Executive Director


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Prism seeks a dynamic, dedicated individual as its next Executive Director (ED). Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will be an experienced, visionary, and collaborative leader with a solid background in nonprofit leadership and fundraising who can successfully and passionately represent Prism and advocate for the importance of centering BIPOC voices in national media.

The ED must be an experienced fundraiser with existing relationships within philanthropy and a track record of securing funds from diverse sources, including foundation grants and individual donors. Their relationships should extend to nonprofits across sectors, including media, and the ED must be capable of building strong relationships in multiple industries. The ED will be the public face and advocate for Prism and confidently speak on and sell Prism’s value proposition to various audiences across a variety of mediums, from TV to radio and podcasts, as well as social media.

Accordingly, the ED must have a sophisticated understanding and appreciation of the importance of journalism to narrative change, familiarity with the journalism and media industries, and fluency in the major issues facing those industries today.

The ED must be able to communicate a strong vision to the Board of Directors, keeping them engaged and informed as well as utilizing them as an asset and resource for Prism.

The ED will be responsible for the following two key priorities:

(1) managing and growing our diverse funding strategy through stewarding existing and new major foundation grants and cultivating individual donors to ensure Prism continues to grow and thrive and has a financial plan for success (must understand how best to package Prism’s work in a variety of ways to engage both media-focused donors and those who work on narrative change across other sectors); and

(2) serving as an external spokesperson for Prism, ensuring that the outlet is well represented and has a strong voice, including knowing when another community or staff member may be the most effective spokesperson.

Additional responsibilities include:

—— Providing hands-on leadership to a highly engaged, passionate, 10-person editorial and administrative team, with a focus on inspiring and growing individual and team capacity, ensuring the team is able to bring their “whole selves” to the work and maintain a healthy work-life balance, while directly supervising two staff who lead the editorial and finance and operations departments.

—— Encouraging and modeling a culture of transparency, diversity, and inclusiveness, with a focus on Prism’s commitment to building the preeminent platform to tell stories from people who are most impacted by our nation’s systemic problems.

—— Providing strong partnership, collaboration, and leadership to the Board, ensuring open lines of communication, high levels of engagement, and the advancement of Prism’s mission.

—— In partnership with the Board and staff, establishing a clear vision for Prism’s next chapter as well as a road map for this strategic vision.

—— Working in close partnership with the Operations Director and the Board to design and implement fundraising and communications strategies that increase Prism’s visibility and funding.

—— Developing and maintaining strong relationships with other publishers and Executive Directors and ensuring Prism is at the right tables, leading the national conversation about the importance of centering BIPOC voices in the news.

CANDIDATE PROFILE Strong candidates will have experience leading a nonprofit and an understanding of the current media landscape, with the ability to publicly advocate for and describe our work and push Prism to national prominence in this critical time in our nation’s history. Successful candidates will bring deep knowledge of the issues Prism covers, exceptional public speaking skills, seasoned fundraising skills and broad networks in philanthropy, as well as a demonstrated passion for Prism’s mission, vision, and purpose.

Desired skills and experiences include the following:

—— Experience fundraising and growing revenue with private sector donors, including individuals and foundations

—— Deep knowledge of the history, policies, and systems that have established and maintained deep racial and other inequities; a desire to challenge toxic national narratives by centering BIPOC voices and those with direct, lived experiences to lift up new narratives grounded in the stories of people who are closest to the challenges, problems, and solutions we cover

—— Comfort speaking about a multitude of issues from criminal justice, gender justice, workers’ rights, electoral justice, and the importance of centering BIPOC experiences and voices in order to change toxic, dominant mainstream media narratives

—— Strategic about building the reputation of Prism and carving out a unique identity and value proposition in an increasingly competitive media space; ability to forge strategic partnerships with dozens of local, regional, national, and identity-based outlets who support Prism’s mission and will help amplify our stories, collaborate on series, or partner in other critical ways that help fulfill our mission

—— Innovative, entrepreneurial, creative approach to growth and impact, willingness to take risks on new ideas and the ability to design programs to support that innovation, as well as an ability to embrace failure as a teacher and pivot when program models don’t work

—— Ability to hold the larger, strategic vision for Prism and be its primary ambassador to the public, funders, partners and other key stakeholders, letting the executive team handle the day-to-day management of the organization

—— Excellent leadership and management skills, including the ability to manage a diverse, engaged staff and Board

—— Deep social justice values and competencies, including a belief in community-driven change, diversity, equity, and inclusion; understanding of the BIPOC experience in journalism and the importance of Prism in setting a new model for journalism

—— Dynamic and effective interpersonal and communications skills; outstanding ability to develop rapport and build collaborative relationships with staff, partner outlets, key stakeholders, and funders

In addition, strong candidates will offer the following personal qualities and characteristics:

—— Deep care for each individual staff person and an understanding that our people are the most important part of our organization

—— The ability to provide long-term, inspirational vision while simultaneously creating pragmatic solutions to day-to-day problems

—— Bring a lived BIPOC experience, deep passion for Prism’s mission and values; commitment to building and maintaining a BIPOC staff

—— Track record of audience growth and/or scaling a new venture

—— Ability to maintain calm and steadiness during times of crisis or complication

—— Resilience, flexibility, and a sense of humor

COMPENSATION The annual salary range for this role is between $120,000-$140,000 based on experience and location, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Prism also offers an extremely generous and comprehensive benefits package including 100% employer-sponsored medical, vision, and dental insurance; six weeks paid vacation; paid sick leave and holidays; employer-matching 401(k); quarterly home office stipend; and individual professional development funds.

TO APPLY OR MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Amber Brown are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role, please visit this link here. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Prism is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous and people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

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