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Program Manager

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Montclair, NJ, USA

The Program Officer is responsible for developing a strong pipeline of prospective grantees and supporting current and former grantees of the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Essential duties and responsibilities 

Working with the Consortium’s Interim Executive Director and Grants Committee, guide development, execution, and assessment of grant strategies consistent with the vision and goals of Consortium; 

Consistently interact with and seek to build relationships and communication with past grantees;

Cultivate relationships with potential and current grantees, ensuring communication of Consortium strategies;

Evaluate the strengths and limitations of prospective grantees and their grant proposals, including financial status/viability and governance;

Ensure that grant recommendations to the Interim Executive Director and Grants Committee align with the Consortium’s vision and goals;

Provide comprehensive monitoring of grants awarded, and sufficient grantee assistance to successfully achieve key objectives;

Prepare and deliver relevant presentations to the Consortium Board of Directors;

Remain current on national and regional issues/trends and best practices serving as a resource to the Consortium;

Monitor approved grants for compliance with grant terms, and at the end of the grant period, assess, via the close-out report, whether grantees have achieved anticipated results;

Working with the Communications Coordinator and/or communications consultants, regularly share and celebrate compelling grantee stories, ideas, and accomplishments;

Work with communications consultants to contribute to the Consortium’s communications (blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.);

Prepare studies, special reports, projects, or analyses of the Consortium’s grantmaking, as needed, or at the request of the Board or Interim Executive Director; 

Work closely with the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, the host institution for the Consortium;

Other duties as assigned.

The Consortium office is at Montclair State University. The job is in person, with some flexibility for remote work. 



Minimum of seven or more years of professional experience in philanthropy, media, social justice, or other related experience.

Strong appreciation for media-making and media impact as it relates to civic engagement.

Excellent listening and communication skills to hear and convey strategic thinking, interesting ideas, and captivating stories.

Experience working in New Jersey with a wide variety of partners.

Strong collaboration, relationship, and credibility building skills,

Complex problem-solving skills and comprehension of challenging materials and scenarios, allowing for intelligent risk taking.

Ability to prepare and deliver presentations to large and small audiences.

Advanced organization, prioritization, judgment, time management, and detail orientation.

Dependable and driven, with a strong work ethic and personal integrity.

Interest in and willingness to travel throughout New Jersey (e.g. site visits with prospective and current grantees, after-hours events/meetings, etc.)

Comfortable operating in a start-up environment and contributing to building systems and processes.

Proficiency with Foundant, MS Office, Google Suite and general computer applications.


The salary range for this full-time position is $80,000 to $100,000, with a full benefits package.

How to Apply: 
Additional Information: 

The New Jersey Civic Information Consortium is an equal opportunity employer. The Consortium reserves the right to modify the job description based upon its needs and may require the employee to perform functions beyond those mentioned above. Neither this job description nor any other communication creates an employment contract between the Consortium and the employee. 

Organization Info

NJ Civic Information Consortium

Montclair, NJ, USA
Annual Budget : 
1-10 employees
About Us

The New Jersey Civic Information Consortium is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds initiatives to benefit the State’s civic life and meet the evolving information needs of New Jersey’s communities.

A first-in-the-nation project, the Consortium builds off the foundation laid by public media in the United States, and reimagines how public funding can be used to address the growing problem of news deserts, misinformation, and support more informed communities


The consortium provides grants for projects that achieve the following goals:

  • Improve the quantity and quality of civic information in New Jersey communities.
  • Give residents enhanced access to useful government data and public information through innovative applications, platforms, and technologies.
  • Train students, professionals, and community members in the practice of community storytelling, journalism, and media production.
  • Nurture better civic engagement and dialogue inside and between New Jersey communities.
  • Better meet the information needs of low-income communities and racial and ethnic communities that have been underserved by the media.
  • Invest in research and practices that can help media outlets become more closely connected to their audiences and more sustainable without government support.


Under state law, the Consortium and the State of New Jersey do not have any ownership in any project funded by a Consortium grant. In addition, under state law the State of New Jersey and the Consortium cannot exercise editorial control over any project funded by the Consortium.

The state of New Jersey created the Consortium in 2018 in response to the growing local news crisis impacting communities across the state’s 21 counties. Led by the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization Free Press, a broad stakeholder coalition of thousands of residents, universities, journalists, lawmakers and more crafted the Civic Info Bill as a way to fund innovative media and civic-technology projects in New Jersey for decades to come.

The Consortium has its roots in a history of projects and advocacy to grow access to local news and information across New Jersey, including work by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University.

The Consortium brings together six of New Jersey’s leading institutions of higher education – The College of New Jersey, Montclair State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University, Kean University, and Rutgers University – in partnership to address the lack of access to local news and information. The Consortium is eligible for funding from the State of New Jersey and can obtain funds from private foundations, individuals, and other charitable organizations. Montclair State University serves as the host university for the Consortium.

The Consortium, housed within Montclair State University, is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors, which includes representatives of the five member universities.

By bringing together these five comprehensive public universities the Consortium can leverage the individual strengths of each university and utilize them in a unique synergy to benefit New Jersey residents. Each member university has identified its individual focus areas for the Consortium’s work and these will be used as part of the Consortium’s strategy to address news deserts statewide.

Why Work For Us?: 

As the Consortium is in a start-up phase, you’ll need to be flexible and comfortable helping to build the organization. We are a small, nimble group and seek to work with people who can help shape policies, procedures and internal infrastructure. 

The ideal candidates will have past experience in philanthropy, media, social justice, office management systems, information technology or other related experience. These people should also have a passion for serving the information needs of communities historically marginalized by mass media. A strong understanding of the media landscape in New Jersey is important, too. 

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 17 2022
Active Until: 
Dec 17 2022
Hiring Organization: 
NJ Civic Information Consortium