Do you have a passion for cooking, eating, sharing home-made goodies or are just a long time passionate reader of our blog? If so, then this message is for you: We are looking to hire a full-time editor and community manager for the Seven Year Cottage brand!
The position is on a contract basis, so you will be able to work from your home, office or local coffee shop, whichever suits your needs best! We will be expecting about 25 hours a week of work done however this will fluctuate up and down depending on the project at hand. This position is not entry level, so you will need some previous writing experience to be considered. There is also opportunity for advancement if everything goes well as we are a quickly growing brand and will be looking to expand our remote team in the near future.
Below are a few guidelines outlining the type of applicant we are seeking:
Compatible Values and Ethos
If you are a long time reader of our blog then we don’t really worry much that you will have a similar outlook on cooking and eating and thus would be a great fit with our company culture, after all, we are a company of foodies just like you!
If you are new to Seven Year Cottage or are not sure if we’d make good business partners, go ahead and read up on our Company Aim to get a better idea of who we are and what we are all about. It is a short read up but it pretty much summarizes things nicely.
The other values we are seeking include good old fashioned classics such as honesty, dependability, hard-working, do-right by the customer personality types. Essentially, we are looking for team members that can fully identify with our demographic and connect with them in the same way we have been doing for the last 5+ years.
Experience in Editing
You do need some quality experience editing for this position. We have stories that are produced in-house, stories that are submitted via guest post format, and stories created by a team of writers spread around America. Your role as Editor will be to make sure all the content that is submitted abides by our rubric.This includes standardized fonts, line spacing, headings and subheadings, introduction/body/conclusion inclusion and safe inclusion of copyright free images or rich media.
We don’t do anything really fancy here and most pieces published are under 1,000 words in length, so the editing isn’t anything intense like academic or medical writing with citations and what not, but we do need a standard level of quality applied to everything we publish. Nobody likes typos right?!
Experience with Social Media Management
Editing articles that we publish on our website is just one aspect of the job we are looking to fulfill. The second aspect is taking that content and sharing it with our readers via our social platforms. Currently that is primarily via Facebook and Google Plus, but we are looking to expand our network in the future to reach even more people which would include sharing via Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat. The more experience you have with these platforms the better.
To get an idea of the type of content that we share and how we interact with our family of readers on a daily basis, visit our active Facebook community here and our active Google Plus page here. We are looking for this type of engagement, if not more, from someone who is truly passionate about home cooking and the Seven Year Cottage brand.
In both editing content and interacting with our community members we need you to be professional in tone. Even though we consider ourselves one big family, it is important to have an editor and community manager that is able to provide basic levels of professional levels of customer service, not to just make sure operations run smoothly but also because we hold ourselves to a high standard of professionalism here when it comes to doing right by our readers.
Experience in a customer service role at a previous job would be highly prized but is not necessary here as we are happy to train you up on standard operating procedures relating to connecting and managing our ever expanding fan base.
This job title is Editor & Community Manager but this is not all you will be doing. Even within this narrowly defined job title there will be a wider variety of tasks involved. For example, the Editor will be expected to help writers brainstorm optimal story headlines, find the most appropriate images, outreach to potential guest contributors, conduct interviews and follow up with other media and PR professionals.
Likewise, the Community Manager will be expected to not just interact with readers but also select relevant stories to share with relevant audiences and the most relevant times. Sharing does not just include copying and pasting a link but also involves creating rich media, such as banners, to go along with the sharing. For this reason experience with Photoshop software or an equivalent would be very useful.
Again, if you don’t already have all these skills that is still acceptable as we are willing to train. The most important thing here is the ability to adapt and welcome the wide variety of functions of this job position.
Finally now that we’ve gotten all the technical details out of the way we get to what is probably actually the most important qualification for this job; the ability to have fun while doing it! Seven Year Cottage has never been a stiff, formal publication. We have always embraced having fun, as that is the whole point of cooking and food to begin with!
From our humble beginnings as just a Google Plus community to the large website that we’ve grown into the one constant the whole time has been our ability to enjoy what we do and we believe this has been the secret ingredient to our success as a kitchen brand. We are looking for people that enjoy cooking (and eating!) as much as we do. We feel this passion is essential as it shines through in all we do here at Seven Year.
Below are a selection of resources we send to all job applicants to help them compose the best possible application, and to also save ourselves some time in terms of sorting through submissions. If you need a refresher or are just unsure of how to submit a formal application for this position and the roles it encompasses please peruse the below selection:
Overview of the life of a professional Editor: http://www.vault.com/media_digital-content-editor_anonymous/day-in-a-life
Overview of what makes a good Community Manager: http://www.degordian.com/education/blog/6-key-traits-of-a-successful-community-manager/
Templates that you can use to start your resume: https://copymyresume.com/template-downloads/
Overview of the food/cooking industry online: http://foodchannel.com/2011/top-ten-rules-for-food-blogging
Great guide on applying to remote & freelance positions: https://theworkathomewife.com/freelancer-com/
Get in Touch!
If we missed out on anything or you are ready to just apply to the dang job already you can get a hold of us any time via our Contact Page. *Please allow 1-2 business days for a response as we try to follow up as we can but sometimes the volume of submissions is just so high that it takes a little while to get back to everyone. We are thankful for your patience.
So with that, we look forward to hearing from you and reviewing your application to join the family!