American Press Institute

VP, Journalism Programs

Post Date:May 23, 2022Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:150,000-180,000
Location: United States - Virginia - Arlington Job Reference:
Job Description:

The Vice President, Journalism Programs, has a direct role in setting organizational strategy at the American Press Institute; managing the staff in concert with the CEO/Executive Director, and other members of the executive team; and being a thought leader for API and its partners in cultural transformation and business sustainability, with the ultimate goal of helping journalists and news organizations serve diverse readers and communities more effectively.

API is entering a new era, seeking to retool and refocus to better address the urgency of the multiple crises in journalism and local news, from the erosion of public trust in the media to the dwindling of business revenue. The successful candidate must be comfortable with change and be able to lead with authority in coaching both members of the API team and external partners to navigate change. The candidate must have a deep knowledge of journalism and digital media. They must be able to recognize the impact of systems on issues of equity, identify news industry needs, and articulate and support a vision for how the American Press Institute can collaborate with news organizations, philanthropy, and other nonprofits to uphold press freedom and democracy in this challenging landscape.

The Vice President, Journalism Programs, supervises APl’s efforts at cultural transformation and change management in the media, helping news organizations create sustainable businesses that operate in the public good while also allowing journalists to thrive. The Journalism Programs portfolio includes the Knight-Lenfest News Transformation Program (Table Stakes); Beyond Print, an effort to guide news organizations more quickly away from print models and toward a sustainable digital future; expanding initiatives on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; accountability journalism; and deep community listening. Successful candidates must have broad interest and knowledge in digital journalism practices and business models. They must be intellectually curious and eager to help other journalists learn, while recognizing their own limits and the value of knowledge of other people and sectors. 

The Vice President, Journalism Programs, will be a member of API’s executive team, and they must work with other executive staff and managers to nurture an inclusive workplace that supports the professional development and well-being of our staff.

This position reports to the CEO/Executive Director.

Job duties

  • Manage the Journalism Programs staff, budget and grant reporting. 
  • Manage, maintain and develop funder relationships.
  • Supervise the American Press Institute’s work on the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Program (Table Stakes) and its alumni network. 
  • Supervise Beyond Print, an effort to guide news organizations more quickly away from print models and toward a sustainable digital future.
  • Facilitate and lead training for journalists and news organizations.
  • Help lead the API staff in developing program strategy, curricula and  evaluation tools.
  • Nurture networks of journalists to support peer learning.
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration across API.
  • Collaborate effectively and collegially with other API senior staff, including the Executive Vice President, Product Strategy, the Vice President, Communications and Operations, and the CEO/Executive Director.
  • Represent the Institute to external partners, clients, funders, and others, at conferences and in meetings and in negotiations.
  • Partner with the Director of Human Resources in recruiting for open Journalism Programs job positions and interviewing and assessing candidates.
  • Identify strategic opportunities for new training that will help the Institute continue to grow and adapt to the most urgent needs in journalism.

Requirements and qualifications

  • At least five years of management or supervisory experience.
  • An unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging supported by a record of tangible results. 
  • Extensive background working in media and an evolving understanding of the needs of modern news organizations, with some leadership experience in newsrooms or journalism support organizations.
  • Experience with strategic project management and designing curricula for practical applications. 
  • Experience coaching and training journalists, with an aptitude for learning new approaches.  
  • Proficiency in change management and adapting to change, with a track record of creating new programs and ways of doing things.
  • Must have a commitment for helping America’s public-interest news organizations achieve sustainability.
  • Experience and comfort in written and spoken thought leadership.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Additional skills required involve knowing how to ask the right questions, active listening, evidence-based determination of what works, connecting disparate ideas, identifying new tactics to test, managing partner relationships, and more. The right candidate must be able to engage with internal and external partners fluently but must be open-minded to many different approaches.


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

We believe that diversity in lived experiences, perspectives, knowledge, and ideas strengthens journalism, its business and our own organization. The American Press Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage applications from candidates from communities traditionally underrepresented in journalism and from people of every age, race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, disability status, medical condition, veteran status, and familial status.

This is a full-time position with a salary between $150,000 and $180,000 commensurate with skills and experience, 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 prefer candidates for this role who live in or would relocate to the Washington, D.C., area. The API team is mostly working remotely at present and has flexible expectations about working from the office in the future. Remote candidates must be willing to travel to the API main office for occasional meetings — typically trips of 2-3 days every 4-6 weeks. The job also will include occasional travel to conferences or other API events.

How to apply

Please email a resume and a letter explaining your qualifications and your thinking on how journalism programs align with the needs of news organizations to 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 “VP, Journalism Programs” in the subject line so we can direct your application to the right people. Please be prepared to provide three professional references upon request.

The deadline for application submissions is June 13, 2022. 

About the American Press Institute

The American Press Institute advances an innovative and sustainable news industry by helping publishers understand and engage audiences, grow revenue, improve public-service journalism, and succeed at organizational change. The American Press Institute is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization affiliated with the News Media Alliance. It works with and draws on the best ideas from anyone working in news publishing and journalism and anyone interested in its mission of making journalism sustainable.

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Contact Information
American Press Institute
Jennette Murphy
4401 N. Fairfax Drive #300
Arlington, VA 22203
United States
Ph: 2023302736

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