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Who We Are

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering America’s criminal justice system. In 2016 and 2021, The Marshall Project was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. We have also been honored with the Goldsmith Prize, multiple National Magazine Awards, and for General Excellence from the Online Journalism Awards. We are not advocates—we follow the facts and we do not pander to any audience—but we have a declared mission: to create and sustain a sense of urgency about the criminal justice system. We do not generally cover breaking news, although we curate the reporting of other news outlets in our morning newsletter. Our work includes investigative and explanatory projects and shorter pieces aimed at highlighting stories that other news organizations miss, underestimate or misunderstand. To assure our work reaches a larger audience we partner with other media outlets; we have co-published with more than 200 newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and online sites.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders and sexual orientations, including people who have been incarcerated or otherwise involved with the criminal justice system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Talent Development & Management:

  • Developing and executing on a strategy to identify, recruit and communicate with future TMP employees

  • Sourcing candidates through databases and social media

  • Designing job descriptions in collaboration with hiring managers and the human resources team

  • Building a tracking system of future candidates for TMP, communicating regularly and building relationships with those candidates

  • Identifying future hiring needs

  • Conducting screening interviews

  • Keeping abreast of employment law and legislation in consultation and collaboration with the human resources team and head related internal projects as needed to ensure equity in compensation, hiring and promotions

Leading Team Culture:

  • Working closely with the human resources team and managers to enhance existing onboarding experiences for new hires

  • Following up with new employees once they are onboarded

  • Overseeing professional development in general, which includes creating and administering internal surveys to obtain staff feedback and real time suggestions for professional development, knowledge growth and onboarding improvements

  • Overseeing the professional development budget, tracking of employee trainings and needs and communicating with colleagues about their professional development, which includes management training for editors, managers and senior leaders

  • Overseeing internship and fellowship programs

  • Leading DEI programming and operationalizing the recommendations from the DEI committee, as appropriate

  • Maintaining a positive, professional online presence on major social platforms as a tool to connect with new hires and represent TMP

  • Designing, coordinating and developing internal career development programming in consultation with senior leaders and inviting outside speakers and trainers when appropriate

  • Developing relationships with each member of the TMP staff to help identify the appropriate opportunities for continual career development for all members of TMP

Who You’d Be Working With & What You’d Be Working On

We are hiring a Director of Careers and Culture who will partner with colleagues across the Marshall Project as we scale up and recruit new employees for our local operations, and seek to provide a transformative and rewarding career experience for all who work at TMP. This role will report to the Chief Strategy Officer and will be responsible for finding, tracking and relationship-building with future and current employees. This work is significant because it will also help cultivate community, culture and belonging. This role will involve major relationship building in a positive and productive manner to understand the career growth needs of TMP employees as we seek to cover the criminal justice system in an ever-changing media landscape and be among the best in the journalism industry to do so. The successful candidate is organized and a strong communicator, keeps excellent records, follows up well and isn’t afraid to teach him-, her- or themselves new skills.

Job Requirements

  • Experience in the journalism and communications field with a Bachelor’s degree

  • Five years or more of related recruitment and leadership experience in communications companies.

  • Strong communication and people skills.

  • Excellent organizational ability demonstrated in meeting deadlines, setting priorities, being a strong team player and maintaining accuracy in details.

  • Proficiency in basic office programs, docs, sheets, and project management tools

We do not expect every candidate to be equally skilled in all these areas, and this is not a complete list of all relevant qualifications applicants might bring to the job. Please tell us about your other assets not mentioned here that may be valuable to this role. Reaching talent across a range of backgrounds and experiences is deeply important to us. If you do not have the exact combination of skills listed here, but are still interested in this role and/or in The Marshall Project, we'd love to hear from you.

Compensation and benefits

This job is full-time, with a competitive salary and benefits including:

Annual Minimum Salary: $135k

100% employer-paid medical, employer subsidized vision and dental insurance; matching traditional and Roth 401k (immediate vesting). Voluntary benefits include: Health and Dependent Care FSA; commuter benefits; pet insurance; short and long term disability insurance; employee and dependent life insurance; AFLAC accident, hospital indemnity, and critical illness coverage; legal benefits; personal excess liability insurance; and employee discount marketplace. We also observe 17 days of paid time off each year (in addition to office closure between Dec 24 and January 2); and provide paid parental leave.

How to Apply

To apply, use this form to send a cover letter and resume. Please include in your cover letter a brief description of a new project you launched or managed, or a job you held, which allowed you to demonstrate your leadership, organizational skills, and innovation.

Due to the expected volume of applications, we will follow up with the most promising candidates but cannot respond individually to all applicants. Please know it usually takes us more than a month to review applications.

All are welcome and encouraged to apply.