Report for America is a national service program that places emerging journalists into local newsrooms to report on urgent under-covered issues and communities. It is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, an award winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists.
Report for America is a dynamic, rapidly-growing answer to America’s crisis in local news reporting. Some 300 corps members work at newspapers large and small, public radio stations, TV stations, digital publications, wire services and investigative nonprofits. This year they will be in 250 newsrooms across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., plus Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Impact and Evaluation Manager for Report for America, a remote position, is key within the organization. The Manager is charged with the critical role of determining how we measure the impact of the corps members, what elements of the program are working and which aren’t, the satisfaction levels of reporters and newsrooms, and the cost effectiveness of our spending. This staffer will work remotely and will report to the Senior Vice President. We offer a competitive salary, great benefits and an excellent working environment!
Overall, working closely with the Report for America team to identify and meet the data and analysis needs across the program—identifying what info is needed, determining how best to gather it, using data to understand impact and track it, and analyzing trends to identify opportunities for program improvements. That includes:
- Establishing a scalable system for data collection and impact assessment including defining long-term and short-term outcomes
- Working with our recruitment team to analyze data to help inform ongoing recruitment strategies for newsrooms and corps members
- Working with news organizations to track impact throughout service year
- Working with our development team to prove impact for our funders
- Assessing the efficacy of our efforts to help newsrooms increase donations
- Assessing news deserts, to help us plan impact strategies
- Developing new ways to convey impact
- Developing, managing and updating a tracking system, working with Salesforce
- Working with outside evaluators to create large-scale evaluations of program impact
A successful candidate will:
- Possess significant experience overseeing and designing evaluation or monitoring strategies for news organizations or similar organizations
- Have expertise in creating and analyzing data and spreadsheets
- Possess familiarity with creating and analyzing surveys
- Possess a familiarity with academic approaches to journalistic evaluations and assessments
- Have some familiarity with newsroom cultures
Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.
About The GroundTruth Project
The GroundTruth Project is an international nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to rebuilding journalism from the ground up. GroundTruth serves under-covered communities by supporting the next generation of journalists to do on-the-ground reporting and to advance sustainability, innovation and equity in journalism worldwide. GroundTruth’s flagship programs — Report for America and Report for the World — place talented, diverse local reporters in the newsrooms that need them most.
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.