We are looking for someone who is excited about books to join our marketing team. If you are a detail-oriented, organized wordsmith who can write sparkling copy, wrangle a spreadsheet, and plan a crowdfunding campaign, please consider applying. The ideal candidate will be able to balance brief bursts of creative brilliance with long, focused bouts of massaging data and timelines.
Microcosm publishes and distributes reader-oriented, brightly-colored empowering books and zines on a wide range of topics including mental health, punk music, bicycling, gardening, witchcraft, feminism, healthy relationships, travel, cookery, humor, and herbalism. In our marketing department, we combine highly non-traditional methods with publishing industry standards, with successful results—we have grown substantially every year for the past decade. Come grow with us!
Hours: This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position.
Location: A desk is available in our Portland office if desired, but this position can be fully remote.
Experience: None required, but some background (professional or otherwise) in writing marketing copy, selling, newsletters, crowdfunding, and/or data management is preferred.
Core job duties:
Wrangling data—keeping it correct, up-to-date, and discoverable
Building and promoting crowdfunding campaigns
Creating and sending newsletter campaigns
Enthusiasm to speak and write compellingly about our books and mission
Ability to quickly produce good-quality copy about any book in our catalog
A nit-picky eye for details and data
Ability and willingness to work with topics that may be sensitive to some, including trauma, abuse, recovery, religion and spirituality, various marginalized identities, drugs, anatomy, sexual instruction, and erotica
Ability to meet or exceed deadlines without operating in a state of last-minute urgency
Ability to stay organized, prioritize between multiple projects, and work independently
Strong work ethic and desire to continually learn and improve
A history of running successful crowdfunding campaigns
Experience sending effective newsletter campaigns
Understanding of how to write for each of our primary market channels, including direct-to-consumer, gift, special sales, and trade sales (e.g., how you would handle a newsletter about the same book for readers vs. for hospital gift store buyers)
Ability to represent Microcosm at consumer sales events (involves heavy lifting and much extroverting)
Management and leadership skills and interest
Pay and benefits
Starting wage is $16.50-$20.50 per hour. Starting pay will depend on location, level of responsibility in previous marketing work, ability to work independently, and management/leadership capacity.
All company profits are distributed to staff in the form of raises and bonuses
Paid sick time
Paid time off
Remote work option
Flexible work hours and time off
Employee ownership program after five years
Transparent compensation and clear metrics for advancement
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