Creative Director, Math and Science Content Marketing

San Francisco, CA /
Content /
Full-time
About Brilliant

Brilliant is a tight-knit team of scientists, educators, engineers, designers, storytellers, and illustrators who are redesigning education at scale. 

We believe that math and science are fascinating and beautiful, but that the tools widely used to teach it are dry and ineffective. Brilliant makes learning STEM fun, through problem solving and interactive explorations – from foundational math and science to cutting-edge computer science and professional topics.

Brilliant helps over 9 million students, professionals, and lifelong learners around the world cultivate problem solving skills, build intuition, and master concepts rather than memorize them. To understand more about our approach, see our learning principles.

You can see all open roles and learn more about our team culture on our Careers page.

The Role

Brilliant is seeking a creative person with a strong STEM background and a passion for math and science storytelling to lead the creative direction for Brilliant’s content marketing and ad campaigns. 

Most days, your job will be to write and storyboard for 2 hours, and the rest of the day, to look for things to write about. You will do this in a variety of ways, including – taking lots of Brilliant courses, talking to course creators, seeing what ideas the art team is generating, and reading widely, especially popular math and science in books and on social media. 

Once a week, you’ll present your ideas, and each month you’ll execute a few of those ideas into a final piece, in collaboration with artists, animators, designers, and content experts as needed. 

Additionally, you will help set the strategy, voice, tone, and content for our social media presence, email content marketing, and “how it’s made” or “about us” videos and blog posts, working as a creative partner to our marketing operations lead.

Your Responsibilities

    • Show people why math and science is beautiful, fascinating, and fun.
    • Make things people want to watch, that don’t look like advertising.
    • Be generative – play with lots of divergent creative ideas before picking a direction.
    • Write compelling storyboards that make STEM learning larger than life, and entertain people or give them something of depth.
    • Write to be timeless.
    • Make people notice Brilliant.
    • Tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end in short-format pieces that are typically anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
    • Adeptly shift registers between funny, serious, and beautiful, for different creatives.
    • Coordinate and project manage artists, animators, designers, and context experts to bring your best ideas to fruition.
    • Engage with people responding to our creatives in a helpful, delightful way.
    • Set the strategy for and oversee the execution of our social media posts, email campaigns, and videos and blog posts about Brilliant.
    • Use data to inform what’s resonating and what isn’t.

You

    • Have a B.S. degree or above in a STEM field (or an equivalent level of understanding)
    • Love math and/or science, and voraciously learn new things for fun
    • Are a keen observer of the world, and a student of popular culture
    • Read widely, ideally across genres
    • Understand the mechanics of storytelling and are a great storyteller
    • Have impeccable editorial judgment for short-format visual and written communication
    • Enjoy creative writing, and have the discipline to write a few pages every day
    • Have a flair for showmanship
    • Are excited to learn about the craft of marketing and the history of iconic advertising
    • Collaborate well with other creative people
    • Are detail-oriented and highly organized with strong project management skills
    • Regularly use at least one social media platform
To give you an idea of some of what you’ll be doing, here are some sample creatives we’ve made. If you take on the role of Creative Director, you may choose to use some of these as inspiration, or take us in a new direction. 

To apply, send your resume, a brief introduction of yourself, and a non‐academic creative sample to jobs@brilliant.org. The creative sample should contain several examples of visual, short-form content that bring STEM to life. These can be finished pieces, or storyboard sketches. You need not have created the visuals yourself – they can come from a collaborator, or from the web. We're looking for the ability to communicate ideas in a compelling way, rather than artistic ability.