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Staff Writer - EdWeek Market Brief

Education Week is seeking a Staff Writer to join its EdWeek Market Brief editorial team.

The Company

At Education Week, we believe that an equitable—and excellent—education for all students is possible, and we empower the field to make it a reality. As a leading authority in pre-K-12 education, Education Week is the comprehensive cornerstone for educators, policymakers, and business leaders, providing trusted and non-partisan journalism and research insights that inspire critical conversations and meaningful action.

Education Week is an entrepreneurial non-profit media organization with a double bottom-line focus. We combine a mission orientation with a strong desire to evolve our projects to serve our audience and to ensure our growth and sustainability.

EdWeek Market Brief is a digital-first publication and membership service that produces journalism, analysis, and original research on the K-12 market. One of the primary objectives of EdWeek Market Brief is to give companies, nonprofits, and other organizations that are either doing business with schools or studying the market insights on schools’ most pressing needs and priorities.

Job Summary

The individual hired for this position will serve as a staff writer and industry analyst who will report and write about critical trends and developments in the K-12 marketplace for a business audience. The position requires solid reporting skills and abundant curiosity. It is strongly preferred that the individual have expertise in education reporting or business reporting. We need someone who is digitally savvy, conscientious, and solution-focused, who thrives in the fast-paced and ever-changing environment that is digital news, and who is willing to take on multiple tasks as assigned.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working in tandem with other EdWeek Market Brief reporters and editors, the staff writer will carry out a number of essential duties, including:
  • Producing engaging and insightful stories about the interplay between education companies and school districts that are seeking to buy product and services from them;
  • Playing a prominent role in organizing and participating in EdWeek Market Brief live events, such as webinars and virtual conferences, including presenting and/or moderating content;
  • Analyzing and interpreting industry data, company financial reports, and original survey data collected by EdWeek Market Brief;
  • Promoting our content to outside audiences, through the production of newsletters and active participation in social media;
  • Contributing to special reports offering in-depth looks at shifts in the market and their impact on industry.
  • Developing expertise in understanding how the work of education companies can contribute to or impede school districts’ efforts to promote racial equity and serve diverse populations.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree, 4-6 years’ related experience in a news/media/information/research organization.
  • A strong grasp of business issues, including the flow of venture capital, the work of publicly traded and privately operated companies, and business strategy.
  • Knowledge of the field of K-12 education or a hunger to learn more about it.
  • Strong news judgment; ability to recognize news and trends in education and conceptualize appropriate stories and other content with an eye to audiences of business leaders.
  • Skilled research, reporting, and writing abilities.
  • Curiosity about reader analytics and the ability to use data about audience trends to steer content.
  • Strong desire and ability to embrace and learn new technologies.

Benefits and Perks

Education Week is a vibrant workplace that is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, MD. We are within short walking distance of numerous restaurants and shops, the Metro, and are adjacent to The Capital Crescent Trail. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Bethesda office is currently closed, and our staff is working remotely for the foreseeable future. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental insurance, a 401(k), PTO, and tuition assistance. We value innovation, leadership, and forward-thinking, and provide a friendly, intellectual, challenging work environment where employees can thrive and grow professionally.

Education Week strongly values equity and believes in a society where all children have access to high quality K-12 education. As such, Education Week is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. EdWeek is committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.

If you feel comfortable doing so please feel free to note which pronouns you use in your application (for example - she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc.)

Education Week will not be able to sponsor applicants for work visas. Click HERE to apply!

Advertising Operations Manager

Education Week, a nonprofit media organization that serves the nation’s leading K-12 policymakers, educators, researchers, businesses, and other influencers with informed, independent, and highly respected journalism and research, is seeking a Manager of Advertising Operations to lead our entrepreneurial AdOps team.

About Education Week

At Education Week, we believe that an equitable—and excellent—education for all students is possible, and we empower the field to make it a reality. As a leading authority in pre-K-12 education, Education Week is the comprehensive cornerstone for educators, policymakers, and business leaders, providing trusted and non-partisan journalism and research insights that inspire critical conversations and meaningful action.

