26 June 2022 Public Edition
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The Dark City is dedicated to the "rough and tumble of the world of crime and violence." They prefer stories that have roots in reality but we do consider humorous situations and characters. "We hope to acquire stories that leave readers thinking about the characters and their dilemma." Length:1000 to 7500 words. Payment: $25.
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
They are interested in nearly every kind of mystery: stories of detection of the classic kind, police procedurals, private eye tales, suspense, courtroom dramas, stories of espionage, and so on. "We ask only that the story be about a crime (or the threat or fear of one). We sometimes accept ghost stories or supernatural tales, but those also should involve a crime." Payment: From 5 to 8¢ a word, sometimes higher for established authors.
Director of Payroll at Omnipresent Group
Location: Remote, Work from Anywhere
Who we are
Remote work is one of the great equalizers of our time, allowing people to secure employment opportunities from companies around the world, no matter where they were born or where they live. Omnipresent does just that.
We are a customer-focused global employment services partner that can help companies grow their teams in 155 countries and territories around the world. How do we do that? Well, through our SaaS platform, OmniPlatform. We help companies (big or small) deal with the complexities involved with hiring global teams remotely, by managing employee onboarding through to offboarding, including legal and compliance, payroll, expenses, and health and benefits.
We also practice what we preach! We are a fully remote company which means we have no head office. Our team of more than 300 people is located in more than 45 countries and territories around the world. This means you can work from anywhere. We provide benefits and support in any global location just as we would for our clients and their remote teams. Our company has a flat structure which means accountability and taking initiative towards your everyday tasks that help further our ambitious company goals.
At a time when remote work is exploding, we’re growing our team to help make global remote work a reality for people everywhere.
Omnipresent is a global employment services provider, that hires employees on behalf of our clients (we call them “Client Employees”). As part of the service, we provide HR operations & consulting support to our Client Employees, all enabled through our smart tech platform. Your role would be to lead HR Operations for our Client Employees. You will be tasked with taking the lead in building this structure and collaborating with our legal, finance and other teams to ensure compliance and success for our Client Employees. You will drive the Client Employee journey from their first day of employment to their offboarding and everything in-between. We are a Series B stage rapidly growing start up, and still in the process of developing how best to support our Client Employees during their journey, we need someone who will thrive in this environment. The details of the job will look like this:
Lead and manage the HR Operations team to ensure team impact and effectiveness in a global and remote environment
Drives collaboration on the development of International HR activities, policies, processes, strategy and annual HR strategy.
Invest in developing a high performance team, through coaching and mentoring and other tools.
Manage team objectives, schedules, admin/ops tasks, and other items as directed by leadership.
Organize the team to provide regular HR training to relevant Units within Omnipresent, and to capitalize on benefits from knowledge transfer.
Cooperate with Support and Service functions (in Customer Success and Benefits) in putting in place the organizational structure, processes and systems to permit first-line resolution, second-line support, etc. This will include on-going efforts to expand team knowledge in order to permit more centralized processing and automation.
Build processes for adhering to regulations, and managing and maintaining our in-market service level expectations with regards to capabilities, response times and quality.
Work closely with other departments to provide subject matter expertise, including feedback from client employees to provide insights and drive improvements of our product and customer processes. This feedback will help evolve the HR Operations function towards technology, automation, and self-serve features.
Work closely with our internal People team to jointly determine areas of collaboration to ensure alignment on HR processes and avoid duplication of effort.
Manage the employee lifecycle for our Client Employees’ from the point at which onboarding is completed to the Client Employees’ successful offboarding. This will include all compliance related activities. Build the HR Operations team to become self-sufficient in executing these tasks.
Manage and run relevant/mandatory programmes and interactions for our Client Employees, such as engagement surveys, one-on-one interactions, etc.
Identify the needs of our groups of Client Employees and develop data-driven improvement plans for how to best support them.
Build and implement Standard Operating Procedures for items such as leave and time tracking, etc. Work with Product and Engineering teams in order to automate such tasks. Support product development with processes that create and manage Client Employee related forms, documentation and material (easy access, appropriate structure, secure, etc.)
Understand, govern, and leverage local regulation to ensure compliance and continuous improvement.
Remain up to date on local and regional HR regulations and requirements
Support audits and due diligence activities, as relates to our Client Employees
Identify and contract local providers for mandatory services
Act as a member of the Operations leadership team and work on joint projects across disciplines.
You’ve done some of these things…
+5 years of experience in HR fields with management experience (ideally in a dispersed organisation) for a minimum of two years.
Solid employment law knowledge and proven experience of applying updated legislation to a variety of countries and HR situations.
