The Hechinger Report is a nonprofit news outlet that covers education across the United States. We’re a small newsroom with big ambitions to cover the most pressing issues facing classrooms and campuses. Our journalists travel across the country and the world asking tough questions, seeking out promising solutions, and listening to the voices of educators, families and kids. Here are the opportunities to join us in our mission.

Openings:


Audience Engagement Editor

Program Assistant


Audience Engagement Editor

The Hechinger Report is seeking an Audience Engagement Editor to help us both build engagement with and grow our audience.

The Audience Engagement Editor will join a high-powered team of writers and editors, known for producing top quality education journalism and placing Hechinger stories with partner news outlets across the country. We are not a breaking-news organization; our aim is to provide deeply reported and insightful coverage of crucial issues faced by students and schools, at all education levels from early childhood to colleges and universities.

We are a collaborative newsroom distributed across the country, so the Audience Engagement Editor will need to be able to communicate well remotely with writers and editors and understand the nuances of their stories. This person will be a strong writer of promotional text for social media and newsletters, with an ability to pinpoint the heart of a subject and an aversion to jargon. The candidate should have experience with leading social media and newsletter tools, and an ability to draw insights from data analytics that can help us better understand our audience and expand it. Hechinger has its own established best practices for cultivating new audiences, but the Audience Engagement Editor will be expected to enhance those practices and develop new ones, as well as new products, if needed.

The overall goal will be to expand the impact of our journalism. This position will report to the Executive Editor and confer often with the Development Director, both based in New York.

A strong candidate will have experience using analytics and surveys; experience writing and updating copy for social media postings; knowledge of best practices with newsletters and with audience engagement strategies that are particular to individual stories, as well as those that help the entire website.

We have our offices in New York City. This position can be remote and can be based outside our headquarters.

The salary for this position is $70,000/year. The Hechinger Report is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based at Teachers College, Columbia University, and this position includes the College’s comprehensive full-time benefits package, described here.  Hechinger also is committed to providing professional development opportunities to its staff.

We’re sure that not all candidates will match exactly what we’ve written below. The Hechinger Report understands that good colleagues can come from all kinds of backgrounds. If you have skills and experiences that you think would allow you to thrive in this role, apply and tell us what you will bring to the newsroom.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three to five years’ experience in journalism organizations
  • Practical experience with Mailchimp, EchoBox, Google Analytics, WordPress, SmartNews, Apple News, and/or similar tools
  • Basic familiarity with HTML, Excel/Google Sheets and Google Data Studio
  • Understanding of how alternative distribution partners can expand reach 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three to five years’ experience managing social media accounts with a demonstrable track record for success in growing a loyal audience
  • Expert knowledge of social media trends and best practices
  • Ability to fact-check news online and quickly assess fast-moving social media commentary 
  • Experience with selecting key performance metrics for websites, newsletters and social media
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to prioritize among short-term and long-term projects
  • Interest in K-12 and higher education issues, particularly inequality and innovation
  • Strong writing skills with emphasis on clarity and attention to detail

Click here to be notified when the application is available.


Program Assistant

The Hechinger Report, a news outlet based at Teachers College, is seeking a Program Assistant as part of the operations team, handling tasks such as booking fundraising related travel and managing calendars, voicemail and email. The manager would coordinate compliance with Teachers College, manage purchasing, maintain our campus office and oversee our technology needs. They would also conduct monthly reconciliation and analysis of our purchasing card, coordinate group training activities, track professional development and join other operations team projects. Please note this role allows for a semi-remote work schedule. The Program Assistant will be expected to be physically in our Morningside Heights office at least two days per week.

The Hechinger Report is headquartered in New York City, but has reporters and editors throughout the country. This position will report to a manager based in New York.

The salary for this position is $58,500/year. Because we are an independent unit of Teachers College at Columbia University, this position includes the College’s comprehensive full-time benefits package, described here. Hechinger also is committed to providing professional development opportunities to its staff.

We know that not all candidates will match exactly what we’ve written below. The Hechinger Report understands that good teammates can come from all kinds of backgrounds. If you have skills and experiences that you think would allow you to thrive in this role, apply and tell us what you will bring to our outlet.

At Hechinger, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and encourage people from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities and first-generation college graduates. We are an equal opportunity employer and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or any other status protected under applicable law.

The application deadline is October 23. In addition to a resume, please prepare a one-page cover letter that responds to the following:

Tell us about a piece of software or an application, that you used a lot at a job, that you disliked at first but eventually came to like. How did your view change and what did you eventually like about it?

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Organizations skills, attention to detail-and-time management
  • Problem solving ability
  • Data entry and Basic IT skills
  • Strong computer skills; competency with Microsoft Office, Google Workspace products and Zoom.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in bookkeeping and/or project management

Familiarity with vendor management systems, such as Unimarket.

Familiarity with other business management platforms, such as Chrome River or Banner.

Click here to apply on the Teachers College site, by October 23