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Hiring: Storytelling + Community Associate (Full-Time)

Keap is looking for a Full-Time Community Associate to help nurture long-term, loving relationships between Keap and all our customers, and to help create and share stories that bring to life the work we do at Keap.

  • Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9AM - 5PM
  • Starting base pay: $24.50/hour
  • Location: Hybrid Remote, with required ability to work in the West Village, NYC multiple times per month and Kingston, NY ~1-2x per month

About Keap

Keap is a monthly candle subscription—at the core, Keap facilitates a reconnection to the natural world, our loved ones, and our own spirit. The candles blend the scents of acclaimed master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel with a regenerative approach to materials and packaging. We make our products in-house in our Kingston studio and are a certified B Corp. 

The company has been featured in leading publications such as the New York Times, Dwell, and Metropolis.

We’re a small, caring team in the early years of a long-term journey to build a company that will benefit generations to come. We’re looking for kind, thoughtful, self-reliant, problem solvers to join the team and help inform not just our storytelling and community engagement efforts but also the direction of our company and culture. If you love scented candles, are passionate about regenerating our planet and believe this job description suits you, we would love to hear from you.

Who this might interest

This is a unique opportunity to join a long-term minded small business, with a strong mission-driven ethos. We are looking for someone who thinks critically and creatively about storytelling and communication, who enjoys building relationships through a lens of compassion and empathy, and who is also interested in solving problems and improving the way we work. The ideal candidate has a growth-oriented mindset, a broad palette of interests and has a genuine interest in the work we do at Keap. 

You are joining a small team and will be the person responsible for helping create and coordinate Keap’s monthly and ongoing storytelling systems across email, blog and partnerships to create deeper connections between us, our community, our partners. You will work directly with the founders of Keap. In this role, you’re equally at home drafting the copy and email layouts for our monthly newsletters and blog posts, working closely with a number of internal and external contributors as you do so, as you are using and improving the tools, systems and tracking we use to ensure we do this work ever-more consistently. You are masterful at staying on top of multifaceted projects, and communicating as needed to keep everyone involved updated.

You have a striking ability to use language to communicate clearly and effectively, ensuring that complex stories are told both clearly, and when relevant, poetically. You are comfortable adhering to written and design style guides to create stories, and then translate them into beautiful emails, blog posts or printed materials. You bring an innate curiosity and confidence to your work, suggesting thoughtful new ideas when they align with the company’s vision.

You enjoy the idea of taking a scientific approach to your work: continuously thinking about what you’re doing, testing new ways to do it more effectively and sharing breakthroughs with the team. You are able to prioritize effectively, manage your time independently and have a good sense of when to seek out answers and when to ask for help.

When you are done, you use time out from tasks to proactively solve problems you’ve encountered or work on new opportunities, such as improving internal documentation or systems to make your life easier in future. You are excited about freeing up time to take on new challenges, and find excitement in your job scope increasing as you find smarter ways to work.

You are caring, thoughtful and long-term minded in your approach to problem-solving.

If this sounds like a good fit for you, read on!

In this role, you will…

Own the creation and coordination of Keap’s monthly and ongoing storytelling systems across email, blog and partnerships to create deeper connections between us, our community, our partners and the world. This will include:

  • Creatively drafting monthly storytelling documents that outline core emails and blog posts for the months ahead.
  • Coordinating with various contributors to Keap’s monthly storytelling (writers, photographers, designers) to ensure inputs are ready by key deadlines, and then reviewed as necessary.
  • Creating blog posts on the Keap blog as part of our monthly storytelling and broader storytelling systems. Reviewing and updating our core blog posts to ensure they remain up-to-date and reviewed on a semi-regular basis.
  • Creating all email campaign layouts in line with existing design templates, gathering feedback and scheduling email campaigns in our email system.
  • Reviewing, updating and improving our ongoing automated emails in our email system.
  • Drafting monthly website updates to ensure smooth seasonal changeovers.
  • Making simple changes to images e.g. size, brightness, to ensure they work best in our communication channels.
  • Ad-hoc, simple design tasks as needed e.g. designing a new printed insert inline with Keap’s design style guide.
  • Continuously improving our Monthly Storytelling + Community systems by updating tools, workflows and documentation in pursuit of better, easier work.
  • Helping Keap grow our hospitality partnership business with well designed marketing collateral and emails, as well as contributing to ongoing outreach as part of our team-wide efforts. Responding to partners, processing re-orders and maintaining existing Burn Partner accounts to ensure internal information is up to date.
  • Taking on future rotations to other parts of our Storytelling + Community team.
  • Helping to define, use, improve, communicate and train the core Keap Storytelling + Community systems.
  • Be willing to perform other internal and external Storytelling & Community oriented work duties as needed, and as the company grows.

