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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.

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Communications Coordinator
Application Deadline: December 31, 5 p.m. ET
(Position will be filled ASAP)

This newly created, part-time position is ideal for: an upperclassmen with lots of internship experience; a young professional looking to get his/her start; or a stay-at-home parent wanting the opportunity to interact with adults, get his/her communications juices flowing and earn some extra cash.

What we’re looking for:

— Someone who is so organized, they know the birthdays and anniversaries of all their relatives (including in-laws and cousins).
— Someone who is a whiz on digital platforms, has experience with non-profit communications and is capable of sharing information in ways that make people listen.
— Someone who sees the big picture, but doesn’t let details fall through the cracks.
— 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 asks a lot of questions, but knows when to shut up and get to work.
— Someone familiar with AP Style.
— Someone who cares deeply about the quality of their work.
— Someone who isn’t a wimp.
— Someone who reads this detailed description from top to bottom.

Primary duties will include:

— Develop and implement marketing plans for programs and services, including but not limited to annual conferences and other regularly occurring training events. Plans should take into account marketing before, during and after each program.
— Manage social media channels, engaging with respective communities.
— Assist with creation/dissemination of regular member communications, such as e-newsletters.
— Work to create and distribute news releases and announcements.
— Manage media inquiries in conjunction with client.

Deadline to apply

Application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, December 31, 2014.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé and three professional references to Joe Skeel via:

1. Google Drive (preferred)

Upload your application materials and share them with jskeel@spj.org. You are responsible for making sure the application is accessible.

2. Mail-in option

Society of Professional Journalists
ATTN: Joe Skeel
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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Retention Coordinator
Application Deadline: December 17, 5 p.m. ET
(Position will be filled ASAP)

This part-time position is ideal for: a student with a great attitude and drive to get the job done; a young professional; or a stay-at-home parent wanting the opportunity to interact with adults and earn some extra cash.

What we’re looking for:

— Someone who is so organized, they know the birthdays and anniversaries of all their relatives (including in-laws and cousins).
— Someone who is comfortable speaking on the phone for long periods of time with a great attitude and good customer service mentality.
— 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 asks a lot of questions, but knows when to shut up and get to work.
— Someone who cares deeply about the quality of their work.
— Someone who isn’t a wimp.

Primary duties will include:

— Calling lapsed and new members of SPJ to encourage renewal, provide updates and gather current information.
— Understand and be able to share the missions of the Society, benefits of membership and current Society activities.
— Collect and enter member information in our database.
— Other duties as assigned.

Other important info:

— This is a position with a flexible schedule, but this is not a remote position.
— Part-time = fewer than 20 hours per week.

Deadline to apply

Application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, December 17, 2014.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to Tara Puckey, Membership Strategist, via email before 5 p.m. ET, December 17, 2014.

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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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3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
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