LION Publishers, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local journalism entrepreneurs, has an immediate opening for its first full-time Director of Programming. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who's passionate about LION's mission, serving and adding members to the more-than 260 local publishers around the country, and will be responsible for conceiving and writing content for LION Publishers' website, newsletter and social media accounts; helping to plan and execute the organization's annual conference; and facilitating the formation of new local news startups around the country.
We are well positioned for these efforts; in March, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a $1 million grant to help LION further develop its capacity and train members on core issues for sustainable local publishing. LION has also broadened its membership criteria and expanded outreach to include ethnic media, public media, niche publications and university-based local news initiatives.
The duties for this newly-created role include:
-- Owning all updates to LION Publisher's site and weekly newsletter, to spotlight member accomplishments and activities.
-- Acting as LION's voice on social media: In our members-only Lions Den Facebook group, and publicly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all applicable platforms.
-- Working with LION's Executive Director on the LION Starter Pack, a resource for entrepreneurs thinking of launching a local news site. The Starter Pack, drawn from the real-life, hard-won experience of LION's pioneer sites, will guide new site launches from conception to business planning to launch and evaluation.
-- Lead planning of LION's annual conference: Brainstorming and developing panel ideas, recruiting panelists, keynote speakers, workshops and sponsors/sponsorship opportunities.
-- Handling grantwriting and reporting for LION.
-- Experience, ideally at the local level, in a digital-only news environment.
-- Experience working on grant proposals and reporting for a non-profit.
-- Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to speak passionately about LION's organizational mission and focus to potential members, funders and stakeholders.
-- Knowledge and experience utilizing social media, search, and B2B marketing to grow awareness of LION's mission and its members.
-- Deep understanding and empathy for the challenges and opportunities specific to startup publishers. Able to draw on industry-wide best practices to guide and coach both nascent publishers and experienced founders.
-- Diligent self-starter capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and working collaboratively with LION members, staff, board members and partners to achieve organizational goals.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 001
About LION Publishers
LION Publishers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local journalism entrepreneurs, with $1 million from the Knight foundation to build and professionalize the organization.