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Editorial Director, MemoryWell, Washington DC

Editorial Director
Join one of DCInno’s “Startups to Watch in 2018” and help us build a next generation platform for senior life storytelling. MemoryWell is seeking an editorial director to lead our efforts to build out a thought leadership platform in the aging space. In this role, you will oversee the development of a new online destination for people seeking answers about aging and its practical challenges. You will develop topic ideas, assign and manage stories to our network of freelance writers, and help manage workflow for our core life storytelling service. MemoryWell is a small startup and you may be asked to wear other hats along the way, so flexibility and an enthusiasm for taking on new challenges is a must.

As an Editorial Director you will

• Edit and assign stories on topics of interest in the field of aging
• Write original reported and opinion pieces
• Assist in production of two original podcasts under development
• Work cooperatively with our operations team to constantly improve our editorial process
• Develop our strategy for social media engagement, and promote MemoryWell content through social media
• Help build out our editorial team, bringing both full time and freelance team members into the fold.
• Manage partnerships with other media and stakeholder organizations Key requirements
• At least 4 years of work experience in an editorial environment
• Proven ability to write and edit on short deadline
• Creative approach to problem solving
• Strong ability to build relationships both internal and external to MemoryWell
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field. Equivalent work experience will be considered.

Salary: $70,000 plus equity and benefits
Location: Washington DC

Please send resume and clips to: jobs@memorywell.com and include the job title in the subject line of your email.

About MemoryWell:
MemoryWell is a platform for telling the life stories of seniors, especially those living with Alzheimer's and dementia. Using our network of more than 400 professional writers, we work with residential facilities and home health agencies to replace burdensome intake questionnaires with brief, intimate stories designed to build empathy and be poignant keepsakes for families.
MemoryWell grew out of our founder Jay Newton-Small's experience with her father, who had Alzheimer's. When Jay moved him into a home, she was asked to fill out a long, generic questionnaire about his life. This made no sense to her: who would remember pages of hand-written data points for 150+ residents? Instead, she shared his story with his care-givers and it transformed his life. The stories we create are available on our digital platform for families to share and add to, and they can also be printed out to make for easy offline use. Our story has been featured in the Washington Post and on NPR, and we are telling new stories every single day. We put the person in person-centered care.

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