APW is hiring! And I am super excited about it, because this time we’re hiring for an editorial role, AKA, for my department. I’m always delighted when we get to announce that we’re hiring (which is reasonably rare, given that we’re a self-funded small team). But a new job opening means that we’re going to get to meet someone awesome and add them to our team.
Over the past year, APW has really grown… which mostly means we’ve become less understaffed and finally gotten to sleep more. We’ve continued to diversify, moved into office spaces in East Oakland, and generally grown into our current status as one of the largest wedding publishers online. (WHAT? You guys did that!) The team here at APW is about as good as anyone could ask for, and I am thrilled that we get to add another member to our roster. And that person could be you.
At least, it could be you if you thrive on precision and meeting deadlines, because this particular time, that’s what we need.
This job is part time, between 10 and 15 hours a week, and while we’d love to hire someone local to Oakland, California, people working remotely are invited to apply. And as always, a special shout out to WOC. We’re always looking to add your perspectives to our team.
APW is hiring a part-time assistant to help our content team run our editorial calendar. This is a great long-term, flexible freelance position, for someone seeking a consistent (and fun) office a few days a week. We’re looking for someone who is great with deadlines, detail-oriented, a fast worker (and learner), and savvy with Internet research. This person should generally like the world of Internet publishing and have a soft spot for weddings. We’re looking for someone in the Bay Area, but are open to remote U.S.-based hires, if you’re an outstanding fit.
WHAT THIS JOB IS ABOUT
You’d be the right hand to our editor-in-chief, making APW’s content do it (and do it well.) Duties include: making sure every post is checked, double-checked, and triple-checked; researching cute crop-top wedding dresses (#bestjobever); optimizing posts for Google; writing articles; and making our EIC’s life a little bit easier. This is a part-time job, and will probably stay that way. So if you’re looking for a gig with flexibility, this may be it.
WHAT YOU’D DO
APW publishes two posts a day, five days a week. Sometimes more. Your job would be to support the work of the EIC in making that happen. You’d be responsible for:
- Writing wedding planning posts in our editorial voice, with an eye to the APW brand.
- Identifying and researching wedding planning topics that could use a fresh (read: non-judgmental and inclusive) take.
- Making sure everything we publish is technically flawless (or as close to flawless as it can get). Note: we have a copy editor, so perfect spelling is not necessary. This is more about making sure our posts have the right photo credits, appropriate tags, are SEO friendly, etc.
- Learning the ins and outs of our editorial calendar.
- Quickly preparing multiple pieces of content without sacrificing quality.
- Collaborating with the team to make sure whatever needs to get done for content, happens! We wear a lot of hats here.
WHO YOU ARE
Here are some things that should describe you:
- People (including yourself) describe you as punctual.
- You want to play on a team. (Duh. You’d love our team.)
- You cry at weddings. (If you don’t like weddings, you will tear your eyes out.)
- You can write in a fun, upbeat, casual (yet smart) voice.
- You love APW and get what it’s about.
- You are an expert interpreter of directions and are comfortable asking when you have questions.
- You are great at managing a lot of projects at once without losing your cool.
- You are an excellent communicator, in person and in writing.
- You are cool with this staying a part-time gig; in fact, you possibly already have another gig that keeps you busy the rest of the time anyway.
Here are some things that might describe you:
- You’ve planned a wedding. Or have been a professional bridesmaid. Or worked in the wedding industry. You get the idea. Weddings all day, all day.
- You’ve spent some time in WordPress, and you are comfortable on the platform.
- You read APW and can remember your favorite post from two years ago.
- You have photography skills, graphic design skills, or any other great skills we should know about.
- You’re a POC, or represent some other form of diversity (or as we call it internally, “normalization”).
A Practical Wedding is the web’s largest independently owned wedding publisher, serving feminism, fun, and glitter to the wedding space since 2008. We’re an entirely self-funded company that runs on advertising dollars. Our all-women team is based mostly out of our East Oakland office, with some remote staff. Our office works hard (in emergencies, we hunker down and crush deadlines), but also we prioritize healthy lives and making it home for dinner (almost every night) and out to a dance class (some days). We are unapologetically intersectional feminists, and we are constantly working to make the wedding space inclusive and celebratory of all love.
THE FINE PRINT
Location: Oakland, CA, working in our office in East Oakland, or Remote
Hours: 10+ hours a week
Salary: Starting at $20/hour, dependent on experience
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit all applications to team (at) apracticalwedding (dot) com. Please make the subject of your email “Content Assistant” so that we can keep track of incoming applications. In your application, please include:
- Cover letter: Tell us your experience, what you’d bring to the role, your working style, and your relationship with the APW brand.
- Share three new ideas for content at APW, included as bullet points in your cover letter. We encourage you to think outside the box.
- A Pinterest board of 25 to 35 pins showing the style of content that you feel reflects the intersection of your aesthetic with the APW aesthetic.
- A writing sample (either a link to one that’s already been published or write a sample post that would be relevant to the site).
- A resume.
- Two or three references.
Note: If you are selected for an interview, you may be provided additional assignments as part of the interview process.