Humane Pursuits is taking applications for volunteer leadership roles. Apply now to join our exceptional team!
Founded in 2009 by a few people with time on their hands, Humane Pursuits has grown into a publication with tens of thousands of readers, nearly 100 writers, fans that include prominent national writers and influencers, and a dedicated team of volunteer leaders who are taking it forward. Learn more about our mission.
We are currently seeking creative, self-motivated people who can excel in the following positions. As with all our positions, there are opportunities to grow in responsibilities, impact the direction of the publication and its audience, and impress people across a broad spectrum of other publications and organizations nationwide (two of our editors have been hired as senior/managing editors of major publications and others have been hired as columnists and other influential roles).
SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALISTS
Report to communications director Joy Clarkson
2-4 hours per week
Humane Pursuits is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and looking to develop a YouTube and Pinterest presence. We are looking for at least one person per channel to actively manage that channel; joining and starting conversations, promoting content, adapting site content for that channel to maximize its value to our audience there, and helping us develop an engaged audience. The goal is for each channel to be a source of education, motivation, and inspiration…helping people to desire and live lives marked by humane pursuits.
Experience with the relevant social network required; we are looking for people who spend a lot of time on the channel and understand its nuances. Organizational marketing experience preferred but not required. Graphic design experience a plus for Facebook and Instagram positions.
Send a resume, portfolio link (if applicable, e.g. video or graphic design), and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letter should specify which channel(s) you are interested in (you will only manage one but if you’re proficient at more than one, let us know), explain your interest in the position, and detail your experience and accomplishments with the channel(s) in question. Up to two letters of recommendation (or an endorsement from a current Humane Pursuits writer or editor) encouraged but not required.
EDITOR: WORK CHANNEL
Reports to content manager
2-3 hours per week
Interested in being involved with a different channel? The Give and Create channels are looking for people to take on leadership roles, and Play and Pray have (very limited) columnist positions available. Follow the application instructions below.
The Work channel editor, with the support of a handpicked team of his/her choosing, cultivates a conversation on the role of work in a humanely lived life—through one-time posts from guest writers, regular posts from columnists, his/her own writing (if desired), topical “symposia,” etc. The editor is responsible for building the team contributing content (written and, occasionally, video), keeping the channel populated with a post per week (minimum), editing all contributions, and otherwise serving as gatekeeper of a high-quality, accessible, and relevant channel.
Cultivating a team of writers so that the channel has a new piece of content at least weekly
Handling acceptance/rejection of submissions
Content and line edits
Promoting the channel on social media through your personal account; develop a team of avid readers/sharers who are willing to help you with that!
Help social media specialists, as requested, to understand your channel and content so they can market it and adapt its content well for social media channels
Writing and/or editing experience
Send a resume, non-academic writing samples (unpublished okay—show us your range!), and a letter explaining why you are interested in the position to email@example.com. Help us understand what you might want to do with the channel. Up to two letters of recommendation (or an endorsement from a current Humane Pursuits writer or editor) encouraged but not required.
Reports to: relevant channel editor
2-8 hours per month
Humane Pursuits is seeking people to write at least monthly (weekly preferred) on a specific topic related to humane living—food, hospitality, décor, etc. Specifically, we are looking for people who want to tackle a topic in light of wisdom from the past, from literature, from their town. In other words, to use food as an example, we don’t just want our own food blogger, or someone who posts recipes (although recipes are definitely good!). We want someone who can situate food in the context of larger issues (like relationships or building community) and in light of other facets of the well-lived life (rediscovering old ways of doing things, or learning from L.M. Montgomery’s love for a particular food). The goal for each topical blogger is for that person to be a source of regular, practical wisdom for their readers, helping them with inspiration and ideas for making that area (e.g. good food) an integrated part of their lives (and educating them along the way!).
Note: In this role, accepting guest submissions is permitted (we want to hear your voice regularly, but you’ll inevitably get submissions from outside and you are welcome to accept them from time to time and cultivate a team of contributors over time).
Example: check out our brand-new drinks blog.
Cultivate a minimum of two and ideally four posts per month (including guest submissions)
Promote and support your posts by sharing them on social media
Writing and/or editing experience and a love for whatever you want to write about! Experience blogging regularly on the topic (even on a personal blog) is a major plus, because it allows us to see what you’ve done when given the opportunity to tackle the topic regularly.
Send a resume, non-academic writing samples (unpublished okay—show us your range!), and a letter explaining why you are interested in the position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Help us understand what you might want to do with the subject. Up to two letters of recommendation (or an endorsement from a current Humane Pursuits writer or editor) encouraged but not required.
Brian Brown loves building the environments, habits, and networks that make people thrive. He is the founder of Humane Pursuits, where he writes a featured column and edits the Give channel. He started his consulting company, Narrator, to help great mission-driven organizations modernize and grow. He lives with his wife Christina and son Edmund in Colorado Springs, where they mix cocktails, hunt for historic architecture, and see how many people they can squeeze into their house for happy hour.