The GroundTruth Project is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. Our mission is to restore journalism from the ground up by supporting emerging journalists through field reporting that serves under-covered corners of the United States and the world. Our team is headquartered at WGBH in Boston, the flagship PBS station.

The experienced Staff Accountant provides general ledger and other accounting/administrative duties and should take full ownership of your areas of responsibility and prioritize time effectively. The Staff Accountant reports to the Controller and will be responsible for the following functions:

Responsibilities:

  • Process accounts payables and receivables
  • Handle various balance sheet accounts, post journal entries and reconcile accounts
  • Manage employee expense reimbursement, purchase orders and the corporate credit cards
  • Assist the Controller with month-end, and year-end close process
  • Establish and modify the implementation of accounting procedures
  • Monitor compliance with organization policies and procedures
  • Assist with preparation and execution of annual audit and 990 tax filing
  • Collaborate with the Controller to develop financial policies and procedures and best practices
  • Test implementation of new ERP system
  • Maintain fixed asset schedule
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Finance, Accounting or related field required.
  • At least one to two years of collective experience in Finance, Accounting or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience working in a nonprofit 
  • Thorough understanding of nonprofit accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Affinity for and ability to analyze numbers
  • Strong Microsoft Excel and writing skills
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks and Salesforce preferred but not required
  • Professional demeanor, excellent organizational and communication skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines and objectives
  • Positive, solutions-oriented attitude, drive for excellence, and ability to be a team player

Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.

The position is remote but will be expected to return to our Boston office in late 2022.

About The GroundTruth Project

Since its incorporation as an independent 501(c)3 organization in 2014, GroundTruth has built award-winning editorial teams to produce in-depth journalism that explores challenging global issues through local, on-the-ground reporting working in more than 50 countries. In 2018, GroundTruth launched Report for America, a new national service program that places talented emerging journalists into local newsrooms in under-covered communities across the United States. The RFA vision is to grow to 1,000 journalists by 2024.

The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.

The GroundTruth Project is seeking a bright Executive Assistant with outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills to support the CEO and COO. The individual will serve an important part of a fast-growing organization. This person will be expected to perform a variety of executive tasks, help keep long term projects on track, and handle more urgent requirements. An ideal candidate is responsive, thoughtful, self-directed, positive, and seeking a challenging role.

To ensure success, the Executive Assistant should display strong problem solving and decision-making skills with a deep understanding of collaboration with all parts of the organization, employee relationships and staffing management.

Responsibilities:

  • To manage executive communications for the CEO and COO , including agendas, mail, email, calls, client management, and prioritizing the most sensitive matters
  • To bring highly developed writing skills to draft memos/agendas/emails, to prepare communications on the executive’s behalf
  • To serve as a detail-oriented team builder who will provide support such as maintaining comprehensive records, and creating spreadsheets and databases to track team projects across the organization
  • To support CEO and COO to serve as the liaison to the Board of Directors, Leadership Circle and staff which would include scheduling, sending reminders, taking meeting minutes, organizing internal/off-site events and catering as necessary
  • To maintain social media presence on the behalf of CEO/COO (instagram, twitter, LinkedIn etc) as necessary
  • To manage CEO and COO timesheets, prepare/distribute company-wide communications, managing travel booking
  • To prepare CEO and COO expense reports
  • To assist CEO and COO with special projects
  • To build relationships and trust with their key people and communicating proxy
  • To support other assigned functions

Requirements:

  • Associates or bachelor’s degree in human resources or related (preferred)
  • Experience supporting senior level leadership
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Works well under pressure and meets tight deadlines
  • Highly computer literate with capability in email, Google suite, Zoom, Microsoft office products, with aptitude to learn new software and systems
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexible team player
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed

Job Type: Full-time, temporarily remote due to  COVID-19 will be required to be in office when staff returns to Boston, MA headquarters date TBD.


Report for the World 

Dear news organization,

We're so glad you're considering partnering with Report for the World. This form is for prospective newsrooms applying for their first RFW corps member or members. Please fill out only one application, even if you're requesting multiple corps members.

NOTE: Current host newsrooms, do not use this form to renew your current corps member; we'll send you a separate application for that in a few months.

QUESTIONS? Email GroundTruth's Chief Content Officer Kevin Grant at info@reportfortheworld.org

The GroundTruth Project is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization

dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. Our mission is to restore journalism from the ground up by supporting emerging journalists through field reporting that serves under-covered corners of the United States and the world. Our team is headquartered at WGBH in Boston, the flagship PBS station.

The Director, Information Systems will be responsible and accountable for development and implementation of results focused, innovative solutions to a wide range of activities related to technology, process improvement, and project management that serve to support the organization dramatically expand in scale and achieve our ambitious mission to get journalists on the ground covering the key stories of our time. 

The Director, Information Systems will work with all GroundTruth teams, including Report for America, our fast-growing, flagship program. This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the organization.

Essential Functions:

  • Anticipate and understand business strategies, objectives, and priorities needed to support effective business operations, improve performance, and achieve Organizational goals.
  • Serve as business and technology solutions development specialist - Serve as a consultant to departments concerning business and technology solutions development theory and practice. Provide innovative, results-focused, information-based solutions to address complex cross-functional needs. Monitor business and technology solutions development plans and schedules.
  • Serve as project manager for GroundTruth’s business systems projects - Analyze, organize, and prioritize business system projects. Ensure new operation plans, policies, procedures, and transition/migration plans are consistent with overall organizational goals and objectives.
  • Promote relevant data leveraging culture – Develop and coach organizational talent to access and manage data to synthesize valuable, relevant information and leverage it effectively to make better business decisions and drive performance.
  • Proactively evaluate current and emerging technologies, application customizations, and system enhancements for consideration in meeting organization’s business needs. Identify opportunities to strengthen, streamline, and improve applications, processes, and procedures relative to business systems and technology solutions throughout the organization. Make recommendations as appropriate. Ensure solutions selected provide the most efficient cost/performance ratio.
  • Serve as key contact with external consultants and support providers. Negotiate service level agreements with vendors and service providers. Monitor service delivery to ensure targets and standards are met.
  • Formulate plan, budget, and recommendation of information systems capital expenditures. Manage purchases, and coordinate installation and upgrades.
  • Budget and monitor Information Systems operating expense on an organization-wide basis.
  • Ensure security is maintained to mitigate threats and risks to confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all information.
  • Understand and support the mission, standards and policies of GroundTruth, contribute to their formulation and evaluation, and be able to interpret them to others.
  • Advise department and senior leadership in the interpretation of systems data and recommend further analysis as needed and assist with questions or concerns over both internal and external data and reporting requirements.
  • Performs other similar and related duties as required.

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Attends periodic staff meetings and training sessions.
  • Complies proper paperwork procedures, prompt follow-up communications and departmental policies.

Internal and External Contacts:

  • Interfaces regularly with general employee population in person, on the phone and through email.
  • Interfaces with outside vendors in person, through email and on the phone.

Educational Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree

Qualifications & Experience Requirements

  • Experience managing an informational system function in a non-profit environment.
  • At least 7-10 years of relevant experience.
  • At least 5 years effectively managing personnel and leading teams.
  • The ability to speak both “people” and “technology”.
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills, verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • A team player first and foremost mentality.
  • The ability and desire to take on both a strategic and “hands on” role.
  • Experience working in a mixed Mac and PC environment.
  • Experience working with Salesforce and Google Workspace strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with Box, Zoom, Zapier, Okta, Submittable, 8x8, WordPress, Asana and/or Slack, social media programs, database applications, or similar programs and applications.
  • Well-organized, comfortable managing multiple projects simultaneously, ability to multitask with ease, adapting to evolving needs of a growing organization.
  • Strong understanding of and familiarity with domestic and international data security and confidentiality laws.
  • Understanding of data models and database design/development as well as experience gathering data from various systems and performing analyses preferred.
  • Highly self-motivated and self-directed to work within a team and/or work independently.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to non-technical users.
  • Ability to analyze, organize, delegate and make decisions.
  • Provides excellent customer service to staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Remains calm in stressful situations.

This job description reflects essential functions of the position for The GroundTruth Project/Report for America/Report for the World. It does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned for this particular position. A shift in the roles and responsibilities of this specific position or in the strategic needs of the organization may result in this job description changing. All changes will be made in consultation with the employee to the furthest extent possible.

Report for America is a national service program that places emerging journalists into local newsrooms to report on urgent under-covered issues and communities. It is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, an award winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists.

Report for America is a dynamic, rapidly-growing answer to America’s crisis in local news reporting. Some 300 corps members work at newspapers large and small, public radio stations, TV stations, digital publications, wire services and investigative nonprofits. This year they will be in 250 newsrooms across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., plus Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Data and Information Manager plays a significant role in the organization. This person is charged with creating and managing critical processes and workflows for all aspects of Report for America and making sure they run smoothly. These include the application, reviewing and selection processes for newsrooms and corps members; management and maintenance of newsroom and corp member information integration of workflows among various RFA teams; program and data needs for RFA staff; and management of periodic newsroom and corp member evaluation surveys, among other things. The Data and Information Manager reports to the Vice President of Program Development and is a remote position.

