Cool Jobs! A Roundup

I spent most of the last year unemployed. It sucked. It was probably the worst time of my life, including the time I broke my leg and was on crutches for months and had to learn to carry soda cans in my cleavage and was eighteen years old and had to have my mother wash my hair because otherwise I couldn’t balance in the bathtub.

I’m not gonna lie, the soda can trick has proved useful, but there never seem to be a whole lot of positive life experiences blossoming out of months and months of scouring newspapers and the Internet for a job. No matter what feel-good ladymag articles want to tell you about quitting your job and finding yourself and learning to darn socks with cat hair or whatever.

And obviously I wasn’t alone. With unemployment levels in the United States hovering right below ten percent, not counting the job seekers who have become discouraged and stopped looking, we could all use all the help we can get. So here I present to you a list of recent job postings from all over the country that might be of interest to Persephone readers.

Since this is the first time I’ve done this, I had to make some guesses as to what sort of postings you all might want to see, so I stuck mostly to humanities, arts, activism and non-profit, new media, teaching, and science jobs for the most part. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see any particular kind of jobs, or jobs in a particular area and I will do my best.

Program Manager – Innovation and Sustainability

Responsible for assessing and describing the current state of science and technology within a local, regional or national context and to generate and present recommendations on how to best leverage these science and technology assets combined with models of innovation and public/private partnerships to maximize economic development within a client’s region. Group is currently looking to grow its energy related projects and is seeking a new team member with an energy related background.

Administrative/Library Assistant

RightsAssist is looking for an Administrative/Library Assistant to support a high-paced, exacting editorial research firm. Specifically we are interested in hiring a person to help manage our library of research and reference materials and to perform general administrative duties for the company including filing, correspondence, shipping, ordering supplies, and selling books online. The position will also entail some research assistance for a small team of text researchers. Subjects include sports, nature, history, technology, and popular culture.

Editor of Military Section

The Military vertical’s mission is to highlight all issues connected to the armed forces including but not limited to: the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere; the lives of our servicemen and women during their deployments and after; organizations and institutions who are engaged on veteran’s issues; profiles of individual servicemen and women who have recently returned from time overseas; and the most influential voices in the public conversation about our military.

Convening Officer – World Assembly

CIVICUS is seeking to recruit a Convening Officer with special dedication to the World Assembly coordination, responsible to facilitate the effective implementation of the CIVICUS World Assembly and build and maintain relationships between CIVICUS and its networks to exchange information, generate knowledge and learning and to enable solidarity and partnerships.

DC News Booker

WRNN-TV is looking for an experienced News Booker, who will be based in Washington DC, to work on a daily political talk show broadcast out of New York. The ideal candidates will have an existing political rolodex e.g., political and news media contacts, and be comfortable with daily guest booking as a main responsibility.

International Media Relations Specialist

As an important member of The Fletcher School Communications, Public Relations and Marketing Office, the International Media Relations Specialist will be responsible for promoting Fletcher School activities through news media and other public relations or marketing activities.

Costumed Interpreter/Educator

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is seeking an actress or educator with first person museum interpretation experience to portray the character of Victoria Confino, a former resident of the Museum’s landmark tenement and to lead additional Museum programs. The costumed interpreter will take on the role of fourteen year old Victoria Confino and engage Museum visitors in discussion about life in a Lower East Side tenement, the Sephardic community, and the challenges of adjusting to a new culture.

Fashion Content Writer

CRUNK Magazine has seen a myriad of changes and reinventions over the years. Starting out as a hip hop heavy publication for the South, we’ve seen music change as well as the artists who make it. Artists are no longer one dimensional; they are multifaceted and branding themselves as businesses with a diverse demographic. CRUNK Magazine offers itself as a vehicle of the changing tides of all things entertainment and lifestyle based. We have taken hip hop and remixed it to share with R&B and Pop and other genres. Our pages offer what’s new in fashion, sports, automobile trends, Green, techno-savvy must-haves, a bourgeoning palate for the ever growing foodie and so much more.


Experienced 2D or 3D graphic animator needed for in-house unit to help fulfill graphic demands for some Fox owned-and-operated TV stations. Qualified candidate will conceptualize, design and create graphics and animations for news, sales, programming, promotion and web support. Other related duties as deemed appropriate and assigned.

Freelance Music Blogger

Smashing Young Lad & Co. is looking for hip, credible, music lovers to write about various music content pieces each month for a major youth-lifestyle clothing retailer?s new music website. Stories will range from album reviews to show/festival coverage and will require travel.

