Report for America, an initiative of THE GROUNDTRUTH PROJECT, is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. A national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities, Report for America is structured to harness the skills and idealism of an emerging group of journalists plus the creative spirit of local news organizations.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Corps Excellence Regional Manager for Report for America is a key position within the organization. The manager is charged with overseeing the operation of the program on a regional level from the perspective of the emerging journalists and the newsrooms that employ them. We will be hiring five Corps Excellence Regional Managers in total, each supervising corps members in one of these regions: Midwest, Northeast, South, Southwest and West. These positions will report to the Director of Corp Excellence. Most positions are remote however, each hire will be required to live in the region they will cover. We offer a competitive salary, great benefits and an excellent working environment!
Desired skill set
- Meaningful time (minimum 5 to 7 years) spent in the journalism industry, including as a manager.
- Ability to mentor
- Must be able and willing to travel
- Good listening and observation skills
- Quality problem solver who can also help others to navigate solving problems
- Ability to communicate non-confrontationally and intelligently
- Skilled negotiator
- Editing experience
- Steward of diversity, including visible signs of commitment to diversity issues
- Fluency in Spanish strongly desired for Southwest and West positions
- Familiarity with online communications tools such as Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, etc.
- Work to help the corps members do excellent journalism and have a meaningful, positive experience in the program — and that newsrooms are thrilled with the work of that journalist and the RFA program.
- Counsel and advise corps members on how to interact with their editors, their beats and their communities.
- Work with all host news organizations to ensure they follow Report for America program values, mission and procedures.
- Initiate and build partnerships with universities, journalism groups and other outlets to develop corps member opportunities for experiential endeavors locally, regionally and state-wide.
- Conduct site visits to newsrooms to evaluate progress and satisfaction of newsrooms. Visit corps members, too, possibly off-site, including during their service project work.
- Conduct monthly conference calls with employers and corps members.
- Assist Director of Recruitment in identifying potential news organizations in your region to host RFA corps members.
- Work alongside Report for America and GroundTruth colleagues to identify and promote speaking, conference participation and other opportunities for corps members, funders and partners in your region.
- Produce monthly reports on the program’s progress and the progress of the corps members in your region.
- Promote diversity within the program.
- Assist the Director of Corps Excellence, corps members and media companies in the contest entry process.
- Coordinate meetings and other activities for annual visit of Director of Corps Excellence.
- Work with the Director of Evaluation to evaluate the corps member and news organization’s progress and satisfaction.
- Work with the Director of Training to ensure the best possible continuing professional development for the corps members in that region.
- Work with the Director of Training and Service Projects to help corps members build outstanding and meaningful service projects.
- Work with RFA and GroundTruth leaders to develop strategies that help with the quality of the editing that the corps members are receiving.
- Report on corps members and newsroom activities/issues, etc.
- List of proposed visits/trainings, etc. in the region
- Monthly group Zoom call with Corps Excellence team at headquarters
- Any other item(s) as directed by the Director of Corps Excellence
- Roundup of activities for the quarter
- Along with Director of Evaluation, producing the corps member and news room evaluations
The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified application for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.