We're looking for a new member of the Ghost team, maybe you can help us?
We're a non-profit organisation on a mission to create modern, independent publishing technology to power the future of online journalism.
This is not a rocket-ship. You won't find any unicorn glitter or exponential curves around here, just a real company with a sustainable business which has been profitable from year 1 and has been growing healthily ever since. Currently our Annual Recurring Revenue is just over $960,000 - and annual net revenue is over $1.2million. We're very transparent about our mission and our metrics, you can read all about us.
Ghost is a full stack web application for running independent publications. It’s one of the most popular modern open source projects in the world, and is used in production by tens of thousands of websites and companies.
Chances are you've already visited and read sites which run on Ghost. Our users range from hugely popular bloggers like Jeff Atwood, Troy Hunt and Joel Gascoigne - all the way through to some of the world's largest organisations like Square, DuckDuckGo, Open AI, CloudFlare, Digital Ocean, Mozilla, Napster, Tinder, OkCupid and many, many more.
As the company grows, we're looking for someone to join the team and lead our developer marketing efforts. This is a pretty unique, hybrid role which would be a great opportunity for the right person. Let me explain:
What we're looking for
See, here's the thing: We've basically never done any marketing. Ghost launched with a wildly popular Kickstarter campaign 5 years ago, and since then we've managed to grow based solely on the strength of the product alone. There are things missing, though, which means our users don't always have a great experience.
Our documentation generally gets treated as a chore rather than opportunity. Our blog has a near-empty tutorials category. And, to be honest with you, the last 3 features we shipped - we didn't even write a post about. Not because we don't want to or don't care, just because until now there has been nobody focused on taking care of it full time. So, that's exactly what we're looking to change.
We're looking to hire someone, predominantly, to write great content for developers. This is not a regular marketing role, nor is it specifically a development or community support role - but - it requires the ability to do all 3.
The goal is to make our website and blog contain the best resources for everything to do with Ghost. We want documentation on a par with Algolia and Stripe. Tutorials and guides like VueJS and Mapbox. A wealth of answers to questions people actually care about. Like our friend Jimmy says, we're looking to build a library, not a publication.
For this position, we're explicitly looking for someone with development and writing experience. You have to be able to do development, you have to be able to teach others about it, and you have to be able to predict and understand what our community is looking for.
This role requires both front end development and back end development experience. You should be comfortable with installing Ghost on 3 different hosting platforms, reporting CLI bugs found along the way, writing up the experience as a tutorial, and creating a landing page for our website comparing them to one another. The job touches everything, from customer support to community management and core open source development - but it really focuses on creating content and resources which connect them all together.
People who are great at written communication and highly self-motivated tend to do best at Ghost. The majority of the team is made up of former founders, freelancers and self-starters who are comfortable working independently and getting things done.
This role would be ideally suited to someone who is a proficient developer with a passion for helping others and strong background in marketing. Those are the dots which need connecting.
Maybe you've made your own online courses before and now you're looking to be a part of something bigger. Or maybe you made the maker->manager switch and discovered you love the diversity of the work but hate the politics and miss the development.
We don't mind where you're based or what hours you work, but this role does require reasonable working-hours overlap with the rest of our product engineering team - the majority of whom are based in Europe.
We value diversity of all types at Ghost and our team is made up of a thoughtful, kind group of people with a wide range of backgrounds. We have as many people who speak German as we do English and our engineering team contains as many women as it does men. Some of us are single, others are married, while others are parents. We actively want to work with people with different perspectives and experiences to the ones we already have.
What it's like to work here
The vast majority of our work gets done on Github, with Slack as the main channel for communication. We do a weekly meetings via Zoom which are used to discuss progress and plan what's coming next.
The biggest perk of working at Ghost is that we have a small, talented team with a very large audience. This means you have the ability to have a huge impact on the product and the company, whilst also having really interesting and challenging problems to work on. We believe deeply in what we do, and we're all in this to build something lasting, sustainable and positive.
On top of all that, we try to treat people pretty well. All roles at Ghost come with:
- Competitive salary
We pay very well at market rates reflecting both location and experience.
- Fully remote work
Work from anywhere in the world, or travel continuously if that's your thing. Everything we do is online. As long as you have wifi, you're all set.
- All the tech you need
We'll pay for whatever hardware and software you need to work and make sure you're regularly upgraded to the latest versions.
- Office costs covered
Whether you prefer a home office or a co-working space, we'll help pay.
- Personal development
An annual budget for books, courses, conferences and travel expenses.
- Twice annual international team retreats
Every 6 months we get the whole crew together for a week away. The last few trips have taken us to Dubai, Thailand, Austria & Egypt.
- 3 day weekends, all year long
We close the office on the last Friday of every single month. Enjoy!
- Unlimited paid vacation
Minimum 2 weeks per year, if you don't take it yourself, we kick you out of the office in December until the new year rolls around.
- Paid parental leave
When the time comes to welcome a new member of the family, we offer 3 months fully paid parental leave.
- Guaranteed pay-reviews
Everyone at Ghost receives annual pay reviews to update their salary for market rate changes and inflation.
- Dog friendly office
Just kidding we literally don't have an office - but apparently tech companies think is an important detail to put on job descriptions and we didn't want to feel left out. So, um. Feel free to work with your dog.
How to apply
We don't hire people often, and positions rarely open up. We're pretty proud that in the 5 years since Ghost started nobody has ever quit. So when we do add a member to the team, we're pretty diligent about it. This is a very different attitude to most companies.
We’re profitable, we have unlimited runway, and extremely healthy revenue growth. There is no investor pressure or time limit or need to hire as many people as fast as possible to fill a fancy office. We want to keep the team as small as we can, automate as much as possible with robots, build great software, and enjoy our work as much as possible. Those are the things we optimise for. If that sounds like a good fit for you, then we’d encourage you to get in touch.
All jobs at Ghost start with an application form, progressing to 1-2 short phone interviews, and finally a paid trial project.
Rather than trying to guess if we'll work well together based on lengthy arbitrary interview questions or "code challenges" - instead we invite promising candidates to work on a real life trial project with us and pay them for their time. Trial projects are typically 20-30 hours of work, and give us an opportunity to get to know each other prior to pursuing a full time offer. It’s also a chance for candidates to get to know the Ghost team and make sure that it’s a good fit for them.
The button below will take you to the application form for this position where you can tell us a little more about yourself. Or, if you know someone who would be a great fit - maybe send them a link to this page?
Unfortunately due to the volume of submissions that come in whenever we open a position we aren't able to respond to every single application. Here’s a tentative hiring timeline for this role:
- Now - May 18: Apply to join our team!
- May 21 - 25: Reviewing applications and responding to people
- May 28 - June 15: Follow-up interviews with the team
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