Writer/Editor @ Varyer | Varyer

☞ Writer/Editor ☜

This full-time position will work alongside Varyer’s team and its partners to play an important role from concept through execution within a wide range of projects. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about exploring and defining editorial opportunities while also having a collaborative spirit with a flexible mindset, lending itself to tackling a nuanced variety of challenges. We’re looking for someone with great taste who is good-humored, unpretentious, unafraid to share ideas, and eager to pitch in. This individual holds their work to the highest standard and is passionate about the evolution of their practice. The role reports to Varyer’s principals, offers competitive health and dental benefits, 401K, and is based in Chicago (though temporary remote work is on the table).

You'll work as part of a small and talented team, jumping lockstep into our momentum with a problem-solving attitude, facilitating the success of our company’s editorial output, leading the strategy and execution of Varyer’s editorial platform, varyer.com, and contributing to other internal materials such as pitch decks, copy for studio and about pages, and other public-facing editorial output.

We work together in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and we’re remote on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We are only accepting applications from those fully vaccinated against COVID-19. ALAANA and BIPOC, women, non-binary, and LGBTQIA+ individuals to the front.

About you:

  • You are the sort of person who can ensure that the work and the working atmosphere are both exceptional.
  • You can create and execute a content strategy and vision for editorial platforms.
  • You have editorial chops, and also have a strong desire to write yourself.
  • You are able to traverse work across internal initiatives and those developed with 3rd party partnerships that are a part of Varyer’s business.
  • You can manage a roster of freelance writers, keeping everyone on track, on time, and held to the defined voice of the company. You have a network of contacts that can be tapped into to contribute when needed.
  • You keep up with industry trends and are eager to learn about and work with new ideas, technologies, and ways of working.
  • You have big ideas and can’t wait to share them.
  • You are a good person.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the day-to-day content and output needs of Varyer’s website and editorial platform, coordinating with the internal team to set and meet goals.

  • Edit all content for our editorial platform, including new pieces as well as reviewing existing pages on varyer.com.

  • Write and edit pitches for new work and entries to awards, as well as other operational copy support.

  • Participate in creative brainstorms with our internal team.

  • Collaborate with internal team to establish goals and implement strategies for executing, measuring progress, and communicating results against these goals.

  • Lead with a good sense of intuition and emotional intelligence.

  • Contribute to a happy, engaged and respectful work environment.


Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3-4 years of previous experience in editorial, content production or project and client management, ideally within a media company or publication, creative agency or creative-adjacent field working on challenging and innovative projects with high aspiration and nuanced needs.

  • Mastery of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

  • Ability to present ideas and strategies to internal teams and outside partners.

  • Experience working with other team members and freelancers to produce content.

  • Proactive, organized, detailed, hands-on, and a quick problem solver.

  • Excellent communication, facilitation, written, and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to influence change at all organizational levels.

  • Comfortable operating in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment.

  • Excitement to help build unique physical and digital expressions of strategy combining editorial, design, and honestly whatever else comes along.

  • Fluency in (or very quick to learn) Keynote, Google Drive, Content Management Systems, Dropbox, Basecamp, etc.

  • Experience connecting big picture planning to on-the-ground tactics and deliverables.

  • Positive attitude, collaborative working style, articulate presentation skills, and extreme attention to detail. Ability to facilitate conflict resolution; diplomatically diffuse situations

  • Self-directed toward excellent work outcomes and doesn’t take constructive criticism personally; someone who proactively looks for creative solutions and brings people in to help make them better; finds joy and inspiration in daily life and builds it into their work.

  • Passion, energy, and positive vibes.

  • Compassion, empathy, tolerance and inclusiveness are required traits.


About Varyer:

Varyer is a creative studio and brand advisory that looks to build relationships around brave ideas, and works to find the most imaginative and focused voices of our partners. Founded in Chicago almost 4 years ago, Varyer has a unique pedigree of expertise that informs their offerings of creative services, brand advisory, editorial and publishing strategy, and experience design. We work out of two small studios in Chicago’s West side—including time spent within a retail brand we also operate, Asrai Garden (adjacent to Ace Hotel Chicago).

Email resume to apply@varyer.com