Have a good understanding of GDPR and experience applying data privacy and protection legislation as it relates to HR
Built and delivered on KPIs and understands how to scale teams efficiently and effectively
Built and managed documentation to speed up resolution and minimize the effort required to solve daily queries.
Managed complex HR situations and been able to counsel HR managers on appropriate practice.
Experience working with technology and product teams would be beneficial, but not essential
You are the sort of person that…
Can coach mid to entry level HR Operations generalists across the globe in a remote fashion.
Be an authentic and humble leader.
Has excellent communication/presentation skills and ability to build relationships
Loves to solve complex operational issues by building simple processes, identifying and using modern (online) solutions to ensure a maximum degree of automation, replacing manual human interaction wherever possible
Is self-driven problem solver, who always put the team before themselves
Has a passion for working with people and working beyond the confines of the job description.
Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results, actively tries to reduce their complexity or automise processes.
Actively lives our values and strives to help others to behave in line with them as well
What’s in it for you?
Shared ownership: Being a part of our journey means you’ll own a piece of Omnipresent.
Annual vacation entitlement: 33 days including local holidays.
Company retreats: We have an annual company-wide retreats, and well as socials and other team building activities.
Flexible working: Work from anywhere in the world! We don’t care where or when you work, as long as the job gets done. We are genuinely as flexible as the work allows.
Development: Training, coaching, and an environment that promotes career ambition and progression.
Work environment: Whilst we are fully remote, we offer all employees access to co-working spaces wherever they live in a flexible manner so that you use what you need.
Parental leave: For employees that have been with us for 12 months, we offer 13 weeks full pay and 13 weeks half pay for primary caregivers. We also offer enhanced leave for secondary caregivers, of 4 weeks at full pay and an additional 4 weeks of unpaid leave.
Wellbeing: Mental health and wellbeing support and services through Plumm
Home office setup: It should go without saying that we will provide you with the equipment you need to work from home in the same way you would if you were in an office. Prefer a PC to a Mac? No problem. You choose what you need. We’ll give you a budget to get all the infrastructure that enables you to work effectively wherever you are, including broadband costs.
Education budget: Your development should be a continuous conversation with your manager and they will support you in choosing what you need whether that’s accreditations, workshops, or formal degree programs or courses. Important is that you update your Individual Development Plan with any kind of education you take, so that you make sure that you apply the knowledge you have gained in theory, and the learned information will stay with you long term.
Executive Coordinator to the CEO at Andela
Location: United States (Remote, you can be from anywhere in the world)
Andela exists to connect brilliance and opportunity. Since 2014, we have been dedicated to breaking down global barriers and accelerating the future of work for both technologists and organizations around the world.
For technologists, Andela offers competitive long term career opportunities with leading organizations, access to a global community of professionals, and education opportunities with leading technology providers.
For companies, Andela provides access to a global network of fully integrated team members that unlock their business’ innovation and growth potential.
At Andela, we are deeply passionate about creating long-lasting and transformative growth opportunities for all and doing it in an E.P.I.C. [andela.com/careers] way.
We are excited to continue building our remote first team with incredible people like you!
About the Role:
This is Executive Coordinator to the CEO of Andela, perfectly suited to a resourceful, hardworking, intellectually curious individual who wants to work with and learn from some of the sharpest leaders in the start-up world. If you want to witness and take part in how a start-up operates, strategizes, and iterates you will see all of this first hand and in our fast paced environment. While there are many administrative tasks you’ll be responsible for you will simultaneously and daily be exposed to the evolution of the business at its very genesis. This exposure will be critical to understanding the goals, needs, personal preferences of the players which is in turn essential for you to deliver the role well. The Executive Coordinator serves as the CEO’s primary coordinator and liaison for internal and external relations. Your responsibilities will revolve around assisting the Chief in handling priorities and meeting deliverables to the organization. Your main objectives are to expand the CEO’s bandwidth and support the senior leadership team. You will report to Andela’s Chief of Staff and collaborate with the CEO several times/week to agree on priorities, responses, preferences, and what is upcoming.
Key Responsibilities of the Role:
Organize calendar and activities to ensure high value time utilization of the CEO in relationship to external and internal requirements. Briefs/updates/reminders on upcoming meetings and ongoing obligations.
Handle CEO’s email correspondence and prioritize emails/events, ensuring timely responses.
Work daily with Andela’s CEO and Chief of Staff; Provide support in establishing relationships critical to the success of the business, and handle a variety of special projects, some of which may have wide organizational impact.
Partner with the Client Organization to draft, send, monitor client outreaches for the CEO.
Support scheduling needs of select C level executives at Andela.
