National Director

The National Director helps lead all facets of this ambitious and crucially important program. This position is based in Brooklyn, NY and will report to the President of Report for America, Steven Waldman.


The National Director will manage all staff focused on recruitment, corps member applications, service projects, training, and the corps experience. S/he will also be responsible for managing the relationships with RFA news outlet partners.  S/he will be responsible for:

  • The application process for would-be corps members that will allow RFA to grow from pilot phase to a movement.
  • The professional application process for the 40-50 host news organizations RFA partners with.
  • The corps training and mentorship strategies throughout the year.
  • Overall communications and shaping the brand.
  • Recruitment of both the news organizations and corps members.
  • Working with shared services at the GroundTruth Project on budgeting, financial planning and fundraising. 


  • Experience as a leader of a non-profit or service organization.
  • Entrepreneurial skills and practical experience in both journalism and public service. (Ideally, journalism experience would include work in local news. Public service might include work with or participation in national or community service programs, military service or other non-profit organizations).
  • Experience as part of a team that has scaled a startup organization.
  • Great organizational skills, with experience in operations.
  • A passion for the cause of local journalism and public service.
  • A sense of humor!
  • The 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!)


Salary is commensurate with experience.  RFA offers a variety of benefits including group health, dental, and vision coverage, group life and personal accident insurance, adoption assistance, commuter benefits, health care savings accounts, an employer assistance program, and marketplace discounts. Additional voluntary benefits include a voluntary retirement savings 403(b) plan, additional group life and personal accident insurance, and short and long-term disability insurance.

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Director of Corps Excellence


He/she will be responsible for insuring that the service year experience is excellent for the reporter and the news organization.  Responsibilities specifically would include:

  • Onboarding news organizations
  • Working with news organizations and corps members to address issues that arise during the year.
  • Create scalable system of regional or cluster managers to do these functions as Report for America scales


  • Several years experience in a volunteer, service or academic institutions
  • Familiarity with the culture of local news rooms
  • Some experience working with emerging journalists or early professionals
  • Strong diplomatic and people-management skills
  • Ideally, solid experience as an advisor, counselor, or mentor in an academic or professional setting

S/he reports directly to the program’s National Director.

Instead of writing a cover letter, please fill out this form, which will also allow you to upload your resume. Questions about this position may be directed to

Report for America is an initiative of the GroundTruth Project, which 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.

Director of Impact and Evaluation

Responsible for assessing what’s working and not working, and helping to measure and demonstrate the impact of both individual corps members and the program as a whole.


  • Establishing  metrics and impact agreements with each news organization
  • Working with news organizations to track impact throughout service year
  • Establishing a scalable system for data collection and impact assessment
  • Working with outside evaluators to create high quality evaluations of program impact
  • Developing new ways to convey impact


  • Some experience designing evaluation or monitoring strategies for news organizations
  • Familiarity with newsroom cultures
  • Facility with academic approaches to non profit evaluation and assessment

Please fill out this form, which will allow you to upload your resume. Questions about this position may be directed to


Director of Local Development and Fundraising

Lead efforts to generate support from local and regional funders and work with local news organizations to raise local philanthropic support. Reports to the President of Report for America.


  • Raise money from local and regional foundations for the Report for America program
  • Work with local news rooms to identify and solicit funds from local philanthropy (foundations, individuals, corporations) to provide the “local” share for Report for America reporting positions
  • Work with GroundTruth’s Development Officer as well as the CEO of GroundTruth to  generate support for Report for America in general and to coordinate with the Ground Truth’s development strategy.


  • Several years of experience in nonprofit development
  • Experience in training or teaching (to help train local news organizations how to advance their local fundraising efforts)
  • Passion for, and familiarity with, the cause of local journalism

Please fill out this form, which will allow you to upload your resume. Questions about this position may be directed to


Director of Marketing

Responsible for branding, public awareness and public outreach for Report for America.


  • Building the Report for America brand
  • Managing social media
  • Newsletters
  • Paid and niche marketing for recruitment of corps members and news organizations
  • Telling the stories of corps members
  • Swag design and cheerleading
  • Coordinating with overall GroundTruth marketing and communications strategy



  • Several years leading communications and/or marketing efforts for an organization or company
  • Some experience with managing social media
  • Some experience building newsletters and audience, a plus.

Please fill out this form, which will allow you to upload your resume. Questions about this position may be directed to