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Digital Marketing Manager

Posted by | September 7, 2018 |

Chalkbeatthe nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a digital marketing manager to help Chalkbeat grow into one of the largest nonprofit news sites in the country.

Chalkbeat’s digital marketing manager will drive key outcomes for both our revenue and editorial teams — increasing digital revenue, growing email subscribers, and piloting new audience growth initiatives. This is a highly interdisciplinary role, working in tandem with almost every team at Chalkbeat, from editorial, revenue, tech, analytics, etc. This position will report to the Head of Growth.

Who are you?

You are mission-driven, and you understand that the success of Chalkbeat means combining excellent journalism with a strong business model. You’re a self-starter who can both see the big picture and jump in to help execute important work. You’re comfortable wearing many hats and are highly collaborative, able to earn trust and drive outcomes along the way.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 3+ years of work experience related to marketing or audience growth
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, with stories to tell
  • Proven track record of email-based conversion (either donations or e-commerce sales), and experience utilizing the capabilities of an email service provider
  • Comfort with segmentation and data
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to take initiative without heavy oversight

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Membership: Driving growth in reader revenue, specifically the evolution and expansion of our brand new membership program.
  • Email marketing: Creating a sustainable and scalable email experience across teams, especially as our reach continues to expand into new locales and topics within the education space.
  • New initiatives and market research: Identifying, evaluating, and piloting promising initiatives that support Chalkbeat’s growth, from re-investing in existing products to incubating new high-potential opportunities.

Ideally, you’d be based in one of the cities where Chalkbeat already has a presence: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, New York City, or Washington, D.C. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Designer/Developer

Posted by | September 5, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a designer/developer to join the product team.

Chalkbeat’s product team is predominantly responsible for our technology — the CMS, chalkbeat.org, analytics, and visual storytelling. But we’re also responsible for providing support for editorial and revenue initiatives that require product thinking, such as newsletters, investigative projects, and membership. That support comes in many forms and degrees, from envisioning strategy to tactical execution. As the designer/developer, you’ll have the opportunity to work on both large-scale product design — like our website and newsletters — and help us find innovative ways to create engaging storytelling. You will have a high degree of autonomy and trust in your expertise. This position will report to the Director of Product.

Who are you?

  • You have a proven track record of solving complex design challenges, and have an online portfolio to demonstrate your experience with real work examples.
  • You value user experience and have strong communication skills, deftly connecting design decisions to the organization’s goals.
  • You are highly organized and enthusiastic about building systems that are easy to scale and adapt to new features.
  • You are curious, seeking out new ideas and skills to continuously inform your work.
  • You are passionate about supporting a new journalism model and contributing to sustainable local news coverage with a focus on education.

What background and skills do you have?

  • A solid foundation in design thinking, user experience principles, and UI design
  • A background in visual design with an appreciation for the finer arts of typography, layouts, and spacing
  • 4+ years work experience, ideally in web design, UX/UI design, or frontend development
  • Fluency in HTML and modern CSS (including SCSS/SASS), and a working knowledge of modern JavaScript
  • An understanding of accessibility requirements and best practices
  • Experience or interest working remotely or with remote team members

We don’t expect you to check all of these boxes, and we also know you’ll bring interesting skills and experiences that we haven’t thought of. Whether you identify as a designer or a developer — or both — we want to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

This position is remote and reports to a manager in Austin, Texas. If you prefer to work in an office, you’re welcome to join us in one of Chalkbeat’s bureaus in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, or New York City.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Engagement Editor

Posted by | August 17, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks an engagement editor to grow our audience and deepen our relationship with readers.

Chalkbeat’s next engagement editor will help our network of local bureaus and national team better understand the news needs of our core audiences, elevate voices that are often ignored by mainstream media, build stronger relationships with communities that need critical information about schools, and expand our reach to inform as many people as possible about key developments in public education. This position will report to the Executive Editor.    

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and understand that means putting the audience first.  You want to make a difference, and you see how impact-driven journalism can do that.  You’re not a pageview chaser — you believe in listening to communities and fostering lasting relationships. You’re a self-starter who can both see the big picture and jump in to help execute important work. You’re comfortable wearing many hats and moving in between the education policy world and journalism industry circles. You have experience in building and engaging audiences on social media, and growing newsletter subscribers. You think in headlines, tweets, and subject lines. You can strategize about in-person events, and you care deeply about the user experience online.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 7+ years of work experience, with 5+ years of working on the digital side of media, journalism, or communications
  • Experience reporting and writing news and/or feature stories
  • Proven track record of growing a brand’s audience and boosting loyalty through email lists and social media
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to work autonomously
  • Proficiency with third-party email service providers
  • Experience developing strategy informed by analytics
  • Excellent news judgment

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Develop social media strategy for the entire Chalkbeat network (seven local bureaus + national desk)
  • Own newsletter strategy and help grow subscriber base
  • Manage national and local news partners
  • Support local bureaus with strategies for in-person events and engagement-driven reporting that brings in voices from the communities we serve
  • Leverage analytics to develop best practices for growth and engagement
  • Collaborate with Product, Analytics, and Revenue teams to identify and execute on optimization and growth opportunities

We’re building this team out, so you’ll also be hiring and overseeing another engagement team member, who will be responsible for supporting social and email strategy and execution.

