Thursday, April 16, 2009

Marketing Communications Manager - oDesk (Menlo Park, CA)

Marketing Communications Manager - oDesk (Menlo Park, CA)

As the marketplace for online workteams with the best business model for both buyers and providers, oDesk ( is changing the way the world works:

For buyers, we guarantee work. Every hour billed is an hour worked.
For providers, we guarantee payment. Every hour worked is an hour paid.

With nearly 3X growth in each of the past two years and over $67 million worth of work performed (see:, oDesk is home to hundreds of thousands of service providers in over 100 countries and more than 50,000 employers tap our global talent base and platform to build and run their online workteams.

oDesk is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture firms Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, and Sigma Partners. 


In today's tough economy, oDesk is helping companies get more done with less while also helping talented professionals find interesting and lucrative job opportunities with the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. Our story and those of oDesk buyers and providers have gotten great coverage so far (see: ), but we know we're just scratching the surface.

We're looking for the ultimate evangelist, writer, and story teller who can help spread the word. Your role would be multi-faceted with responsibility for all aspects of public relations (story development, outreach, and coordination), the oBlog (our corporate blog), and helping to craft messaging to build the oDesk brand.

This position reports to the Vice President of Marketing and works closely with the rest of our team including our CEO, our extended contractor team, and many oDesk buyers and providers. This position offers a great opportunity to tell an exciting and timely story and build a community around a business that is creating new opportunities for businesses and professionals alike.


* Hands-on management of PR in close coordination with our external PR consultants. Analyzing oDesk data and staying abreast of marketplace and work trends, developing story ideas and pitches, coordinating PR opportunities, lots of direct outreach, securing speaking opportunities for our executive team, attending events, and submitting award applications.

* Full management of the oBlog including development of our editorial calendar, writing stories, coordinating research, recruiting guest bloggers, and syndicating blog content.

* With other members of the team:
** Help shape oDesk messaging across all communication channels: press, the website, emails, and other user communications.
** Identify new ways to engage new and existing users via online promotions, events, etc

Required Personal Characteristics and Experience

* Great communication skills, especially writing. You're able to tell stories that other people want to hear in a personal style that is unique and memorable.
* Creative and analytical. We have tons of data and swim in compelling personal anecdotes from our users. You must be able to identify the most interesting themes and craft the right stories.
* Web-savvy. oDesk users are web-savvy and so are you. You understand how to use the web to deliver your message and how to engage online communities to build goodwill.
* Outgoing and extroverted. You're comfortable and enjoy speaking with all types of people including senior execs and press. 
* Customer-service oriented. You aim to please when a journalist or a user has a need and we can help.
* Sense of urgency. We're changing the way the world works. There's no time to waste!
* Willing to roll-up your sleeves. oDesk is growing rapidly, but we're still a startup. You get stuff done.
* Experience. Maybe you've been at an agency for the past few years juggling multiple clients or you are a journalist jumping from story to story. We care less about the specific number of years of experience you have and more about your track record as a compelling writer and securing high-profile coverage or building an audience for what you have to say.

To Apply

* Please send your resume and cover letter to with "Marketing Communications Manager" in the subject line. Point us to writing samples and anything else that would give us a sense of you as a participant in online communities (your blog, Twitter, etc).

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