mission is to grow our movement, from 20,000 teenagers worldwide to hundreds of thousands of teen hackers. You'll run operations that can include every teenager in our community, as well as manage a budget to pay a handful of highly technical teenagers and a group of contractors (video/design). 

Your goal is to tell Hack Club's story, and place that content so that every technical teenager in the world hears about us. Hack Club is engineer-led, and half of our staff is younger than 25.  We are well supported by philanthropists, including a number of West Coast-based engineer-founders.

Our content features regularly atop Hacker News, and on GitHub Education’s blog + we've already been featured in Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and other newspapers. We have a presence on Twitter / YouTube / GitHub and have had content go viral.


In this new role, you’ll report to the co-founder, Christina Asquith, a former journalist, who has been leading our comms, among other duties. Over her career, she has produced a TIME Magazine cover, a NYT op-doc, landed the front page of Hacker News, created viral tweets/YouTube videos.

TO BE SUCCESSFUL YOU HAVE SOME OR ALL OF THESE QUALITIES…

  • You’re an experienced digital content producer, who has successfully made content go viral

  • You’re a good editor. You can shape an idea, and give solid feedback

  • Have a demonstrated ability to repurpose long-form content (blogs/Op-Eds/conversation transcriptions) into micro-content (short videos or static posts, stories, memes).

  • You can launch new Hack Club projects across different platforms

  • Have basic editing skills to make short videos

  • Are super organized and an efficient planner

  • An entrepreneurial self-starter and a hard worker

  • Are able to both see the day-day and zoom out to the big picture

  • Above all, you love working with teenagers and you’re technical

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Own and execute on our goal to reach every technical teenager on the planet

  • Initiate new ideas for content and create it with your team 

  • Consistently push out high quality social media

  • Can create and deploy a clever marketing campaign to CS teachers in the US

  • Collaborate with major partners to push out content (GitHub/FIRST)

  • Curate and manage a 30-60-90 day content calendar

  • Oversees and edits 3 technical newsletters a month

  • Own new launches and all the comms around them

  • Successfully facilitate your team of 2-3 teenage content producers to lead on most projects

REQUIRED

  • You are a self-starter who likes to work independently, and can own goals

  • You are a sharp, detailed writer, who believes in showing not telling, and doesn’t create content that feels promotional or corporate

  • You love working with teenagers, and know how to facilitate them to lead on projects

  • You’re really excited to tell highly-technical stories, and comfortable with not understanding yourself a lot of the terms/code under the hood

  • You have a proven track record of creating content, whether it’s viral tweets or videos, or journalism articles or short videos. 

  • Software skills: Expertise in social platforms, able to use Slack, Google Docs, spreadsheets and databases, and have basic video editing skills

  • You’re organized and can manage up, with solid organizational skills, and a demonstrated ability to run a small team and manage projects

  • You understand how to get attention

  • Engineering/coding skills are a strong bonus but not required

PAY, HOURS & LOCATION

  • SALARY: Competitive and negotiable

  • Full-time, flexible hours Monday through Friday  

  • Remote position. Travel to HQ in Shelburne, Vermont 2-3 times a year

BENEFITS 

  • 4 weeks paid time off (PTO) 

  • 11 paid holidays 

  • $800 per month toward the cost of health insurance 

  • Flexible schedule 

  • Hardware stipend of $2,000 (e.g., to buy a MacBook Air, big monitor, external keyboard and mouse) 

HACK CLUB: One of the largest networks of technical teenagers in the world

Hack Club is a fun, 501(c)(3) nonprofit education organization, founded by high-school dropout Zach Latta and run by a team of young, highly-creative engineers, running a global network for tens of thousands of teen coders from around the world. We support high school coders in starting coding clubs, hackathons, and building awesome projects. 

“Radical” 

“Hack Club is inspiring a generation of teenagers 

to become highly-technical builders, innovators and problem-solvers” 

Founded in 2014, now with 16 full-time employees, Hack Club’s mission is to support, inspire and motivate teenagers from all backgrounds to become highly technical and use their computer skills to solve our greatest problems. Our goal: to become as ubiquitous, as universal, and as culturally foundational for young people today as the Girl and Boy Scouts were 70 years ago.

Check out this short documentary about our recent Hackathon, Assemble, or this one about 2021’s 10-day cross-country coding trip by train, The Hacker Zephyr, to meet a few of the teens in our community. Growing fast, we currently work with 20,000 teens in 36 states and 28 countries.


Christina Asquith is Hack Club’s cofounder and COO. Check out this profile:  From Journalism To A Tech Nonprofit: This COO’s Big Pivot To Empower The Next Generation Of Coders, Forbes, 6.29.21

 

For more about Hack Club, check out the Hack Club Philosophy and our Code of Conduct. View our real-time transparent finances at Hack Club Bank.  HQ is in Shelburne, Vermont.

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Hack Club provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy or recent childbirth or related medical condition, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, the use of a guide or support animal because of blindness, deafness or physical handicap of any individual, citizenship, veteran or military status, genetic information, marital status, familial status, domestic or sexual violence status, possession of a GED instead of high school diploma, or any other protected characteristic under applicable federal, state or local laws.


Remote restrictions

  • Workday must overlap by at least 3 hours with Burlington, VT, USA