We are looking for a Visual Storyteller to join our curriculum development team. This is a full-time role based in San Francisco. You will be the sixth member of our Content Team, working closely with our other Visual Storyteller, our Scriptwriters, and our Activity Designers to help create every science lesson. As the script and activities for a new lesson begin to take shape, you’ll drive all of the visual elements of our video production and other visual assets. You need to be a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to visuals, experienced in explaining science simply, and a master at storytelling with visuals.
You have a talent for creating powerful visuals to communicate an idea.
You love learning science and explaining it to kids.
You are skilled at the art of visual explaining—breaking down complex science concepts into simple, step-by-step visuals.
Mystery Science is fast paced environment, with one lesson being developed and created every 5-7 days. Each Mystery lesson consists of 5-6 short videos (each 2-4 minutes long) and also includes a filmed hands-on activity. You need to be a master at taking a Mystery script and figuring out all of the visuals needed to best convey the story and the science ideas. We target clarity and student engagement. Our teachers want more content quickly, and our top priority is visual clarity over Hollywood-level production quality.
Sourcing real-world images and video clips online to convey ideas
Creating custom diagrams, animations, and photoshopped imagery to supplement real-world imagery
Filming and shooting step-by-step demonstrations for the hands-on activity
Designing printable assets that accompany activities, like worksheets, foldables templates, the occasional card game, etc
Collaborating closely with the Activity Designer and providing feedback on the structure and visual presentation of each activity
There will be a lot of growth potential within the content team. As a small team, you’ll see the impact of your work immediately and you’ll have the chance to collaborate daily with amazing colleagues.
We started Mystery.org to create better explanations for every question children have about the world. We began with the 150 most common science questions that children ask teachers. We call this collection Mystery Science. Last year, more than 4 million children used Mystery Science in 50% of U.S. elementary schools. In an industry that is plagued by long sales cycle and high barriers to entry, we’ve sold thousands schools without a single sales person. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.
We’re now moving on to all the other questions children have that they’ll never learn in school. In the last 18 months we received over 500,000 questions from children eager for better explanations of the world. Now we’re creating video explanations for every question. You can think of this like a visual Wikipedia for kids.
Our goal is to create a generation of better thinkers. We think this is the most important problem to solve in the world today.
Meet The Team
On your first day at Mystery.org, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and The Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with.
We are a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.
If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!