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Content Strategist

We’re looking for a creative, analytical, structural thinker with solid communication skills and a passion for solving problems.

The Company

NewCity is a nationally recognized digital strategy, design, and development firm. We design and build enterprise-level websites for higher education, large non-profit, and commercial clients. Our core expertise is in the higher education and non-profit space where we’ve been pioneers of human-centered design for over two decades.

We’re organized around seven key disciplines: user experience, visual design, content strategy, development, digital marketing and analytics, project management and business development. Our project teams are made of people from multiple disciplines.

The Job

Most people who recognize bad web content roll their eyes — you see the problems behind it and want to help.

The content strategist works with a project from stakeholder interviews through post-launch reporting to ensure that everything meets the client’s business goals, user needs, and is feasible for the people who will be producing content for it. You’ll write some web copy, but spend most of your time walking clients through the process of creating content themselves for a new information architecture and CMS, training them to make and stick to plans long after you’re no longer on speed dial.

You’ll do content inventories and audits, create governance plans and editorial schedules, and write content requirements for content contributors and programmers alike. You’ll lead messaging exercises with CEOs and talk stressed-out, overworked writers down from their ledges. But your chief job is to help clients’ content speak to their users effectively, and then teach them how to do that on their own.

This job could be a great fit for you if you…

  • believe it all comes down to content and will preach it to any client, colleague, or innocent bystander who will listen.
  • can deliver the hard truth about a client’s website with tact and sympathy, leading them from crummy-content denier to true believer by the end of a design process.
  • enjoy teaching people to produce great web content, whether you’re leading weekly editorial coaching sessions, facilitating a content strategy workshop, or giving CMS training.
  • can talk to a client and help them plan better editorial strategies, standards, roles, and workflows for governing their future content production.
  • are good at reorganizing a site’s information architecture to meet both client and user goals (even when they’re at odds). You’re not afraid to ask why or challenge decisions.
  • understand how SEO principles overlap with good user experience and can craft a thoughtful SEO strategy that’s driven by human goals and goes beyond just applying keywords.
  • are comfortable working in at least one content management system alongside developers and UX architects to help structure the back end of a website or tool’s content and design an authoring environment that CMS contributors can successfully use.
  • are master of voice and tone – you’re skilled at churning out bits of UX microcopy and 10-page audience research summaries alike.

Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years of experience in journalism, marketing, or another writing field
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • CMS experience required — you’ll be working as a content contributor in Drupal, Wordpress and other CMSes to help developers test, and train clients on the products we build.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presenting to groups
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Nice-to-Have:

  • Remote experience
  • Experience teaching and coaching others to create content for digital

Location:

This is a full-time position. It is available as fully remote or in-person at our Blacksburg, VA office. You must reside in the either CST or EST time zones and would be expected to be available between 9am-5pm Eastern time.

Benefits:

We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package; salary for this position will vary based on experience. Benefits include:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Coverage
  • 401(k)
  • LTD/STD/Life Insurance
  • Remote Stipend
  • 12 Vacation days, 5 Personal days
  • 10 Paid Holidays

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We do not sponsor employment visas; only candidates legally eligible to work in the United States will be considered.

A small note on diversity

We treasure the differences and unique perspectives each of us brings to NewCity. We want to keep growing in diversity and inclusion – it makes us richer in every way. Please know that we are seeking applications from everyone, no matter what background you come from. If this sounds like the job you want, we want to hear from you.

NewCity is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.