1. We’re hiring a Director of Finance!

    November 19, 2015

    Join our team!

    Join our team!

    At Solutions Journalism Network, we work with many of the nation’s leading news organizations and independent journalists to produce credible and compelling stories about what’s working (and what’s not) in public education, public health, criminal justice, and environmental sustainability.

    We are currently seeking a CPA with deep nonprofit accounting experience to join our team in New York City as Director of Finance. This role requires a balance of excellent management, communication skills, and flexibility. Ours is an entrepreneurial and rapidly changing organization, and we thrive on working in a fun, collaborative, and creative environment.

    The Director of Finance will work with the Executive Team and with all Directors and Managers throughout the organization to:

    • Actively manage all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards.
    • Review and perform required journal entries and adjustments as well as complex entries for accuracy and completeness; responsible for the accuracy of all general ledger account balances.
    • Perform all day-to-day accounting and monthly reporting activities, including overseeing and/or processing of contributions, grants, and pledges; invoicing of corporate partners; accounts receivable and collection management.
    • Oversee all grant management and reporting; and development of budgets for grant proposals.
    • Maintain revenue schedules – ensuring the use of correct revenue recognition methodology according to GAAP rules.
    • Analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner. Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget with a view to identify, explain and correct variances as appropriate.
    • Support the CFO in engaging the board’s audit committee around issues and trends in financial operating models.
    • Work directly with external auditors throughout the annual audit process, prepare financial schedules and supporting documentation for the audit, and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal financial reporting requirements.
    • Forecast organizational cash flow at least quarterly.
    • Run the monthly closing process.
    • Work actively with the CFO and senior program management on the annual organization wide budget process including the preparation of budget templates, work with program team to complete all templates, and enter the budget in Quickbooks.
    • Manage an external bookkeeper and work closely and collaboratively with the Administrative Director and Development Associate.
    • Maintain, monitor, and continuously improve accounting procedures and internal controls.
    • Review and enter payroll; and perform ad hoc financial administrative items

    Desired Qualifications:

    • A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Director of Finance for a nonprofit with a budget of at least $2 million dollars per year
    • CPA preferably as a manager of both for profit and nonprofit organizations
    • A four year degree in Accounting is strongly preferred; MBA is a plus
    • Experience being in charge of the audit and Form 990 preparation
    • Demonstrated knowledge of revenue recognition rules for nonprofit and for profit accounting
    • Expert knowledge of QuickBooks and advanced Excel capabilities
    • Good working knowledge of Salesforce

    What We Offer:

    • The chance to work with talented and passionate professionals
    • An organization that offers work/lifestyle balance
    • A competitive compensation package including medical, dental, and vision benefits

    How to Apply

    For consideration, please forward your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to julia@solutionsjournalism.org. Please note “Director of Finance” in the subject line of your email.


  2. We’re hiring a Manager of Newsroom Practice Change/Mass Spread!

    November 18, 2015

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    Newsroom Practice Change and Mass Spread

    Job Summary:

    The Solutions Journalism Network is an independent, non-profit organization that works to legitimatize and spread the practice of solutions journalism –compelling reporting on the responses to urgent social problems. We are looking for an entrepreneurial and experienced journalist who will help us drive this practice change in newsrooms and across our growing network of independent journalists and media practitioners.

    Job responsibilities:

    This position is based in New York City and reports both to the Director of Newsroom Practice Change and the Director of Mass Spread.

    Newsroom Practice Change responsibilities:

    • Work with the Director of Newsroom Practice Change to establish newsroom relationships with
    • clearly defined goals and expectations
    • Work with the Director of Newsroom Practice Change to lead newsroom trainings
    • independently or with a partner
    • Work with the Director of Newsroom Practice Change to steward newsroom collaborations to
    • ensure the delivery of great journalism and the sustained adoption of solutions approach
    • Track partnership activities, timelines and use of resources against SJN goals and funder
    • commitments

    Mass Spread responsibilities:

    • Identify potential collaborations between newsroom partners and relevant local institutions and individuals
    • Work with Mass Spread Director to foster connections and build community (online and off) between various players interested in solutions journalism
    • Analyze intelligence gathered in network and community activities to draw actionable insights to advance SJN’s mission

    Job requirements:

    Solutions Journalism Network is a small but growing organization run by a team that identifies powerfully with the organization’s mission—the advancement of the practice of solutions journalism. The Manager of Newsroom Practice Change and Mass Spread is a position for an experienced news professional with a passion for reinventing and reinvigorating the journalistic narrative on all platforms. The ideal candidate must possess high capacity for entrepreneurial thinking combined with process and project management experience, a strategy and sales orientation and an eagerness to dig into administrative details.

    While a journalism degree is not a requirement, this position demands a thorough understanding of the working dynamics of newsrooms and what motivates and drives media professionals. Broadcast or digital experience is a plus. We value innovative thinking around community building and  engagement and very strong interpersonal skills, with a willingness to work through initial skepticism or lack of enthusiasm. SJN offers the opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating environment, work/lifestyle balance, and a competitive compensation package that includes medical, dental and vision benefits.

    How to apply:

    Please forward resume and short cover letter to liza@solutionsjournalism.org.

  3. How can we bring solutions to international headlines? (12/2 SF event)

    November 16, 2015


    Who: The Solutions Journalism Network and the Global Press Institute.

    What: Please join SJN and GPI for an evening filled with stories and solutions from around the world. We will enjoy food and drink, plus a collaborative discussion on ways to feature the untold stories in foreign news.

    When: Wednesday, Dec 2nd, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Where: WeWork Golden Gate, 25 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    RSVP by November 30 to SJN’s Bay Area Ambassador Catherine Cheney: Catherine.Cheney@gmail.com