Content Editor - Fully Remote

Job description

Position Type: Full-time

Classification: Non-Exempt (32-40 hrs/week)

Pay: $23-$26/hr DOE

Location: Fully remote. Note that this position is open to all states.

Who we are:

Optimal's mission is to help students make informed decisions about their education by providing transparent, data-driven, and user-focused products. We embrace a culture of growth, experimentation, and creativity. Our small and nimble team allows all members to exercise great responsibility and freedom, allowing each person to have a measurable impact on our business and experience continual growth.

Our waterfront office is located in downtown Kirkland, WA. Prior to COVID, we kept our kitchen fully stocked, played ping pong and pool, built an impressive collection of board games, and loved interacting with our troop of quirky office dogs. We are working remotely during COVID but continue to find ways to support one another through online activities, such as small group lunches, themed happy hours, and social Slack channels. We've even had a few masked-up outdoor gatherings for frisbee golf and apple picking. And yes, those quirky dogs—and now cats!—make occasional virtual appearances. We have opened up the Content Editor position to be fully remote, so if and when the rest of the local team returns to the office, you can join us from anywhere virtually. We hope you'll consider becoming a part of our team at Optimal.

The Position:

As our Content Editor, you will edit SEO-optimized content for our education-focused websites, including resource guides, blog posts, and articles. The Content Editor will primarily be responsible for editing and optimizing content, but responsibilities will also include writing, publishing content using our proprietary CMS, evaluating analytics to adjust content as needed, and otherwise supporting Content Managers and Product Content Managers. Our ideal candidate will have prior experience with developing content, following editorial guidelines, providing guidelines and feedback to writers, and keeping up with SEO best practices.


Specific Responsibilities & Key Deliverables:

  • Edit and publish content projects from staff and freelance writers, including editing for SEO optimization and user experience

  • Provide feedback and guidelines to staff and freelance writers

  • Write clear, original copy about various education topics, often owning larger content projects from beginning to end

  • Conduct in-depth research, including interviews, on industry-related topics in order to develop original content

  • Conduct competitive research to inform our tone and voice

  • Contribute to the development of strategies that will increase user engagement

  • Contribute to the development of workflow processes to help streamline content production

  • Build and maintain product knowledge for each project/assignment

  • Active participant of cross-functional team, ensuring all personal deliverables and deadlines are achieved or exceeded

Our Requirements:

  • BA/BS Degree

  • 2+ years of professional experience in content writing, editing, or online content creation/management

  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills, with a mastery of grammar and tone

  • Proficient in taking complex ideas and succinctly summarizing into easily understood content

  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to multitask and work independently, remaining flexible with shifting priorities

  • Strong communication skills

  • Technically proficient with experience in Microsoft Office

  • Ability to adapt to & learn new systems/programs quickly

  • SEO experience a plus

  • Journalism experienced preferred

  • Applicants with published work preferred

Writing Sample Required: Please provide a link to your online portfolio or upload writing sample documents with your application.

The Benefits:

  • Health, dental, and vision for employees and their dependents covered at 100%

  • Life insurance

  • 401k with automatic 3% company contribution

  • Professional development/tuition reimbursement program

  • 12 paid holidays in addition to a generous vacation policy, which awards additional time off based on service

  • Charitable donation matching program & volunteering PTO

  • Additional benefits designed to support employee health and wellbeing

  • This position will be flexible; hours can vary as needed and work can be done remotely during normal business hours

Optimal's policy is to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Optimal prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.