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Carolina Public Press seeks an executive director

August 21, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Carolina Public Press, an award-winning nonprofit news organization devoted to investigative, in-depth and independent journalism for all of North Carolina, seeks a new executive director. The flexible start date is late 2023.

The executive director will lead a high-performing, mission-driven team of professionals to meet and surpass the goal of being  North Carolina’s largest and highest-impact independent investigative nonprofit news organization. The executive director has leadership and oversight responsibility for an operating budget of nearly $1M from multiple and variable revenue sources.

This is a job for someone who is a strong and effective nonprofit leader, believes that nonprofit news organizations are critical to the future of the state and the nation, and wants to share the story of Carolina Public Press on a national stage.

The successful candidate need not be a journalist, but they will have a nuanced understanding of Carolina Public Press’s mission and place in the state’s news ecosystem. They will be able to articulate strategies for expanding its reach and impact. They will fully grasp the demands of investigative and accountability journalism, including the work, time, dedication and risk it takes.

Their leadership style will combine inspiration and collegiality with high expectations applied firmly and without bias. They will show a collaborative spirit both internally through cross-team efforts and externally through local, statewide and national collaborations that we lead or join.

The executive director reports to the Carolina Public Press Board of Directors. A strong candidate will have 7-10 years of top-level experience in managing nonprofit organizations. Some experience in the news industry is a plus. CPP’s next leader will have demonstrated competence in:

  • Overseeing fundraising efforts that include seeking support from individual members, major donors, for-profit and nonprofit sponsors and public and private foundations, from the local to national level;
  • Collaborating with the Board of Directors to identify and quantify organizational objectives;
  • Developing and implementing strategies to meet those objectives;
  • Attracting top talent and leading the staff, including oversight of key human resource needs, including staff benefits programs;
  • Overseeing all financial dimensions of a nonprofit organization in a transparent, effective manner, including meeting all local, state and federal guidelines and expectations for nonprofit organizations; and
  • Engaging a variety of stakeholders, including current and potential audiences, volunteers, other news organizations and current and potential funders and sponsors.

The salary range for this position is $90,000-$100,000, based on experience, education and potential.

The executive director may live anywhere in North Carolina. The Carolina Public Press team is largely remote, with staff members located across the state. You should expect to travel, both throughout North Carolina and nationally.

To apply, you must submit a resume, a brief cover letter and three professional references via this form. Your cover letter should clearly state 1) how your experience and education would help you succeed in this role and 2) your understanding of Carolina Public Press’s mission and role in North Carolina. Questions can be submitted to the search manager by emailing with “CPP Executive Director Questions” in the subject line, but all applications must be submitted via the form.

Applications must be received no later than Aug. 25.

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