Responsible for the CEO’s expense reporting.
Continually think of new ways to optimize and build processes for efficiency.
Research various topics and build succinct overviews as the need presents itself.
Handle/oversee the CEO’s travel plans including airfare bookings, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, co-working spaces when traveling, etc.
Create, drive, and own the yearly operating calendar of the organization which maps Board meetings, Executive Leadership meetings, and other Leadership and staff meetings for the year. Collaborate with the Director of Andela Experience and the Chief of Staff, in determining strategic locations for these meetings.
Handle confidential company, personal, sensitive personnel or other organization matters with the utmost discretion and professionalism.
The key attributes for this role are:
Curiosity to Learn:
Interest in understanding the business which will only improve your ability to meet the various demands of the Chief and Company.
You are energized about process and continuous improvement.
You can ramp up quickly on assignments and tasks with minimal guidance.
You can think expansively, modify ideas for problem solving, take full ownership of your responsibilities and be willing to focus and commit to get work done.
You are exposed to confidential information at the highest level of the organization and you need to not only maintain strict confidentiality but you must also use the info you gain to guide and prioritize your work.
Superb interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain excellent relationships with all levels of the Company, customers, board members, and external partners.
Creative Problem Solving:
You are highly resourceful, able to see around corners, proactively anticipate blockers to daily operations and tackle for them.
You understand and have learned enough about competing priorities to know what is most significant and act accordingly but you also have an eye to how and when to pivot
You are also able to understand the scope of operation of the Executive Office, develop relationships outside your own team to drive outcome.
Forward thinker, you possess confidence and initiative that allows you to make independent decisions towards optimizing the CEO’s time.
You deliver high-impact work within set timelines, while also being careful with all types of resources (e.g. money, time, materials etc).
You understand the challenges of working with senior executives, and are able to navigate them seamlessly; you are unflappable.
You understand confidentiality, and treat all persons at Andela in a way that encourages mutual respect, equality, diversity and inclusion.
A Deep Commitment to our Mission:
You are committed to creating large-scale change and impact.
In addition, an extraordinary candidate has these attributes:
A polished professional who demonstrates drive and initiative
Thrilled by the idea and challenge of working in a fast paced start-up environment.
Has emotional maturity and excels in ambiguity.
Is not afraid of hard work or long hours on occasion
Has a strong proficiency Excel, Powerpoint, and with the Google Suite of products (Mail, Calendar, Drive), plus proficient in designing, creating, and maintaining Drive spreadsheets
Attention to detail and is willing to double and triple check their work.
Excellent writing, narrative-building, and proofreading skills. You catch the omissions/errors everyone else misses.
Facility in verbal and cross-cultural communication. Understands the complexities of remote working with people in multiple locations.
Can plan and conduct complex and sensitive administrative and operational duties.
Can organize and prioritize work to meet critical timelines.
Has very strong Project Management and logistical management skills
Is a calm and effective multi-tasker, who doesn’t drop the balls
Travel occasionally for work engagements.
Must be an all around incredible person we have a strict no jerks policy at Andela.
Fully Remote work culture – we hire globally and all of our roles are fully remote!
Bring your own device stipend – buy your own laptop with funds from Andela
Quarterly work from home stipends
Flexible working hours
Equity (as a part of compensation package)
Healthcare, 401k / pension (US only)
Andela Affinity Groups
Growth & development paths
Generous Paid Time Off, Parental Leave, Compassionate Leave
And more to come! We’re on a journey to reimagine global benefits at Andela
At Andela, we outcompete through diversity. We know that our strengths lie in the multiplicity of talents, perspectives, backgrounds & orientations resident in our community and we take pride in that. Andela is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices. Andela provides equal employment opportunities and workplace to all employees and applicants without regard to factors including but not limited to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy (including breastfeeding), genetic information, HIV/AIDS or any other medical status, family or parental status, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This commitment applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Our policies expressly prohibit any form of harassment and/or discrimination as stated above.
Andela is home for all, come as you are.
Sentient Media is a news organization that reports on the impact of animal agriculture. They increase awareness of animal suffering by sharing compelling stories about how humans treat animals. Their associate editor is accepting pitches at [email protected]. Pay is $150
The Paper Gown is a Zocdoc-powered blog that “strives to tell stories that help patients feel informed, empowered and understood.” They are seeking more personal essays on “navigating healthcare, facing chronic illness and other issues.” They will pay at least $0.50/word. Send your pitches to [email protected]
Women Who Write Are Dope is an Instagram-based publication that focuses on empowerment and amplifying the voices of female writing talent. They are looking for mini article pitches from women. They want pitches on these topics: emotional vulnerability, love and relationships, mental health awareness, trauma recovery, and the self love journey. Rate is $100 per mini article. A mini article is a 300-word personal narrative style piece. Pitches should be sent to [email protected] (there is no deadline).
