The Red & Black Publishing Company, Inc., is looking for an
Executive Director to lead our nonprofit student news organization.
The ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker with a passion
for journalism and a track record of stellar publishing
management and/or nonprofit leadership experience.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit student news organization, we have
dual, intertwined missions: providing reliable, independent news
for our community while giving students hands-on training in all
aspects of the news business.
The Executive Director helms our organization, working daily
with the student and professional staff of The Red & Black and
engaging with the friends and alumni of our organization. This role
combines development, fundraising, management and strategic
This position presents an exciting and essential professional
opportunity to work with an award-winning news nonprofit as we
enter our 130th year and move closer to our goal of financial
independence with the creation of a foundation to support our
This position reports to the Board of Directors of The Red &
Black Publishing, Co.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Work with everyone at The Red &
Black to achieve our strategic goals of journalism excellence,
student training, publishing innovation, audience growth and
Work with our Board to create a
foundation to support The Red & Black’s mission
Manage the small team of full-time
Work with the Chief Financial Officer
and the Board to set the annual budget for the organization, manage
adherence to the budget, and provide regular status reports.
Manage our major regular fundraising
efforts while looking for new opportunities.
Manage our existing grant programs
while looking for new opportunities.
Manage our existing scholarship
programs while looking for new opportunities.
Support and grow our
organization-wide commitment to Diversity, Equity and
Support and grow our
organization-wide commitment to digital-first news coverage and
Manage our alumni relations and
Regularly communicate with the
Friends of The Red & Black, a community of alums, readers and
Represent The Red & Black in the
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
Our ideal candidate would possess combined experience in
journalism, management and nonprofit development. We realize that
does not represent a traditional career path or typical skill set.
Not everyone will check all the boxes — but there might be boxes we
haven’t considered. In your cover letter, please highlight any
professional or lived experiences that you believe set you apart as
Must-have requirements and qualities
Bachelor’s degree in journalism,
business or other relevant field
Experience setting and adhering to
Proven management skills in coaching,
motivating and promoting teamwork
Strategic planning experience
Proven commitment to fostering
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace
An understanding of the importance of
community journalism and journalism training
Exceptional written and verbal
Ability to juggle multiple projects
in a fast-paced, digital-first environment
Skills and experience that would be great to have
Editorial or publishing management
Experience with relationship
management tools (we use Bloomerang)
Experience with email tools and
databases (we use MailChimp)
Experience with fundraising platforms
(we use GiveButter)
Experience with financial management
programs (we use QuickBooks)
Knowledge of the University of
Georgia and Athens communities
MORE ABOUT US
The Red & Black Publishing Company, Inc. is an independent,
not-for-profit corporation which publishes daily news at
redandblack.com and circulates the largest print college newspaper
in Georgia. A digital-first news operation, we also publish
magazines, provide creative advertising services and host special
Founded in 1893, The Red & Black has been operationally and
financially independent from the University of Georgia since 1980.
While advertising revenue is the most significant way we fund our
operations, we have made a strategic decision to develop other
revenue sources including donations, grants and events. In 2021,
The Red & Black was accepted as the first student-newsroom
member of the prestigious Institute for Nonprofit News.
The Red & Black Publishing Co. is an equal opportunity
employer committed to building an inclusive, collaborative and
This is an in-person position. While we offer flextime and
hybrid schedules for most staff, the Executive Director needs to be
in the office a minimum of three days a week.
We are located in Athens, Georgia, nationally ranked as the best
college town in America and home to music, arts, great dining
— and, of course — the defending national football
This position includes a competitive base salary and an
incentive plan. We offer medical, dental, and vision