Children's Storyteller / Script Writer at Mystery.org (View all jobs)Remote US-Based
The Role We’re looking for a Children’s Storyteller / Script Writer with a can-do attitude and a passion for helping children explore and understand our fascinating world. We’ve been working hard for a few years to create one of the easiest to use and most popular elementary science curricula in the country. We also produce a weekly 5-minute mini-lesson series that answers questions children ask – we’ve collected about 2 million questions so far and we plan to answer all of them. Nearly 4 million children experience our explanations each month! Being a Children’s Storyteller / Script Writer at Mystery.org means you’ll be joining our content development team in producing more amazing lessons and videos that reach many more millions of students worldwide.
As the Script Writer, you will be responsible for writing video scripts for either our weekly mini-lessons or the K-5 science curriculum. Mystery has an established voice and content strategy that we’ve honed. We don’t tell children what to think; we guide them to explore and be curious - and as the Script Writer, you’ll work closely with the other key contributors (especially the visual storytellers and the activity developers) to create explanations that get children excited about the world we live in and foster a curiosity that will propel them to become the problem solvers of the future.
This position reports to Soo Kim, our Director of Content, and is a remote-first (US based), full-time salaried position.
Do you “get” kids? You understand how to engage elementary-aged children through stories. What are children most curious about? When they ask a question, what is it they really want to know? Maybe you’ve worked as a generalist elementary teacher or science specialist, or a content creator at a museum or even a YouTube creator that has built a successful children’s audience. At the core, you think kids are amazing and you think deeply about what makes them tick, and can also help others understand them better.
Do you love to write and craft stories? You have a minimum of 3 years of writing in a professional setting and have foundational knowledge about story structure. Maybe you’ve written short stories or a children’s book, authored articles for magazines, or crafted story beats for an episodic TV series. You’re familiar with the elements and techniques to research from credible sources and tightly craft wow stories.
Do you love to learn about the wonders of the world around us? You’ll love this role and will excel at it if you get excited and energized when you get to figure something out! You’re endlessly fascinated by the world around you and have a scienc-y bend to your interests-- maybe you studied science in college or worked as a park ranger, or maybe you are a Renaissance person who reads broadly in history or popular science. You love the journey of discovery.
Do you embrace the give-and-take of a collaborative creative process? You love the growth that comes from working with other experts, such as visual storytellers or curriculum designers, to create the best content possible. You’re equally excited about immersing yourself in the creative flow for large blocks of time and about running a structured process that enables the best minds to weigh in on the work. You are ready to put yourself out there, make mistakes, and delight in learning and getting feedback. You don’t worry about getting it right the first time, but enjoy getting better over time.
Day-to-day As the Children’s Storyteller / Script Writer, your main focus will be:
Writing scripts for our weekly mini-lessons. You’ll develop scripts for our weekly mini-lessons (5-min video series), leaning into our unique, engaging approach. This involves everything from figuring out the specific questions to answer, to identifying the angle we want to take, researching the topic, and writing the production-ready script which will be narrated for the episode.
Writing scripts for our K-5 science curriculum lessons. As we expand and revise our K-5 curriculum, you’ll write video scripts for full-length lessons (10-20 minute video segments), contribute to step-by-step activity descriptions, and write very short-form content, such as text narration for our Top 5 bonus activities.
In this role, you’ll work closely with our visual storytellers, activity designers, and science curriculum experts. In any given week, you may join in a brainstorming session on seasonal activities, suggest improvements to activity instructions, or act as a thought partner for a team member who is exploring a new type of lesson. You’ll see the impact of your work immediately and you’ll have the chance to collaborate with amazing individuals who regularly reflect on their processes to see if we can deliver even better content and materials to children, teachers, and other adults in children’s lives.
About Mystery Science At Mystery Science, we believe it’s important that children stay curious as they grow up. We want to ensure that the next generation sees that it’s an amazing world we live in, full of possibility and wonder — and that they learn how to figure things out for themselves. By designing a program that is engaging and easy to implement, we’ve created one of the fastest-growing and most widely used learning resources and a brand that is loved by children and grown-ups alike.
Mystery Science is a part of Discovery Education – a global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to provide teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. When you join us, you become part of a fast-growing global organization that is empowering educators with the digital tools and professional learning they need to connect students to the real-world.
Inspired? If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping kids stay curious, we’d like to hear from you! Discovery Education is an equal opportunity employer. Discovery Education is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disabled status or, genetic information.