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Executive Editor

Director of News Partnerships

Executive Assistant to the President

Investigative Reporter in Madison, Wisconsin

Investigative Reporter in Mississippi

Investigative Reporter in Texas

Statehouse reporter in Richmond, Virginia

*****  WANTED: Executive Editor  *****

This role will be focused on the day-to-day management of a thriving news operation, ensuring that the work of Watchdog.org’s reporters and editors reflects high journalistic standards and advances the Franklin Center mission.

The Executive Editor will be based in Franklin’s Alexandria, Virginia office, and report to the Vice President of Journalism.

Responsibilities and Tasks Include:

  • Overseeing day-to-day journalism operations, including management issues and supervision of the editing process
  • Supervising a staff of more than 25 reporters and editors
  • Clearly communicating Franklin’s mission to editing staff and reporters
  • Working with reporters and editors to ensure each story meets that mission
  • Recruiting and mentoring reporters
  • Ensuring reporters and editors achieve established production goals, including story quality and count; pickups in other media; and social-media activity
  • Managing workflow of the editorial process
  • Coordinating with the organization’s marketing and media relations assets to maximize exposure for our reporters and their work product

Requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience in journalism, including significant managerial/editor-level experience
  • Strong people management skills; passion for cultivating, empowering, and professionally developing lower level staff
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills; Significant copy editing experience
  • Successful track record of problem solving; confronting issues head-on and addressing them
  • Self-motivated; outcome-oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, turn ideas into action, and drive projects to completion
  • Big picture mentality; ability to see how all the moving parts of an operation fit together
  • Superior organization and focus on detail
  • Solid administrative skill set
  • Budgeting experience
  • Knowledge of the free-market nonprofit movement a plus

To Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/mission of the organization and your salary requirements

Materials should be emailed to Claire Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:  claire@talentmarket.org.  All materials should be sent in one PDF file with your name in the file name.

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.

 

***** DIRECTOR OF NEWS PARTNERSHIPS *****

The Franklin Center is looking for someone to build and strengthen its relationships with strategic news partners, working to establish content distribution arrangements and expand the reach of Watchdog’s content into legacy media outlets. This includes outreach to local publications needing more state-based content, as well as issue based outlets that align with the organization’s mission. Qualified candidates will have existing media relationships, a strong understanding of the newsroom process, and demonstrated success in results-based outreach. When called upon, this position will require travel to meet with news partners and ensure mutual goals are being met.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and manage distribution agreements
  • Build comprehensive list of potential and existing news partnerships
  • Develop a tracking system to measure value and reach of partnerships, utilizing a database like  Salesforce
  • Identify and solicit news publications that could benefit from Watchdog content
  • Manage news partner relationships to retain and expand content sharing
  • Meet clearly defined sales goals to sign agreements with 35% of our established target market
  • Establish and implement content sharing guidelines for news partners to follow
  • Coordinate across departments to ensure content needs and special requests are met internally
  • Identify new partnership opportunities outside of content sharing to further Watchdog’s exposure and reach

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to Mary Ellen Beatty at MBeatty@Watchdog.org: résumé and cover letter detailing (a) salary requirements and (b) your interest in the mission of the organization.

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.

***** EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT *****  

Franklin Center is looking for a reliable and trustworthy Executive Assistant to provide high level support to our President with a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities. We are an organization in the midst of exciting growth, and need someone who is enthusiastic and solution-oriented to assist in reaching our full potential, while exhibiting professionalism and grace.

The ideal candidate will be someone with a high degree of customer service and pride in his/her performance. He/she will possess a record of project management experience, and be able to make sure details are not overlooked while simultaneously thinking about the big picture. We want a motivated individual that loves what they do but still has a healthy dose of humility.

The Executive Assistant’s responsibilities will include:

  • Manage and maintain the President’s schedule, appointments, travel arrangements, and ensure preparation before all meetings and engagements
  • Monitor, screen, respond to, and process incoming communications (including email, letters, phone calls, and interactions with visitors), and maintain database of contacts
  • Prepare and edit correspondence, communications, presentations, and other documents
  • Interact with external allies, and liaise with internal staff at all levels
  • Coordinate project-based work, conduct research, collect and analyze data, and prepare reports
  • Arrange and coordinate meetings and events for the President, Board of Directors, and other key personnel
  • Maintain files for the President and Board of Directors, including the recording, transcribing, and distribution of notes and minutes from key meetings
  • Provide support the President with financial processes including accounts payable, budgets, and expense reports
  • Assist with operations and administration as needed, including the supervision and training of lower level staff

Key Competencies: the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Strong organizational, planning, and communication skills
  • Ability to identify and solve problems
  • Cheerful, professional demeanor, with customer service oriented attitude
  • Ability to take ownership of a task from initial planning to follow up actions
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Self-starter mentality, taking initiative to meet deadlines and expectations
  • Confidentiality and trustworthiness
  • Adaptability in a fast paced environment
  • Trustworthiness and deadline oriented
  • Judgment and decision making ability

Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of experience providing support at a high level
  • Knowledge of standard office administrative practices and procedures
  • Proficient computer skills and in-depth knowledge of relevant software such as MS Office Suite
  • A personal commitment to the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to Becky Wessels at Becky.Wessels@franklincenterhq.org: résumé and cover letter detailing (a) salary requirements and (b) your interest in the mission of the organization.

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.

*****  WANTED: REPORTER (MADISON (WI), MISSISSIPPI, TEXAS, VIRGINIA)  *****

We know who you are. You’re the reporter in your newsroom who sees stories in a very different way; who isn’t satisfied with the way stories are being reported, the way they’ve always been reported. We know who you are. We’ve been there.

Watchdog.org, a leader in online journalism, is looking for self-starting reporters who want to hold government at all levels accountable, who know exactly where to look for waste, fraud and abuse – reporters who know how to tell those stories in compelling ways. We move fast and don’t have time to teach on the job.

We have immediate openings in Madison, WI; Mississippi; Texas; and Virginia. We also have opportunities that allow the right candidates to work on national issues from wherever they live. We offer a flexible work schedule and a competitive compensation package.

Watchdog.org is a project of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials to Mary Ellen Beatty at MBeatty@Watchdog.org:

Résumé 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.

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.