The Lenfest Institute seeks a full-time Community Manager to strengthen the work of our communities of practice and deepen our engagement with members and partners. As a key member of the National Programs staff, the Community Manager will coordinate the day-to-day operations of CoP activities, help build relationships with members and help recruit new ones, and contribute to program design and facilitation.
The Institute develops and manages several communities of practice (CoPs) to convene, connect, and serve the needs of news organizations around the country in developing sustainable solutions to local news. We currently manage four CoPs: the News Philanthropy Network (more than 2,500 individual members), the Audience Development Community (more than 200 individual members), the Statewide News Collective (29 member organizations) and the Engaged Cities Community (9 member organizations). The Institute is in the midst of a growth period for our national programs. Over the next two years, we are looking to grow our communities of practice and deepen the support we provide to members and their news organizations.
Experience and qualifications:
The ideal candidate is an organized and self-motivated team member with a track record in program management and experience in the news industry.
Things we look for in a successful candidate:
The Community Manager is a full-time (2-year contract with possibility for extension) grant-funded position with a salary between $75,000-$85,000, commensurate with experience. The Institute provides a comprehensive benefits package including:
The Lenfest Institute’s office is located in Philadelphia, PA. Our staff currently works on a hybrid schedule with staff working in the office once per week on Wednesdays. We will consider remote candidates from anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast regions who can easily travel to Philadelphia on a regular basis. This job will also include travel to conferences and other Lenfest events approximately four to six times per year.
About the Lenfest Institute for Journalism
The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is a unique non-profit organization whose sole mission is to build sustainable business models for local journalism. With the guiding belief that quality news and information is essential to a healthy, just, vibrant democracy, The Lenfest Institute supports local journalism through its focus on diversified revenue models, digital product development, and equity and representation.
The Lenfest Institute delivers training and support programs, provides grant funding and synthesizes best practices to develop and disseminate sustainable solutions to the business challenges facing local news providers. Our four core focus areas are: The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia news media ecosystem, SpotlightPA, and national solutions for local news. See http://www.LenfestInstitute.org for more information on the Institute’s grants, programs, mission, and impact.
The Lenfest Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to apply so we can build a team that reflects the diversity of news organizations and journalism professionals we wish to serve. We view diversity as multi dimensional and intersectional, encompassing race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, class, geography, veteran status, lived experiences, and more.
We know there are excellent candidates who might not have all the skills and experience that we have outlined. If that describes you, please apply and tell us about yourself.
Please email a cover letter and resume with “Community Manager” in the subject line. The deadline to apply for this position is September 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.
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