Ideally, you’d be based in one of six cities where Chalkbeat bureaus already exist: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, or New York City. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Director of Product

Posted by | March 16, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a director of product to lead our product and UX team.

Who are you?

You thrive in smaller organizations where you can make a huge impact, and you can draw clear lines from broad organizational goals to products that delight users and drive results. You translate strategy into execution and enjoy doing the work, not just calling the shots. You might be a news nerd or someone who loves reading policy papers, but you’re definitely inspired by our daily journalism and our mission of educational equity. You excel at communication and recognize the importance of conveying the why and how in addition to the what. You’re skilled at presenting data findings, knowing that product strategy is meaningless without the data to support it. You shine at problem-solving in highly collaborative environments and bring clarity to complex situations.

What background and skills do you have? (Not all are required, but we hope you’ll have several of these.)

  • Significant product management experience, ideally at a news organization
  • Background in UX and/or design and an innate sense for what looks good and works well
  • Experience using data to influence product strategy and the ability to present data findings in an authoritative way
  • Strong skills in data analysis and interpretation; experience with analytics platforms (e.g. Google Analytics) and A/B testing methodologies
  • Strong technical background, including knowledge of frontend, backend, and infrastructure technologies, and experience managing developers
  • Understanding of data visualization
  • Proven record of successfully launching and scaling products while working with multiple inputs
  • Outstanding communication: stellar listening skills, the ability to clearly capture other people’s viewpoints, and a knack for driving consensus and decision-making across the organization
  • Past creator of roadmaps/project plans, style guides, user manuals, and other relevant process documentation
  • Familiarity with best-in-class digital products across the journalism landscape and beyond, plus existing relationships with other news and/or product organizations
  • Interest in education and passion for Chalkbeat’s equity mission

What will you do?

  • Develop a product strategy that advances Chalkbeat’s mission, resonates with our audience, and drives toward our key performance indicators: readership, loyalty, and revenue
  • Define and own the product roadmap and feature prioritization to build and improve the user experience and outcomes
  • Establish ideal product development process and oversee product requirements and documentation
  • Communicate evolving priorities across the company, respond to requests from the newsroom and business teams, and design effective tools to document processes and train people to follow them
  • Use data to test assumptions, make recommendations, and drive actions
  • Build use cases and user stories and communicate them effectively
  • Serve as player-coach: You’re a manager, but you’re also a doer. You demonstrate capability to inspire a team while moving quickly to deliver on organizational objectives.
  • Coach, mentor, and manage your direct reports, including a full-stack developer and digital producer, plus oversee relationships with outside web development and design consultants

This position is ideally based in New York City or one of Chalkbeat’s other locations: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, or Memphis. We will also consider remote candidates. This position will report to Chalkbeat’s executive editor.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Story Editor (Part-Time)

Posted by | March 14, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a story editor with digital experience to make our news stories sing.

The story editor will be responsible for editing a mix of articles out of our seven local bureaus: Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee. Stories will vary among news pieces, step-back analyses, and longer enterprise work, and each day will be different. You will work with the managing editor, digital producer, and local reporters to ready stories for publication on our website, and coordinate with the growth editor for social promotion. You will also work with the managing editor to help connect the dots across bureaus and ensure that Chalkbeat is telling a cohesive overarching story.

The story editor will provide crucial perspective, adding regional or national context where needed and ensuring that stories read logically, adhere to Chalkbeat style, and are properly sourced. While each piece that comes across the transom is different, all of our stories taken together should add up to a coherent whole, and the story editor is essential to achieving that goal through a mix of line editing, copy editing, and pulled-back critical thinking.

Who are you?

You respect the power of the (virtual) red pen, craft grabby headlines, and geek out on style guides. Although this position does not manage writers directly, you possess a mentoring spirit that’s able to coax the best story possible from reporters both green and seasoned. You believe that it’s better to teach than to tell. You live by your gut instinct for a good story and whack your way through unnecessary words to sniff out the best angle. Nut graphs? You slay them.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 5+ years’ experience in journalism and/or digital content creation
  • Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with opinionated reporters and editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required
  • Journalism experience in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, or Memphis is a plus

The ideal candidate is based in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, Memphis, or Washington, DC. Remote candidates will also be considered.

This is a part-time position (20 hours per week). Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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National Reporter

Posted by | March 2, 2018 |

Chalkbeat is looking for a passionate, enterprising reporter to join our national reporting team.

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. Read more about our mission and values.

We’re currently in six locations — Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee — and we’re about to be in one more, Chicago. Now, we’re looking for an additional reporter to join our two-person national team to help cover the organizations and ideas that span the country and shape what happens locally.

You’ll be responsible for writing a range of stories at a fast clip. A typical week in your reporting life might include profiling a growing charter school network, breaking news about a national teachers union, and synthesizing local stories about challenges facing refugee students.

You’re a good fit for this position if most or all of these apply:

  • You’re excited about holding powerful organizations accountable to the public.
  • You’ve thrived as a journalist in a fast-paced, high-volume news environment.
  • You’ve previously covered education locally or nationally and have more questions than when you got started.
  • You believe high-quality journalism can make a difference to the lives of students, the work of policy makers, and the strength of our democracy.

The ideal candidate would be based in or willing to relocate to New York City, but we’re open to someone working elsewhere, especially from another Chalkbeat bureau.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.