Jobs

Breakthrough is currently seeking an Editorial Assistant and an Administrative and Events Assistant
 
 

Background:

The Breakthrough Institute is a paradigm-shifting think tank committed to modernizing environmentalism for the 21st century. Our core values are integrity, imagination and audacity. Our goal is to accelerate the transition to a future where all the world's inhabitants can enjoy secure, free, prosperous, and fulfilling lives on an ecologically vibrant planet.

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

 

Job Description:

Breakthrough is looking to hire a full-time editorial assistant to help curate ecomodernist content for our website, produce paradigm-shifting long-form essays in Breakthrough Journal, and promote widely read policy reports and opinion pieces. This is a great entry-level position for a smart, capable person interested in a career in editing, policy, and nonprofit communications.

The editorial assistant will gain an inside view into how a small think tank has an outsized impact on national and international debates. The editorial assistant will have the opportunity to participate in editorial meetings and contribute to a number of different areas related to the operation of the think tank. Ideally, the candidate would be available to start as soon as possible.

Responsibilities include:

  • Report to Senior Editor on daily tasks and long-term projects
  • Working with our Senior Editor to publish fresh, cutting-edge content on our website every day
  • Editing and updating the Breakthrough website, including formatting web pages, articles, Voice Posts, and Breakthrough Journal essays and debates
  • Compiling and sending out newsletters to highlight our new web content, policy reports, essays, and events
  • Tracking media coverage and academic citations of Breakthrough's work
  • Taking notes on phone calls with Breakthrough Journal contributors
  • Taking notes in Breakthrough Journal meetings
  • Copy editing and fact checking for the Breakthrough Journal
  • Managing Breakthrough Journal's subscription database
  • Managing media contacts in our database
  • Copy editing Breakthrough policy reports
  • Writing short blog posts to highlight ideas and debates relevant to Breakthrough’s work
  • May include managing the Breakthrough Institute’s social media (Twitter and Facebook) presence
  • Other editorial and administrative tasks as necessary

Qualifications:

  • An interest in Breakthrough's core mission
  • Four-year college degree
  • Prior copy editing and fact checking experience or work on a college newspaper or journal. Familiarity with Chicago style a plus
  • Experience with online content management system a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail and high level of organization
  • High level of proficiency on both Mac and PC platforms 

Salary commensurate with experience.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AND EVENTS ASSISTANT

 

Job Description:

Breakthrough is looking to hire a full-time Administrative and Events Assistant to provide support to the Operations and Development Manager to help plan various events, including our annual June conference. This is a great entry-level position for a smart, capable person interested in a career in nonprofit events management and nonprofit operations.

As Breakthrough is a small and growing organization, the Administrative and Events Assistant will have the opportunity to contribute to a number of different areas related to the operation of the think tank. Ideally, the candidate would be available to start as soon as possible.

Responsibilities include:  

  • Report to Operations and Development Manager on daily tasks pertaining to day-to-day operations of the think tank
  • General administrative support, including filing expenses, handling principals expense reports, handling all invoices and billing, taking notes during staff meetings, scheduling travel, full understanding of internal handling processes

  • Manage communication regarding travel itineraries, meeting scheduling, and information inquiries between Breakthrough staff and outside contacts

  • Office organization, including answering phones, supply maintenance, communicating with the building managers, setting up work spaces for fellows and new hires, serve as liaison with neighboring tenant, upkeep of internal network and equipment

  • Upkeep of database including contacts, groups, and all lists pertaining to annual conference

  • Planning and providing support for annual conference (Breakthrough Dialogue) as well as various events, presentations, meetings, and dinners throughout the year

  • Serve as a liaison for attendees of the Breakthrough Dialogue, helping them arrange travel to the conference, answering questions, and processing registrations, serve as a contact person for venue and vendors, including the billing and handling of all contracts, payments, follow up, expenses, and gratitude

Qualifications:

  • An interest in Breakthrough’s core mission
  • Four-year college degree
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of organization and keen attention to detail
  • High level of proficiency on Macs
  • Experience in event planning preferred (college experience okay)

Salary commensurate with experience.

 

 

The Breakthrough Institute is an equal opportunity employer