We’re hiring a content manager

Update 31 Oct 2011: We’ve filled this position – we’re pleased to welcome Tarryn-Anne Anderson to the team from 1 November. She’ll be posting here, too, soon.

We’re assembling a small, flexible, confident team of ambitious hard workers. They’ll be joining me (more about Arthur here) to form Paperight’s first staff complement.

One of them will prepare and organise the documents we deliver on Paperight. We’re calling that person a content manager for now.

We’re just getting going, so this is a four-month contract based in Cape Town, paying between R8000 and R12000 per month. We’ll see how things go from there.

If this is you, you’re likely to be just getting going, career-wise, and have a couple of years’ experience working with book-like documents – anywhere in any field, as long as you’ve learned to be organised, meticulous, efficient, and a consummate problem-solver. We can train you in the technical skills, so what matters more now is how you work and think, and whether we think the same way about being a success and changing the world. At Paperight, we’re setting out to change the way books are distributed in low-income communities. That social mission is as important as our financial one: to be a profitable business that enables other businesses to be profitable.

The content manager will work with rightsholders (publishers, non-profits, educational institutions, etc.) to get their documents onto Paperight. If you already know how to use tools like InDesign and Acrobat Pro, and can batch convert documents and edit basic HTML, you’re well set for the skills part. If you’re already used to working with rightsholders, talking through contracts, solving problems, dealing with uncertainty, and balancing the schlep of detailed legwork with the excitement of big-picture planning, then you’ve probably got the thinking part down too.

If this kind of work sounds interesting, apply by emailing team at paperight dot com. Your cover letter is much, much more important than your CV. In fact, don’t even send a CV if you can just link to a LinkedIn profile or something similar. If you have a blog or Twitter account (about anything at all), let us know – an outward-looking life, online or otherwise, scores extra points. We’ll then have a phone conversation with people we think may be a good fit.

There’s no deadline: we’ll update this post when the position’s filled.