Jobs Opportunities at EdSource

Editor

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We are looking for a skilled editor with the temperament to coax great work out of a reporting staff.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the editor will help lead our coverage of important public education issues in California. The successful candidate will help writers deliver deeper storytelling, strengthen their beats, and make extensive use of our broad range of digital tools. 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 to new audiences.

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 and is developing new ways to report on major reforms currently underway in California schools.

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

This is a part time or full time position based in Oakland. EdSource Today is the journalism and communications arm of EdSource, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization founded in 1977 to engage Californians on key education issues.

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:

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


Reporter

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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.

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 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.

A competitive salary will be paid commensurate with experience. One reporter will work full-time out of our Oakland office. The other will work full-time or part-time and be based in Southern California.

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 indicating which position you are applying for, a 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.

Program Associate

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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 with tracking, 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: $37,000-42,000 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 will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic 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.

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