recruitment

Freelance Writer

REMUNERATIONContract agreement to be discussed
LOCATIONCape Town, Observatory
EDUCATION LEVEL: Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree
TYPE: Partner Freelance contract

JOB DESCRIPTION

Generation of intelligent, accurate and effective written content that delivers on Rothko and its clients’ requirements. Specifically: 600-word press releases, 900-word features/ op-eds/ profiles, and editing content.

MAIN OUTPUTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THIS POSITION:

Strategic Planning and SEO

  • Gain a solid understanding of the client’s industry, business and objectives
  • Contribute to developing content themes, key messages and angles for annual and campaign plans
  • Assist with researching and defining a set of keywords and content themes per brand, for search engine optimisation purposes
  • Proactively propose ad-hoc stories and angles that will result in additional content generation and revenue for Rothko
  • Keep abreast with industry trends and latest news

 

Quality Control

  • Ensure that the written content produced is of quality, aligned to the brief, and is relevant to the reader, the medium and publication(s)
  • Thoroughly proof read and edit written content to ensure that the spelling and grammar is correct, including names
  • Accountable for fact checking, including figures
  • Deliver on the pre-agreed content within the agreed timeframes

 

External Relationship Development and Management

  • Build and manage client and spokesperson relationships through all interactions
  • Attend client briefings and events and liaise with them as required
  • Set-up and attend interviews with spokespersons and manage the approval process
  • Effectively manage client expectations, revisions and the approval process

 

Internal Collaboration, Reporting and Billing

  • Liaise with the line-manager and content managers and PR team regarding brief clarity, implementation, quality control and approvals
  • Regular, clear verbal and written communication as required
  • Attending meetings as required
  • Adhere to established processes
  • Timeous reconciliation of agreed requirements and invoicing for completed work

Job Evaluation Criteria

Formal Education

  • Minimum relevant tertiary degree or higher-diploma qualification in Journalism, English, Marketing, PR or Communications

Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of experience of generating quality written content for a range of media channels and publications
  • Minimum 5 years of editing, proof reading and fact checking experience
  • Project management
  • Relationship development and management.
  • Must have experience writing on the following: Current Affairs, Energy, Environment, Education, Business and Finance

Knowledge

  • Strong knowledge of related industries such as Marketing, Communications, PR Advertising and Digital
  • Highly knowledgeable in Writing, Journalism and Media.
  • Knowledge of media in specific industries including Education; Health; NGOs; Financial; Environmental

Skills

  • Strong planning ability including multitasking and prioritisation
  • Strong organisational and administration skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Work well in a team environment
  • Problem solving skills
  • Strong MS Office (Word; PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work with limited supervision i.e. self-managed

Attributes

  • Service oriented
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to take responsible initiative
  • Positive attitude with a willingness to learn
  • Approachable
  • Team player
  • Ability to take constructive criticism to develop

If you think you are the right person for this position, send your CV and Portfolio to natasha@rothko.co.za