Communications Associate


Communications Associate

About us:

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is the first-of-its-kind organization whose sole mission is to develop and support sustainable business models for great local journalism.

A distinctive organization of news executives, media entrepreneurs, software and technology executives, philanthropists, community leaders and leading academics, the Institute is working to transform the news industry in the digital age to ensure that high quality local journalism remains a cornerstone of our democracy.

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism is a mission-based non-profit corporation devoted to local journalism. The Institute was founded in 2016 by cable television entrepreneur H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest. Lenfest gifted to the Institute an initial endowment of $20 million, which has since been supplemented by other donors, for investment in innovative news initiatives, new technology and sustainable business models for local news. Lenfest also gifted sole ownership of the Philadelphia Media Network (The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and, the Philadelphia region’s largest news website), to the Institute, assets for which he had invested more than $80 million.

The Philadelphia news properties are now the largest newspapers in America operated as a public-benefit corporation, under the non-profit ownership of the Institute, dedicated solely to the mission of preserving local journalism nationwide. These news properties will also serve as a live lab for the Institute’s innovation investments.

Through grant-making and program activities, the Institute provides both financial resources and hands-on expertise to individuals and organizations seeking to help invent the future of sustainable local journalism.

Position Description:

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Operations, the Director of Advancement and with all of the Institute’s staff and contractors, the Business Analyst will be involved in all aspects of the Institute’s operations, including but not limited to:

  • Managing the grant process including processing, reviewing and analyzing grant applications; producing reports on grant performance; monitoring activities of grant recipients; and publishing learnings from our grant-funded projects
  • Research on issues of importance to local journalism, developing reports on best practices and data to publish.
  • Running events designed to foster communication among those involved in local journalism and to share best practices, and events to assist in fundraising activities.
  • Creating and maintaining databases of journalism funding sources and contacts to assist the head of fundraising with development activities.
  • Management tasks such as producing financial reports, tracking contracts, obtaining approvals for major spending, and other activities needed to help run the Institute
  • Assistance with other programs and tasks essential to the Institute’s operations

Position Qualifications:

  • B.A., B.S., or equivalent four-year degree
  • Demonstrated interest in journalism and/or related business issues
  • Strong communications and analytic skills including efficiency in PowerPoint and Excel.
  • One or two years of business and/or journalism experience a plus
  • Understanding of Philadelphia, its diverse population, and its news ecosystem a plus
  • The position will be based in our Philadelphia offices.  No relocation assistance available

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Please send a cover letter describing your interest, and a resume to: [email protected]