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Assistant Editor – Apolitical

Apolitical Group Limited

Closing date: 31 March 2021

Apolitical is a learning network for government. Our mission is to make governments work better for people and the planet. We equip policy-makers with the knowledge, skills and community they need to solve the world’s hardest challenges. We’re looking for an Assistant Editor to help us scale our content offering. You’ll be a sharp editor of written, audio and video content with at least 3 years experience in journalism, digital content, or communications. You’ll take ownership of the delivery of content products, contributing to their design, coordinating multi-disciplinary teams, setting editorial standards, as well as editing with precision. You’ll be adept at earning the trust of public servants, experts and thinkers through editorial support and coaching. You’ll be comfortable working in a fast-paced startup environment, building things from scratch and being curious about product and engineering questions.

What Apolitical content is for

We’re building a global, generalist community of public servants. We create, curate and commission:

  • Content which helps public servants be more informed about what to do
  • Content which makes public servants more informed on how to do their work
  • Content which motivates public servants to try and do their work better

Our free product is largely made up of user-generated content — from public servants, experts and others who think about government and governance. Our paid product, Apolitical Plus+, is largely currently made up of high-quality in-house content, with a learning focus, and is expanding to include more partner-created content.

What motivates the content team at Apolitical?

We are a multidisciplinary team of content creators. We work in a trusting environment, in an open and collaborative way, showing curiosity about what others are doing across the company.

  1. We believe public service and the people do it are interesting and important.
  2. We design and deliver content in dialogue with our users, which helps them to be more effective as public servants.
  3. We have the space to experiment with new forms of content and the support to make them work. We spread the word about what we’re doing.


  1. Editing content — Editing written content (and some audio and video) in line with the high standards you help to set and embed
  2. Editorial planning and delivery — Responsible for delivery of content products, facilitating effective collaboration with colleagues from other teams.
  3. Content design — Deploying substantial knowledge of public service and public servants to create relevant and compelling content and experiences (this is something you’d gain in the role, but previous knowledge is a bonus).
  4. Building and maintaining relationships — Earning the trust of public servants, experts and thinkers through understanding our community, editorial support and coaching. Using your relationships strategically to improve our content, bring on contributors, build our network, and support our mission.


The relevant competencies for this role, and how you might demonstrate them in your work, are set out below.

  • Writing and editing – You’ll support contributors, partners, and in-house content producers to create high-quality copy, fact-checked and free from errors. You’ll consistently meet our editorial principles and house style, with minimal support from senior editors.
  • Communication and leadership – You make well-reasoned editorial decisions with minimal guidance from others. You’ll plan your time autonomously. You proactively and effectively communicate important information across the company, and give context.
  • Growth, community and engagement – You build and maintain good relationships with contributors. You can independently design and help deliver content, email and experiences that is attuned to our users’ needs.
  • Research and experimentation – You can design and execute a research plan that draws on human and desktop sources with some input.
  • Product sense – You understand how the product feels from a user’s perspective and see ways to improve this in how content and product interact.


Stock options: Our employee options plan gives you a stake in our vision.

Flexibility: Everyone works differently. Whether it’s early mornings, late nights or a day at home, we support what gives you energy and makes you effective.

Holidays: We have unlimited holidays, trusting people to take what they need when they need. As a restorative reboot, we give everyone on the team the last Friday of every month off.

Office: In normal times we’re based in beautiful Public Hall, in the heart of Westminster and overlooking the River Thames though we have flexibility around remote working

Parental leave: We offer generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

Personal development: We offer twice-monthly learning days and have learning and development budgets for books, conferences and courses.

Library: We have a constantly growing library, to which every team member contributes their favourite book. There’s also a bigger library in Public Hall.

Discounts: Exclusive discounts and rewards at over 30,000 brands.

Salary:£30,000 – £45,000 in line with experience and our team’s progression framework.

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Job Details

Organisation: Apolitical Group Limited

Location: London

Salary range: £30,000 - £40,000

Closing date: 31 March 2021

Contract type: Permanent

About the Organisation

What’s Apolitical? Every other sector has been transformed by platforms. Government is the final frontier for technology-enabled sharing and connecting. Apolitical is a govtech start up that launched its platform in 2017 – now public servants, policymakers and politicians in 170+ countries are using it for peer-led, future-facing learning. Our members range from mayors, ministers and heads of state to millennials pioneering digital innovations.

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