Director of Impact and Evaluation
Responsible for assessing what’s working and not working, and helping to measure and demonstrate the impact of both individual corps members and the program as a whole.
- Establishing metrics and impact agreements with each news organization
- Working with news organizations to track impact throughout service year
- Establishing a scalable system for data collection and impact assessment
- Working with outside evaluators to create high quality evaluations of program impact
- Developing new ways to convey impact
- Some experience designing evaluation or monitoring strategies for news organizations
- Familiarity with newsroom cultures
- Facility with academic approaches to non profit evaluation and assessment
Director of Recruitment
Responsible for recruiting prospective corps members and newsrooms, and overseeing the process by which they are screened and selected. Your location is negotiable.
- Establishing relationships with a wide variety of professional organizations, universities, newsrooms and other sources to ensure that RFA attracts applicants who are geographically, ethnically and culturally diverse. This person will also seek out diverse newsrooms to partner with, including nonprofit and for-profit shops, ethnic media, and TV, radio, print and digital partners. (Travel is required.)
- Conveying the RFA mission to various groups with passion and sincerity.
- Overseeing the selection process. This includes working with the selection manager to fine-tune the application, setting deadlines and creating a smooth workflow process.
- Securing and training judges. We are going to need a hundred or more volunteers for these jobs.
- Working collaboratively and well with other directors and staffers.
- A successful history of work with professional organizations, universities, students and/or newsrooms, and many deep connections.
- Evidence that you’ve successfully overseen and delivered big projects.
- Some experience as a journalist.
The GroundTruth Project is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. Founded by correspondent, author, and editor, Charles Sennott, GroundTruth is committed to narrative storytelling that enlightens and informs across media platforms, including digital, radio/podcast, television and documentary film.
Based at WGBH in Boston — and reporting across America and around the world — GroundTruth focuses on issues of social justice including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health. We work to foster dialogue and engagement about these issues, with the aim of finding solutions, as well as exposing injustice.
In the last five years, GroundTruth has supported more than 200 reporting fellowships as far away as Myanmar, Egypt and Somalia, and as close to home as Kentucky, Minnesota and Montana. Our local initiative, Report for America (RFA), places early-career journalists for a year-of-service at more than 50 community news organizations around the country. The RFA program headed by Steve Waldman has great momentum, and an ambitious plan for scaling.
With multi-year investments from regional, national and global foundations – such as the Knight Foundation, Google News Labs, Center for Investigative Journalism, and the MacArthur Foundation -- GroundTruth is poised for major scale and growth. To help GroundTruth reach the next level of impact, we are seeking a Vice President of Development to partner closely with our dedicated and passionate CEO, RFA President, Board of Directors, and staff to build upon our fundraising success and ensure long-term sustainability.
Specifically, the Vice President of Development will:
- Spearhead the strategy and execution of a comprehensive and ambitious fundraising effort to take GroundTruth from $5 million per year to $30 million per year over the next five years. Create and manage to clear metrics for success and hold others accountability to achieving metrics.
- Identify, cultivate, and solicit potential 6- and 7-figure major individual, foundation, and corporate donors from existing and to-be-developed pipelines.
- Work closely with GroundTruth CEO and Report for America (RFA) President as thought partners and collaborators, driving efforts to ensure leadership is fully engaged in funder cultivation and stewardship. Steer the work of the CEO and RFA President to enable the Board and Advisors to leverage their networks.
- Grow and supervise a team to execute on a coordinated approach that balances securing support for our ongoing work and scaling support for new initiatives.
- Effectively steward secured gifts and grants, keeping GroundTruth supporters abreast of our progress and setting up successful renewal of support.
- Design and execute events to showcase the organization’s talent and raise visibility and funds (e.g. salons and galas.)
- Develop and maintain data-driven systems to support a robust pipeline and moves management.
- Serve as a key member of the senior management team, contributing to overall organizational strategies.
- Present to the Board of Directors at quarterly, in-person meetings, and on committee calls as needed.
WHO YOU ARE
The Vice President of Development will bring a passion for fundraising, a desire to make an impact on a rapidly growing organization, and a heartfelt connection to education, journalism, civic engagement, and the issues GroundTruth addresses. Specifically, you are:
- An experienced fundraiser with a track record for securing major gifts. You bring success in and enjoyment of every step of identifying, closing and stewarding funding relationships of $100K-$1M+ with individuals, foundations, and corporations.
