Content Editor

Content Editor

Who we are

Our mission at Sourcegraph is to make it so that everyone can code, not just ~0.1% of the population. We help developers and companies with billions of lines of code create the software you use every day. In enabling more people to code, we believe we will create economic opportunity across the world and will drive progress that benefits everyone.

It’s an exciting time to join Sourcegraph. Our company is growing rapidly: we’ve experienced 4x year-over-year revenue growth with zero customer churn, and our $50M Series C from Sequoia has given us the opportunity to make big ambitious bets on our future. We have a huge market (every company that builds software) and massive opportunity (most developers haven't even heard of code search yet, but once you've used it, you can't live without it--just like Google web search). By continuing to hire exceptional people, we have the opportunity to make Sourcegraph one of the biggest technology companies in the world.  

Why this job is exciting

At Sourcegraph, we believe in the power of content to drive meaningful interactions and experiences with our audiences and users. We’ve committed to a content strategy that puts our audience first, and we seek to create high-quality, meaningful content that inspires and advocates for better developer experiences. If you’ve always wanted to be part of bringing a branded editorial blog to life then this is the place for you! 

As a Content Editor, you will help bring our branded blog vision to life and shape the stories we tell. You will think like a publisher to shape and create compelling stories, guides, and resources. You will be an advocate for the developer in everyone and craft narratives that empathize with the developer experience, and play a key role in furthering our mission to make it so that everyone can code. 

As a foundational content team member, you will be deeply involved in building our content operations and production processes. As part of the content marketing team, you will participate in planning and executing quarterly content pillars, interview subject matter experts to help them bring their stories to life, and will be responsible for ensuring content meets our quality and brand standards. 

We strive to make Sourcegraph the best company where exceptionally talented people can thrive. If you join us, we know you’ll make a big impact!  Here’s what we’re thinking:

Within one month:

  • Learn about our editorial strategy, audience, and topics 
  • Meet with your peers on the marketing, product, and engineering teams and make connections with subject matter experts from across the company.
  • Integrate into the current editorial process and begin taking editing assignments 
  • Become proficient in explaining our product and its benefits 

Within three months:

  • Understand our audience, voice, and tone and be able to apply it to all content 
  • Optimize content for search 
  • Manage multiple content pieces spanning different content formats
  • Contribute content ideas and know who to go to for what 
  • Make recommendations and document improvements to our editing process

Within six months:

  • Have established beats and a 6-month runway plan for covering those beats 
  • Integrate into the product/engineering sprint planning to develop a reliable process for sourcing engineering content internally 
  • Manage multiple freelance writers and/or freelance writing agencies 
  • Report top-performing content and share insights for future content development

Within one year:

  • Be an editorial expert on the topics that matter to Sourcegraph’s audience 
  • Act as a leader on the editorial team and propose new, interesting serialized content programs 
  • Report on content performance and insights gleaned from the data 
  • Interview and train new content editors 

About you 

You live to craft compelling stories. You are an empathic storyteller and a nurturing editor who isn’t afraid of a messy first draft but rather inspired by the writing and editing process. You are fiercely protective of your audience and are constantly seeking new and better ways to delight them with content. You are motivated by the Sourcegraph mission to make it so that everyone can code and are excited about the impact you can have on the developer community. You don’t need to have an engineering background or to be able to code, but you are comfortable tackling technical topics and excited about working with engineers, product managers, and other subject matter experts to shape and tell their stories.

Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience as a content editor 
  • Excels at communicating with writers of all skill levels 
  • Excels at applying style guides and adapting drafts to match desired tone and voice
  • Background in journalism or publishing 
  • Experience working with freelancers and content marketing agencies 
  • Self-directed and comfortable working independently 
  • Agile and able to learn new technologies

Nice to haves:

  • Previous experience working as a content editor for a tech media site or B2B software company
  • Background in developer marketing or software engineering 
  • Experience building serialized content programs 

Interview process

  • You apply.
  • [30 min] Recruiter screen. 
  • [30 min] HM intro call with Senior Managing Editor, Rebecca Dodd
  • [30 min] Video call with  Jenny Bergen, Manager, Content Marketing
  • [1 hr] Working session with Rebecca Dodd 
  • [30 min] Video call with Developer Education Engineer or Community Advocate 
  • [30 min] Video call with Erica Lindberg, Director of Content Strategy
  • Any other informal conversations with people who you would be working closely with but didn’t get to meet during the interview process.
  • We check references & offer you the job!
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