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    Digital Communications Manager

    OkayAfrica is seeking a motivated Digital Communications Manager to lead audience development and engagement across our various digital platforms. The ideal candidate is passionate about the OkayAfrica brand and has a vision for how to best promote our content in a crowded and competitive marketplace.

    You will work with the company Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor on a daily basis to manage and establish traffic-generating partnerships. OkayAfrica places enormous value on our social media channels (the face of our company) and is counting on this individual to to ignite conversations among our highly engaged and vocal audience, plus increase our social footprint across Twitter, Facebook (+Live), Instagram, YouTube and more.

    Responsibilities

    • Run and optimize all OkayAfrica social media channels
    • Work with leadership team to develop, maintain, and hone style guide for all social media platforms
    • Increase visibility of OkayAfrica feeds, content, and messaging through organized and intentional social media planning
    • Tracks progress of each project against goals, objectives, approved budgets, approved timelines. Reports status and variances. Creates action plans to meet objectives, budget and schedule providing weekly wrap-ups and recaps as needed.
    • Train and develop staff of interns to manage and assist as needed while establishing sustainable process and systems.
    • Develop strategies that drive traffic back to OkayAfrica website
    • Keeping up with breaking news from around the continent of Africa
    • Attend and live-capture events for dispersion on social media networks
    • Oversee the development of emerging social platforms (i.e. Snapchat)
    • Ideation and Management of influencer campaigns
    • Develop and grow influencer engagement with our social media platforms
    • Working with video team to create snackable social videos.

    Skills and experience:

    • A passionate interest in African affairs, culture and music
    • At least 2+ years of professional experience with social media management, writing and editing
    • Deep knowledge of and enthusiasm for social media trends and internet culture within the African diasporic space
    • Fluency in social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and more is a must.
    • Understand native social insight tools and Iconosquare.
    • Familiarity with WordPress, Google Docs, and other content management systems is essential. Knowledge of RebelMouse is a plus.
    • A proven track record of innovation on social media and a willingness to experiment and learn new platforms.
    • Experience with Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and other common tools of the trade.

    OkayAfrica is a leading media company, connecting a global audience to the African continent and its diaspora through compelling content and high-profile cultural events. The company launched in 2011 as the only platform truly capturing the breadth of the continent's unprecedented youth culture boom. With a sophisticated, yet streetwise voice, OkayAfrica focuses on the new music, art, culture, business, and politics of Africa and the African diaspora. OkayAfrica fills the gap in representations of Africa by presenting a forward thinking, nuanced view of Africa today.

    OkayAfrica offers a fun, casual work environment with a great team of smart, motivated, and innovative people. Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance and generous time off.

    This position is based in New York City, applicants must legally be able to work in the U.S. Okayafrica is an EEO.

    ​Senior Buyer, E-commerce

    Okayplayer and OkayAfrica are seeking an energetic, motivated Full Time Senior Buyer with e-commerce and merchandising experience, who is super-talented and not afraid to take risks. Must be able to oversee the selection, curation and planning of merchandise products for our shops. The perfect candidate is a self-starter and has a history in the online retail market. The Merchandiser will be responsible for managing the daily needs of the businesses: execution of site merchandising, assisting with email and social media marketing, and partnering with other teams (creative, studio, merchants, marketing, etc) shop.okayafrica.com & shop.okayplayer.com

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop a competitive merchandise plan that is customer focused and monitors and adjusts sales plan by staying abreast of own business, fashion/industry trends and competition
    • Identify new partners and products
    • Develop seasonal assortment plans to ensure product is aligned with brand vision and sales goals
    • Complete planned collection buys
    • Analyze sales figures, customers reactions and market trends to anticipate product needs
    • Responsible for working with merch operations to ensure timely flow of product
    • Execute merchandise plans, open-to buy strategies and inventory turn targets in all categories
    • Elevate customer experience
    • Work with marketing team to ensure consistency of presentation of line, trend stories and maximize key investments
    • Provide insight to copywriters and creative team
    • Identify and implement ways to drive top and bottom line results.
    • Collaborate with internal teams to manage business performance and execute strategies flawlessly across various channels.
    • Work along with a cross functional team to decide what styles move to markdown in a timely manner
    • Develop pre-season planning document to share vision of assortment and selling goals
    • Work with Planning Manager of Open to Buy (OTB) planning
    • Reforecast above as needed and integrate into OTB
    • Manage and Communicate weekly selling reports, evaluate stock levels to establish action plan, and generate reorders
    • Recap and evaluate seasonal performance by brand and sku
    • Review weekly business and note changes to financial plan