The associate editor of Insider’s business division has tweeted, “The ‘OOO’ are flooding in as summer heats up. I would love pitches about Airbnb and vacation rentals, do you know anyone who’s making a killing? Also, any super lucrative summer job diaries or side-hustles!” Their rates generally begin at £250/$320 for personal essays and £270/$350 for single interviews. Pitches should be sent to [email protected].
Glamour is an online magazine for women. They have posted a “tentative call out for pitches about Beyoncé (her power/her new album/a love letter).” They pay £200 for standard pieces and £300 for in-depth reports and investigations. Interested writers should email [email protected].
The Bookseller is a British book industry magazine and website. They are open for submissions for their 2nd Disability Issue. The theme is “increasing accessibility & inclusivity of disabled people within the publishing industry.” They are seeking “article pitches by disabled authors, agents, editors, publishing employees & booksellers.” They are especially interested in pieces about “the obstacles disabled people face” and “what’s being done well and how it can be extended.” Rate is £120/500 words. If interested, send your pitches to [email protected].
Deadline: July 8th, 2022
Senior Game Artist at Improbable
REMOTE – INTERNATIONAL
GAMING AND PRODUCTION – THE MULTIPLAYER GROUP
PERMANENT EMPLOYEE (PE)
The Multiplayer Group (MPG) are 300 developers and data scientists, helping our clients and partners build 20+ AAA projects at any one time. We’re probably the most experienced multiplayer dev group in the world and we’re set up to help the games industry make games more easily, to deliver the highest quality, and become long-term partners.
We hire the best people, our talented team is spread across the globe. We’re remote-friendly and big on wellbeing, so if you love the sound of us, we’d love to hear from you!
We are actively recruiting a Senior Game Artist (3D) to help MPG deliver expert art support to our clients. You will work with the art/animation/tech art team and alongside production, design, QA and engineering teams in helping to deliver the best multiplayer experiences in the world.
You are an experienced Senior Artist who has delivered significant contributions to many games. You are confident in owning deliveries – helping schedule work and report on progress. You are an expert in your field with an arsenal of direct experience to call upon. You could be considered a Generalist, being strong in 3D (hard and soft body modelling), creating and applying materials/shaders and perhaps world building, VFX and maybe more. You can operate independently on complex projects and demonstrate the full capabilities of your craft, understanding the technical as well as creative challenges. You’re happy to help mentor more junior artists and work collaboratively across the team to ensure the best possible ideas are professionally presented and realised in-game.
You fully understand that your art skills will only get you so far when it comes to creating solutions and that your other non-technical skills, such as effective communication, mentoring, and teamwork are starting to play a much larger role in your work.
This is a perfect opportunity for the right person to play a big part within the art team – helping to define workflows for our teams as well as helping to set visual benchmark assets following the visual direction.
What you’ll be doing:
Follow visual direction and technical briefs to create game assets, game worlds and assist others to do the same
Integrate assets into game engines: checking for quality and issues before committing the project
Work using relevant 3D tools, material creators/editors & game engines – plus game development software such as version control and production tools
Identify and log tasks, track and report on progress, assist more junior artists in doing the same
Create benchmark assets: following, improving or creating documentation as you go
Assist development with documentation, reviews and quality assurance or art
Maintain high quality standards and process: workflows, tests, documentation, approvals
Assist more junior team members in day-to-day work, being proactive in sharing your knowledge
Advise across the studio in matters concerning 3D game art
Attend stand-ups, craft meetings, deep-dives, reviews, show and tells, etc
What we’ll need from you:
Senior Artist level portfolio/showreel
Solid art development experience: having worked on multiple titles on all stages of game development
Attention to detail with a strong ability to analyse and comprehend Visual Direction and adapt style as needed
Solid problem solving: a knowledge of workflows, dependencies, typical challenges in 3D art for games
Excellent knowledge of typical art tools and game engines
Ability to create and present documentation concerning 3D art creation/integration
Ability to advise team members on workflow
Solid experience with development workspace and production tools like Jira and P4
Ability to communicate with leads and producers and prioritise work, flag issues, identify risks
A good communicator with the ability to verbalise conceptual thoughts and the willingness to accept constructive critique
“Final touch” quality control on 3D game assets
What would help:
Experience working with Art Outsource companies
Experience in a similar role is highly desirable
Experience working on several projects concurrently
Experience of direct communication with clients
Experience mentoring artists
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