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Senior Data Editor

Job Summary

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a Senior Data Editor to lead and grow the Data and Graphics team.

This is an exciting opportunity to build a team from the ground up at a news organization that’s entering a period of expansion. Currently, the team leads data analysis and provides graphics for Chalkbeat’s eight bureaus and national desk. Recent projects include a revelatory piece on the effects of teacher turnover in Michigan, collaborative investigations into school enrollment declines and which students were able to return to school buildings, and creating a custom story experience for a special project. This position will also lead the work of mining data for story ideas to develop independently or in collaboration with reporters.

You will manage two data reporters and help design the future of the team as we look toward both expanding Chalkbeat to more locations and launching other topical verticals. (We are currently fundraising for a two-year pilot of our pop-up newsroom Votebeat, focused on election administration and voting access.) You will prioritize and contribute to projects, collaborate across teams, and steer the work of direct reports.

This position will report to the editor-in-chief.

What will you be responsible for?

Lead and mentor a growing data team, plus help build the data skills of reporters in local bureaus across the country.
Craft a vision for the expansion of the data team.
Work with reporters across the organization to request and analyze data, shape stories, and enhance digital presentation.
Oversee and create daily graphics, while balancing long-term projects and impactful enterprise.
Establish and maintain ethical and responsible data journalism standards.

What background and skills do you have?:

5+ years of experience working with data and digital design within a newsroom setting.
Demonstrable experience finding, scraping, requesting, and analyzing data; creating visualizations; and guiding coherent storylines.
Strong grasp of methodological and statistical pitfalls and possibilities.
Experience with D3 and mapping tools, such as QGIS.
Experience analyzing large data sets using spreadsheets, database managers and various programming languages, such as Python or R.
Front-end development skills, specifically HTML, CSS and Javascript.
Knowledge of digital trends, with an eye toward whether and how to adapt them to our work.
Reader-first perspective.
Passion for local news and finding ways to increase our impact.
Collaborative and collegial, adept at working with writers, editors, designers, and photographers to execute large projects.

Bonus points if you’ve got:

Experience creating custom templates, using, and managing Datawrapper.
Experience producing web applications using a modern development framework, such as React or Vue.

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

This position can be based anywhere in the United States. If you prefer to work in an office (we’re currently all working remotely but plan to return to in-person office life this fall), you’re welcome to join us in one of the cities where Chalkbeat already has a presence: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, New York City, or Washington, D.C.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

Our organization is committed to antiracism, and our staff is taking part in ongoing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging work. Our leadership team of seven is 100 percent female and includes four women of color. Our overall Chalkbeat staff is 43 percent non-white.

About Chalkbeat:
Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in eight locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.


Organization: Chalkbeat
Location: Brooklyn NY US
Date Posted: June 8, 2021
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