Careers.

Contribute to OkayAfrica

At OkayAfrica we work primarily with freelance writers, photographers and video producers. We’re always looking for new pitches. You can email your pitches to contribute at okayafrica dot com. Please outline your idea in some detail and include links to past writing or multimedia work. In the subject line please include your title—writer, producer, photographer—so we know where to forward your pitch.


Open Positions at OkayAfrica

Account 
Manager

OkayAfrica is seeking a driven and motivated Account Manager, who serves as a direct link between the company and its clients. The primary objective of account managers are to build sales by prospecting for new clients and generate revenue by managing existing client relationships. You’ll be directly responsible for the preservation and expansion of our client base. The ideal candidate is passionate about the OkayAfrica brand and has experience in sales and customer services

You will work closely with the Company’s marketing and management team on a daily basis to develop and manage a book of business.

Responsibilities

  • Creating detailed business plans to facilitate the attainment of goals and quotes
  • Managing the entire sales cycle from finding a client to securing a deal
  • Meeting clients to discuss their advertising needs
  • Presenting campaign ideas and costings to clients
  • Briefing the creative team who will produce the adverts
  • Checking and reporting on the campaign’s progress
  • Keeping in contact with the client at all stages of the campaign
  • Managing the account’s budget and invoicing the client
  • Making “pitches’ to win new business
  • Negotiate agreements and keep records of sales and data
  • Solving any client problems and making sure deadlines are met

Skills and experience:

  • A passionate interest in African affairs, culture, arts and music
  • A deep understanding of digital media and experiential advertising
  • A proven experience as an Account Manager, or in other sales/client service roles
  • Knowledge of market research, sales and negotiating principles
  • Outstanding knowledge of MS office; knowledge of CRM software (eg. salesforce) is a plus
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills and ability to build relationships.
  • Organization and time-management skills BS or BA in business administration, sales or marketing.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of 2-3 years of experiences.

Email jobs at okayafrica dot com to apply. Include the name of the position you’re applying for in the subject line

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

OkayAfrica is an EEO.


Social Media Manager:

OkayAfrica is seeking a driven and motivated Social Media Manager to lead content syndication, traffic partnerships and social media marketing efforts to build audience and engagement on our site and various digital platforms. The ideal candidate is passionate about the OkayAfrica brand, its voice in the left-of-center African culture space and has a vision to market our content through these external digital channels.

You will work in tandem with the company Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor on a daily basis to manage, create and establish existing and new syndication, social and traffic-generating partnerships. OkayAfrica places enormous value on our social media channels (the face of our company) and message boards and is counting on this individual to maintain synergy between the boards and editorial, to ignite conversations and debates amongst our highly engaged and vocal audience, plus increase our social footprint across Twitter, Facebook (+Live), Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, 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.
  • 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.

Email jobs at okayafrica dot com to apply. Include the name of the position you’re applying for in the subject line. 


Summer Editorial Internship—NYC

We’re looking for aspiring journalists in the NYC area to join our editorial team. To apply for OkayAfrica’s editorial internship send links to three writing samples, a short cover letter explaining what you’d like to get from the internship and a resume to interns at okayafrica dot com. You must be currently enrolled in college and able to receive college credit to apply.

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.

Email interns at okayafrica dot com to apply. Include the name of the position you’re applying for in the subject line. 


Summer Marketing Internship—NYC

OkayAfrica is seeking a Marketing Intern to work out of our New York office. The marketing intern will work with our Marketing & Social Media teams as well as interface with editorial and other aspects of the company. You must be currently enrolled in college and able to receive college credit to apply.

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.

Email interns at okayafrica dot com to with your resume and cover letter to apply. Include the name of the position you’re applying for in the subject line. 


Operations and PR Internship—NYC

About Okay Space
Okay Space is a multi-use gallery and activation site located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. In addition to being a hosting venue, Okay Space is where we showcase partnerships, programming, and aesthetics of both Okayplayer and OkayAfrica.

Okay Space is seeking an Operations and PR intern to work out of our New York office. The Okay Space intern will report directly to the Okay Space manager and will have the opportunity to interface with both OkayAfrica and Okayplayer. You must be currently enrolled in college and able to receive college credit to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Create posts and campaigns on Okay Space’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and our other hosting sites
  • Organize Contacts
  • Draft marketing outreach and press releases
  • Primary eyes on social media maintenance
  • Support on website building
  • Be hand-ons with event coordination
  • Some light art-handling and general upkeep
  • Art 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 support the Space through helping out during opening or gallery -sitting.
  • Could be: over 21, really really good with the photoshop and graphic design skills.
  • Also—please be hilarious…or have a little sense of humor
  • Computer skills are a must: Word/ Pages/ Google docs/ Slack/ Trello, we use it all.

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

Email interns at okayafrica dot com with your resume and cover letter to apply. Include the name of the position you’re applying for in the subject line. 


Summer Production Internship—NYC

OkayAfrica is looking for a talented, eager production intern. The intern assists in all aspects of video production and will work with Social and Editorial teams. Occasionally, there will be opportunities to work with Okayplayer (our sister company) as well. You must be currently enrolled in college and able to receive college credit to apply.

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 and Okayplayer 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

Email interns at okayafrica dot com with your resume and cover letter to apply. Include the name of the position you’re applying for in the subject line. 


Summer Social Media Internship—NYC

OkayAfrica is seeking a social media intern to work out of our New York office. You must be currently enrolled in college and able to receive college credit to apply. The Social Media intern will report directly to the Social Media Manager.

Responsibilities 

  • 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.

Email interns at okayafrica dot com with your resume and cover letter to apply. Include the name of the position you’re applying for in the subject line.