Director of Reporting Fellows Program

Remote - Washington, DC

The Pulitzer Center is seeking a candidate to lead its Reporting Fellows program at our Campus Consortium partner universities. 

Our Campus Consortium includes liberal arts colleges, journalism schools, schools of public health, community colleges, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and state universities. The Pulitzer Center awards annual fellowships to students from each of its more than 40 partner campuses, as well as a limited number of fellowships to post-graduates from some journalism schools and special call fellowships for reporting on different topics. Reporting Fellows report from countries around the world to produce stories related to the Pulitzer Center’s five focus areas: climate and the environment, global health, peace and conflict, human rights including gender and racial equity, and information and artificial intelligence.

Do you consider yourself experienced, energetic, collaborative, and committed to training the next generation of journalists? If so, we invite you to apply.

The Reporting Fellow team is part of the University and Community Outreach team and works closely with their colleagues to develop and promote reporting projects by the Fellows and engage with diverse audiences in-person and virtually. The Director of the Reporting Fellows Program heads a team that recruits and selects Reporting Fellows from Campus Consortium partners, organizes the in-person Washington Weekends, and serves as a mentor and guide for Fellows and alums. The individual reports to the Director of University and Community Outreach. This individual will ensure the successful completion of reporting projects while providing a challenging and transformative experience for the Fellows.

The position is remote/hybrid open to applicants within the US. Preference for applicants located in Washington DC. Some travel will be required.

Responsibilities

Develop and sustain the Reporting Fellows program.

  • Manage the Reporting Fellows team and seek opportunities for team members, with the aim of building skills, capacity, and future leadership.
  • Provide overall vision and direction to the Reporting Fellows team for program growth and efficacy.
  • Lead the recruitment of Reporting Fellows from each of our Campus Consortium partners; organize calls for additional fellowships related to critical global issues.
  • Head the selection committee for the Reporting Fellows. Ensure that the Fellows represent diverse voices and report on projects in a professional and ethical manner. Develop and continuously improve criteria and guidelines for the application and selection process.
  • Oversee the virtual orientation for each class of Fellows and ongoing program support including: guidance related to budgeting, time management, pre-reporting, interview techniques, travel, story structure, pitching, and more. 
  • Edit and coordinate the publishing of Reporting Fellow stories, including orchestrating the mentorship of Fellows by professional journalists and facilitating the development of relationships with editors at news outlets.
  • Oversee the development of educational journalism resources on topics ranging from developing multimedia skills to safety protocols and cultural sensitivity.
  • Manage the awards submission process and social media for Reporting Fellow stories and activities.
  • Lead the development of an active Reporting Fellow alum network in-person and virtually and support Reporting Fellow alums as they establish careers in journalism or global affairs
  • Lead the creation and monitoring of the program budget and finance administration in alignment with the finance and senior leadership.
  • Approve legal agreements with partner organizations and vendors as needed.

Deepen and broaden the impact of the Reporting Fellow journalism by building community among the Fellows, the Pulitzer Center staff, Campus Consortium partners, and journalism networks.

  • Liaise with the Development team and Senior Leadership to prospect donors and develop opportunities to meet the fundraising goals of the program and organization.
  • Liaise with the Communications and Publishing teams to publicize, brand, and promote the Reporting Fellows program across the Pulitzer website and social media channels.
  • Work closely with other Engagement  teams to provide outreach and networking opportunities for Reporting Fellows including webinars, panels with professional journalists, Campus Consortium events, and other events.
  • Collaborate with the Editorial Team to strengthen and enhance the Reporting Fellowship experience.
  • Head the Campus Consortium Advisory Council. Strengthen relationships with Campus partners and faculty. 

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 8 years journalism experience
  • Strong management and leadership skills, news judgment, and work ethic
  • A passion for global issues and a commitment to the Pulitzer Center mission
  • Excellent writing, editing, presentation, and communication skills
  • Ability to motivate and inspire university students and emerging journalists
  • Open and collaborative management style
  • Interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and commitment to centering equity in all aspects of the work
  • Teaching experience at the college level (preferred)
  • Multimedia proficiency a plus

The Center uses an established compensation philosophy in administering compensation. Offers are determined based on candidate qualifications, related experience, internal equity, and the amount budgeted for the position.

Compensation for US-based employees

Salary range listed above is for US-based employees. Our benefit package includes paid time off (holiday, vacation, parental and sick), health care coverage (including medical/dental/vision), health savings accounts 403(b) retirement plan, transit benefit, parental leave, and Life & ADD/LTD/STD Insurance.

About Pulitzer 

The Pulitzer Center is a journalism and education non-profit organization that works to produce compelling journalism, deepen engagement with critical, underreported global issues, bridge divides, and inspire action. The Reporting Fellows program empowers students to tell stories, broaden their impact, and create change. We are headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a global team based in 14 countries.

The Pulitzer Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Center is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us, whether in terms of race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, physical challenge, or marital or family status, are (i) understood, respected, and appreciated, (ii) recognized as a source of strength, and (iii) valued as qualities that enrich the environment in which we work. See our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement for details.

For more information about the Pulitzer Center, visit pulitzercenter.org