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San José Spotlight is a national leader among digital news startups. We are an award-winning nonprofit newsroom here to disrupt the status quo in Silicon Valley. Our fearless watchdog reporting filters out the noise, uplifts marginalized voices and paves the way for change. Our mission is to change the face of local journalism by building a community-supported newsroom that ignites civic participation, educates residents and strengthens our democracy.

We are a team of dedicated, innovative and curious people who are passionate about journalism and its power to search for truth, shed light on wrongdoing and hold leaders accountable.

San Jose City Hall reporter Jana Kadah is pictured on assignment.

Open Positions

Director of Development | view full job description

The Director of Development will have the opportunity to shape the future of journalism by growing a network of donors who share our vision. Our development director will be at the forefront of our fundraising efforts, connecting with a robust community of philanthropists who are committed to supporting public service journalism, leveraging exceptional interpersonal skills to engage them through regular meetings and communication, and inspirational cultivation events.

Salary: $90,000 – $100,000 with benefits.

Apply here: http://bit.ly/44Vb5Y7.

Audience Engagement Specialist | view full job description

The Audience Engagement Specialist will be at the forefront of our marketing and outreach efforts, connecting with our existing audience and reaching new audiences who find value in public service journalism, leveraging exceptional interpersonal skills to engage them through social media and email campaigns. You’ll be part of an organization that believes in the power of journalism that strengthens communities and inspires positive change.

Salary: $70,000-$85,000 with benefits.

Apply here: https://bit.ly/478HXOQ.

Education Reporter | view full job description

Under the direction of the Managing Editor, the Education Reporter covers public schools, districts and educational policies in Santa Clara County. This reporter will excel at breaking news, cultivating relationships with education leaders, elected trustees and other sources to pursue exclusive enterprise stories that hold leaders accountable and help residents understand how complex policy decisions impact their lives. The ideal candidate will be willing to take on a variety of assignments, juggle daily articles with long-term enterprise stories and demonstrate excellent communication, organizational and time management skills.

Salary: $60,000 – $65,000 with benefits.

Send a resume, cover letter, and three samples of your work to [email protected].