Here’s a job worth applying for: Community Organizer, Spot.Us

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, 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)

Salary: Competitive

About Us

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

Job Description:

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


To Apply: 

  • 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
    post, etc.)


All applications material should
be e-mailed to info [At] spot [dot] us with the words
“Community Manager” in the subject line.

Spot.Us is
an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls, faxes or snail mail.