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Public Safety Reporter

Honolulu Civil Beat, a nonprofit public affairs and investigative news site, is looking for a reporter with a strong track record for turning out high-end enterprise and watchdog stories to cover public safety issues in Hawaii.

This is one of our premier beats. Civil Beat has won multiple awards for its in-depth coverage of police accountability and corruption, prisons, courts and other legal affairs. Though there will be some breaking news to report, the beat is focused on enterprise rather than daily cops and courts reporting. We’re particularly interested in exploring police practices and policies with an eye toward solutions, as well as human interest stories that illuminate public safety from the perspective of citizens, victims and the cop on the beat.

We’re looking for a reporter with a minimum of 5 years experience who can combine strong digging and data skills, source building and compelling storytelling. Knowledge of Hawaii, the most diverse state in the U.S., a digital mindset and multimedia skills are definite pluses.

We’re a very collaborative newsroom, too. The reporter can expect at times to lead or pitch in on reporting projects about topics other than the criminal justice system.

Civil Beat pays competitive salaries, and has an excellent benefits package, including a 401(k) match, six weeks PTO a year and company-funded training opportunities. The salary for this position depends on experience and qualifications, but is anticipated to be a minimum of $70,000.

Civil Beat seeks to build a newsroom that reflects the diversity and lived experience of people in Hawaii. We encourage people from all communities, especially communities underrepresented in journalism, to apply.

If you’d like to join Civil Beat in helping making a difference in Hawaii, email a resume, 3-5 clips and a cover letter to editor@civilbeat.org. Please apply ASAP but applications will be accepted until position is filled.

 

Deputy Editor

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking for an experienced editor who can help take a small staff of smart, passionate reporters to a higher level.

We believe that journalism can and should have an impact. That a vibrant news organization is vital to democracy. That we can make a difference in the lives of people and in public policy through solid, smart journalism.

We are seeking a veteran journalist who is a motivator and mentor as well as a manager, a team leader who can pitch in on projects and help run a daily news operation while juggling enterprise.

The deputy editor is responsible for helping oversee the overall management of the newsroom, including an editorial staff of about 20, and is a vital member of the leadership team setting the strategic direction of the growing online-only media operation.

The ideal candidate:

  • is a great journalist, who has demonstrated success as an investigative and watchdog journalist, who embraces accountability and public affairs journalism. Has deep experience as both a reporter and an editor, worked on and managed deep-dive projects.
  • sees journalism as a calling, not a job.
  • sees Civil Beat for the opportunities it offers to do great journalism. Is deeply interested in fundamental issues facing journalism today — media trust, reader engagement, business and operational challenges. What big ideas have you been dying to try out but haven’t had the support or funding to carry out?
  • keeps up with strategies and trends in the online news business. Keeps up with new storytelling and engagement techniques, innovations and advances  in the digital news space.
  • has a real curiosity about Hawaii, and preferably some experience with the state. Wants to make it home, if it isn’t already.

Civil Beat pays competitive salaries, and has an excellent benefits package, including a 401(k) match, six weeks PTO a year and company-funded training opportunities. The salary for this position depends on experience and qualifications, but is anticipated to be a minimum of $100,000. We’re an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and encourages people from underrepresented communities to apply.

We’re willing to consider great candidates who may not have every skill on our ideal checklist. But you must have a clear idea of what you want to do with the wide-open opportunities that Civil Beat offers for journalists who are serious about making a difference.

If you are someone who can embrace the energy, excitement and demands of a thriving 12-year-old online startup in one of the most interesting and beautiful places on the planet, then send a resume and cover letter to editor@civilbeat.org. Job is open now and applications accepted until filled.

Education Reporter

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking for an experienced education reporter to write about core problems in Hawaii’s K-12 system.

We’re seeking someone with a deep understanding of education policy who can zero in on difficult issues with an eye toward innovative solutions that might improve education in the islands. Understanding the budget, the role of the teachers union, politics and local culture will be key. On a practical level, effective investigative reporting and deft writing will be crucial to this work. (We’re not looking for a typical schools “beat” reporter.)

