Job Title: News Voices: Colorado Manager
Position Status: Full-time. This is an expected 12-24 month fixed term position, dependent on funding and other strategic considerations.
Classification and Tier: Exempt, Tier Two
Work Location: Colorado remote office
Posting Date: January 20, 2020
Free Press is launching News Voices: Colorado, a two-year initiative that invests in building the capacity of local newsrooms and communities to transform Colorado’s media ecosystem and improve local news and information across the state.
This initiative, in collaboration with the Colorado Media Project, builds on the organization’s place-based work in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Philadelphia that fosters long-term change in local media by transforming the relationships between newsrooms and communities, building trust between them, and creating pathways for journalists and community members to work together to reshape local news.
The manager is a key position in expanding News Voices to Colorado, and will focus on engaging Colorado residents, community leaders, and journalists to work collectively to envision, strengthen, and transform local news. The person in this position will develop relationships with potential partners and allies, manage public forums and other events, coordinate community outreach, and facilitate workshops and collaborative projects based on the needs and assets of local communities, with an emphasis on engaging communities underserved by local news, including people of color, women, and youth.
The manager will represent Free Press and promote our work at community meetings, conferences and other events. The manager will also create content to support our online organizing and engagement efforts, develop creative online and offline actions, and share the work of News Voices: Colorado with peers, allies, and supporters across the state and around the country.
The position is based in Colorado to ensure that the manager can engage deeply with the communities we’re working in while maintaining connections with the national scope of Free Press’ work.
This position reports to the News Voices director and works closely with the rest of the News Voices team. This job requires a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend work. Frequent travel throughout the state and occasional domestic travel are required.
Free Press comprises two separate corporate entities, Free Press and Free Press Action Fund. Both entities share the same overall mission and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "Free Press".
- Project launch and strategy: In coordination with project partners, work with Free Press staff to develop strategy and goals, evaluation metrics and process, map stakeholders and allies, choose target communities and news outlets, and create a detailed timeline with methodologies and roles. Lead on implementation of strategy and outreach.
- Build a network of community members and journalist allies: Lead engagement with Colorado residents, including Free Press members, community-based organizations, journalists and community leaders. Build relationships with organizations and media outlets that are based in or serve target neighborhoods. In coordination with partners, survey journalists, community-based organizations and neighborhood residents on their perspectives on local news coverage, through written and online surveys, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews.
- Hosting community discussions and workshops: Host community conversations, both small and large in scale, about centering community in local news coverage. These will bring together reporters and residents to strengthen relationships, discuss community information needs, gather untold stories and perspectives, and explore ways to make local news reporters more accessible. Design and conduct workshops with journalists on community engagement, and with residents on building relationships with journalists and lifting up local perspectives in news coverage.
- Coordinate collaborations and new coverage strategies: Guide launch of 2-3 newsroom-community journalism collaborations, depending on direction newsrooms and residents wish to take. Develop newsroom strategies to incentivize media to better meet people’s information needs.
- Leading and learning: Stay up to date on the latest trends in journalism and campaign strategies and articulate the value of using community engagement and organizing to strengthen relationships between newsrooms and communities. Implement strategies, technologies and best practices by regularly communicating with allies, newsrooms and campaigners, attending conferences and trainings as needed and reporting back to Free Press program staff. Speak to media and allies about the News Voices project.
- Advance race equity: Free Press is a multiracial organization committed to advancing race equity in our work, which includes being explicit about the impact of media and technology issues on communities of color and building alliances with racial-justice organizations. Clearly and consistently articulate an understanding of racial equity and structural racism and the centrality of this analysis to the work Free Press does and how we operate. Integrate that knowledge into work projects and interactions by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities and decisions on race, class, gender and other group identities within the context of job responsibilities and projects.
- Member engagement: Collaborate with the News Voices director and other staff to develop local and national member-engagement strategies, campaign actions and events, recruit and manage volunteers and expand our membership base through public engagement.
Must have a commitment to racial equity and experience working with communities of color.
Must be able to work both independently and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and allied organizations.
Must be able to address challenges and seize opportunities as they arise.
Must be a team player with a low-ego approach to collaboration.
Must have a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstance.
Must have a strong work ethic, with a sense of urgency and ability to work under tight deadlines.
Must have experience telecommuting or working virtually, and working with an off-site manager, or comparable work experience that demonstrates an ability to succeed in an off-site work situation.
Must be able to remain positive, tactful and composed under pressure.
Must be able to handle changes in work priorities with ease.
A great sense of humor, humility and flexibility are musts.
Bachelor’s degree and/or 3+ years of experience leading successful organizing efforts and/or experience working as a journalist, with a combination of online and/or offline organizing, rapid-response work, volunteer engagement, political advocacy, coalition building, training and reporting
Experience working with diverse communities
Strong interest in media and technology issues and demonstrated experience working on those or similar issues
Experience in community storytelling and/or familiarity with trends in journalism and press freedom
Experience working on public education, community engagement or other similar campaign-organizing work
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Experience writing email alerts, blog posts and other web content for campaigns and organizational outreach
Attention to detail, flexibility and demonstrated capacity to operate in a fast-paced environment
Desired Skills and Experience:
Journalism experience and/or familiarity with trends in journalism and press freedom.
Experience working on public education, community engagement or other similar campaign-organizing work.
Fluency in Spanish
Compensation and Benefits:
This position is categorized as a “tier two” position in the context of five possible functional classifications at Free Press, ranging from coordinator (tier one) to executive (tier five).
Free Press is committed to offering competitive pay and generous benefits, including group medical, dental, vision and short- and long-term disability insurance, retirement benefits, health reimbursement accounts and paid family leave. Annual paid time off is a total of nine weeks, including vacation, health-care leave and holidays.
The typical starting salary for a manager at Free Press who meets the above qualifications is between $55,000–65,000.
How to apply:
Complete our online application at the link to the right. Fully answering the application questions is an important part of the application process.
Free Press provides reasonable accommodations for the application, interview, or any other aspect of the employee selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please e-mail email@example.com to request an accommodation.
This position was posted the week of January 20, 2020. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and we encourage candidates to submit applications by February 28. This search will remain open until the position is filled. The ideal candidate will be available to begin work in April 2020.
Free Press Is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value excellence and diversity in our workforce. People of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
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