API is hiring a Program/Community Manager

The American Press Institute believes that creating sustainable news businesses requires  establishing industry communities around shared experience, passions and struggles. API is seeking a full-time Program/Community Manager to strengthen the work of our Journalism Programs team and deepen our connection with our various alumni and partners.

Position summary

Working closely with the Director and Deputy Director of Local News Transformation as well as API’s Program Operations Manager and VP of Journalism Programs, the Program/Community Manager will co-design, manage and help grow our alumni community with a special focus on the Table Stakes Local News Transformation Program.

The Table Stakes alumni network spans programs and organizations across the country. We believe that super-serving these alumni will further saturate the news industry with the principles and practices necessary to drive substantial and sustainable change across local news organizations.

As Program/Community Manager, you will work as part of a team to advise, counsel, and educate Table Stakes alumni organizations on refining digital and product strategy, supporting change management and formulating engaging professional development for the larger community. You will work specifically to create, manage and iterate on virtual and in-person alumni programming, and will serve as a joint point of contact to the Table Stakes Alumni Advisory Board.

The ideal candidate is an organized and self-motivated leader with a unique track record in program and project management and experience in the media industry. They are passionate about communities, local news and sustainability, and they are interested in developing and delivering effective virtual and in-person learning experiences for journalists.

Experience and qualifications

While no two days will look exactly alike, you can expect to do some blend of the following:

  • Schedule, manage and coordinate program sessions; including preparing, onboarding and coaching speakers and guest trainers on their sessions, optimizing training for interaction, knowledge sharing and practical takeaways, and facilitating conversations among alumni both in person and virtually
  • Serve as the first point of contact for alumni and guest speakers
  • Contribute to the creation of short- and long-term plans for projects, including setting realistic milestone targets and deadlines
  • Create, edit and source original, news-related content alongside the Deputy Director for publication as well as repurpose past content on BetterNews.org for new readers and distribution
  • Collaborate with the API Communications team to draft social media posts and create cross-platform content to promote learnings
  • Help curate content for the monthly Table Stakes Alumni Connector newsletter
  • Use data to inform coaching and programming opportunities
  • Collaborate with the API Program Operations Manager to organize and execute in-person events
  • Communicate with internal stakeholders throughout the life of a project, being transparent about the status and any issues that arise
  • Design, synthesize and analyze evaluation materials alongside the Local News Transformation team, adjusting program planning accordingly
  • Develop monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on programming, engagement and outcomes for internal use and grant-reporting purposes, if necessary 

You see yourself as a leader and you bring the following to the API team:

  • At least 3-5 years of local newsroom experience, ideally on a digital team or with communication experience
  • Past experience training and sharing thought leadership in your newsroom or at industry conferences
  • The ability to juggle projects and connect with people across time zones
  • A passion for teamwork and collaboration across disciplines, lived experiences and generations
  • A desire to explore learning frameworks and to grow as a professional trainer (you enjoy being in the front of the room and consider holding space for others a privilege)
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • An attention to detail and a track record of idea generation to execution
  • Willingness and ability to travel for sessions, when necessary


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but significant professional or military experience may substitute for educational credentials, especially where the credentials may pose a barrier to candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Employment details

The Program/Community Manager for API is a full-time (2-year contract with possibility for extension) grant-funded position with a salary between $66,000-$80,000 commensurate with experience and ability, and the following benefits:

  • 20 days of paid time off, plus major holidays (9 per year) and two floating holidays
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401(k) plan with a generous matching policy
  • Medical and/or dependent flexible spending plan
  • Paid parental leave available
  • Employer-paid life insurance, short-term and long-term insurance policies
  • Pre-tax mass transit plan
  • Professional development opportunities (for example, conference attendance or stipends for course enrollment)

API’s main office is located in Arlington, Virginia. We will consider remote candidates anywhere in the continental United States, as well as those who prefer to work in and/or want to relocate to our office. The API team is mostly working remotely at present and has flexible expectations about working from the office in the future. Remote candidates should be willing to travel to the API main office for occasional meetings. The job will also include travel to conferences and other API events.

How to apply

We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities. We also know there are excellent candidates who might not have all the skills and experience that we have outlined. If that describes you, please apply and tell us about yourself and share your ideas for this role. You may be the ideal candidate.

Please email your resume to jobs@pressinstitute.org. We also invite candidates to fill out our affirmative action form here. Please include this form with your application. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. Please mention “Program/Community Manager” in the subject line so we can direct your application to the right people. Please be prepared to provide three professional references.

We’ll continue accepting applications on a rolling basis until we make a hire.