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The Lenfest Institute is seeking a Program Director to lead and expand its national programs in partnership with Institute staff.
The Program Director will play a key role in all the Institute’s grantmaking and other programs to support local news around the country. Through benchmarking, publishing, advisory services, programs to share learnings, direct grants and other means, the Program Director will design and lead a series of efforts to uncover, develop and support best practices to help ensure the sustainability of quality local news that serves diverse communities.
From program design through execution to evaluation, the Program Director’s expertise and experience will help ensure our programs have the impact that we and our donors seek. The Program Director will take a lead role in producing materials to communicate the impact of our programs both to donors and to the industry, so that other local news organizations can take advantage of the lessons we generate.
The Program Director will also lead high-profile grantmaking and other programs for national funders to aid local news in service of democracy in Philadelphia and around the country. The Institute’s major program funders include individuals and large organizations that are interested in supporting local news projects in service of Democracy. Since its founding in 2016, The Institute has raised more than $80 million from over 5,000 individual and institutional donors.
The Program Director will also assist in strategy development, grant execution, document production, contract tracking, spending analysis, and any other work necessary to the operations of The Lenfest Institute.
Ten or more years work experience, including in leadership positions
Knowledge of methods for non-profit program design and execution
Familiarity with digital news, digital subscriptions, digital audience development, product and other aspects of the print and digital news business.
Great communication and presentation skills
Ability to work directly with funders, and ensure program quality
Attention to detail, and skill in managing program activities and budgets
Experience with grant-making processes and procedures
A mission-driven person, who cares about local news, innovation and democracy
A great collaborator who works well with advancement, finance, operations and others
A person who takes initiative
Commitment to equity in all aspects of the work
Consulting experience preferred
Master’s degree preferred
The job will be remote initially, but eventually located at least part-time at the Institute offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Salary targeted between $120,000 and $150,000, plus or minus depending on experience
Health Insurance, 401k and other benefits
The Institute seeks qualified candidates from all backgrounds
The provision of quality news and information is essential to healthy, just, vibrant, and democratic communities, and The Lenfest Institute for Journalism supports local journalism through its focus on diversified revenue models, digital product development, and equity and representation.
The Lenfest Institute provides grant funding, runs training programs, and synthesizes best practices to develop and disseminate sustainable solutions to the business challenges facing local news providers.
As the steward of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Spotlight PA, the Institute is blazing a unique path by serving legacy publishers and digital start-ups as they aim to fill gaps and serve new and underrepresented audiences.
In the Philadelphia area, this means championing and facilitating a collaborative news and information ecosystem that builds on valuable history while also fostering entrepreneurial vision and innovation. Diversity and representation are critical components of positive business outcomes. The Institute is working to define different pathways to sustainability for publishers while also ensuring a diversity of representative voices and leadership in both legacy and in...dependent media reflective of the communities they’re serving.
Nationally, the Institute leverages its institutional expertise and resources to facilitate capacity building for local news publishers through training programs and grantmaking to support the implementation of business model best practices.
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