Director of Leadership and Talent Development

  • Full-time
  • Anywhere

Website inn Institute for Nonprofit News

The Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) seeks a Director of Leadership and Talent Development

INN is a rapidly growing network of more than 240 nonprofit news organizations across the U.S dedicated to serving the public’s need to stay informed and engaged. One aspect of INN’s mission is to develop business leadership and sustainability strategies for the national member network. To that end, INN, with funding from Knight Foundation, has committed to creating and cultivating a nonprofit news talent pipeline inclusive of communities that are underrepresented in our portfolio of member organizations. We believe this is essential to propelling nonprofit news’ innovation, growth and long-term sustainability.

INN is seeking a Director of Leadership and Talent Development to head this strategic initiative.

Key Responsibilities:
Manage execution of external talent pipeline initiatives:

  • Implement the Futures Fellowship Initiative, where INN will embed a diverse cohort of masters level graduates full-time as “Entrepreneurs-in-residence” in nonprofit newsrooms to implement audience and product development projects.
  • Research and establish a post-grad social enterprise fellowship with key MPA and Social Enterprise programs
  • Cultivate new partners, fellowship and intern opportunities, while maintaining existing partnerships with Emma Bowen Foundation and the University of Missouri Journalism School
  • Develop a shared inclusion database and resume bank for all independent, nonprofit news media of potential job candidates as a tool to make the field more representative of communities it covers.

Build critical capabilities and leadership pipeline within the member network:

  • Manage existing leadership development initiatives including Emerging Leaders, LEAD, succession planning cohorts.
  • Assess network needs for talent and leadership development and develop added programs to meet them
    Coordinate and manage network peer groups to increase collaboration and accelerate best-practices sharing
  • Provide coaching, guidance and support to network members; manage relationships across various partners: universities, mentors, coaches and vendors.
  • Develop, track and evaluate leadership and talent program outcomes

The Director of Leadership and Talent Development will spend at least 50% of time and effort on diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. Here are INN’s DEI goals and strategies.

Education and Experience:
BA/BS degree is required. An MS/MBA/MPA in organization development, leadership development or a similar discipline is preferred.
Professional Experience: The ideal candidate will have 8+ years experience in:

  • building partnerships/collaboration
  • driving execution for results
  • working independently and thinking creatively
  • change management and working in complex organization structures
  • group facilitation, consultation, and leadership coaching
  • communicating with a range of members and their constituencies

Journalism experience and significant interest in the growing field of nonprofit news is desirable. The position can be based anywhere with strong wifi and ready access to a major airport. INN is a distributed team. Previous experience working with a remote team would be helpful but we’ll do whatever we can to help and support your transition if this is your first job working with distributed teams.

About INN

INN, founded in 2009 by 27 investigative news organizations, is a backbone organization serving the fast-growing field of independent investigative and public service news. Across the U.S., news entrepreneurs and communities are founding and growing these public service newsrooms. They share some DNA with public media and are increasingly vital in our democracy, preserving government accountability and public access to information. Today the membership has grown to more than 240 independent news outlets across North America, covering everything from local community news to global issues.

Together they are creating a new civil society news network and strengthening the sources of trusted news for thousands of communities. The MGPG joins a staff of 18 full and part-time INN staff who are passionate about supporting this work.

More information about INN can be found at and about the nonprofit news field in the INN Index.

Compensation and conditions

INN offers a competitive salary and benefits including generous vacation benefits, retirement savings contributions, equipment and learning allowances. We value diversity, work in the open and do everything we can to give back to the journalism community (Read more about our team values). INN is an equal opportunity employer and we seek to increase diversity in our own operation and in the news media and nonprofits. We encourage applications from communities traditionally underrepresented in either field.

TO APPLY: Send a resume and application letter to INN’s chief knowledge officer, Fran Scarlett at

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