MEDIA & STORYTELLING PROGRAM OFFICER DESCRIPTION
THE FIELD FOUNDATION
Founded in 1940 by Marshall Field III, the Field Foundation is a private, independent foundation that has been dedicated to the promise of Chicago for over 80 years. The Field Foundation aims its grantmaking toward the goal of Community Empowerment through Art, Justice, Media & Storytelling and Leadership Investment With racial equity at the center of its giving, it directs dollars to critical organizations working to address systemic issues in Chicago and aims to directly benefit some of the city’s most divested communities.
Through its Media & Storytelling program, the Foundation aims to create a more equitable, connected and inclusive local media ecosystem in which the stories of all Chicagoans are told accurately, fairly, authoritatively and contextually. To achieve its goal, the Field Foundation funds capacity building and content creation for African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) media, journalists and storytellers to amplify narratives by, for and about these communities. In addition, the Field Foundation invests in ALAANA journalists and storytellers through nonprofit organizations by hosting regular convenings with them to engage in shared learning and support capacity building.
The Foundation emphasizes reporting and storytelling that explores the root causes of Chicago’s inequities.
To learn more about the Field Foundation’s work in Media & Storytelling, please visit the website www.fieldfoundation.org
The Field Foundation’s Media & Storytelling Program Officer is responsible for building a portfolio of grantees for an exciting new funding partnership and serves as a thought leader in the field. The Program Officer will lead and coordinate the Media & Storytelling work, including developing strategies to strengthen the impact of ALAANA media makers, storytellers and journalists locally. The Media & Storytelling Program Officer will recommend grants that create content, sustain operations, launch partnerships, support training and fund fellowships, as well as organize convenings to generate feedback from ALAANA media makers, share knowledge about innovations in news production and distribution, revenue models and other relevant developments in media and journalism.
- Solicit and review grant proposals and reports, focusing on activities, results, indicators of success and budgets.
- Conduct site visits and information meetings with grantees and potential grantees.
- Recommend grants to be presented to the Field Foundation’s board of directors.
- Maintain regular communications with media makers, journalists and storytellers, including attending events outside of conventional business hours.
- Serve as a connector between ALAANA journalists and storytellers and other funders.
- Develop grantmaking strategies in response to evolving needs of ALAANA media, journalists and storytellers in the Chicago media landscape.
- Engage with nonprofit partners through collaboration, learning, exchange and strategic partnerships at information sessions, conferences and through other opportunities.
- Represent the Field Foundation at conferences and events related to media, journalism and storytelling.
- Convene funder and community-based briefings to advance the Foundation’s Media & Storytelling goals.
- Write about grantees for the Field Foundation’s website and other platforms.
- A minimum of eight years’ experience working in journalism, media or storytelling with direct contact with communities most impacted by disinvestment and an understanding of how media coverage affects perceptions of race.
- Knowledge of trends in national and local media and journalism, with a focus on nonprofit and community media.
- Knowledge of the city of Chicago, its history and its opportunities.
- Proven organizational management skills with the ability to think critically, collaborate internally and externally with other funders, as well as setting and achieving strategic objectives.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate and present ideas with clarity, credibility, humility, and tact; lead with “the why” and incorporate vision into messaging.
- Proven success operating in ambiguous and changing environments with the demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize projects.
- Openness, responsiveness, and understanding of others’ perspectives with the demonstrated ability to maintain and build relationships through collaboration.
- Experience with grants management software (Foundant) is a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Proven ability to listen, discern challenges, and identify solutions; seeks and supports different perspectives and values a range of viewpoints but also comfortable making a final decision.
- Deep passion for and commitment to honest and candid conversations and self-reflection about race, racial justice, and equity.
- Partnership approach and ability to effectively work with different work styles.
- Ability to interact with empathy and a sense of humor.
- Simultaneously results and relationships-oriented.
- Enthusiasm for organizational change and learning.
- Optimistic outlook.
Operating at the intersection of art and justice in Chicago— The Field Foundation is a unique place. It is both creative and collegial, a place for discussion and debate as its staff and board reflect Chicago’s racial diversity. The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, gender identity or expression, color, national origin, ability, ethnicity, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. The Field Foundation’s board and staff are strongly committed to a diverse and equitable work environment. People of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities are strongly encouraged to apply.
$75,000 to $85,000
Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, personal days, matching gift program, a generous 403b, and holidays
TO BE CONSIDERED
Please submit your resume or CV and a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and why you would like to work with The Field Foundation by February 22, 2019.
Submit your materials to Michelle Goldberg, email@example.com and include “Media & Storytelling Program Officer – (your name)” in the subject line.