We’re hiring a Junior Content Writer, Web in Remote (or Columbus, OH)

We’re rewriting the rules of insurance, and we’re looking for a full-time Junior Content Writer who is up for the challenge of bringing our evolved voice to life.

Junior Content Writer can mean different things to different people. Here’s what it means at Root. This role is an exciting mix of all things web related. With a primary focus on our joinroot.com site, you’ll be working with Senior Content Writers and Designers to craft SEO and educational content that makes our customer experience easy and uncomplicated. This means collaborating on ambiguous problems, diving deep into the user experience, and suggesting creative solutions to help our customers. At Root, we’ll never tell you how to solve the problem—just provide you with amazing tools and teams to help you do so. So, if you enjoy tackling web challenges head on, love the AP style guide, and find yourself compulsively copy editing sites in your spare time but are also inclined to write pithy lines on napkins around your house, then this role is for you.

Our expanding team of writers is responsible for all content outside of the Root app. From blogs to billboards, scripts to SEO, our nimble creative team is crafting it. Where would you fit in? Our ideal creative will be able to masterfully update copy to Root brand standards, compose smart, engaging short-form (and long-form) web content for our CMS and macros for our customer service tool Kustomer, break down complicated concepts and make them easy to understand, and scour language for style, clarity, grammar, and punctuation—all while staying mindful of a tight production workflow.

Root’s creative marketing team is on a mission to unbreak the insurance industry. We’re a tight-knit, collaborative group guided by a highly iterative, user-centered design process. With insights gained through testing, data, and thoughtful critique, we’re driving the strategy that grows our business and will change the insurance industry. You’ll be working with designers, marketing partners, product managers, engineers, customer service specialists, attorneys, and program managers (to name a few).

The role
The voice of Root (that’s you)
As a Junior Content Writer, you’re the voice of our website. Your words are seen by every person who tries Root. Your words matter, and as a writer you have the opportunity to have a real impact on the business. Root isn’t a typical insurance company. We’re not stuffy, boring, or traditional. We never want insurance to feel stressful, overwhelming, or hard. And it’s the Junior Content Writer’s job to be sure we never do.

The Root voice (this is what you’ll write)
Our brand experiences mirror the app that started it all: bold, human-centric, simple. The Root voice is straightforward, direct, and approachable. peak in a clear, engaging way. We take complicated, highly regulated insurance content and break it down into succinct, clear copy both our clients and customers understand. Yes, we occasionally throw in a joke or wink here or there, but it’s always well-placed and thoughtful. The insurance industry is riddled with clichés and expected lines. We pride ourselves on rising above that.

Passion for the craft of writing
Strong writing isn’t just the ability to write a great headline or a descriptive piece of prose. At Root, it’s about clarity and humanity. It’s using smart writing and grammar to communicate in a way that’s accurate and easy, often with character limits. We constantly ask ourselves how we can say more with fewer words. And we prove it’s possible every day. 

Flexibility
Due to the nature of our business, daily copy needs range from serious and empathetic to energetic and light. There will be times for creative copy to engage and times where copy should be simple and straightforward. 

Deep empathy for the user
As a Junior Content Writer, you put every effort into understanding what our clients and their customers need. Your background gives you a strong gut about how to solve problems for users. What you don’t know, you learn through qualitative and quantitative research, analyzing previous feedback, and whatever other tools are at your disposal. 

Bias toward action
We want someone who is not only up for a challenge but seeks them out. We need someone who can thrive as part of a team but who’s also comfortable working independently. Our Junior Content Writer is someone who is interested in researching and learning—whether it’s continued education about UX writing, following the ever-changing trends in the FinTech environment, or becoming an expert on a new Root insurance line.

Making the complex simple
You have a knack for taking complex concepts and making them accessible to non-experts. You explain empathetically and never talk down to your audience.

Skill sets required:

  • Grammar expert
  • Tight writer
  • Solid proofreading skills
  • Basic knowledge of SEO/SEM
  • Basic foundation of A/B testing
  • Strong research skills
  • A basic knowledge of copywriting best practices for web
  • Part-time strategist (Notice it doesn’t say “strategic thinker.” Of course you’re a strategic thinker, but Root writers connect all of their content back to strategy. And if for some reason there isn’t a strategy to be found, they’re quick to get the right people in the room to make it happen.)
  • Ability to work with legal/compliance teams to review content
  • Self-starter
  • Skilled collaborator
  • Flexible in working style (sometimes design will drive copy, sometimes copy will drive design, and sometimes you’ll volley back and forth)
  • Adept at taking complex information and organizing/simplifying it for the user to understand
  • Proponent of radical candor and champion of positive team culture
  • 1+ year(s) of relevant writing/editing experience in a creative, editorial, or marketing environment
  • Bonus points if you have any relevant UX or CX writing experience
  • A deep love of the Oxford comma (happy to support those in transition)

  • This role reports to the Senior Content Writer, Web.

    Please provide a PDF of relevant work samples or a web link to your portfolio. Applications without a portfolio will not be considered. 

    This is a full-time position. Due to COVID-19, our teams are currently collaborating remotely, so bring your sweatpants. A laptop and appropriate software can be provided. Once our offices reopen, this creative can either continue working remotely or join us in our Columbus, Ohio office.

    Root believes diverse teams build better products, and we’re looking for people who not only contribute hard skills but also offer broad perspectives that challenge us to better serve our customers.

Get in touch

Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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Who we are.
Root Insurance is the nation’s first licensed insurance carrier powered entirely by mobile. We were founded on the belief that the services you need for everyday life should serve you better. That’s why we base insurance coverages on you, not your demographic. It’s the way insurance should be. And it’s all conveniently in an app.

What draws people to Root.
Our early success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building and promoting it. We look for individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and a highly analytical lens. Ask anyone who works here and you’ll hear similar reasons for why they joined:

Autonomy. For assertive self-starters, the opportunities to contribute are limitless.

Impact. By challenging the way it’s always been done, we solve problems that have a big impact on our business.

Collaboration. We encourage rich discussion and civil debate at every turn.

People. We are inspired by the collection of crazy-smart people around us.

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If you’d like to be a part of what we are building but don’t see an opening that suits you, email us at jobs@inc.joinroot.com.