The Mosaic Journalism Program in San Jose, CA, is seeking an experienced and resourceful interim executive director who will bring knowledge of journalism, education, and organizational management, as well as experience in building partnerships. The interim executive director will work closely with the managing editor and staff to map out plans to deepen and expand our current summer program, to enact our vision to become a leader in teaching high school journalism to underserved students and to replicate our successful program in other locales.
After running 28 successful summer programs, the non-profit Mosaic is entering an exciting phase of growth, with the potential to spread its model, nurture journalism education, partner with schools, and work toward providing local news coverage in “news deserts.”
This is a half-time six-month position beginning in January, with the potential to continue in a full-time role. The application deadline is Dec. 1.
The mission of Mosaic is to teach journalism to students in underserved communities and to diversify the pipeline of young journalists to the nation’s newsrooms. Founded in 1993, Mosaic has offered an annual two-week summer journalism boot camp in San Jose, targeting students who have minimal or no access to programs in their schools. We have partnered with San Jose State University, the Mercury News, and the Bay Area News Group. Our alumni have gone on to work in media ranging from local online outlets to major metro dailies like the Washington Post.
The interim executive director would work with staff to kick off efforts to broaden and deepen our program and to replicate it elsewhere.
You would lead a team imagining and designing a program for students in high schools that lack solid journalism programs, and to teach basic reporting, photography, digital skills and media literacy.
The objectives of this role are:
Design a strategy for improving, expanding and replicating the current program.
Develop a long-term plan for support and growth.
Identify partners at high schools, in universities and in media to support our students and the program.
Work with our fund-raisers in approaching potential donors and securing funding for an expanded program.
Work with staff on curriculum, scheduling, recruiting, logistics and planning for next summer’s Mosaic workshops.
Work collaboratively, keeping staff, students and parents informed, respecting differing opinions, consulting with others in decision making.
Foster innovative thinking about how Mosaic could reach, teach and support students.
Identify internal goals to recruit and retain a permanent executive director.
An ideal candidate would:
Have an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion among staff and students, and the ability to work well with people of different backgrounds.
Bring experience and skills in management and organization building.
Be highly organized and able to juggle many tasks.
Have experience leading a similarly situated nonprofit in size and challenge
Have experience and knowledge of digital media, including podcasting, videography, blogging and social media.
Have a working knowledge of Google platforms, WordPress, InDesign and other content management systems and office communications systems.
Be proficient in Spanish.
Live in the Bay Area and have a deep understanding of its communities.
Among your responsibilities you would:
Oversee hiring of staff to teach and alumni to work as editorial assistants.
Work with our media partners to arrange in-kind support from their employees and to coordinate print production.
Work with our university or school partner to arrange hosting the program.
Supervise design of a social media strategy to spread our stories and information about our program.
Maintain responsibility for the financial health of the organization.
Design ways to offer alumni support in journalism after they leave the program.
Work closely with high school teacher-partners to improve journalism programs.
Work with a designer to update our website.
Hold listening tours of leaders and members of our community to identify their needs and desires for local news, and how Mosaic can help fulfill those.
Be safety-conscious and design a security plan for the workshop.
Track and manage staff expenses.
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