Job Opportunities at EdSource

Education Reporter

EdSource Today, California’s pre-eminent source of news and analysis about public education, is seeking a fulltime reporter to cover some of the major reforms being implemented in the state and nation.

Ideally, the candidate is a creative and resourceful writer with a knack for distilling complex topics and education jargon into clear, compelling articles that enrapt readers and reveals why things are as they are, why they work or don’t work.

She/he will report and write on potentially the most significant changes occurring in public education in a generation and have the opportunity to be part of an authoritative source of information and data considered a “must-read” by policymakers, influencers and a broader audience interested in independent, unbiased reporting across the full spectrum of education issues from pre-K to college.

Applicants should who have at least 5 years of professional media experience, preferably working with daily journalism publications, 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.

Qualifications sought include:

  • Creative self-starter who is eager to explore new ways of covering issues in education through multimedia digital formats  
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, along with experience working with data and social media networks
  • Able to deliver high-quality, accurate copy on deadline
  • Background in education reporting, children's issues or public policy preferred but is not an absolute requirement
  • Proven ability to work independently under deadline pressures, as well as part of a team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Write lively and knowledgeable stories in a variety of styles and formats, including news, analysis and enterprise stories for EdSource Today and for wider distribution EdSource’s media partners
  • 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

In addition to a competitive salary and the opportunity to do meaningful, challenging work, EdSource provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes a range of medical plans, a retirement savings plan, generous vacation leave and 11 paid holidays a year.

To Apply:
Send a resume, cover letter, names and contact information of three professional references, links to your social media accounts and links (or attachments) to 4-6 examples of your written/digital work to Lanita Pace-Hinton, deputy director, at: lpace@edsource.org. Please include job title, Education Writer, in subject line.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Development Manager

EdSource is seeking an experienced Development Manager to support the Executive Director with the growth and development of the organization’s fundraising goals.

Founded in 1977, EdSource is a nonprofit, non partisan organization focusing on key education challenges in California. Its journalism and communications arm “EdSource Today” (www.edsource.org) produces daily content to key influencers, policy makers and education leaders, many of whom say it has become a “must-read” to stay abreast of education in the state. EdSource’s engaged Board of Directors includes leaders from a range of key constituencies, including public education, media and business.

The Development Manager will assist with major fundraising, stewardship, and cultivation efforts; expanding and diversifying EdSource’s funding base, particularly with regard to individual and corporate support. The Development Manager will work closely with the Executive Director, who has extensive experience in fundraising and expects to continue his high degree of participation.

This position is based in Oakland, CA.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work in partnership with the Executive Director and Development Communication Manager to write, edit and submit timely grant requests and reports.
  • Manage the current foundation grant portfolio, staying on top of all deadlines and tracking deliverables.
  • Identify and build a portfolio of new corporate and foundation prospects, developing and implementing plans for cultivation and solicitation.
  • Research fundraising best practices and develop new ideas and opportunities to engage with potential donors and stakeholders.
  • Develop content and language for collateral materials for donation appeals and giving campaigns.
  • Ensure that the donor database information is current and accurate.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience writing or contributing to grant proposals, interim and year-end reports.
  • Three to five years fundraising with at least two years of significant experience with major gift level donors preferred.
  • Experience in online and corporate sponsorship fundraising is desirable.
  • Skilled in working with grant budgets, using Excel, QuickBooks or other accounting software used for financial management.
  • Strong working knowledge of donor database management systems.
  • Polished oral, written, telephone, and e-mail communication skills; ability to interact with a variety of constituencies, including Board members, donors and staff.
  • Proficient in developing direct target email campaigns and use of Constant Contact or other email publishing programs.
  • Familiarity with education philanthropy and education issues is preferred but not required; a passion for education is essential.
  • Highly motivated self-starter, with proven ability to develop creative solutions.
  • Occasional travel for EdSource conference and for funder meetings may be requested.

COMPENSATION

The salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include comprehensive health, dental and vision; paid time off of 15 days per year, in addition to 11 paid holidays annually.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit a resume and a cover letter (required) describing your experience, its relevance to this position, and reasons for your interest in EdSource by October 15, 2017. Also include as a separate document the names and contact information of three professional references.

Please address materials to Lanita Pace-Hinton, Deputy Director and send via email to: lpace@edsource.org. Include in the email subject line “Development Manager”.

After an initial review of application materials, selected applicants will be asked to share samples of LOIs, proposals, etc., in addition to meeting for a personal interview.