Interim executive director

The Mosaic Journalism Program is seeking an experienced and resourceful interim executive director who will lead a team in mapping out plans to deepen and expand our Mosaic Vision program.

 

The mission of Mosaic is to teach journalism to students in underserved communities and to diversify the pipeline of young journalists to the nation’s newsrooms. After running 28 successful summer programs, Mosaic is entering an exciting phase of growth, with the potential to spread its model, nurture journalism education, partner with schools, and work toward providing local news coverage in “news deserts.”  

 

This is a half-time, six-month position beginning in January with the potential to continue in a full-time role.

 

Founded in 1993, the non-profit Mosaic has offered an annual two-week journalism boot camp in San Jose. We have partnered with San Jose State University, the Mercury News, and the Bay Area News Group. Our alumni have gone on to work in media ranging from local online outlets to major metro dailies like the Washington Post. 

 

The objectives of this role are:

  • Design a strategy for improving, expanding and replicating the current program, which teaches reporting, photography, digital skills and media literacy.

  • Develop a long-term plan for support and growth.

  • Identify partners at high schools, in universities and in media to support our students and the program.

  • Work with our fundraisers in approaching potential donors and securing funding for an expanded program.

  • Work with the managing editor and staff on curriculum, scheduling, recruiting, logistics and planning for next summer’s Mosaic workshops.

  • Work collaboratively, keeping staff, students and parents informed, respecting differing opinions, consulting with others in decision making. 

  • Foster innovative thinking about how Mosaic could reach, teach and support students.

  • ​​Identify internal goals to recruit and retain a permanent executive director.

 

An ideal candidate would:

  • Have an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion among staff and students, and the ability to work well with people of different backgrounds.

  • Have experience in daily journalism.

  • Have a vision and passion for teaching journalism to high school students.

  • Bring experience and skills in management and organization building.

  • Be highly organized and able to juggle many tasks. 

  • Have experience leading a similarly situated nonprofit in size and challenge 

To apply:

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the job and a resume to snoguchinews@gmail.com. Application deadline is Jan. 1.