Storytelling Executives

Storytelling Executives

Full time | Temp - Perm | £22,000 to £30,000 per annum

*This role is for an initial 6 month contract, with a view to extending to a permanent role following the period.

Deadline: Thursday 2nd February 2023 at 10am GMT

Brink is privileged to work on some of the world’s most important challenges alongside our brilliant partners. Together, we’re able to push the boundaries of what’s possible and imagine new futures, using stories to shift long-held, unhelpful narratives and encourage bold, new thinking.

Now we have an opportunity for storytelling executives to join our ranks and support this work. The role involves playing a supporting role to the storytelling practice team, working across a range of programmes and internal projects.

We’re looking for Storytelling Executives who enjoy diving deep into topic areas, breaking down complex ideas and amplifying stories with eye-catching content to inspire and inform.

  • Within complex, gnarly subjects like testing technology in high-stakes environments where there are social, environmental and ethical issues at play, what is the story layer that brings research to life and helps someone learn from it?
  • How do you best package up a story that cuts through the noise online? And what gets unlocked when you use audio, video and creative formats?
  • When anticipating the future, how can stories and artefacts prompt discussion, and inform decision making?

You’re likely a recent graduate or in your first years of work. This might even be your first job, but it certainly won’t be your first experience of getting creative and curious about stories and how they show up on our little planet.

You know that you want to do work that matters and has a real impact on people’s lives. You love to dive deep into topics and nerd out on research, but deep down, you know that you’re a creative person, even if you don’t consider yourself “artistic” in the traditional sense.

Brink is full of creative, passionate, big thinkers who spend their days challenging the status quo, making things happen with oomph. Our team is made up of backgrounds spanning civil service, fashion design, international development, marketing and more.

There's not one set type of Brinkster and we're always looking for people with new experiences to join us. If this sounds like you and the kinds of people you want to be surrounded by and learning from every day, then read on.

Here’s an overview of what’s expected:

Research: You’re a curious being who loves to nerd out and dive deep on topics. This job will lead you to learn about multiple new topic areas, and before you create stories about each, you’ll need to grapple with some desk research first.

Breaking down information: You’re not afraid of complexity, and enjoy breaking it down for others to understand. You’re deeply passionate about the power of evidence, insight and information to affect change, but you know that people are more likely to take notice when it’s packaged up in resonant, exciting ways.

Social media management: one of our biggest tools with which to share stories is on platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn. You'll need to manage a pipeline of stories and make sure we're amplifying them in timely and resonant ways.

Creating content: You enjoy playing around with audio-visual content, making the odd infographic or slide deck, and aren’t precious about sharing a first bad draft early for feedback. You’ll make some of the content yourself and sometimes brief an expert (e.g. designer or podcaster) to elevate to the next level.

Laying the groundwork: a key part of this job is rolling up your sleeves, keeping things organised and removing obstacles so that other people can do their work more efficiently. This might mean organising schedules, supporting others with transcribing or rooting around in our website back-end to clean up tagging on blog posts.

Basic design: When it comes to visual formatting on documents, you naturally look out for the details which others don’t notice. You can follow our designer’s brand guidelines to elevate slide decks, documents and web pages to ensure that they are professional, slick and most importantly, accessible.

Learning through doing: whether it’s Google Analytics, podcasting or being a complete whizz on Squarespace, this job will require you to be ready to learn, get stuck in and try things out.

The kinds of topics you might be working on:

  • Horizon scanning projects -  what do the next 10 years hold for innovation in East Africa?
  • Impact of tech on our future - what does the future of Money or Elections look like in 2023?
  • Emerging technologies - when should you not use blockchain to solve a development challenge?
  • The circular economy - how can informal repair and reuse contribute to a more circular future in Kenya?
  • Oxygen concentrators in LMICs - how can we make product evidence available and useful to innovators around the world?

We also look for these interpersonal skills (being a ‘Brinkster’)

Growth mindset: keen and eager to experiment and learn, comfortable with not knowing all the answers yet and happy to let stuff go when it doesn’t quite hit the mark

Is ‘interoperable’: quickly establishes rapport with all kinds of people

Enjoys ‘making others shine': Brink is a low-ego zone that thrives on making our colleagues, clients and collaborators shine

Self-starter, proactive, can 'get on with it', has a sense of agency and a point of view

In addition to your annual salary you’ll have access to extra things to support you to be your best self, in and out of the office:

🐙 A role that isn’t available for anyone else and shaped around you and your interests
🏖  ‘Take what you need’ annual leave
🧠 Dedicated coaching for your mental health and wellbeing from Sanctus
🎒 Brink retreats and away days
📚 Kindle with unlimited books
🎓 Generous training budget
🏡 Workspace expense budget for working from home
🚴‍♀️ Access to a cycle to work scheme (if in UK)
🐣 16 weeks full pay parental leave

How we work

  • A team of around 30 that genuinely enjoy spending time together, online and in person where possible
  • Remote-first approach
  • Flexible working hours; you take ownership over how you get your work done
  • Dedicated learning time at our ‘Dojo Days’
  • Certain set days over the year where we require the team to be together in real life. It may also include travel and overnight stays.

How to apply

If you’re interested in joining us, please click on our beautiful ‘apply here’ button below. This will take you to an online application form where we will ask you to upload your CV as well as a response to the following questions:

  1. Please write us a one page letter telling us...
    • Your story and why you believe this is the right role for you
    • A case study or piece of work you’re proud of - include links out to websites, videos or other places where we can see your work. Ideally this work will be ‘live’ and out in the world
    • Offer us a recommendation for a book, article, podcast or something else that’s shaped your thinking lately
  2. Answer one of these 36 questions in a 2 minute video, 500 words, voice recording or any other format which you would prefer - we’re open to the weird and wonderful

You are encouraged to be as creative as you are comfortable with and choose any structure or layout to present your information, as long as you keep it under 50mb.

📅  The deadline for this application is Thursday 2nd February 2023 at 10am GMT. You will receive an email from the system to confirm your application has been received and we will be in touch (we aim for within 2 weeks) to let you know if we’ll be taking it further. If you have any questions please email [email protected] and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

🔗 Our commitment as Brink

We hire people that don’t just ‘fit in’, but instead actively seek to help build and shape our culture. That’s why diversity and inclusion matters to us. We work globally across geographies, contexts and organisations, so embracing diversity, being inclusive and treating people with equity are central to what we do; we take pleasure in being that way.

Brink is committed to being an inclusive workplace that represents the diverse communities we serve and we actively encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from Black, POC, transgender identities and disability groups, who are currently under-represented within Brink.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or age. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments individuals may require in the recruitment process, on commencement, or once in post.

❓❗ Questions that people often ask us

How many years of experience do I have to have?
Higher education qualifications are not needed for this role. It’s a remarkable opportunity to work with some of the best changemakers in the world and the right person will have an opportunity to establish their career.

Where is this role based?
Brink is a remote team and we work all over the place from London, Paris, Nairobi, Kigali and Amsterdam. For this role our preference is for UK, Rwanda or Kenya based applicants, however we will consider (on a case by case basis) candidates based in countries that are on London time +/- 3 hours.

Please note that we are unable to employ anyone that does not have the right to work in the country they live in and work from. If you plan to work on an existing visa, there is a section on the application form where you can let us know the type and expiry date.