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Our Mission
The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

— To promote this flow of information.
— To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
— To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
— To foster excellence among journalists.
— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
— To encourage diversity in journalism.
— To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
— To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.

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Employment Opportunities with SPJ

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based membership association for journalists. We are dedicated to the preservation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To accomplish this, SPJ hires smart, energetic individuals who are hell-bent on improving the Society’s offerings and operations while also making a name for themselves. After training, we get out of the way and give them the freedom to do just that.


Staff Accountant

Application Deadline: February 17, 2017, 5 p.m. ET

The staff accountant position is a full-time gig, based in Indianapolis. It includes competitive salary, excellent benefits and paid leave.

Ideally, after training, this person will serve as the lead finance person for our operations. This primarily includes: Working with the Executive Director to oversee the financial management of SPJ (501c6), SDX Foundation (501c3) and four smaller journalism non-profits.

What we’re looking for:

— Someone with a few years’ experience but still has a deep understanding of non-profit accounting functions and needs.
— Someone who is so organized, they know the birthdays and anniversaries of all their relatives.
— Someone who doesn’t let details fall through the cracks, but still has the ability to see the big picture.
— Someone who can jump from task to task with cat-like nimbleness.
— Someone who isn’t an ass and gets along with just about anyone.
— Someone who cares deeply about the quality of their work.
— Someone who can provide good customer service.
— Someone who is willing to help us reshape our current finance department.
— Someone who can provide good customer service.

Primary duties will include:

1. Reconciling bank, investment and balance sheet accounts.
2. Preparing and analyzing internal reports (cash and accrual) for staff and volunteers on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
3. Assisting with and inputting annual budget.
4. Managing grants and net assets.
5. Preparing and entering month- and quarter-end journal entries.
6. Creating and/or updating written accounting procedures.
7. As necessary, will assist bookkeeper with:
        a. Processing all incoming cash receipts.
        b. Input and maintenance of financial data (including dues, meetings, giving, and purchasing). Ensuring that financial data is entered into membership management software and accounting software and is without error.
        c. Generating out-going payments to vendors and chapters.
        d. The maintenance of all personnel and payroll records.
        e. Managing the Society’s benefits plans, including health and 401k.
8. Other duties as assigned.

Deadline to apply

Application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, February 3, 2017.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé and three professional references to Executive Director Joe Skeel at jskeel@spj.org.

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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

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About SPJ
Mission
Membership
General Info
Headquarters Staff
Board of Directors
Committees
Bylaws | PDF version
Documentation
History
Chester C. Wells: His Story
Merchandise


Committees
Complete List
Awards & Honors
Bylaws
Diversity
Ethics
Freedom of Information
Freelance
Generation J
Journalism Education
Legal Defense Fund
Membership
Resolutions


Our Mission
The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

— To promote this flow of information.
— To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
— To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
— To foster excellence among journalists.
— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
— To encourage diversity in journalism.
— To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
— To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.
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