The crisis in journalism threatens democracy – which is why we need a dramatic new approach to reinvigorating journalism, especially at the local level. Report for America is a privately-financed national service program for journalists. Its mission is to call an emerging group of journalists to serve as local reporters in communities around the nation.
The program was co-founded in September 2017 by journalist/entrepreneurs Steven Waldman and Charles Sennott as an initiative of The GroundTruth Project. It is backed by the Google News Lab, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the Knight Foundation, the Galloway Family Foundation and others.
We seek a National Director to help run this ambitious and crucially important program. The position will report to the President of Report for America, Steven Waldman. Report for America is based in Brooklyn, NY. The GroundTruth Project is based at WGBH in Boston.
The National Director will initially work on many facets of the program including:
Devising the standards, practices, policies and strategies to make Report for America a movement that inspires public service through excellent local journalism.
Crafting a high-quality application process for would-be corps members that will allow RFA to grow from a pilot phase to a movement.
Creating a professional application process for host news organizations, and working with those organizations to make sure the quality is outstanding
Coordinating with GroundTruth staff to implement a world-class training and mentoring system that will allow RFA to build to scale.
Helping to shape the brand, serving as an ambassador for recruiting on college campuses, graduate schools of journalism and at public forums where the future of journalism is discussed.
Helping with budgeting and financial planning
Helping with fundraising
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
The ideal candidate would have:
Entrepreneurial skills and practical experience in public service and journalism
(Public service might include work with or participation in national or community service programs, military service or other non-profit groups. Ideally journalism experience would include work in local news.)
Experience as part of a team that has scaled a startup organization from small to large
Great organizational skills, with experience in operations
A passion for the cause of local journalism and public service
A sense of humor and ability to collaborate with wide varieties of people and an understanding of the spirit of a startup
Success at recruiting diverse teams, including diversity of ethnicity, gender, economic background and perspective
Excellent management abilities, both down and up
Commitment to and understanding of high quality, objective, local journalism
(We don’t expect the candidates to be rock stars in all of these skills but this is our ideal!)
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line RFA National Director by 11:59 p.m ET on Dec. 15, 2017.
The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.