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Minimum of 5 years already in a buying role with a combined 5-8 years of experience
    • Able to communicate clearly and comfortably with Senior Management
    • Assortment optimization
    • Business planning
    • Strong Decision-making ability
    • Private-Label Experience
    • Critical Thinking/Problem solving ability
    • Able to independently organize and prioritize broad workload to meet deadlines
    • Ecommerce background desired but not required (a passion for fashion is a must!)
    • Experienced with Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop
    • Relationships with designers a plus
    • Ability to prioritize and address multiple projects with varying production timelines
    • Highly collaborative and adaptable to different environments and ways of working
    • Understanding of Social Media Marketing tactics a must
    • OkayAfrica / Okayplayer is an EEO

    Senior Multimedia Producer

    Okayplayer and OkayAfrica are looking for a seasoned video producer to join our video team. As the Senior Multimedia Producer, the ideal candidate will oversee all editorial video production, shepherding each video from the idea stage until it's published to our various platforms including Okayplayer.com, OkayAfrica.com and the respective social media accounts. You'll also be responsible for overseeing the production of other kinds of visual media such as infographics and live social media broadcasts while keeping abreast of new trends in digital content production.

    The Senior Multimedia Producer will be responsible for delivering multiple pieces of content each week and will split their time between shooting, editing, and producing as needed. We are looking for a person who is works well on a fast-moving team and is quick on their feet. You must have a strong understanding of livestreaming and producing video for the web as well as experience developing the kind of content that will resonate with OkayAfrica and Okayplayer audiences. Connections to a strong network of freelance editors and shooters is a plus. From conception to completion, you will manage the process of bringing all types of video ideas to fruition.


    Responsibilities

    • Record and edit video and sound projects, including selecting program format for final output, capturing/importing media, organizing raw media, editing footage and sound files, creating and inserting static and motion graphics, titling, adding music/voice-over/sfx, media management and archiving project media
    • Ensure that all content is on-brand, relevant, timely, aligned with editorial/marketing strategy, consistent in terms of style, quality and tone of voice, optimized for search and user experience, executes the agreed-upon marketing strategy, and is up to the standard of company brand.
    • Conceptualize and develop thematic approaches and storylines in collaboration with Marketing and Editorial.
    • Create and develop multimedia (audio/video) content for editorial stories, internal original on-brand videos, external promotional social videos, and product marketing videos.
    • Script, storyboard, budget, allocate resources, set deadlines and select optimal forms of media for projects
    • Conduct interviews with artists, influencers and relevant personnel to create original content
    • Interpret social engagement and insights to form actionable intelligence that helps shape campaign narratives
    • Select and hire additional crew and talent; make transportation arrangements for crew, talent and equipment; and ensure all location needs are met
    • Manage incoming video pitches from freelancers
    • Work independently, as well as part of a team to establish project deliverables
    • Plan video shoots; scout, select and reserve shoot locations
    • Develop production schedules
    • Reserve and rent equipment
    • Manage video library
    • Evaluate analytics

    Required Qualifications:

    • BS/MS; film, photography, television, news, or related field, or equivalent professional experience
    • Minimum of 5 years experience
    • Proven experience as a digital video storyteller with strong camera and editing skills
    • Experienced with Adobe Creative Suite: Premier, Photoshop
    • Demo reel is required
    • Ability to prioritize and address multiple projects with varying production timelines
    • Experience in still photography preferred but not required
    • Must be energetic, positive, and great to work with
    • Must be a highly-motivated self-starter; able to work well alone and as part of a team
    • Excellent communication and organizational skills
    Please send us a CV, cover letter and a link to your portfolio. Make sure you cc both jobs@okayafrica.com and jobs@okayplayer.com.

