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Solutions Journalism Network

New York, New York (United States)

Web: solutionsjournalism.org

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Region Collaborative Manager, Local Media Project


Job ID: 58298
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Location: , United States
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Job Category: Other
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 70000 per year
Posted: 03.26.2020

Job Description

Note: We at SJN are all planning around the rapidly developing coronavirus situation, as we know you are too. Please note that all recruitment activities, for now, will take place remotely and in consultation with candidates. The travel outlined for this position will be evaluated once the candidate is in place and as the situation evolves. The successful candidate will work remotely on a full-time basis. If you have any questions or concerns at any point during the process, please reach out to delaney@solutionsjournalism.org.
 
Title: Region Collaborative Manager, Local Media Project
Reports to: VP, Practice Change
Position type: Full time, salaried (exempt) with benefits
Location: Flexible within the U.S.: candidates should be based in the Midwest, Mountain West, or West and open to frequent regional travel.
Compensation: $65,000 - $70,000
Applications due: Sunday, April 12, 2020
 
Background
The Solutions Journalism Network, a growing national non-profit organization, is catalyzing critical reporting about responses to social problems. Solutions journalism provides a framework, grounded in journalistic ethics and informed by today’s professional challenges, that enables journalists to cover society more comprehensively, revealing possibilities for civic agency and connection.
 
In SJN’s seven years, solutions journalism has become a credible reporting practice recognized for driving meaningful impact in society.  Over 14,000 journalists have been exposed to our curriculum. More than 400 news organizations have engaged SJN to produce staff workshops, develop reporting projects, and consult on audience or community engagement activities.
 
The Local Media Project (LMP), a five-year initiative (currently in year two) generously funded by the Knight Foundation, seeks to find out how solutions journalism - and journalistic collaboration - can reimagine the relationship between news and society. This reimagining can reignite trust, cultivate engagement, and create the news ecosystem of the future.
 
For more information, please see:
1. This one pager: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1PX_pvG2-vEBPmaXEGH3FUmXFm9mgnAg8
2. This blog post from VP, Practice Change Liza Gross: https://medium.com/trust-media-and-democracy/collaboratives-you-have-to-want-to-be-there-d0663a3582fc
 
The shape and functionality form of the news outlet of the future remains uncertain. The Regional Collaborative Manager will be at the frontlines of the experimentation that will take us there.
 
Role description
As Region Collaborative Manager, Local Media Project, you will oversee collaborative projects in your region with the goal of creating self-sustaining, solutions journalism-focused news hubs in communities. (To see an example of an existing collaborative, please check out Resolve Philadelphia: https://resolvephilly.org/about. For more information about collaboratives, please refer to this playbook: https://learninglab.solutionsjournalism.org/en/courses/collaborative-playbook.)
 
The LMP is an initiative of The Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), an organization whose mission is to spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. We’ve worked with over 14,000  journalists and 200 news organizations to cover society more comprehensively, revealing possibilities for civic agency and connection.
 
As Region Collaborative Manager, you will:
- Convene solutions journalism collaborative projects in your region, as well as keep an eye out for new possibilities
- Steer the ship: keep collaboratives on track once they begin by facilitating deliverable deadlines, interim reports, etc.
- Consult on pain points or questions from the collaborative (in conjunction with other SJN staff members)
- Source and facilitate training opportunities for the collaborative participants (beginning with training in solutions journalism, but the sky is the limit)
- With support from SJN staff, facilitate the collaborative's experimentation with new audience engagement tools
- Refine a metrics and data collection plan with the collaborative
- Seek unique civic partnerships with libraries, educational institutions, or other community groups with an eye towards transformation
- Advance justice and equity in communities, as well as at SJN
- Contribute to research and knowledge gathering projects with the rest of the Local Media Project team
- Participate in public-facing events and forums such as conferences, panels, talkbacks, Facebook Lives, etc.
 
What we’re looking for:
- Strong entrepreneurial aptitude: The manager won’t be content to just do tasks as directed, but rather seek out unique and transformational opportunities
- Project management skills: the manager will oversee 3-4 collaboratives at any given time
- An enthusiasm for regional travel
- An embrace of the solutions journalism approach.
- An interest in and a passion for the reinvigoration of local news
- A passion for journalistic excellence and creating the news ecosystems of the future
 
Does this sound like your calling? We hope so: We’re an energetic, ambitious, and fun bunch, and we want great people to join us. We need folks who know how to solve problems, with an appetite for experimentation and an appreciation for ambiguity.
 
Please upload your cover letter and resume and answer a few questions here.
 
Key details:
This full-time position is based in the midwest or mountain west regions of the U.S. with travel expected about once a month. The Solutions Journalism Network is a 501(c)3 organization offering competitive salary with health benefits; generous paid time-off and work-schedule flexibility; and the best (actually) colleagues. Remote employees receive a technology stipend and can expect to visit the NYC HQ once or twice a year. Remote employees also gather with the entire team in the late fall at our annual retreat (usually in a beautiful rustic location somewhere on the east coast).
 
Diversity of perspective, identity, and experience is important to us: We want to reflect and serve the whole of society. As a result we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to seek employment, and we make all employment decisions without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factors protected by federal, state or local law. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Delaney Butler (delaney@solutionsjournalism.org).
 
Timeline
Applications due: Sunday, April 12
Interviews: Mid to late April
Offer date: Early May
 


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