Society of Professional Journalists · Indianapolis, IN or remote
Reports to: Executive Director
Apply by: November 1 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Responsible for setting the direction for SPJ’s web presence and designing the user interface and overall customer experience for the Society’s website and related applications. Handles special projects focused on increasing innovation both within SPJ and journalism in general.
– Responsible for design and maintenance of all websites and other electronic publications and applications.
– Overall leadership and responsibility for technology-based solutions for SPJ member engagement.
– Leads efforts to improve quality of websites and other electronic communications vehicles as required.
– Works with staff on style and approach for all projects. Provides design elements, comps, templates and finished solutions.
– Maintains and administers all legal Internet domains owned by the Society and monitors software licenses to ensure compliance.
– Leads projects intended to fulfill SPJ’s objective to be “Producers of Journalism’s Future” as outlined in the Society’s strategic plan, especially those devoted to technology.
– Coordinates with Director of Education to host technology-skills training programs for journalists.
– Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
– At least 4 years of demonstrable experience in Web-based development and design. (A degree in the computer science or information technology fields is not necessary to apply if you have the requisite work experience and can show your work.)
– Fluency in the most basic web languages — HTML, CSS — is a must. You must be able to read, write and edit code.
– You know what FTP is and how to use it.
– Even if you aren't familiar with the ASP programming language, you are savvy enough to decipher its basic ins and outs and look up what you don't know. SPJ.org runs on ASP, and while it no longer heavily relies on the language like it once did, it's still good for you to recognize it when you see it and be comfortable working with it (or around it) whenever necessary.
– An understanding of WordPress, which powers some of our secondary sites. You don't need to be able to code themes from scratch or edit functions and plugin code (though that's a nice bonus if you can). Just need to be able to keep things working as intended and make adjustments when necessary.
– You must be comfortable in a multitude of backends — from cPanels to our membership database to domain registrars to setting up email accounts for board members. (Don't worry, the job comes with instructions for each interface — you won't be going in blind.)
– You can work from anywhere (including on site at SPJ's annual convention and, if/when needed, SPJ's headquarters in Indianapolis).
– You have a good design sense and a good grasp of the tools (whether you prefer Adobe Creative Cloud, Affinity or another suite of design/publishing applications) needed to hone it.
– You know how to find the balance between taking ownership of your work and catering to the needs and wishes of your teammates as you bring their programs to life. You're confident enough to be creatively autonomous but graceful enough to listen and communicate your ideas effectively.
– You can write your own copy in a pinch. You don't need to write a sentence as perfect as James Baldwin could, but you can produce clean copy and self-edit when our communications team is busy and you need something ASAP for the web.
– You know your way around audio and video editing software (Premiere, Final Cut, Audacity and/or their equivalents) and presentational software (Keynote, PowerPoint and so on).
– You care about and understand the particulars of SPJ's mission. You won't be quizzed about SPJ in an interview and it's not necessary that you scan the entire website and commit it to memory. But a genuine belief in what we do goes a long way.
– You have work experience in the association/non-profit arena.
– You are proficient in AP Style.
What we need from you when you apply
– A resume.
– As many work samples as you can supply to demonstrate your skills (particularly those in the "absolutely necessary" section above).
– A cover letter (or lack thereof) isn't going to make or break your application, but if you write one and share (a) some insight into your work experience and (b) a little background on the samples you're supplying, it will be read (by a human, not an algorithm) and appreciated.
How to apply
Interested candidates should send their resume, additional materials and three professional references to Linda Hall. Please type “SPJ Web Administrator - Tech Jobs For Good” in the subject line.
The Society of Professional Journalists is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. SPJ will apply its diversity mission to hiring with a written policy and approach to:
— Actively seek diverse candidates
— Advertise broadly
— Craft job descriptions to be inclusive
— Include diverse candidates within the interview pool