My friend and Knight colleague, the amazingly energetic David Cohn has gotten a grant from the Full Circle Fund to hire a community organizer for Spot.us, the online marketplace for news he’s just created (with a 2007 Knight News Challenge grant).
It’s so thrilling to hear about a good job this month, I wanted to post it–here’s the job description and how to apply:
Community Organizer, Spot Us
Hours: Full-time temporary
(about six months)
Location: Off-site (telecommuting,
SF Bay Area only)
Spot.Us is pioneering nonprofit
that uses microphilanthropy as a means of funding investigative journalism
here in the Bay Area. You can learn more about us from recent press
We are looking for a community
organizer to help manage and grow the network of individuals who use
Spot.Us to support investigative journalism through small donations.
This position will be full time for roughly six months with the potential
to extend the relationship.
- Experience in fundraising
through individuals and/or community organizing,
- Background in journalism,
or familiarity with the issues faced by reporters, editors and news
consumers, and the needs of the communities they serve.
- Excellent people
skills, from phone calls to public speaking to one-on-one meetings
- Top shelf writing
and proofreading skills.
- Advanced understanding
and use of Facebook, Twitter, Ning, and other types of social media.
“Digital natives” with innate online marketing skills welcome.
- Demonstrated commitment
to the civic mission of journalism to speak truth to power, comfort
the afflicted, and spur dialogue in a democracy.
- Self-motivated when
it comes to research and taking initiative. Able to work remotely.
- Ability to work
with the founder of Spot.Us, to think creatively and critically about
the project and communicate those ideas.
- Located in Bay Area
- Please send a resume
and a cover letter describing your background and potential role with
Spot.Us, including a brief outline of daily activities.
- Three links to your
blog, LinkedIn pages, etc.
- One representative
writing sample (appeal letter, publicity or marketing document, blog
All applications material should
be e-mailed to info [At] spot [dot] us with the words
“Community Manager” in the subject line.
an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls, faxes or snail mail.