We’re Hiring!

New York Focus is currently seeking:

Managing Editor

Strategy and Development Director

Contributing Reporters


Managing Editor

New York Focus is seeking a managing editor who will help direct NYF’s editorial coverage, manage and improve the publication process, and increase the impact of our stories.  

An ideal candidate would share the enthusiasm we bring to this work and be excited to help build and shape New York Focus. This position is remote, but the ideal candidate lives in or near New York state.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and clips of articles you have edited and/or written to hires@nysfocus.com.

About New York Focus

New York Focus is an independent newsroom covering state and local politics, committed to unmasking the operation of public and private power in the Empire State.

In our first nine months, we’ve published investigations of New York’s politicians and power brokers, explainers on under-examined legislation and political processes, and perspectives on nascent popular movements and organizing. Our stories have been referenced in state legislature and city council hearings, and cited by publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Intercept, and Politico

Our core beats include the state budget and economic policy; climate and energy; housing and homelessness; immigration and labor; and incarceration and criminal justice.

Primary duties and responsibilities for the position are as follows:

Editorial 

  • Work with staff writers and freelancers from pitch or commission to publication on hard-hitting, investigative pieces, often including multiple rounds of edits. 
  • Build relationships with staff, freelance contributors, and editors at other publications. 
  • Attend and contribute to staff meetings and occasional company retreats.
  • Manage NYF’s publication schedule, ensure that stories run on time and are properly promoted on publication. 

Distribution 

  • Work to grow NYF’s social media presence, audience, and impact. 
  • Think creatively about ways to grow NYF’s reach, including scheduling appearances on podcasts, radio, and TV, organizing public events; sourcing new partnerships with publications; submitting our series for awards; and other audience-growing strategies.

About You

The ideal candidate would have: 

  • Excitement about investigative journalism that promotes accountability in New York State and City. 
  • Demonstrated assigning, editing, and publishing skills.
  • Exceptional editorial skills, including exacting attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Familiarity and aptitude with common CMS and social media platforms.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and build strong working relationships with staff and freelance writers.
  • Familiarity with the New York media landscape, potentially including relationships with sources in any or all of our coverage areas.

Compensation 

$55,000 yearly salary

Great benefits package

To Apply 

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and clips of articles you have edited and/or written to hires@nysfocus.com. In the cover letter, please explain why you want to work with New York Focus, and how you could help improve our journalism and develop our long-term role as a publication holding the powerful accountable in New York.

Consistent with federal, state, and local law, we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.

We are committed to an inclusive workspace, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color who are excited about contributing to our mission.


Strategy and Development Director

New York Focus is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented and creative candidate to assist with budget planning, engage in grant prospecting and fundraising research, write grant applications, manage day-to-day systems and operations, and take a leading role in the overall stewardship of New York Focus.

An ideal candidate would share the enthusiasm we bring to this work and be excited to help build and shape New York Focus. This position is remote, but the ideal candidate lives in or near New York state.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and clips of articles you have edited and/or written to hires@nysfocus.com.

About New York Focus

New York Focus is an independent newsroom covering state and local politics, committed to unmasking the operation of public and private power in the Empire State.

In our first nine months, we’ve published investigations of New York’s politicians and power brokers, explainers on under-examined legislation and political processes, and perspectives on nascent popular movements and organizing. Our stories have moved policy, been discussed in legislative hearings, and been cited by publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Intercept, and Politico

Our core beats include the state budget and economic policy; climate and energy; housing and homelessness; immigration and labor; and incarceration and criminal justice.

Primary duties and responsibilities for the position are as follows:

Development

  • Help develop and maintain a strategic plan for New York Focus’ sustainability and growth
  • Design and grow a membership program that engages both long-term and new readers and supporters.
  • Research fundraising opportunities, including foundations and large individual donors, and set up calls with funders.
  • Write excellent grant applications that convey the spirit of the publication and its impact on state and city politics.
  • Creatively think of new ways to meet and exceed fundraising goals.

Operations

  • Maintain budget; coordinate with Editor-in-Chief on budget planning.
  • Manage and build organizational infrastructure, including payroll, benefits, and platforms.
  • Coordinate with lawyers, web developers, accountants, etc.

About You

The ideal candidate would have: 

  • Excitement about investigative journalism that promotes accountability in New York State and City. 
  • Demonstrated skills in non-profit development work
  • Demonstrated ability to take the initiative and experiment with new creative strategies without being assigned them.
  • Familiarity and aptitude with operational systems including budgeting and accounting.
  • High levels of organization.

Compensation 

$55,000 yearly salary

Great benefits package

To Apply 

Please submit a resume and cover letter to hires@nysfocus.com. In the cover letter, please explain why you want to work with New York Focus, and how you could help improve our journalism and develop our long-term role as a publication holding the powerful accountable in New York.

Consistent with federal, state, and local law, we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.

We are committed to an inclusive workspace, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color who are excited about contributing to our mission.


Contributing Reporter

New York Focus is seeking contributing reporters who will semi-regularly produce and publish high-quality, hard-hitting investigative stories, as well as shorter stories following up on those investigations, focused on New York state and city politics.

An ideal candidate would share the enthusiasm we bring to this work and be excited to help build and shape New York Focus. This position is remote, but the ideal candidate lives in or near New York state.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and clips to hires@nysfocus.com.

About New York Focus

New York Focus is an independent newsroom covering state and local politics, committed to unmasking the operation of public and private power in the Empire State.

In our first nine months, we’ve published investigations of New York’s politicians and power brokers, explainers on under-examined legislation and political processes, and perspectives on nascent popular movements and organizing. Our stories have moved policy, been referenced in state legislature and city council hearings, and been cited by publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Intercept, and Politico

Our core beats include the state budget and economic policy; climate and energy; housing and homelessness; immigration and labor; and incarceration and criminal justice.

Responsibilities for the position are as follows:

  • Generate original ideas for 1-3 hard-hitting, investigative pieces a month in New York Focus’ coverage areas.
  • Work with editors from pitch or commission to publication, often including multiple rounds of edits.
  • Promote your pieces through social media and other available channels. 
  • Build relationships with sources beyond the scope of an individual article

About You

The ideal candidate would have: 

  • Excitement about investigative journalism that promotes accountability in New York State and City. 
  • Demonstrated aptitude in reporting in-depth stories.
  • Demonstrated ability to uncover information beyond what sources readily say; a nose for where to dig!
  • Superb writing ability, including close attention to clarity of prose.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and build strong working relationships with editors.
  • Familiarity with the New York media landscape, potentially including relationships with sources in any or all of our coverage areas.

Compensation 

$800 per investigative article. (Rate may be lower for less intensive follow-ups and other shorter stories.) Articles demanding exceptional effort will receive additional compensation. Contributors are not restricted from writing for other publications.

To Apply 

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and clips to hires@nysfocus.com. In the cover letter, please explain why you want to work with New York Focus, how you could help improve our journalism, and what values and strategies characterize your reporting process.

Consistent with federal, state, and local law, we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.

We are committed to an inclusive workspace, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color who are excited about contributing to our mission.

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