Carolina Public Press Seeks Executive Director
Carolina Public Press, an award-winning nonprofit news organization devoted to investigative, in-depth and independent journalism for all of North Carolina, seeks a new executive director.
The executive director will lead a high-performing, innovative and mission-driven team of professionals to lead Carolina Public Press towards meeting and surpassing its vision to be North Carolina’s largest and most impactful wholly independent investigative nonprofit news organization. The executive director has leadership and oversight responsibility for an operating budget of nearly $1M from multiple and variable revenue sources.
This is a job for someone who is a strong and innovative nonprofit leader, believes that nonprofit news organizations are critical to the future of the news industry, and wants to share the story of Carolina Public Press on a national stage.
This position encompasses all aspects of a “typical” executive director of a highly impactful nonprofit news organization, but the best candidates will champion Carolina Public Press’s core values:
● quality, ethical and nonpartisan journalism that puts public service first;
● a dedication to fighting for and seeking out public information, public data and open courts including, when necessary, pressing legal challenges to obtain that information;
● a willingness to ask hard questions of those in power;
● making supporting the journalism and journalists who produce investigative, accountability and explanatory journalism a top priority;
● a collaborative spirit, both internally through cross-team efforts and externally through local, statewide and national collaborations that we join or lead;
● seeking and implementing best practices for digital-first nonprofit news organizations;
● a belief that every North Carolinian deserves access to high-quality, trustworthy and context-rich journalism, especially those people and issues that have been overlooked or underrepresented in traditional media;
● championing investigative and accountability journalism and understanding the work, time, dedication and risk it takes;
● focus on impact, reach and sustainability; and
● a dedication to the future of North Carolina.
The executive director reports to the Carolina Public Press Board of Directors and will be a strong and effective leader of a growing team of high-performing professionals. The ideal candidate will preferably have 7-10 years of top level management of nonprofit organizations and/or news organizations or equivalent experience. They will also have demonstrated experience in:
● Successful fundraising with a nonprofit organization, including seeking support from individual members, major donors, for-profit and nonprofit sponsors and public and private foundations,from the local to national level;
● Successful collaboration with the Board of Directors to identify, create and implement strategic plans to actualize organizational objectives;
● Successful team and staff leadership management, including oversight of key human resource needs, including staff benefits programs;
● Understanding the role and importance of nonpartisan, independent, investigative journalism in a working democracy;
● Entrepreneurial and innovative program development, including business plan development and organizational strategy development and implementation;
● Transparent and effective administration and financial oversight of a nonprofit organization, including meeting all local, state and federal guidelines and expectations for nonprofit organizations; and
● Community and partner engagement with a variety of stakeholders, including current and potential audiences, volunteers, other news organizations and current and potential funders and sponsors.
Carolina Public Press is very interested in diversity among its top leadership and encourages women, people of color, those living with disabilities, those from rural communities, and others from underrepresented communities in the traditional media to apply. The salary range for this position is $80,000-$90,000, based on experience, education and potential. The organization’s benefits package includes generous leave and professional development opportunities, as well as health insurance and access to additional benefits.
While the organization’s current headquarters are located in Asheville, the executive director may live anywhere in North Carolina. The Carolina Public Press team is largely remote, with staff members located across the state. You should expect to travel, both throughout North Carolina and nationally.
To apply, you must submit a resume and brief cover letter via this form. Your cover letter should clearly state 1) how your experience and education would help you succeed in this role and 2) demonstrate your understanding of Carolina Public Press’s mission and role in North Carolina. Questions can be submitted to email@example.com with “CPP Executive Director Questions” in the subject line, but all applications must be submitted via the form.
Initial application review will start April 25, though new applications may be considered after that date until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is negotiable, but applicants should be prepared to begin in mid-summer to early fall of 2022.
If you have any questions about this role before applying, you may book a 15-minute call with Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome. Please note these calls are only for you to ask questions about the role to inform your decision to apply; they will not be interviews for the position itself.