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Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Center for Community Media

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

The Center for Community Media at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY seeks an innovative leader as Executive Director (ED) to carry out its mission and set its strategy and vision. The mission of CCM is to serve news organizations that provide essential local coverage for populations whose voices and issues are underrepresented in mainstream media. The Center serves as a hub of information, resources, and training aimed at increasing the sustainability of this news media sector.

CCM produces significant topical research, maps, directories, databases, trainings, workshops, fellowships and cohorts on issues important to this media sector, advancing community media’s relevance and visibility. The Center also works to find resources and connect community media journalists and publishers with one another.

The Executive Director sets important goals for the Center and works to meet them by defining CCM’s priorities and direction. The ED assesses and evaluates strategies, deciding how the organization will best serve the needs of community media nationwide with particular focus on those communities least represented. The ED is responsible for a wide range of duties, including day-to-day operations, team management, hiring and supervising consultants, setting budgets, forging internal and external alliances and building partnerships to further the mission. The ED plays a formative role in promoting and supporting the sustainability of community media nationwide while focused on accountability and results. The ED will actively promote CCM to build its financial reserves and goodwill, securing and allocating resources to ensure the financial health of the organization.

This role reports to the Dean of the Newmark J-School. CCM is a nonprofit, grant-funded organization.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead the mission, vision and strategic plan of a fast-moving organization, delivering high-quality services to community media nationwide
  • Implement strategic plans, based on knowledge and experience of this media sector
  • Build a high-performing team and play an active role in attracting, retaining and developing a best-in-class staff
  • Identify and deliver state-of-the-art programs and research
  • Participate in identifying and cultivating current and potential funders and sponsors
  • Manage CCM’s budget and ensure that it is a financially viable, sustainable organization with the resources to meet current and projected program growth
  • Cultivate excellent relationships with the leadership of the Newmark J-School and external stakeholders 
  • Represent CCM, its mission and services by attending relevant events, conferences and gatherings
  • Inform the Dean regularly of internal organization matters, including program success and priorities, relevant staffing and funding issues

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Senior leadership experience at a community media outlet, organization or nonprofit centered on or working with community media
  • Proven experience in supporting and elevating communities of color and immigrant communities
  • Experience in grant and budget management, preferably in nonprofit and/or academia
  • Strong grant-writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Commitment to results: “can-do” mindset with emphasis on accountability
  • Exceptional motivational and staff leadership abilities
  • Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills
  • Based within commuting distance of the Newmark J-School

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter to Lisa Tradup-Flom at lisa.flom@journalism.cuny.edu, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. The deadline to apply is August 31 or until we fill the position.

Salary range: $120,000 – $150,000, commensurate with experience