Jobs Opportunities at EdSource

Editor

Download Job Description

EdSource Today, a San Francisco Bay Area-based non-profit media organization specializing in in-depth reporting on California’s public education system, is looking for an experienced editor who knows how to steer the story ideation process as well as help shape and hone authoritative education coverage from its senior reporters and contributing writers.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the editor will help lead our coverage of important public education issues in California. The editor will help promote EdSource Today as a voice of authority to established audiences and as an essential resource for engaging and explaining major education reforms now being implemented in the state and nation. EdSource Today is California’s pre-eminent source of news and analysis about K-12 public education. It has become a “must-read” by policymakers, influencers and the public to stay abreast of education in the state.

This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to grow as a leader and manager and who wants to shape the coverage of an organization that boasts the state’s largest roster of education journalists. If you are a seasoned editor who knows how to lead creative people to do their best work, capable at offering thoughtful criticism, and able to think outside-of-the-box to find fresh and engaging story angles, we want to hear from you.

The ideal candidate will have previous management experience and is practiced with new techniques in storytelling – data journalism, digital and multimedia storytelling and social media.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Developing priorities for coverage with the Executive Director, Senior Editor and other staff as appropriate.
  • Working with the Executive Director and Senior Editor assign articles and set deadlines for staff writers, correspondents, freelancers and other writers.
  • Providing guidance on story content and structure to staff writers, correspondents and freelancers.
  • Editing daily, weekly and in-depth stories on key education issues in the state, ensuring a high level of engaging, accurate, thought-provoking and fair journalism.
  • Developing and maintaining a wide range of contacts and commentary contributors from policy-makers, education leaders, teachers, parents and advocacy groups to ensure the widest range of information and perspectives as possible.
  • Working with the web manager to develop graphics and interactive components of stories; also developing creative ways to present stories and information in multi-media formats.
  • Working closely with the social media manager in maintaining and expanding EdSource’s social media presence, utilizing tools such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.
  • Attending weekly editorial meetings and encouraging discussions about how to interpret issues and present story ideas.
  • Working with Executive Director and assigned staff to seek and secure opportunities with other outlets for publication of EdSource Today articles.
  • Elevating the profile of EdSource Today by participating as moderator or panel member at various education summits, meetings and conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Stellar news sense, top-notch project management capabilities, and polished editing and writing skills are important for the Editor role.
  • Knowledge of or background in K-12 education in California a major plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, collaboration and planning skills are a must.
  • Knowledge and ability to upload content to a WordPress website, as well as familiarity of industry standard editing and design software is vital.
  • An understanding of the key role of social platforms to enhance EdSource’s online presence and expand its social media reach.
  • Extensive experience in a nimble, fast-paced magazine, newspaper or online publishing environment is prerequisite.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, Journalism, Public Policy or a related discipline.

To Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter, names and contact information of three professional references, links to your social media accounts and links to 3-5 examples of your print and digital work to Lanita Pace-Hinton, deputy director, at: lpace@edsource.org. Please include job title in subject line.


Program Associate

Download Job Description

EdSource is seeking to hire a resourceful, adaptable, detail and deadline oriented Program Associate to support research, publishing, program and partnership development priorities.

The ideal candidate will have two to three years of professional experience, with a familiarity and interest in state and national public education policy and reform issues.

Under the guidance of the Executive Director, the Program Associate will provide research, writing and copy editing support to enhance the Director’s ability to leverage new opportunities. The Program Associate will also work closely with the Deputy Director providing assistance with program implementation, tracking program deliverables, social media outreach and event planning.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct research for articles, reports, and other external publications.
  • Assist with writing, copy-editing and producing content for internal and external publications.
  • Compile, collect, and organize research findings into an electronic database or online portal.
  • Provide administrative support with program development; assist withtracking, documenting and updating program action items; maintain program contacts database; administer program surveys; and facilitate the coordination of events.
  • Work with other staff members as assigned to support areas of pressing need.

Candidate Requirements

  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills are of particular importance in this position.
  • Technological savvy, with fluency in Microsoft Office applications, Internet and database searches; experience crafting content for the web and social media platforms; and competency with presentation software are highly desired.
  • Solid organizational skills with the capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating event logistics.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills; ability to communicate with diplomacy, tact and courtesy.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, education, public policy or other relevant social sciences field.
  • Familiarity with California public education policies and reforms preferred, but not essential.
  • Minimum of two years of professional work experience.
  • The ability to make a minimum of a two-year commitment.

Compensation
Salary: $42,000-$50,000 commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package.

About EdSource
EdSource is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, online media organization whose mission is to clarify complex education issues in California and to promote thoughtful policy decisions about public school improvement.

Founded in 1977 it focuses on providing in depth reports, surveys and daily news coverage of key education challenges facing public education in California and the nation. It 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. 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 policy makers at the highest levels of state government.

EdSource is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants willreceive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any othercharacteristic protected by law.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume, names and contact information of three references along with two writing samples to: lpace@edsource.org.

No phone calls and no employment agencies please.


Reporter

Download Job Description

EdSource Today, the largest education reporting team in California, is seeking two highly talented and creative reporters 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 candidates will have an opportunity to write and report on potentially the 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 reporters selected for these positions will be part of a growing team developing new ways to reach Californians on the multiple challenges affecting public education. The reporters will help EdSource extend its reach to audiences that are both currently engaged in California’s education ecosystem as well as the general public.

We are looking for writers with a flair for distilling complex topics and education jargon into clear, compelling prose. They 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.

One of the reporting positions is based at EdSource’s main office in Oakland, CA and the other is based in its Long Beach, CA bureau.

We are interested in candidates who have at least 5 years of professional experience working with daily publications. She/he should have the ability to write cleanly, report aggressively and grasp the larger context of issues. She/he should also be adept at tackling long-form stories and skilled at using social media.

EdSource Today is California’s pre-eminent source of news and analysis about K-12 public education. It has become a “must-read” by policymakers, influencers and the public to stay abreast of education in the state.

Qualifications

The successful candidates are creative self-starters who are 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.

EdSource provides competitive salaries, comprehensive health and dental benefits,and a retirement savings plan.

About EdSource

EdSource Today is California’s pre-eminent source of news and analysis about K-12 public education. It has become a “must-read” by policymakers, influencers and the public to stay abreast of education in the state.

To Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter, names and contact information of three professional references, links to your social media accounts and links to 3-5 examples of your print and digital work to Lanita Pace-Hinton, deputy director, at: lpace@edsource.org. Please include job title in subject line.

Template last modified: