The Real News Network Seeks Executive Director

Dec 2, 2019

The Real News Network (TRNN) seeks an Executive Director to manage the overall operations, including Administration, Fundraising, and the Digital and Studio teams. The Managing Director will work collaboratively with the Editor in Chief (who is responsible for content creation and journalistic decisions) to provide coherent, strategic, team aligned and effective operation of this critical institution.

The Real News Network is an online, nonprofit news organization that is supported solely by individual donations and grants. We do not accept corporate or government funding. Our budget is in excess of $3 million and we have a full, part-time and freelance staff in excess of 30. While the majority of our staff are located in our studio/office space in Baltimore, Maryland, we also have team members across the US, in Canada and in Europe (future goals may include a physical presence in places like Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean). We publish across digital platforms and we have broadcast partners as well. Our primary output is video, though we also publish in print and audio formats. We produce both interview and analysis pieces from our Baltimore studio, and produce stories from reporters and freelancers in the field. Our primary outlet is YouTube, where we have approximately 350,000 subscribers. We are a union shop. Our staff is organized under the Communications Workers of America.

The Real News Network is not just another media organization. We have particular progressive values entrenched in our editorial positioning, and we believe we take up a unique space in the media landscape. Among our values and editorial stances are the significance of class, race, gender and social justice.  They are integrated into our coverage (and staffing). Two central, current focuses of our work are the 2020 elections and the climate crisis.

We are looking for an experienced, committed administrator with demonstrated ability to organize and guide staff, and provide direction in infrastructure and development/fundraising areas, and help us continue to grow our significance and effectiveness in serving our mission.

Our chosen Executive Director will have a complete set of management skills in supervision, finance, fundraising and strategy.

Duties of the Executive Director:

  • Budget formulation;
  • Formulation and implementation of internal controls;
  • Hiring and firing of staff, determination of staff compensation and supervision of all HR issues;
  • Negotiating on behalf of TRNN with the collective bargaining unit;
  • Formulation of social media strategy and supervision of social media staff;
  • Supervision of TRNN fundraising;
  • Instructing TRNN legal counsel in regard to TRNN’s legal needs – for example, enforcement of copyright;
  • Building collegiality among TRNN personnel;
  • Management of income-earning activities other than fundraising (e.g studio rental, the relationship with Ida B’s);
  • Digital media strategy;
  • Supervision of studio director.

Minimum Qualifications: Ten years organizational and supervisory experience, preferably at a media/journalism organization.

Together the Staff and Board of The Real News Network have created the profile of the ideal leader. We will consider and select our Executive Director from among candidates with those skills, experience and personal characteristics. For more detail, please visit the posting where you submit your application HERE.

To Apply: TRNN has retained Livingston Associates to assist in this search. For consideration, please visit and submit a letter of introduction including your vision for the future of TRNN and why you will be the ideal person to lead the organization in achieving that vision, as well as a resume and contact information for a minimum of three professional references.

Date for full consideration: January 5, 2020

Inquiries are welcome. Contact Livingston Associates at (410) 243-1974.

TRNN is committed to fostering diversity of our staff. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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