Available Staff Positions
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR (posted March 7, 2017; updated March 8, 2017)
Carolina Public Press (CPP) seeks a part-time Community Engagement Coordinator. This position is essential in meeting Carolina Public Press’s vision of being the most reliable and relied-upon nonprofit news organization devoted to independent, in-depth and investigative reporting and educational opportunities for the 19 westernmost counties of North Carolina. The position reports to and works closely with the Executive Director.
The Community Engagement Coordinator has two priorities: First, this person works with the Executive Director to plan and execute CPP’s community outreach programs and key events, including, but not limited to, trainings, webinars, readership development campaigns and Newsmakers forums, and for key communications associated with each. Second, this person works with the team responsible for the planning and execution of revenue development programs, with special emphasis on maintaining and expanding individual donor and sponsor/underwriter programs, to be informed by CPP’s mission and industry best practices.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
In close partnership with the Executive Director, successfully engage individuals, readers, content-sharing partners, donors and sponsors with CPP’s journalism, programs, events and volunteer activities, including:
- Develop, execute, track and evaluate relationship-building strategies, including ongoing communication and engagement.
- Maintain vigilant internal compliance with financial reporting and documentation of all contributions, donor pledge processing protocols and overall tracking of information and activity in CPP databases.
- Develop and oversee the organization’s sponsorship program, including:
- Develop and implement short- and long-term plans to build relationships with individual, educational, corporate and nonprofit partners to underwrite/sponsor outreach efforts and events;
- Develop and maintain sponsor database;
- Craft, send, and follow-up on sponsor solicitations; and
- Oversee sponsor benefits program and events.
- Develop and oversee the organization’s individual donor program, including:
- Identification of and outreach to potential financial supporters;
- Develop and maintain a donor database;
- Write, edit, design and follow-up on donor communications and solicitations; and
- Design, implement, evaluate and follow up with donor cultivation events and campaigns.
- Develop and oversee the organization’s community outreach programs, including:
- Effectively and efficiently complete activities and meet target deadlines in order to execute successful events;
- Attend, plan, speak at and/or lead programs, events and external meetings with demonstrated mastery of and understanding of CPP’s mission, vision and impact;
- Recruit speakers and attendees, both in-person and online, to events, including coordinating and implementing marketing efforts; and
- Develop, execute and evaluate strategies for promoting CPP’s brand and readership development.
Knowledge and Skills
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, public policy, business or related subjects required. Master’s preferred; a comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted.
- Three to five years of experience in community collaborations, development, nonprofit program management, event management and/or strategic communications.
- Strong grasp of key issues impacting local, regional and statewide government, and the ability to connect those issues to the community by creating timely events around news.
- Excellent written and verbal communication, public speaking and interpersonal skills.
- Understanding of and ability to articulate role of journalism in community and democracy.
- Highly organized, self-motivated project manager who can juggle multiple tasks, remain calm and remain goal-oriented throughout.
- Proficient with social media networks; demonstrated ability to conduct social media campaigns.
- Ability to work successfully in a high-demand, results-driven environment and with a diverse team that includes board of directors, journalists, volunteers, readers and community members.
- Strong knowledge of Western North Carolina’s demographics and geography.
- Strategic thinking, able to identify problems, quickly suggest solutions and see new opportunities.
- Strong customer service skills, with experience in effectively addressing and resolving issues.
- Proficient in database management and record-keeping software.
- Experience working with a news organization and/or online publication is an asset, but not required.
Must have access to car or be able to transport materials to and from meetings and special events/programs. Must be available to work weeknights, early mornings and weekends when necessary.
Compensation and Benefits
We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities. This position is part-time, 20 hours a week. Beginning pay rate is $15-$20/hour, depending upon education and experience. We offer staff a generous paid time off policy, a flexible work schedule and professional development programs to enhance staff skills.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
Email a cover letter, resume and two writing samples by March 22, 2015, to Executive Director Angie Newsome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line “Community Engagement Coordinator.” No phone calls, please.