Key roles and responsibilities include:

Essential duties/Responsibilities

  • Responsible for management of all RFA newsroom and corps member data, including but not limited to input, import, analysis, export, storage, and distribution of information and data sets and data points. Will work with current and future data management platforms, spreadsheets and related applications. Strong communication and editorial skills a must. Experience with customer relationship management (CRM) systems like Salesforce and spreadsheet-database hybrids like Airtable is a plus.
    • Collaborate on development of data collection methods to improve upon and replace spreadsheets as a data repository/source of truth with a superior platform, in collaboration with GroundTruth’s IT team.
  • Ensure that RFA sources of data are accurate and being relayed appropriately to organizational reporting tools. Partner with GroundTruth’s IT team to meet RFA’s data needs and coordinate with GroundTruth and RFA stakeholders. Ensure that data flows to external stakeholders (newsrooms and corps members) are reliable and meet the RFA program’s needs, including quarterly evaluation data. Maintain and regularly update RFA databases, including quarterly evaluation data from newsrooms and corps members (number of stories produced by corps members, etc.)
    • Flag and escalate data problems that present as issues.
  • Create, harmonize and manage workflows and processes across RFA and applicable GroundTruth Project teams including Corps Excellence, Training  and Service, Local Sustainability, Admissions, Editorial Hub, IT, Finance, and others.
  • Manage the application process and cycle for newsroom and corps member applications.
    • Work with the Director of Applications and Vice President of Program Development to create an application timetable and deliverables list.
    • Ensure that deliverable deadlines are met, by keeping participants and “owners” of certain tasks in this process on track.
    • Monitor the application review process.
  • Maintain and regularly update RFA databases, including quarterly evaluation data from newsrooms and corps members (number of stories produced by corps members, etc.)
  • Flag and escalate data problems that present as issues.
  • Work with the VP of Program Development, and partner with GroundTruth’s IT team to ensure that RFA has the technological platforms (both internal and external) to scale dramatically and provide excellent services to both newsrooms and reporters, as well as internal stakeholders.
  • Deliver on RFA’a data and reporting needs, being aware of GroundTruth’s data technology needs, as coordinated with GroundTruth’s IT team, as design and implementation choices are made. Ensure that RFA’s data needs and functionalities are represented in organizational initiatives. Serve as a technical liaison in the partnership of GroundTruth and RFA technology workflows.

Experience:

A successful candidate will:

  • Possess significant experience with creating and managing critical data processes and workflows for news organizations or similar organizations
  • Have some familiarity with newsroom cultures

Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.

Position is Remote.

About The GroundTruth Project

Our mission is to restore journalism from the ground up by supporting the next generation of journalists through field reporting that serves under-covered corners of the United States and the world.

The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.

The GroundTruth Project is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. Our mission is to advance sustainable, innovative, and equitable journalism that serves under-covered communities worldwide through on-the-ground reporting. GroundTruth is home to Report for America, a national service program.  In 2021, we also launched a new global initiative, Report for the World, working with local partners in India, Nigeria and Brazil.

The Vice President, Finance has overall financial management responsibility for the organization and will develop and implement strategies for continued financial health of The GroundTruth Project. GroundTruth is a dynamic, growing organization that is constantly evolving and adapting to achieve its ambitious goals. The VP Finance will contribute to this growth by working closely with the Chief Operating Office to articulate financial options and choices for decision-making by GroundTruth’s executive leadership and Board. 

The VP Finance will support GroundTruth’s ongoing operations by ensuring that the Finance team provides the planning, analysis and information needed by GroundTruth’s executive, management, development, program and operational teams to manage their respective areas. The VP Finance will also serve as a valued thought partner with the VP Development in shaping and managing complex grant revenue streams to achieve GroundTruth’s strategic direction and programs. 

The VP Finance will provide overall management of the Finance Department, including a) developing strategy and goals, b) effectively managing department workforce to keep them aligned, focused, motivated, and high-performing, c) modeling GroundTruth’s values of an inclusive and respectful workplace and encouraging the same from the Finance staff and d) working closely with the departmental leaders to meet their needs for accurate, timely financial information, including the provision of this information to the over 250 newsrooms that are part of GroundTruth’s Report for America project.