- An entrepreneurial builder with the know-how and desire to create new fundraising initiatives and programs from the ground up. You take a hands-on approach in translating strategy into tangible activities and results.
- A strong team leader with the ability to mentor and lead a team that will work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, startup environment.
- A data-driven strategist who brings success in building sustainable development operations and systems. Salesforce experience is a plus.
- A strong communicator with a knack for marketing, communications, and/or storytelling in a nonprofit setting. You have a warm, energetic, and authentic personality that translates to building lasting relationships with a variety of constituents (e.g. board, staff, funders, strategic partners, fellows.)
- A network of contacts and relationships with philanthropic supporters of journalism, democracy, and education, or related fields is a plus.
- Able to travel up to 25% of the time (domestically sometimes internationally), with the flexibility to work evening and weekend events.
Responsible for branding, public awareness and public outreach for Report for America.
- Building the Report for America brand
- Managing social media
- Paid and niche marketing for recruitment of corps members and news organizations
- Telling the stories of corps members
- Swag design and cheerleading
- Coordinating with overall GroundTruth marketing, public relations and communications strategy
- Several years leading communications and/or marketing efforts for an organization or company
- Some experience with managing social media
- Some experience building newsletters and audience, a plus.
Pitch your audio story to the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator
Please fill out the form below
NOTE: We have selected submissions for our fall podcast season, which is in production. However, we are still accepting submissions for future seasons.
Do you have a powerful reported story that deserves its own podcast episode? The GroundTruth Project is launching a story incubator aimed at providing emerging audio reporters and producers with the support they need to create an audio documentary for the award-winning “GroundTruth” podcast. The GroundTruth Project will bring the full muscle of its podcast team and partnerships to the stories selected, providing mentorship to the storyteller and turning the piece into a powerful podcast episode with reach and impact.
Journalists whose pitches are accepted will receive guidance from veteran audio storytellers, editorial support from the GroundTruth podcast team, access to recording studios and voice coaching, professional mixing and sound design, digital production and episode promotion. The storyteller will also be paid $1,500 for the story. Additional funds may be made available in some cases to cover expenses.
The “GroundTruth” podcast, which is produced by The GroundTruth Project in partnership with WGBH and PRX, has been the recipient of an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and four regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards since its launch in September 2015. Episodes produced through the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator may reach additional listeners through GroundTruth’s radio and podcast partners.
The GroundTruth Podcast Incubator is open to independent audio producers and reporters, as well as those working at news organizations. There is no limit on age or experience, but preference will be given to early-career journalists (up to five years of experience). Applicants are not required to be in the Boston area, but those who are would have the opportunity to work out of the GroundTruth offices at WGBH in Boston.
GroundTruth is most interested in stories that could only be told by reporting in the field — stories that get to the “ground truth.” It’s not just an idea. It’s a technical term coined by NASA, referring to the human measurement on the ground. We’re looking for audio that captures the essence of places and people, and makes listeners feel like they’re there. We’re open to great stories of all kinds, but have a particular interest in stories that connect to issues of social justice, human rights, health or the environment. We’re interested in 15- to 30-minute audio documentaries that may be local, national or global. Series ideas will be considered in exceptional cases.
Strong preference will be given to journalists who have done some or all of the reporting needed for their story and can share samples of compelling tape. In other words, we are interested in seeing well-formed stories and reporting, rather than ideas that have not yet been tested.
HOW TO APPLY
To submit an application for the GroundTruth Podcast Incubator, fill out the form below. You will be asked to provide information on your story, as well as on your background. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive a response within two months of submission. Questions may be directed to Mitch Hanley: email@example.com
ABOUT THE GROUNDTRUTH PROJECT
Committed to supporting and inspiring a new generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of their generation, The GroundTruth Project is based in Boston at the PBS flagship, WGBH. Since it was formally incorporated as a non-profit in 2014, GroundTruth has offered more than 125 reporting fellowships and workshops to top, emerging journalists around the world and distributes their award-winning work through editorial partnerships with PRI The World, PBS NewsHour, PBS FRONTLINE, The Atlantic, ABC News, the Huffington Post and other leading news organizations.