Freelance and Contractors
Contributing state government reporter(s)
Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news organization promoting investigative journalism, seeks a talented contributing writer to enhance our coverage of state government. We’re based in Asheville and our coverage focuses on 18 counties in Western North Carolina. But were also the only news organization in the region that routinely covers what’s happening in Raleigh from Raleigh and how it affects our readers. Now we’re looking to expand our capital team, which is based in the Triangle. Applicants should have a college degree and news media experience. Our pay rates are competitive, and we will keep this writer busy. Those interested should contact CPP Managing Editor Frank Taylor at email@example.com. Include a resume, two or three examples of your best work and a cover letter describing why you’re interested. Also note any special areas of knowledge or interest.
Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news organization promoting investigative journalism, seeks to add to its pool of professional freelance journalists. We’re based in Asheville and our coverage focuses on 18 counties in Western North Carolina, but many assignments can be handled by writers living elsewhere in North Carolina. Applicants should have a college degree and some experience working in the news media. Our pay rates are competitive and we will keep writers who show they can produce high-quality work and meet deadlines busy. Those interested should contact CPP Managing Editor Frank Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a resume, two or three examples of your best work and a cover letter describing why you’re interested. Also note any special areas of knowledge or interest.
Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit online news service, is committed to providing Western North Carolina with unbiased, in-depth and investigative reporting as well as educational opportunities to journalists, students and others.
Carolina Public Press is a highly efficient, fast-paced news organization. We’re online, but we aren’t opinion bloggers or advocacy journalists. We have received national, regional and local support and recognition for our high-quality, unbiased, in-depth and investigative reporting. We are members of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Institute for Nonprofit News (formerly the Investigative News Network).
We offer a variety of internship opportunities, including for reporters and photojournalists, those interested in social media, those interested in community outreach and event planning, and those seeking to become editorial assistants. Our internships are individualized, not cookie-cutter busy work. Expect to have fun, to challenge and to be challenged and to learn a ton. Your portfolio and resume will thank you.
Application deadlines and general information:
Based in Asheville, N.C., Carolina Public Press encourages, but does not require, interns to live in Asheville or in the surrounding area during the duration of their internship. Applicants must have access to a car during their internship.
Applicants are highly encouraged to seek school credit for a Carolina Public Press internship. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Highly qualified individuals may be considered for a stipend on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise, internships are unpaid, but all approved expenses will be reimbursed.
Application deadline for Fall 2017: June 1, 2017 (First semester of the 2017-2018 school year)
Application for Spring 2018: Nov. 15, 2017 (Second semester of the 2017-2018 school year)
Application deadline for Summer 2018: Feb. 2, 2018 (Summer break)
Reporting or Photojournalism Internship Program
Our journalism internships are open to junior, senior and graduated journalism students, including multimedia, reporting and/or photojournalism majors. Applicants should be highly reliable self-starters with a good eye and ear for news and an innate curiosity about their own backyard and Western North Carolina as a whole. Interns should come expecting to pitch stories, juggle interesting assignments and work a beat in an evolving digital format.
To be considered for the program, applicants should submit:
1: a cover letter explaining your interest in the reporting or photojournalism internship with Carolina Public Press,
2: three clips and/or images,
3: a resume and
4: two references.
Strong preference given to students with work published in print or online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information and to submit your application, contact Executive Director Angie Newsome at email@example.com.
Organizational Internship Program
Our organizational internships are open to all journalism, communications, public policy, marketing, political science and business students or those in related fields. Applicants should be highly reliable self-starters with strong interest in online media, particularly the nonprofit media sector devoted to public interest and investigative reporting.
Applicants will have the opportunity to assist in nearly every element of directing and operating a nonprofit media organization, with a strong emphasis on events and other outreach programs.
To be considered for the program, applicants should submit:
1: a cover letter explaining your interest in an organizational internship with Carolina Public Press,
2: a resume and
3: two references.
Strong preference will be given to students with nonprofit and/or journalism experience. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information and to submit your application, contact Executive Director Angie Newsome at firstname.lastname@example.org.