Jobs Opportunities at EdSource


Deputy Director

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EdSource is a highly respected nonprofit organization founded in 1977 focused on providing in depth reports, surveys and daily news coverage of key education challenges facing public education in California and the nation. The organization has built a strong readership among a broad range of influential education stakeholders, including state and local education administrators, legislators, policy and advocacy groups, teachers, parent organizations, philanthropic foundations and the news media. EdSource Today, its journalism and communications arm, comprises the largest education reporting team in California.

Underwritten primarily by philanthropic foundations, EdSource continues to break new ground in how it brings the latest information on public education to Californians. To continue its commitment to innovation and excellence, EdSource is seeking a highly skilled deputy director to oversee its daily operations, including management of innovative projects on the delivery of in-depth information on significant issues in the public education field.

The Position
The search for the deputy director position is being handled by the recruiting firm Trilogy Search. Reporting to the Executive Director, the deputy director will assume a key management role in building and strengthening EdSource’s efforts to contribute to a more effective public education system.

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Organizational Management
    • Manage administrative and operational functions of the organization including human resources (including hiring processes, staff benefits, and personnel policies), facilities operations, and budget development and monitoring. Assist the Executive Director with fundraising as needed.
  • Special Projects Coordination
    • Oversee the design and production of special reporting projects and initiatives, including in- depth briefings/reports on key education issues such as changes in school finance policies, implementation of Common Core standards, student testing, state accountability systems and teacher certification policies. The deputy director will establish clear project management plans and timelines. The production process typically includes establishing project goals, content focus, content development process, project coordinator oversight, online packaging and information release and distribution to EdSource target audiences.
  • Digital Communications Management
    • Working with the digital communications manager, ensure that the EdSource website is functioning properly, trouble shoot problems and sign off on any proposed changes to the site.
  • Strategic Planning Leadership
    • Under the guidance of the executive director, oversee the development of an annual strategic plan to identify priorities that will continue to enhance the organization’s effectiveness in providing innovative, reliable and high quality information to readers. Actively hold the big picture of the organization and monitor the progress in implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Senior Management Team Member
    • Participate as a member of the organization’s senior management team along with the executive director, senior editor and editor-at-large.
  • Financial Management
    • Participate in the development of the organization’s annual budget, manage the budget, and monitor monthly financial statements with the executive director
  • Communications Leadership
    • Maintain clear and effective communications systems that support staff cohesion and alignment around projects and organizational priorities.
  • External Partnerships
    • Assist in building strategic partnerships with organizations that can enhance EdSource’s impact in the public education sector, including other new organizations, policy and advocacy groups, research institutions and philanthropic foundations. Represent the organization in lieu of the Executive Director as needed.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and skills:

  • A minimum of six to eight years senior management experience in education policy, media, communications or related fields.
  • Knowledge of major trends in education on state and national level, with ability to communicate these trends in clear, jargon-free terms for a range of audiences.
  • Excellent writing skills and judgment in reviewing written products and content.
  • Solid understanding of digital communications and producing and packaging online information
  • Excellent leadership skills and experience supervising staff.
  • Highly organized with excellent project management skills.
  • Energetic strategic thinker who can bring creativity to work products and foster a creative and collaborative work environment for staff.
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills and ability to work positively with individuals and as part of a team.
  • Ability to assess problems and identify practical solutions.
  • Demonstrated track record in building external partnerships.

Compensation

Competitive salary commensurate with experience with an excellent benefits package.

Location
This position is located in Oakland, California.

For more information contact:

Charles Pappalardo, Managing Director, Trilogy Search
650.685.2600 Ext.105
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Social Media and Outreach Specialist

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Overview:

EdSource is a highly respected nonprofit organization which is developing new and innovative ways to present content about the numerous challenges facing public education in California and the nation.

Founded in 1977, EdSource launched a journalism and communications arm in 2012, EdSource Today, which now comprises the largest education reporting team in California. The organization has become a “must read” among a broad range of influential education stakeholders, including state and local education administrators, legislators, policy and advocacy groups, teachers, parent organizations, philanthropic foundations and the media.

EdSource continues to break new ground in how it brings the latest information on public education to Californians. To continue its commitment to innovation and excellence, EdSource is seeking a highly skilled Social Media and Engagement Specialist who will raise the online presence and traffic of EdSource and expand and diversify the organization’s online audiences.