Museum Illustrator – Entomology

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking a Museum Illustrator for our Entomology Department. The Position produces illustrations of insects for scientific and layman publications based on the research of the Entomology Curator(s). Under curatorial direction, the Illustrator creates illustrations in a timely and cost-effective manner. The Position assists in the professional production of graphic materials.

English Caption Editors

The main tasks of this position are creating and reformatting closed captions and subtitles, creating specially formatted scripts (i.e., .doc templates, RALs, RTFs, etc…), importing and prepping foreign-language or English files for final export, and performing standard def and hi def exports.

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to engage in NASA research in space science, earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, lunar science, and astrobiology.

New Media/Advocacy Coordinator

Global Financial Integrity and the Task Force on Financial Integrity & Economic Development are looking to hire a full-time New Media / Advocacy Coordinator. The position is based in Washington, D.C. and will report to the Communications Director. The starting salary is $35,000, it includes 2 weeks paid vacation on top of 13 paid holidays per year, and GFI will provide full health benefits for a single person.

New Media Campaign Director

New Media Campaign Director is responsible for working with campaign and organizing directors to integrate digital strategy into the organizing work of the union. The Digital Campaign Director will be responsible for creating the strategy for an implementing all aspects of new media work on individual organizing campaigns including, but not limited to: building targeted and specific email lists, running email campaigns, mobile program, online video, working with bloggers, online advertising, creating content for websites and more.

Landscape Design Project Coordinator

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society seeking landscape design project coordinator to support landscape design and management team by developing landscape designs, producing renderings and other visual presentations, and performing landscape management administration.

Online Communications Coordinator

Mississippi Center for Justice seeks to hire an Online Communications Coordinator in our Jackson office. The Coordinator reports to the Communications Director and will be responsible for implementing the Center’s web-based communications activities. The Center seeks someone with a solid background in online media as well as the desire to expand his/her skill set in service to the Center’s social justice mission.

Rapid Response Team Member

Care2 is seeking articulate, activist “news junkies” with broad social media connections, passion for progressive issues and a knack for helping stories go viral. Become a Rapid Response Team member to help make a difference from anywhere!

In-School and Neighborhood Choir Director

The Detroit Children’s Choir’s (DCC) mission is to use the power and discipline of singing to bring together Detroit’s children in grades 3-8 — from urban and suburban communities, representing a wide range of ethnicities, religions and socio-economic levels — in a way that strengthens team building, creativity, social interaction, understanding, and connection.

Life Skills Coach

The Life Skills Coach (LSC) is responsible for supervising a client of Youth Progress Association (YPA) on a daily basis. The LSC will aid the client in developing the skills necessary to become productive adults. The LSC will sustain the philosophy of Youth Progress Association by providing a consistent, supportive environment for the daily work, education, and treatment programs of the youth. The LSC assists in maintaining each residence in a safe, clean, and comfortable condition and helps to ensure that the environment is respectful and emotionally safe for both residents and staff.

Director of Development

The Development Director will be responsible for creating and implementing the development strategy for Teatro Zinzanni. Reporting to the Managing Director, the Development Director will be responsible for achieving the sites fundraising goals through a capitol campaign, developing an investor plan and by soliciting sponsorships and grants.

Bike Library Program and Administrative Associate

The Bike Library Program and Administrative Associate will provide the Bike Library with program, administrative, and communications support, to help ensure the success of this innovative program. This position will include a great deal of interaction with Bike Library participants, leading educational workshops, as well as communications, design, logistics, administrative work and some bike repair.

Front of House Staff

The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights is a non-profit, professional producing and presenting house that is dedicated to providing a home for quality live entertainment and performing arts education in the northwest suburbs. Metropolis is currently seeking individuals to join our Front of House staff. All positions are part-time.

Legislative and Policy Specialist

This position regularly interacts with local and state and occasionally federal government agencies and staff to stay abreast of proposed legislative actions that are pertinent to the organization. Researches emerging policy issues and develops written analysis. Establishes systems to manage stakeholder relationships, legislative analysis and grants. The position will also act as the lead on grant proposal and submittal activities including: developing a key team in the preparation of subject matter content, financial data and drive the process to completion and submission.

Animal Shelter Manager

We are seeking a Shelter Manager for our growing animal rescue organization. The shelter manager is responsible for providing leadership and support to a team of adoption counselors, kennel technicians, and volunteers.

Smart, sassy lady folk need to stick together in times of crisis. Unfortunately we haven’t managed to train the iron unicorn army to peruse the help wanted pages (yet).

Need a job? Have a job that needs a doer? Email me at!

By (e)Kelsium

Kelsium lives in Southern California with her partner and collection of almost (almost!) kill-proof plants. She enjoys the beaches, but finds the lack of acceptable bagels distressing. She considers herself an expert in red lipstick and internet rage.

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