The American Journalism Project (AJP) is a first-of-its-kind, startup venture philanthropy. We are currently raising $50 million in philanthropic capital to build the technology and business capacity of Civic News Organizations (CNO’s) to secure the future of local journalism that is critical to our democracy.
Founded by two non-profit news entrepreneurs, one of whom is CEO of a thriving news outlet and one of whom is a veteran venture capitalist, AJP is a center point in the formation of a new civic media ecosystem. Ultimately, AJP will employ a team tasked with selecting and supporting 25-35 nonprofit news organizations for 7-figure, course altering investments. In addition to issuing operating grants, the AJP team will guide the transformation of these organizations from scrappy newsrooms to thriving, sustainable media enterprises.
The next step? Bringing on board members and the first full-time employee. The COO is a systems-building, start-up guru who will work directly with the founders and other key constituents to support the establishment and launch of this new social venture.
The COO is a challenging role, working within a complex network of philanthropists, foundation executives, civic and news leaders, and potential new team members. As “builder-in-chief” the position is best suited for someone who is entrepreneurial, independent, flexible and driven.
Successful applicants will have a track record of building and managing performance-driven teams and associated budgets. They will also be adept at complex project management with proven fundraising and/or revenue generating success. The ideal COO must demonstrate past experience defining and executing business operations as a means to advancing an organization within its marketplace. A passion for civic news is a must, along with the confidence to collaborate, communicate and strategically build a diverse and committed network of individuals and institutions.
Position Vital Stats
Job Description: (Start-up) Chief Operating Officer
Salary: Nonprofit Senior Management Level
Hours: Full Time
Start Date: December 15
Office Base: Flexible
Application Close Date: November 15
As this is an interim role in a new enterprise that is fast-moving and fluid, the responsibilities are constantly shifting and expanding. With oversight and guidance from and in collaboration with Elizabeth and John, the current responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
We know there are great candidates who won’t fit everything we’ve described above, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, please don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We are committed to diversity and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:
Please include the subject line “AJP Start-up COO”.