The Social Media and Engagement Specialist will carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Develop overall strategy to drive organization’s social media engagement, priorities, outcomes and resource investment.
  • Create and manage relationships with other organizations to facilitate distribution of content.
  • Create and manage social media campaigns to promote the organization’s content, build readership and create content pick up and distribution by other online communities.
  • Manage EdSource’s presence in social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and other similar community sites, posting on relevant blogs and seeding content as needed.
  • Moderate online comments on EdSource Today and answer questions where appropriate in online networks.
  • Help expand the readership for EdSource’s online newsletters
  • Establish benchmarks for measuring the impact of social media initiatives, and analyze, review, and report on the effectiveness of campaigns.
  • Provide regular feedback to staff and board on insights gained from social media monitoring and web analytics.
  • Monitor trends in social media tools, trends and applications.
  • Create and manage relationships with other organizations to facilitate distribution of content.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications, business/marketing or related fields preferred.
  • Three years demonstrated experience in social media management in digital journalism, marketing, communications or related fields.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Active participant in social media networks and online communities.
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, WordPress and social media management tools. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator a plus.
  • Strong project management skills, detail oriented and ability to take the initiative and take a leadership role on projects.
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills, congenial personality and ability to work positively with individuals and as part of a team.
  • Creative strategist with effective problem-solving skills.
  • Sense of humor a major plus. Must enjoy the occasional GIF.

Compensation:

Competitive salary commensurate with experience with an excellent benefits package.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to edsource@edsource.org. Please write Social Media and Outreach Specialist in the subject line. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as they are received.


Education Reporter

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EdSource Today, the largest education reporting team in California, is seeking a highly talented and creative reporter to deliver powerful stories that initiate public discussion and promote accountability regarding major education reforms now being implemented in the state and nation.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to write and report on the potentially most significant changes occurring in public education in a generation, and to be part of the emerging nonprofit journalism sector that is incubating innovative reporting and revenue models for 21st Century journalism.

The reporter selected for this position will be part of a growing team developing new ways to reach Californians on the multiple challenges affecting public education. The reporter will help EdSource extend its reach to audiences who are both currently engaged in California’s education ecosystem as well as the general public.

We are looking for a writer with a flair for distilling complex topics and education jargon into clear, compelling prose. She or he will have a particular knack for uncovering the human-impact angle that immediately captures the attention of key education decision makers and the general public and makes the story worth reading.

Launched in 2012, EdSource Today has emerged as a prominent multi-media content provider in the nonprofit journalism sector, and is viewed as a daily “must read” by a wide range of audiences, including education leaders and policy makers at the highest levels of state government.

Qualifications

The successful candidate is a creative self-starter who is eager to explore new ways of covering issues in education through multimedia digital formats. Qualifications sought include:

  • Outstanding writing skills, with substantial experience in daily journalism.
  • Eagerness to work as part of a growing team in a creative nonprofit journalism environment to build a unique service focused exclusively on education.
  • Demonstrated track record using social media.
  • Background in education reporting and children’s issues preferable but not required.
  • Proven ability to work independently under deadline pressures, as well as working as part of a team.
  • Multimedia skills, including data visualization skills, and data analysis and computer-assisted reporting skills are a plus.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality, well written, and accurate copy on deadline.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Write lively and knowledgeable stories in a variety of styles and formats, including news, enterprise, analysis and investigative stories for EdSource Today and for wider distribution to other news outlets;
  • Participate in reporting projects encompassing the entire EdSource Today team;
  • Maintain an active online presence, as well as develop new ways to build an audience.

A competitive salary will be paid commensurate with experience. Ideally, the reporter will be based in Oakland, although we may consider basing a reporter in other regions of the state.

About EdSource

EdSource Today is the journalism arm of EdSource, a 37-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan education and research organization whose mission is to inform and engage policymakers and the public on key education challenges, with the goal of improving learning outcomes for all students. Over many decades, EdSource has developed a statewide reputation for providing impartial and objective information and reporting presented in powerful and compelling ways. EdSource is headed by veteran journalist Louis Freedberg.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and four clips or other examples of your work to edsource@edsource.org. Please write Education Reporter in the subject line. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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