Freelance Sr. Managing Editor - Fully Remote

Job description

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 agile 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.

We are looking for a Freelance Sr. Managing Editor to join our Content team. If you are someone who thrives off of the energy and enthusiasm of a collaborative team and loves to solve problems, we want to hear from you.  


  • Contribute to content strategy for our websites, including research, SEO, and analysis

  • Drive an ambitious publishing calendar

  • Own content projects from beginning to end: write outlines, work with writers and editors, review content, and coordinate with Design and Engineering to publish content

  • Analyze the impact of our content and iterate on our content strategy

  • Provide feedback to writers and editors

  • Contribute to the improvement of the Content Team's processes



  • Bachelor's Degree in English, journalism, marketing, communications or other related field

  • Minimum of 5+ years related experience (e.g. publishing, editorial, journalism, content marketing, copywriting, digital marketing)

  • Related market and industry experience preferred

  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills

  • Good organizational ability, good verbal communication skills, attention to detail and the capacity to work effectively under pressure

  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational/project management skills

  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • SEO knowledge and experience required

  • Content strategy and/or content management experience a plus

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 all positions to be fully remote, so if and when 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.

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.