I’m very excited to announce that I’m hiring a research assistant for an undisclosed project. cue mysterious music
This remote position is perfect for someone who has research experience and is interested in data, data architecture, and more, either in the corporate or start-up space. Maybe you want extra income as you work on your own writing, or need to work from home in this changing landscape.
Ideally, your skills and attributes include:
- Time management and dedication to deadlines
- Ability to set, then meet or exceed expectations
- Clear communication with me about timing and progress
- The ability to follow instructions but largely work independently and take initiative
- Reliability and trustworthiness, you will be privy to sensitive business information
- Proactivity and love of learning—if you don’t know how to do something, you will seek out additional resources, learn what you need, and enjoy the process
- Familiarity with the Google suite of productivity tools, especially spreadsheets, as well as Dropbox and Slack
- Commitment—I put a lot of energy and passion into my working relationships, and I’m only looking for people who could see being available for a minimum of two years, ideally more
Projects will include:
- Marketplace research
- Amazon and Goodreads data retrieval
- Thinking of, applying, and keeping track of keywords
- Monitoring changes over time
- Keeping an eye on publishing and entertainment trends
- Making SPREADSHEETS! 🤩
- Working closely with me and a few editorial assistants
This is not an editorial position, unfortunately, but I welcome applicants who are interested in the publishing business, as we will invariably end up discussing the industry and various client and project needs.
If you do not light up with stars in your eyes at the prospect of spreadsheets, this opportunity is not for you.
Starting pay is $12/hour with the opportunity to grow, and my needs will start at a firm commitment of 10 to 15 hours a week. You will be a 1099 contractor for tax purposes (responsible for withholding and reporting your own income taxes), rather than a W2 employee. Please understand that I am not in the position to offer employee benefits, like health insurance. This is an opportunity for US-based candidates only for legal reasons.
I’m Mary and I have been in the publishing business for over a decade. I started Kidlit in 2009, published my book Writing Irresistible Kidlit in 2012, founded Mary Kole Editorial in 2013, and Good Story Company in 2019.
At Mary Kole Editorial and Good Story Company, we believe in helping all writers unlock their potential. We’re also passionate about doing good. With the Good Story Grant, we give away an award of $3,000 to two writers to enable them to take their writing projects to the next level (one grant is reserved for a BIPOC writer). I can’t wait to see what kind of creativity the Good Story Grant facilitates in the future!
I’m a female founder working my way up in the business world and building a company that makes a difference. My team is a fun and motivated crew of writers, creatives, nerds (said with so much love!) and more. Our work, from the editorial team to the marketing team, is highly creative. But we’re successful, too, and only working to become more so!
More than anything, I want to inspire anyone I work with and give you the tools and firsthand experience of what it means to run an amazing independent business. My dream for you is that you stay with me for a long time, but then maybe go on to build something yourself, using what you’ve learned!
How to Apply
I’m looking for cover letters and resumes sent in the body of an email or as an attachment. Please use the subject line “Research Assistant Application” and send to email@example.com.
The deadline for applications is Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., Central. The next step is a phone interview for qualified candidates. Since we will be working very closely together, and because I am fiercely proud of the business culture I’ve created for Good Story Company, the personality fit factor is important here. I welcome all applicants!