Writer/Copy Editor

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Company Name Defy Ventures
Location Remote, NYC
Date Posted July 30, 2014
Category Copywriter
Job Type Hourly Rate


We're looking for a very particular writing style.

You are:

• Creative, quick and witty -- both in person and on paper
• A natural-born wordsmith with a vivid imagination
• A die-hard grammarian with strong opinions about the Oxford comma
• Already reading this through a copy editor's lens

We are:

• One of the most rapidly growing startups that is solving a problem most people never think about. We're a rowdy, spirited, driven team that takes on the hard stuff. We're passionate about using our craft to redeem lives and restore communities.
• Hungry for more. We never settle for "good enough," and constantly strive to improve our marketing, programs, and experiences.

The opportunity:

Defy Ventures is a far-outside-the-box nonprofit startup. We are now poised to scale nationally through our blended learning model, which combines in-person entrepreneurship training with life transforming online video training. As we expand our reach and grow in size, our need for stellar marketing collateral is even greater. More eyes than ever before are focused on Defy! Some of the biggest names in business and entrepreneurship are in our corner, including Duncan Niederauer, CEO of the New York Stock Exchange; Seth Godin, best-selling author and marketing guru; and famed Venture Capitalist Tim Draper. We are stepping up our game in a big way and need a creative writer to take our web content, email campaigns, and various print materials to the next level.

The responsibility:

You will serve as the distinct "voice of Defy" by clearly and effectively translating our company culture, values and tone into compelling, engaging and dynamic written content.

As our writer & copy editor, you will perfectly communicate with our various stakeholders by hooking their attention and inspiring them to action! You will be taking over much of the writing role previously held by our founder and CEO. (No pressure!)

In this role, you will:
• Re-write existing material from a new angle--and make it edgy. This includes our website, which needs a major facelift (go ahead, take a look!).
• Create bold, courageous, and compelling marketing copy for all our print and electronic materials, including but not limited to: recruitment handouts; press kits; staff profiles; graduate profiles; social media; e-blasts; donor appeals; advertisements; and other creative jobs.
• Provide fast turnaround and impeccable work product
• Serve as the go-to copy editor and proof reader for Defy staff
• Help the team communicate effectively with various audiences
• Inspire our donors to give and our supporters to act

The required skills and traits:

• A sense of humor
• Wicked smart
• Proven experience as a marketing writer: a combination of creativity and strong grammar
• Proven ability to persuade people to action with writing
• Demonstrated ability to meet short deadlines and work quickly under pressure in an intense startup environment
• Passion for mission-driven work/social injustice
• Enthusiastic team player
• Committed to continuous improvement
• Highly motivated-self starter, ready to jump on a moving train and add value

The type of writing we're looking for is:
Bold and loud but still humble, super clever, highly emotive, raw, hilarious, direct, results-oriented, loving . . .

What is Defy Ventures?

Founded and managed by investors and entrepreneurs, Defy is a NYC-based entrepreneurship training program and incubator that recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs.

At Defy, we believe that individuals with criminal histories:
• Represent America's most overlooked talent pool
• Are some of the scrappiest and most accomplished entrepreneurs and salespeople
• Share skills and talents with top business leaders

We have been building a customized eLearning platform that trains formerly incarcerated men and women to become legal entrepreneurs. Defy's programs include intensive character and leadership development, competition-based entrepreneurship training, executive mentoring, financial investment, and business incubation. In our signature business event, entrepreneurs-in-training (EITs) engage with corporate leaders from around the world in Shark Tank-style business plan competitions that award seed financing to winning ventures.

Defy's results and groundbreaking work has been showcased in national media including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Forbes.com, The Harvard Business Review, and Richard Branson's blog. Our founder was included in Fast Company's 2014 Most Creative People in Business.

For more information on Defy Ventures:
• www.defyventures.org
• Recent News Article: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/breaking-good-how-defy-ventures-creates-second-chances#TCCC
• Recent Speaking Engagement: http://youtu.be/vWqXbQjLiD0

Compensation and benefits:

• Generous nonprofit salary commensurate with experience. We are open to creating a freelance, part-time, or full-time position. Tell us your preference.
• Flexible hours working remotely, but you must be NYC-based and have the ability to come by our office and events on a weekly basis.

To apply:

If you think Defy Ventures could benefit from your incredible talent, please email us at: [email protected] with "Writer Role" in the subject line.

We'd like to see your:
• Résumé or Employment History
• A brief note of introduction
• Take any existing content on our current web site and re-write a minimum of one, and up to three, paragraphs to show us what you've got.