We’re looking for an internal communications subject-matter-expert who can help us create thought-provoking content.

At ThoughtFarmer, we’re on a mission to make work better by improving workplace communications, engaging employees, and transforming culture. We’re looking for an expert in internal communications who is eager to dive deeply into these subjects and craft informative and valuable content for business leaders. This will be a contract role with approximately 40-60 hours of writing and editing per month. This role is ideal for an intermediate communications person looking for a flexible, interesting contract position where your voice gets heard and your ideas matter.

What’s ThoughtFarmer?

ThoughtFarmer is intranet software that helps employees communicate, connect, and get work done. Founded in 2006 and based in Vancouver, BC, ThoughtFarmer pioneered the term ‘social intranet’ and continues to innovate at organizations around the world, including Guardian News & Media, Oxfam, YVR, MEC, Central 1, DIALOG, Canadian Medical Association, Fokker Aerospace, and Cummins.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll be collaborating with our marketing and client services teams to produce engaging, well-researched content. This will include:

  • Transforming creative briefs into insightful blog posts, case studies, whitepapers, and ebooks on important internal communications topics.
  • Brainstorming and curating topics for the editorial calendar in collaboration with our marketing and client services teams.
  • Researching industry trends and synthesizing them into compelling thought leadership articles.
  • Engaging existing ThoughtFarmer clients through blog posts, quick guides, and intranet tips on our community site.
  • Assisting with webinar outlines, scripts, and slides.

How you like to work

You understand that great marketing copy is truth well-told, and that we persuade prospects and clients by giving them useful tools to be more successful at work (not by shoving exaggerated claims in their face). You’re looking to collaborate with a team of people that are obsessive about their craft to produce amazing quality work. You understand that writing is a process, so you’re eager to hear feedback and ideas, while contributing your own point of view. You’re a contractor who self-manages their resourcing, and sets clear expectations with clients around reasonable deadlines (and meets them).

Is this the right fit for you?

Hands-on intranet experience helps. More important, though, is what you’ve been doing for the past few years. Have you communicated to employees going through organizational change? Do you understand the importance of employee engagement, and how this contributes to overall business strategy? Do you “get” social software and the possibilities it opens up for the enterprise?

Successful candidates have the following traits and characteristics:

  • Able to find the angle. You have an interest in digging into the details that let you tell a compelling story. You’re able to step into the shoes of your audience, and create a narrative that piques interest, is persuasive, and is smart.
  • Understand the challenges of communicating inside organizations. Intranet practitioners come from all sorts of backgrounds—communications, HR, knowledge management, or IT. What brings us together is a shared mission to improve how organizations communicate and collaborate. You’re onboard with this mission, and can draw from your own unique experiences to reach this diverse audience.
  • Self-managed, self-starter. As a contractor, you’re comfortable managing client relationships, getting up to speed quickly, and coordinating timelines. You’re okay working remote, and check-in proactively when needed.

Note, while we are a technology company, this is not a technical writing role. A basic understanding of enterprise software is valuable, but we can also help fill in the gaps for the right candidate.

What we offer

This is a part-time, contract position, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. While you won’t be required to work from the office, a local candidate is preferred for occasional, in-person meetings.

ThoughtFarmer is owned by OpenRoad Communications, a 45-person team based in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We’ve been a fixture in Vancouver’s tech community since 1995. We’re private, self-funded and consistently profitable. OpenRoad offers competitive wages for contractors, dependant upon experience.

How to apply

Send a cover letter, two business writing samples, and your resume to careers@thoughtfarmer.com.

Only candidates that meet the minimum requirements will be considered. No phone calls please. High-five if you read and adhere to the small print.