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    Production Internship

    Responsibilities:

    • Prepping for video shoots
    • Production assistant duties on set
    • Submitting video ideas
    • Developing social media content
    • Catalog, research, organize and do data entry for OkayAfrica video
    • A plus if you have experience with preparing media for editing.

    Requirements:

    • Interest in African media
    • Interest in film and video production
    • Basic equipment knowledge
    • Experience with video editing software
    • Prior production assistance experience preferred but not required.
    • excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent project management skills
    • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
    • Knowledge of Premiere and the Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects, Photoshop, etc. ), and experience with Final Cut is a plus.

    This internship will give you great hands-on experience in production and post-production. OkayAfrica interns receive college credit as well as a transportation stipend during their internship.

    Please send video samples if available.

    ​Editorial Internship

    Responsibilities:

    Our intern program is an intensive immersion into the world of online publishing and cultural journalism and will benefit applicants planning a career in media. You will participate in everything from editorial planning and reporting to image research and assisting on photo shoots.

    Requirements:

    • This position is specifically aimed at people with an interest in new music, art, politics and culture from around Africa and the diaspora.
    • While we can accommodate your schedule, you must be NYC-based and able to commute to our Brooklyn office.
    • You must have a strong writing background with some exciting clips.
    • Blogging and social media experience is a plus.
    • Ability to work in fast-paced environment

    OkayAfrica interns receive college credit as well as a transportation stipend during their internship.

    Social Media Internship

    Responsibilities include:

    • Community Management
    • Content Curation
    • Support Social Media Manager on day to day social content creation, community management, and trend identification
    • Data collection and Insights
    • Working with Social Media Manager to create an influencer directory
    • Assist in social media influencer seedings
    • Social Listening & Reporting

    Requirements:

    • Experience in digital marketing community management across all social platforms
    • A good eye for visual aesthetic
    • Strong understanding of social listening and reporting
    • Interest in the African diaspora and the continent.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
    • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills

    OkayAfrica interns receive college credit as well as a transportation stipend during their internship.

    Marketing Internship

    Responsibilities

    • Market research
    • Analyzing email marketing campaigns
    • Execute Marketing plans for events and activations
    • Design marketing materials
    • Collect data for case studies on marketing campaigns
    • Work with Social Media team as well as editorial to achieve marketing goals
    • Monitor advertising requests
    • Assist the merch team with all marketing needs for The OkayAfrica Shop

    Requirements

    • Familiarity with data analysis and reporting.
    • Excellent project management skills
    • Knowledge of photoshop and Adobe suite
    • Interest in African media
    • Strong intrapersonal skills.
    • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
    • Hardworking, persistent, and dependable.
    • Positive and enthusiastic.

    OkayAfrica interns receive college credit as well as a transportation stipend during their internship.

    E-Commerce Internship

    Responsibilities

    • Market research
    • Analyzing marketing campaigns
    • Execute Marketing plans
    • Design marketing materials
    • Monitor requests from customers
    • Community Management and posting on OkayAfrica Shop socials
    • Assisting on photoshoots
    • Selling merch at select events

    Requirements

    • Familiarity with data analysis and reporting.
    • Excellent project management skills
    • Knowledge of photoshop and Adobe suite
    • Interest in African media
    • Strong intrapersonal skills.
    • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
    • Hardworking, persistent, and dependable.
    • Positive and enthusiastic.

    OkayAfrica interns receive college credit as well as a transportation stipend during their internship.

    Events Production and PR Internship

    Responsibilities:

    • Graphic design and document creation
    • Create campaigns and posts for Okay Space's social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and our other hosting sites
    • Organize Press and patron contacts
    • Draft marketing outreach and press releases
    • Primary eyes on social media maintenance
    • Website administration support
    • Local promotions (
    • Hand-ons with event coordination and execution
    • Light art-handling and general upkeep
    • Arts admin - Research, Outreach, Reaching for the stars!

    Requirements:

    You are: A DIY guru, able to think on your feet and explain your process. You love to follow-up and are not afraid to ask questions!