The VP Finance will work closely with the Board Treasurer and staff the Finance Committees of the Board of Directors. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Oversees and directs treasury, budgeting, audit, tax, accounting, grants administration, line of credit and financial risk management activities. Communicates and implements overall financial strategy 
  • Leads (develops, monitors, and revises) short- and long-term budgetary planning and cost management in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer and in alignment with  GroundTruth’s strategic priorities; works closely with all department leaders to monitor and develop the organization’s budget 
  • Oversees Controller in managing cash flow and forecasting; monitors investments; oversees financing strategies. Ensures maximization of accounting software 
  • Oversees Financial Analyst in managing grants revenue, including analysis and projections, internal reporting, grant budgeting and reporting. Develop Financial Analyst to assume increasing responsibilities, including support of the overall annual budgeting process 
  • Provides strategic recommendations to the Chief Operating Officer based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis 
  • Serves as a strategic thought partner with the VP Development in shaping and managing complex grant revenue streams to achieve GroundTruth’s strategic direction and programs 
  • Ensures organizational compliance with all regulatory tax filings and audit requirements; oversees Controller in annual audit activities 
  • Provide overall supervision and leadership of finance staff in their accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and purchasing functions. Oversees accuracy of financial data entry 
  • Works in collaboration with the Controller in designing and implementing fiscal policies and procedures (internal controls) and ensures that staff maintains financial record systems in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles 
  • Oversees accurate monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports for the executive leadership, departmental leaders, Board of Directors and other audiences as require. 
  • Manages special projects, including 1) selection and implementation of new accounting software in collaboration with the Controller and  represent Finance team in agency wide efforts to improve integration of agency data in collaboration with the Controller 

Selection Criteria: 

  • BA in Accounting, Master’s degree in Business, Economics, Finance, Non-Profit Management or other related field preferred or equivalent 10 years of experience in nonprofit finance 
  • Eight to ten years of broad finance experience, including experience with budget planning and management for a nonprofit organization, financial reporting, government contracts, the annual audit process, and experience in a leadership capacity 
  • Experience examining, developing, reengineering and recommending financial and technical policies and procedures 
  • Demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting, internal controls and reporting 
  • In-depth knowledge of at least one nonprofit/fund-accounting software Characteristics: 
  • Results-oriented with superior skills in organization, planning, and attention to details
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model
  • Strong business acumen
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proactive, self-directed and reliable
  • Strong sense of integrity, honesty, and ethics
  • Ability to motivate and lead others
  • Respectful of others; interacts with tact and sensitivity
  • Flexible and collaborative work style with a strong service mentality
  • Ability to manage many diverse yet concurrent project and responsibilities
  • Ability to build and sustain great working relationships with employees, vendors, consultants, and colleagues.

Interviews may be conducted via video conferencing or in-person.  

The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.

Impact and Evaluation Manager - Remote

Report for America is a national service program that places emerging journalists into local newsrooms to report on urgent under-covered issues and communities. It is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, an award winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists.

Report for America is a dynamic, rapidly-growing answer to America’s crisis in local news reporting. Some 300 corps members work at newspapers large and small, public radio stations, TV stations, digital publications, wire services and investigative nonprofits. This year they will be in 250 newsrooms across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., plus Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Manager of Impact and Evaluation for Report for America, a remote position, is key within the organization. The Manager is charged with the critical role of determining how we measure the impact of the corps members, what elements of the program are working and which aren’t, the satisfaction levels of reporters and newsrooms, and the cost effectiveness of our spending. This staffer will work remotely and will report to the Senior Vice President.  We offer a competitive salary, great benefits and an excellent working environment!

Responsibilities include:

  •  Overall, working closely with the Report for America team to identify and meet the data and analysis needs across the program—identifying what info is needed, determining how best to gather it, using data to understand impact and track it, and analyzing trends to identify opportunities for program improvements. That includes:
  •  Establishing a scalable system for data collection and impact assessment including defining long-term and short-term outcomes
  •  ​​Working with our recruitment team to analyze data to help inform ongoing recruitment strategies for newsrooms and corps members
  •  Working with news organizations to track impact throughout service year
  •  Working with our development team to prove impact for our funders
  •  Assessing the efficacy of our efforts to help newsrooms increase donations
  •  Assessing news deserts, to help us plan impact strategies
  •  Developing new ways to convey impact
  • Developing, managing and updating a tracking system, working with Salesforce
  • Working with outside evaluators to create large-scale evaluations of program impact

Experience:

A successful candidate will:

  • Possess significant experience overseeing and designing evaluation or monitoring strategies for news organizations or similar organizations
  • Have expertise in creating and analyzing data and spreadsheets
  • Possess familiarity with creating and analyzing surveys
  • Possess a familiarity with academic approaches to journalistic evaluations and assessments
  • Have some familiarity with newsroom cultures

Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.

About The GroundTruth Project

Our mission is to restore journalism from the ground up by supporting the next generation of journalists through field reporting that serves under-covered corners of the United States and the world.

The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.

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