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While we thank all applicants for their interest in these positions, we are able to contact only those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

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Open Positions

Regulatory Policy Reporter

Vermont Bureau Chief

Digital Marketing Associate

 

***** Regulatory Policy Reporter *****

Franklin Center for Government & Public IntegrityArlington, VA (or remote)

Watchdog.org is seeking an experienced investigative reporter to cover regulatory policy and how individual states and localities are affected by overregulation.

This reporter will lead our coverage of regulatory policy and the nanny state, and will work with state-based reporters to direct story assignments and identify national trends.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES & REQUIREMENTS

The Regulatory Policy Reporter will:

  • maintain sources that allow him or her to break new ground on regulatory stories— especially personal stories of people affected by local, state and national policies related to overregulation;
  • cover regulation policy and legislation in the states;
  • produce at least two enterprise stories per week and other stories as news warrants;
  • work with the other members of the reporting and editing teams to create weekly story budgets and also serve as a resource/mentor on regulatory/nanny state issues;
  • become skilled in the use of Watchdog.org content-management systems (e.x. Word Press);
  • develop tactics for republishing the work—and the Watchdog.org name—in other media outlets including newspapers, websites, social media, television, and radio; and
  • participate in an integrated virtual working environment through scheduled training sessions, regular calls with the editing team, collaborating with staff in other bureaus, and representing the organization professionally at public and social events.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • extensive knowledge on regulatory policy,
  • 3+ years of reporting or writing experience,
  • a willingness to do radio and TV interviews on behalf of Watchdog.org.

All Watchdog.org reporters are:

  • committed to the Franklin Center’s mission of uncovering waste, fraud, and abuse in government, as well as to the job of highlighting successful free-market solutions to public policy problems;
  • comfortable using standard newsroom equipment, including phones, computers, content-management systems, video cameras; and
  • knowledgeable about their subject area and can work independently.

TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit the following materials in one PDF document with your name in the file:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing salary expectations and an explanation of the applicant’s philosophical interest in the mission of the organization
  • List of at least three references

Email materials in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.  No phone calls please.

*****  VERMONT BUREAU CHIEF  *****

Watchdog.org is seeking a bureau chief to lead the Vermont reporting team, responsible for helping Watchdog.org become the recognized leader in state reporting. The Vermont Bureau Chief:

• Is first and foremost a reporter, producing his or her own stories at the rate of 2-3 per week.
• Reports to the Executive Editor.
• Helps to build a positive relationship with donors to the Vermont bureau.
• Recruits, helps to train Vermont bureau reporters, freelancers and interns.
• Manages reporters in the Vermont bureau to established production goals, including story quality and count; pickups in other media; and social-media activity.
• Manages day-to-day functions of the Vermont bureau, including story selection, assignments and editing.
• Works with other team members essential to the success of the Vermont bureau.
• Works with marketing to assure that reporters are given top-level assistance in meeting our ambition to become the recognized leader in Vermont reporting.
• Helps to establish news partnerships throughout the state.
• Is the face of the Vermont bureau in media interactions (e.g., on TV and radio).

REPORTER SUMMARY
All Watchdog reporters are:
• Committed to the Franklin Center’s free-market mission of uncovering waste, fraud, and abuse in government, as well as to the job of highlighting successful free-market solutions to public policy problems.
• Comfortable using standard newsroom equipment, including phones, computers, content-management systems, video cameras, and the like.
• Knowledgeable about their subject area and can work independently.

ESSENTIAL VERMONT REPORTER RESPONSIBILITIES
• Bureau reporters will produce three stories per week with the goal of regularly breaking major stories of government corruption and malfeasance at the local and state levels.
• Reporters must become familiar with the sources in cities and towns who can help them produce game-changing stories.
• They will be expected to work with the Watchdog and Franklin Center marketing teams and to develop relationships and tactics for the widest republishing of their work in other media, including newspapers, websites, social media (e.g., Twitter and Facebook), television and radio.
• Occasionally be called on to collaborate with other reporters in the bureau and in the Watchdog network.
• Become familiar with the WordPress system for filing and editing stories; regularly budget and work with the editors on those stories; and join in regular calls with other members of the Vermont Bureau and Watchdog reporting team.

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to John Bicknell at [email protected] : Resume and cover letter detailing (a) salary requirements and (b) your interest in the mission of the organization. Two to three writing samples demonstrating your ability to write from the point of view of the taxpayer.

***** Digital Marketing Associate *****

Arlington, VA

*Salary and title commensurate with experience*

The Franklin Center is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Digital Marketing Associate with social media and HTML experience. This person will be responsible for managing and growing the digital presence of Franklin Center and Watchdog.org.

Applicants should be well versed in social media, and have excellent writing and editing skills. He or she should be able to manage multiple tasks at once, and be quick to take initiative when a problem arises. This person must demonstrate creativity in his or her work and good judgment when posting content online.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

*Curate and write daily social media content, such as Facebook posts, Google+
posts, tweets, and blog articles promoting Watchdog.org’s mission and stories.

*Monitor and engage with readers and followers to drive traffic to the Watchdog.org website and build a loyal, engaged digital audience.

*Develop and execute social media campaigns to grow Watchdog.org’s digital footprint, continually identifying online trends, emerging platforms, and areas of potential growth.

*Stay on top of the latest digital trends to educate reporters and staff on social media best practices; serve as point-of-contact for all staff on social media issues or concerns.

*Assist in daily website management and upkeep; work with journalism team to ensure every story and image on Watchdog.org has consistent, shareable formatting.

*Assist with graphic creation and selection for special projects and marketing campaigns.

EXPECTATIONS:

*Increase referral web traffic from social media.

*Identify and form relationships with like-minded digital influencers on Twitter/Facebook.

*Identify areas of growth, improvement, and opportunity for yourself and the marketing team.

*Track available metrics and review data to identify positive or negative trends on a monthly basis.

*Be adaptable to the ever-changing news cycle and digital media sphere; show good judgement when posting on behalf of the Franklin Center.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter detailing your experience to Josh Kaib at [email protected].