    Can: devote 2-3 days for 5-6 hour days each week (2 weekend days a month) to supporting the Space through helping out during opening or gallery -sitting.

    Could be: over 21, really really good with the photoshop and graphic design skills.

    Computer skills are a must: Word/ Pages/ Google docs/ Slack/ Trello, we use it all.

    Okay Space interns may receive college credit as well as a transportation stipend during their internship.

    ​Content Marketing Internship (Okaymusic)

    Position Description

    Okaymusic is seeking a Content Marketing Intern with strong writing skills to work out of our New York WHQ. The marketing intern will support the Editorial and Social Media teams. You must be currently enrolled in college and able to receive college credit to apply. Okaymusic interns receive college credit as well as a transportation stipend during their internship.

    Responsibilities

    • Editorial:
      • Write the OKM blog post introducing artists
      • Include all new music released by OKM in the week in an eblast going to the OKM list
      • Write posts about the weekly OkayAfrica playlists
    • Social Media:
      • Build and engage audiences for OkayAfrica's curator channels on Apple Music & Spotify
      • Boost blog posts to relevant audiences across on social media platforms
      • Build the OKM social media awareness—share fan posts on IG, curate Youtube videos
      • Establish cross-posting relationships with like minded music sites to share music content
    • Playlist Management
      • Manage the OKM Spotify channel, adding tracks to playlists as they are released and creating engagement
      • Manage Youtube featured / new artist spot

    Requirements

    • Outstanding writing and editing skills
    • Interest in music distribution
    • Proactive, critical thinker and doer
    • Familiarity with data analysis and reporting
    • Familiarity with social media channels and audiences
    • Excellent project management skills
    • Strong intrapersonal skills
    • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
    • Hardworking, persistent, dependable and punctual
    • Positive and enthusiastic

    About Okaymusic

    Okaymusic brings a digital music distribution and & marketing platform to emerging and established artists around the world. Okaymusic is a subsidiary of OkayAfrica.

    Writing for OkayAfrica

    April | The Hustle

    In April we focus on money. Whether you're a big corporation or a humble farmer, everyone's trying to get paid. From politics to the arts, from Silicon Valley to Somalia how does money impact African cultures and African lives? We'll tackle all the big questions like, "Why do Nigerians spray money at a wedding?" And, "How do all these social media influencers afford these clothes?" It can't all be from their mom's savings. Or can it?

    We're especially looking for stories designed to show the reader how something was achieved. Whether it's a first-person essay or an interview or a list, we want to know how the subject of the story did what they did. A good story should be rich in anecdotes, scenes and personal reflections. We're also interested in hustles that failed. Why did it fail? What led there?

    Do note that these themes aren't strict. We're always looking for timely pitches about current events.

    Here are the general formats we'd like for stories:

    Interviews

    We want your interviews with the world's best and brightest, and the most detestable too. As long as they're being asked real questions. No puff pieces please.

    Service Journalism

    "Listicles" and "how-tos" get a bad rap but if done well they're a joy to read and super informative as well. Take us on a food tour of Mozambique or give us a guide to Maghrebi techno. Whatever. Be informative. Be authoritative. Write it in a fun and accessible way.

    Opinion Pieces/Personal Essays

    Be edgy and be honest or you can be totally evasive, it doesn't matter. Either way you've got to have a unique voice and a fresh perspective. This is not a space for opinions you heard from a cable news pundit or on a daytime talk show. Extra points if the opinion is topical. Make it urgent.

    Short Features

    A good short feature should be about something our readers need to know about RIGHT NOW. Must have multiple points of view—real reporting.

    Longer Features

    These are stories that need space for in-depth reporting and multiple perspectives. A good pitch will include a vision for how you intend to report this story. Who do you have access to? Who don't you have access to? We work together to make these happen.

    Video/Photo/Socials

    We're open to all kinds of pitches on this front. Let us know what you're about and we'll discuss on this end the best way to move forward.

    We pay.

    Please send your pitches to contribute@okayafrica.com. Unfortunately, because of the high volume of inquiries we cannot respond to all emails but we do read them all.

    Here are some helpful tips to crafting a good pitch.

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