Executive Director, Investigative Reporters & Editors

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Job Title: Executive Director, Investigative Reporters & Editors
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 34900
Job Description

Investigative Reporters & Editors is looking for an executive director with the vision to lead the world’s largest organization supporting investigative and data journalism. The position involves overseeing a dynamic organization with more than 6,300 members internationally, 13 full-time staff members and dozens of volunteer contributors, as well as serving as a faculty or staff member at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

For 45 years, IRE — a nonprofit organization — has led the journalism industry in supporting and training journalists and college students in techniques for investigative reporting and data analysis. The organization runs the world’s biggest conferences on investigative journalism, and its data arm – the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) – runs the world’s biggest data journalism conference. IRE provides training and resources for journalists in news organizations of all sizes, from rural U.S. communities to cities across the globe. Its website, ire.org, offers a growing portfolio of training tools, including podcasts, video tutorials and an extensive library of resources.

The right candidate will have experience in investigative journalism, management experience, teaching or training experience and an enthusiasm for evangelizing on behalf of investigative journalism and raising funds to support that mission. IRE is located in Columbia, Missouri, and while not required, there is a preference for a candidate who would relocate after the pandemic. For a Columbia-based candidate, a faculty appointment could include teaching one class per semester at the School of Journalism. The position also involves considerable travel, both domestically and internationally. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Candidate screening will begin immediately, with a goal of filling the position by early 2021.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the continuing evolution of IRE’s renowned training programs and national conferences, publications and website, as well as overseeing the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
  • Manage a staff of 13 full-time employees, plus graduate and undergraduate student workers and volunteers
  • Plan and supervise financial matters, including IRE’s $2.8 million budget and its $4 million endowment
  • Raise funds, including seeking grants and donations
  • Report to a 13-member elected Board of Directors
  • Serve as spokesperson for the organization
  • Hold a staff or faculty appointment at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree

Candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Extensive experience as a journalist with solid credentials in investigative reporting and/or data journalism
  • Managerial/supervisory experience, including building and sustaining diverse and inclusive organizations
  • Journalism teaching and/or training experience
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations
  • Fundraising/development experience or enthusiasm for networking and fundraising
Application Materials

Applicants must submit a resume, a letter outlining employment history and achievements, a statement no longer than two pages of your vision for the organization, as well as relevant material or samples that demonstrate work in investigative journalism, any evidence of teaching experience and fundraising, and a one page diversity statement that specifically addresses how you would engage with a diverse student population with regards to teaching, research, mentoring, and advising. . The names and contact information for three references should be provided.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 1/12/2021
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