Our ideal candidate will have a proven record of success on investigative education-related projects and shorter watchdog enterprise coverage. Excellent analytical skills and writing with voice are essential.

This is a Honolulu-based position and we are seeking a mid-career reporter with a minimum of 5-7 years experience. Data journalism skills and knowledge of Hawaii, its culture and its issues are a plus.

Civil Beat pays competitive salaries, and has an excellent benefits package, including a 401(k) match, six weeks PTO a year and company-funded training opportunities. The salary for this position depends on experience and qualifications, but is anticipated to be a minimum of $70,000.

Civil Beat seeks to build a newsroom that reflects the diversity and lived experience of people in Hawaii. We encourage people from all communities, especially communities underrepresented in journalism, to apply.

If you’d like to join Civil Beat in helping making a difference in Hawaii, email a resume, 3-5 clips and a cover letter to editors@civilbeat.org. Please apply ASAP but applications accepted until position is filled.

 

Individual Support Manager

Overview: The Individual Support Manager functions as a member of the operations team and is tasked with developing strategies and executing tactics to convert news readers to financial supporters.

This position reports to the Director of Philanthropy.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively to develop and maintain the infrastructure of Civil Beat’s individual giving program
    • Craft donor-centered messaging, including but not limited to email appeals for individual support, talking points, and call-to-action prompts, ensuring consistency across communications.
    • Manage a donor database and maintain accurate records in CRM.
    • Generate data to inform small-donor solicitation and growth strategies.
    • Execute three annual digital fundraising campaigns.
    • Manage donor acknowledgment, including but not limited to scheduling thank-you emails, member benefit fulfillment, answering phone calls and responding to emails.
    • Establish strong relationships with current members through offline and online engagement opportunities.
    • Assist with developing innovative approaches to donor recruitment and retention.
  • Provide assistance with other administrative, business, and fundraising needs, including but not limited to offline and online marketing, audience engagement and analytics
  • Provide customer service to donors and general readership, including inbox management and troubleshooting.

 

Qualifications: Desired attributes include 2-5 years experience in fundraising operations and:

    • Proven track record of achieving revenue goals.
    • Background in fundraising strategy, donor-centered communications, and some technical knowledge of digital marketing practices and techniques.
    • Eagerness to blend traditional fundraising practices with digital techniques.
    • Experience with fundraising database systems. Knowledge of Salesforce CRM a plus.
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
    • Exceptional attention to detail.
    • Comfortable working in a fast-paced office environment.
    • Capable of working on some evenings and weekend work as needed.
    • Understanding of news media and nonprofit organizations preferred.
    • We are willing to consider great candidates who may not have every skill on our checklist.

Location:

This is an in-office position. Our newsroom is located in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

 

Benefits:

This is a full-time position with a salary range of $55,000 to $65,000 that includes the following:

      • Medical, dental and vision insurance
      • 401(k) matching
      • 30 days of paid time off each year
      • Up to 12 weeks of paid family leave (including PTO)
      • Remote working flexibility
      • Annual travel stipend to attend professional training and conferences

Civil Beat seeks to build a newsroom that reflects the diversity and lived experience of people in Hawaii. We encourage people from all communities, especially communities underrepresented in journalism, to apply.

 How to Apply:

Send your cover letter and resume to business@civilbeat.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Contract Reporters — Neighbor Islands

Civil Beat is looking for a reporters on neighbor islands who will help us expand our news coverage beyond Oahu.

We have immediate availability for writers on Maui and the Big Island.

These are freelance, contract positions, not staff jobs. We want someone who can commit to a regular presence, preferably once a week but at least two times a month. We’re also open to more than one writer per island in order to achieve a weekly presence (two people each writing two articles, for instance).

Most importantly, we are not looking to do the same stories other media are doing. Topics might sometimes be the same — a county council issue, for instance — but we want writers who can get below the surface and provide a thoughtful or analytical approach to issues, people and events.

Excellent writing skills a must. Journalism experience preferred.

Please send a cover letter explaining who you are and why you’d be a good fit along with a resume and clips to editors@civilbeat.org. Please specify in the subject line which island you are on.