What we’re looking for

  • A commitment to embodying our Values, to:
    • Lead with Love - We lead with empathy and treat those we serve in the same way we would wish to be treated.
    • Be Long Term Committed - With every decision we make, we do what is right for the sustainable, long-term good of our customers, ourselves, and the planet.
    • Be Intellectually Rigorous - We seek to be both teachers and students in all that we do, always humbly looking for further improvement.
  • Highly creative and clear communicator, in both written and verbal English
  • A strong project manager able to manage and deliver multiple, competing workflows
  • A strong communicator and coordinator within a team setting
  • A good sense of design and ability to adhere to clear design guidelines
  • Able to communicate compassionately, lead meeting effectively and build long-term relationships
  • Outstanding emotional intelligence and empathy for end-customers
  • Optimistic and resilient mindset
  • Exceptionally detail-oriented
  • Strong initiative and thirst for learning new skills and tools
  • Take pleasure in performing work to an exacting standard
  • Comfortable working with data and using a variety of web apps for work tasks
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management skills (Past experience working remotely and managing time a plus)
  • Enjoy taking a scientific approach to measuring and experimenting with how to improve the quality and speed of our work.

Requirements

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Availability to work remotely up to 5 days/week, and on-site at a co-workspace in downtown Manhattan multiple times per month, and visit Kingston 1-2x per month.
  • Excellent writer with experience working in a written communication or design-oriented role, creating finished written and designed products e.g. emails or articles, that were shared with large audiences.
  • Very strong time and project management skills and ability to manage multiple work streams to competing deadlines.
  • Ability to creatively implement and improve systems with a rigorous approach to work.
  • Ability to think ahead and plan over a multi-quarter timeline
  • Must have strong customer support orientation (for internal/external customers), demonstrated professional demeanor, and the ability to maintain confidential information
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and good judgment and be capable of communicating with a diverse range of individuals.
  • Ability to be a team player, meet deadlines, and keep track of job key metrics
  • Must have excellent email writing skills and ability to communicate effectively with partners and team members in the English language, verbally and in writing through Slack, email and written notes
  • Ability to use, maintain, update, and improve systems documentation, including on Keap’s digital systems
  • Must work effectively with Senior-level leaders and staff; must also be able to work independently
  • Excellent computer skills, including but not limited to ability to use Google Chrome, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Gmail, and ability to learn new tools quickly.


Preferred:

  • Experience working with modern design tools and workflows (Figma preferred, but not required, Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop a plus)
  • Experience working with email marketing tools to create campaigns and automated email systems (Klayvio preferred, but not required)
  • Experience in lean, improvement-oriented culture a plus
  • Experience growing a product business through story-driven marketing and partnerships a plus
  • Other tools experience valued: Gorgias, Shopify, Recharge, Slack, Slab.
  • Experience and relationships in the hospitality industry a plus
  • Valued specific prior knowledge: Worked with Slack, Gorgias, Slab, Shopify, Recharge a plus. Experience writing longform blog posts with requisite research. Basic front-end coding experience is a plus
  • Ability to bring stories to life with creative writing, while adhering to standard grammar and writing styles.
  • Past experience communicating empathetically (hospitality manager, social work, non-violent communication etc.) valued.


Keap and COVID-19

  • Keap takes the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and has been closely following guidance from the CDC, OSHA, WHO, and New York State.
  • This role does not require repeated exposure to members of the public. Duties will be performed remotely with a requirement to meet in-person at a co-working space or in Kingston, NY at the Keap studio a number of times a month.
  • We are a 100% vaccinated workplace. All employees are required to provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 immunization.

How to apply

Please email your application to FutureKeaper@KeapBK.com:

Be sure to include:

  • Your resume
  • A note explaining your interest in the role
  • Confirmation that you have completed COVID-19 immunization as per CDC guidelines (proof of immunization will be requested later on)


Keap is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to fight for equality, we work to ensure a fair and consistent interview process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment. 

This position is full-time and hybrid, with work happening remotely and in-person in NYC and Kingston, NY. All full-time Keap employees currently receive 5 weeks paid vacation, $200/month towards healthcare expenses or insurance premiums, major candle benefits, and more. We’re always working to improve our pay and benefits and will continue to increase these as our company grows.

Keap is a Public Benefit Corporation, and our ultimate vision is to restore balance to humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Making amazing candles is what most people know about us, but we measure our success as a company by our progress on that greater aim. 

We are sorry that we cannot respond to each applicant individually. Due to our small size and the large volume of applications we receive, we are only able to respond to candidates who best match the qualifications of our open positions. The process can take some time, so we appreciate your patience.


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