A year-long Optimist Trainee position with Simon Sinek’s Optimism Online – paid and fully remote.
There’s an entire section of the bookshop called “self help” but there is no section called, “help others”. We are working to build the “help others” industry. And we can’t do it alone.
We are looking for a few, very special people who are great team players. People who crave feedback (ALL kinds) to help them grow. People who are willing to ask for help when they need it and offer it when others need it (even when they don’t ask and even when it’s outside of the scope of your work). People who want to be a better version of themselves at the end of the program. And also want to have fun.
If this sounds like you, read on…
About the position:
Optimism Online is Simon Sinek’s digital company. We create and curate live online classes, on demand courses, B2B experiences, podcasts and live stream events, all designed to help advance our Just Cause.
We are looking for Optimist Trainees to join our team. In this Optimist Trainee role, you will be trained to “Zoom produce” in our live online classroom and also be assigned to train in and support one of our departments, such as marketing, online class production, B2B experiences, tech or operations.
After the 52 week long program, we hope to offer you a job to continue working with our team, or if not, we hope you will leave the team a better version of yourself. In the end, we are looking to build future leaders for our company and for others.
We recruit open-minded people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, abilities, and experience. We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and optimism.
- Full time position: Optimist Trainee
- Location: fully remote. US only
- Hours: Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM (within the US) with flexibility
- Salary: $40,000 per year, plus benefits
- Contribution to tech needs: $1,020 per year
- Length of program: 52 weeks from start date
- Vacation/holidays: “take what you need” vacation policy – we believe in responsible freedom
- Interviews and start date: we’ll review applications on a rolling basis. For candidates who are invited to interview, we will contact you via email to schedule a time. Start date is flexible and preferably ASAP.
- Please note: applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
- Graduated from an accredited college/university or are over 21 years old with at least three years work experience.
- The ability to work fully remotely, full-time (40 hours/week) throughout the 52 week duration of the trainee program.
Ok, now’s the part where it’s about you. Are you or do you have…
- Motivated, empathetic, optimistic.
- Tech savvy with a working knowledge of Zoom, Google suite and social media.
- Able to work in a fast paced environment with frequent change and also able to slow down and focus on the details when needed.
Someone with an attention to detail, good at time management, and with a strong sense of personal accountability (these are must haves).
- The courage to ask for help, find common ground when there is disagreement and seek alternative perspectives.
- Strong listening skills, effective communication skills and good writing skills.
- The ability to work on multiple projects and learn quickly.
- A sense of humor, don’t take yourself too seriously and up for a challenge!
If the answers are mostly yes…read on!
If you’re still smiling, here’s the list of the things you to need to do to apply:
- Please send your resume, a cover letter (max 400 words), and your transcript (if applicable).
- Tell us what areas you are most interested in: marketing, social media, online class production, B2B experiences, tech, operations/logistics, community or analytics. You can list as many as you like.
- We are experimenting with an aptitude test. Please take the following fifteen minute test on Criteriacorp.com. Click link below to start:
- Please also include a video, up to three minutes long (made by you). This is show and tell. Be creative. Do whatever you want and have fun! (We’ve included some sample video prompts and ideas below).
- Answer the five questions under Simon’s quotes below in several sentences.
Ideas for your video – these are only suggestions to help you out, but we are sure you have better ideas.
It could be: just you, an interview with your mother, a sibling, a piece to camera about anything – your favorite class, food or object in your room, why you are a tough nut to crack, an animation. You can use filters/text/graphics etc, introduce us to your friend group, tell us what you did in 2020, who do you want to be when you are 30, show us what you do when you are bored, are you funny? Do you care about robots, gardening, weather or school supplies? As we said, these are just suggestions. Do whatever you want.
Please answer the following questions in no more than a few sentences each.
“Innovation is not born from the dream, innovation is born from the struggle.”
– Simon Sinek
What did you learn about yourself during the pandemic?
“The goal is not to be perfect by the end, the goal is to be better today.” – Simon Sinek
What is something about yourself you want to improve?
“What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.” – Simon Sinek
Can you give an example of where you iterated and experimented with an idea and either succeeded or failed?
“The ability of a group of people to do remarkable things hinges on how well those people pull together as a team.” – Simon Sinek
Think about a team project you were a part of. What about you did the team value most?
“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.” – Simon Sinek
Have you ever done work that was not just for the money? If so, what was/is it?
Phew. You’re done!
Please send all application information above and include job title OPTIMIST TRAINEE in the email subject to HR@simonsinek.com
“Changing the world takes more than any one person knows, but not more than we can do together. So, let’s work together.” – Simon Sinek