Session 5 of The Story of Industrial Civilization
Wanted: Chief of Staff
UPDATE: This role has been filled for now. Thanks to all who applied!
I’m hiring a Chief of Staff for The Roots of Progress, a “right hand” who will be deeply involved in and support everything I do.
This role needs no formal training or specific prior experience. It requires attention to detail, crisp communication, swift and efficient execution, meticulous followup, interpersonal savvy, and positive energy.
You will be the only other full-time employee of The Roots of Progress (for now), and my goal is to delegate anything and everything that doesn’t absolutely need me to do it, so that I can focus as much as possible on research, writing, and speaking. Your responsibilities will thus span the range from mailing donor swag and scheduling my podcast appearances to devising communications and media strategy—the more you demonstrate you can take on, the more responsibility I will give you.
Candidates at all levels of seniority are invited to apply—there’s room for this role to be either junior (associate level) or quite senior (director or VP level).
The role will grow and evolve along with the organization, but to start your focus will be:
Event planning, including workshops and other conferences and also community meetups
Other community-building, online and in-person
Fundraising, grant-seeking, and donor relations (everything from strategy to swag)
Media management, such as helping with the @rootsofprogress Twitter account, or expanding into new channels such as Instagram or YouTube
Getting exposure for The Roots of Progress by getting coverage and interviews in blogs, podcasts, and media
Generally managing a database of everyone I meet and talk to, and helping me keep in touch
Project management for other organizational goals, such as launching new online resources or other programs
Generally helping me stick to a schedule and not drop tasks
The ideal candidate will be familiar with my work and with the progress community, and will be able to point to something significant they have planned, organized, or executed.
This is a full-time role. You can do it from anywhere, but preference will be given to candidates closer to the US Pacific time zone. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, we can meet in person periodically. Compensation will vary depending on your seniority, qualifications, and location, but will be competitive with market rates.
To apply, send me a resume (link to an online one is fine): email@example.com. Optional but helpful: a pointer to projects you’ve managed or completed; a writing sample.
This is a rare chance to help me create the progress movement and establish a new philosophy of progress for the twenty-first century. I look forward to working with you!
Original post: https://rootsofprogress.org/wanted-chief-of-staff
Tickets available for Session 5 of The Story of Industrial Civilization
Topic: Impacts on Work, Home, and Leisure
We’ve now seen how material abundance was created through better chemistry, mechanization, and applied energy. These fundamental technologies transformed daily life both at home and at work. Homes became vastly more convenient and comfortable, featuring central heating and air conditioning, bathrooms with indoor plumbing, electric appliances, and telephone service. Things traditionally made at home, especially clothes and prepared foods, were increasingly purchased instead, saving time and trouble. And work improved as well. It has become safer, and less physically demanding, as we moved from farms to factories to offices. It has become more enjoyable and rewarding, as machines automated first physical tasks and then routine mental ones. Most of all, it has become more productive. As a result, real wages have soared—but also, we work less: fewer working hours, weekends, vacations, retirement, and the end of child labor.