We’re hiring a Copywriter to join Big Duck—a collaborative, equity-focused team of nonprofit communications consultants. They will lead and collaborate on branding, campaign, and marketing projects, delivering strong written solutions that reflect an understanding of each nonprofit’s unique context, mission, and capacity.
The Copywriter role is a mid-level position on the Big Duck team, asking 2–5 years of relevant or equivalent experience and requiring independent work and substantial skill. Big Duck has transparent salary bands documented for all staff to review; the range for mid-level positions is $50,000–$70,000 (depending on experience level). For the experience level we’re expecting in this role we are offering a salary range of $55,000–$65,000.
Big Duck is a 25+ year old firm that helps nonprofits use communications to advance their mission. We’re a woman-owned business that celebrates equity, diversity, and inclusiveness on our team, with our clients, and among our partners. We strongly encourage candidates who identify as people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA, and/or gender non-conforming to apply.Here’s some of what the job includes:
- Naming (for both nonprofit organizations and programmatic initiatives)
- Concepting strategic and creative short-form copy, such as taglines, campaign slogans, and elevator pitches)
- Writing and editing long-form messaging (which may include vision/mission/values statements, key and persuasive messaging platforms, boilerplate, and more)
- Developing and implementing concepts and materials for a variety of nonprofit campaign projects, including fundraising, awareness, and capital campaigns (which may include writing and editing case statements, donor emails, ads, and more)
- Leading and participating in client meetings, interviews, and training workshops with an emphasis on inclusion.
- Supporting Big Duck’s marketing, which includes contributing to Big Duck’s content (e.g., by writing blog posts, recording podcasts, co-leading webinars, and beyond), periodically drafting or reviewing proposal content, and participating in presentations with prospects.
- Advancing Big Duck’s antiracist work by engaging in ongoing racial justice competency building workshops, participating in internal equity meetings, and bringing a focus on antiracism to client work and with colleagues.
The Copywriter reports to the Creative Director.
Our ideal hire will have agency or consultancy experience, and would have some familiarity with nonprofit communications, marketing, and/or fundraising (in-house, as a freelancer, or through an agency). We’re looking for someone with a commitment to antiracism as well as the competencies to advance racial justice and equity in their work.
Big Duck has recently transitioned to a fully remote workplace, and we’re developing long-term policies to support remote work. We are seeking applications from candidates anywhere in the continental United States who are able to work full time on a flexible schedule, and can collaborate in real time and be available for client meetings between the hours of 11am and 5pm ET. Once it is safe to travel and meet in person, periodic travel will be required for client and staff meetings in New York City and elsewhere in the U.S.
Competencies of strong candidates include…
- 2–5 years of experience (with at least a year of that in an agency- or consultancy-type setting)
- Familiarity with nonprofit communications, marketing, and/or fundraising (through agency work or in-house, volunteer, or freelance work with nonprofits)
- Strong long- and short-form writing skills
- Capable presentation, training, and facilitation skills
- Ability to keep approaching creative projects in fresh ways
- Ability to collaborate effectively with strategists and fellow creatives, including designers and other writers
- Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize workload independently
- Good communication skills—in person, on the phone, by video, and in writing
- Close attention to detail
- Values and fosters learning and growth in themselves and others
- Ability to recognize their own world view and work to understand and communicate effectively with people across cultures. This includes, but is not limited to, honoring the language sensitivities of the various nonprofits we work with.
- Actively advances antiracism in their day-to-day work
- Comfortable with Google Suite, Zoom, Asana, Slack, and Microsoft Office
- 20 days of paid time off and 11 paid holidays
- Access to health insurance plans through Aetna (we currently cover the full cost of individual enrollment in a zero-deductible plan)
- A 401(k) plan with an employer match (up to 4% of your salary, depending on your own contributions)
- Dental and vision plans (not subsidized)
- Employee-paid supplemental insurance plans including life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability
- Optional enrollment in Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts
- Option to purchase transit tickets pre-tax
- Useful services through our PEO, Justworks, including complimentary membership in One Medical and access to a healthcare advocacy service called Health Advocate
Ideal candidates will be available to start in November 2021. The application process will include 2–3 video interviews by Zoom, an exercise in which you will be asked to develop work for a sample project, and reference checks.
Please submit your online application by October 21, 2021. We are accepting candidate applications on a rolling basis. Please include a cover letter and apply directly through our posting on Workable to ensure we collect all information needed.
Please, no calls, emails, or visits—we will be in touch if we think you might be a fit for this position.