The Society of Professional Journalists and its supporting organization, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, seek a new executive director. The Society is a professional association that is tax-exempt under Code section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code with 7,500 members across the country. It has an annual budget of approximately $1.2 million and a current staff of 13. The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation is tax-exempt under Code section 501(c)(3) and a supporting organization of the Society with assets of about $13 million.
The Executive Director:
Works with the officers and boards of both organizations, helping them establish strategic, operational and tactical plans.
Communicates with the officers and boards of both organizations, with the public via social media, with partner organizations, and with the news media.
Provides leadership to enhance the diversity and size of the Society’s membership.
Is responsible for the organization, supervision, and evaluation of the headquarters staff. We seek someone who thinks creatively about how to deploy staff, is affable, and fosters teamwork, diversity and inclusion.
In concert with the Boards and fundraising staff, ensures continued growth in development activity for the Society and the Foundation.
A bachelor’s degree and prior experience in association management.
Journalism experience is not required, but a passion for journalism’s role under the First Amendment and its value to a democratic society are.
A background in fundraising for both professional associations and supporting foundations
An understanding of the different roles of a 501(c)(6) professional association and a 501(c)(3) supporting foundation.
Understanding of Indiana and Illinois law regarding non-profit corporations preferred.
The position is located at the headquarters of the Society and the Foundation in Indianapolis.
The Society and the Foundation are committed to the principles and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of race, religion or belief, citizenship, color, sex, pregnancy, age, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity or association, ancestry, veteran and uniformed service status, genetic information, disability or any other status protected by local, state or federal law.
The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism association, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 7,500 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journ...alists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.