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Senior Investment Writer

San Francisco, California
3 Sep 2022

Parnassus Investments is the largest pure-play responsible investment company in the United States. We seek to build wealth responsibly for long-term investors by investing in businesses that offer products or services that are increasingly relevant to customers, have sustainable competitive advantages relative to their peers and are led by quality management teams that adhere to ethical business practices. We have incorporated rigorous environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into our investment decisions since 1984.

Our firm is a multi-year winner of the Pensions & Investments Best Places to Work in Money Management award. Our team members benefit from a supportive, collaborative culture that emphasizes quality, teamwork and continuous learning. In this role, you will have an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the growth and progress of the firm and its efforts to persuade more investors to choose companies with good environmental practices and good workplaces. You will also work with thoughtful, creative people who are keenly focused on what investors care about.

Senior Investment Writer

We are seeking to hire a Senior Investment Writer with 7 to 10 years of experience to communicate the investment and ESG value of our product offerings to current and prospective investors. This position is an important part of keeping our clients informed about our company and their investments as well as supporting Parnassus's efforts to win new business.

Key Responsibilities

You will be working as part of a team that includes Marketing and Communications professionals. Your responsibilities will include:

        Creating copy that effectively communicates our competencies and the value of our fundamental and ESG strategies. Producing industry-leading thought leadership in short form and long form pieces that are both timely and timeless.

        Actively working with the Marketing team on idea generation, positioning and messaging for investment and marketing collateral.

        Consistently delivering high-quality copy that fully reflects a brief and adheres to a deadline.

        Exercising strong collaboration skills and flexibility, including responsiveness to copy critiques.

        Writing in a variety of voices (firm, CEO, CIO, etc.) and to a variety of audiences (institutional, advisor, retail, internal, etc.).

        Providing business and industry updates, and some promotional pieces, in a variety of formats such as thought leadership articles, shareholder communications, email, website copy, blogs and press releases.

        You will work directly with portfolio managers, our ESG team and senior executives to translate their subject matter expertise into materials easily consumed by our investors.



The successful candidate will have:

Experience, Skills, and Knowledge:

        Seven to ten years of investment writing experience

        A strong background and interest in fundamental investment concepts required; experience with ESG investing concepts preferred

        Excellent conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills, including using independent judgment to develop concepts and effectively connect with a variety of audiences

        Outstanding writing, editing and formatting skills

        Experience working with marketing briefs

        Strong Microsoft Office and proofreading skills

        Solid organizational skills

        A track record of delivering superior copy

        A high level of attention to detail

        Flexibility and outstanding collaboration skills

        Writing samples are required



A Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g., Writing, English, Business, Finance, Marketing or Communications) is required. Specialized course work or credentials, such as a CFA or ESG certification, preferred.

Being Part of the Parnassus Team Includes

        Competitive compensation commensurate with experience and skills

        An annual bonus based on several factors including both profitability and individual performance

        100% coverage of medical, dental and vision premiums for you and your family with no waiting period

        2:1 charitable contribution matching to non-profit organizations

        The opportunity to collaborate with intellectually robust coworkers

        This position is based in our San Francisco office with a hybrid model of 3 days/week in-office and 2 days/week remote. We are in San Francisco's Financial District near BART, Muni, ferries and cable cars and we provide a generous commuter subsidy. However, we may consider a fully remote (non-California) option for the right candidate.


We will only consider applicants who are legally authorized to work in the United States; we do not sponsor work-related visas.


Parnassus Investments is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. We comply with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and will consider all applicants in accordance with this Ordinance.

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  • Job Reference: 703138795-2
  • Date Posted: 3 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Parnassus Investments
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Salary: On Application