Edweek.org and Education Week in print engage readers with indispensable news, actionable analysis, outside opinion and commentary, and distinctive explanatory and investigative journalism. EdWeek Market Brief, our digital intelligence report for education business leaders, provides original reporting, deep analysis and proprietary, data-driven research focused on school district purchasing and priorities. And EdWeek TopSchoolJobs connects the nation’s leading educators and business leaders with career insights and high-profile and in-demand professional opportunities. We serve the field and connect all voices in the education community with our projects across digital, print, and video platforms and through live and virtual events. Education Week is an entrepreneurial non-profit media organization with a double bottom-line focus. We combine a mission orientation with a strong desire to evolve our projects to serve our audience and to ensure our growth and sustainability.

We have a long history of creating journalism and research worthy of reader support that is supported by reader revenue, first in print and then starting in 2005 with the launch of a soft digital paywall. About 75 percent of Education Week’s revenue comes from subscribers and advertisers, with remaining support coming from a committed group of philanthropic funders. Although Education Week in print still has a solid paid subscription following, more than 70 percent of our publishing revenue comes from digital products and services. Today, we connect with close to two million visitors each month on edweek.org plus millions more through our print and off-platform channels.

Job Summary

The individual hired for this position will oversee the products, platforms and people that enable us to further our mission by monetizing the niche professional audiences of Education Week, EdWeek Top School Jobs and EdWeek Market Brief through a variety of advertising, lead generation and marketing solutions. This team’s key external clients span the entire ecosystem of K-12 education, with a heavy emphasis on K-12 product and service providers as well as K-12 Districts.

As a small organization, we need a candidate in this role who is comfortable as both thinker and doer, who can lead an operations department while also actively engaging as the department’s daily work requires. Further, as the organization has recently completed a significant investment in digital capabilities (a new CMS, a CDP, new subscription management, etc.), a key success factor will be the capacity to match product and operations needs voiced by internal and external clients with our new technology and processes in order to support revenue growth.

The Manager of Advertising operations will be expected to:

  • Ensure a smooth end-to-end process for the fulfillment of client campaigns, from pre-sales consultation and post-sale client service through execution and optimization, to ultimate campaign reporting and prep for billing
  • Manage a team of operations professionals and recommend strategic improvements and resourcing to support revenue capture
  • Collaborate with the Publisher / CRO, GM Sales and Ad Products, and other revenue stakeholders to ideate, build and introduce to market new advertising, lead generation and related marketing solutions that meet or exceed client expectations
  • Be a strategic leader around driving value from our key technology investments, such as CMS, CDP, Marketing automation and more, including innovations on these new platforms that respect both audience experience as well as advertiser needs
  • Represent the needs, perspectives and interests of the operations team as well as our advertising clients in meetings, internal governance efforts and other initiatives that cut across departments
  • Think creatively about opportunities to drive value in campaign reporting and optimization, task tracking tools, and lead gen efficiency.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree, and/or min. 6+ years’ related experience in advertising, lead generation and/or marketing services, preferably in a media/editorial environment.
  • Prior experience in ad product management and innovation across web and email
  • Strong understanding and operational experience in online ad trafficking (in Google Ads, for example) as well as email marketing / email newsletter advertising
  • Track record of effective collaboration across many departments to achieve shared goals, including strong communications skills to explain technical concepts and relate non-technical feedback into action
  • Knowledge of best practices in digital marketing and advertising, with a passion for keeping informed on the latest developments in the field
  • Experience with the needs of B2B marketers, including lead generation, account-based marketing, sponsor content promotion / syndication and ROI metrics, would be a plus.

Benefits and Perks

Education Week is a vibrant workplace that is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, MD. We are within short walking distance of numerous restaurants and shops, the Metro, and are adjacent to The Capital Crescent Trail. However, due to the COVID-19 emergency, our Bethesda office is currently closed, and our staff is working remotely for the foreseeable future. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental insurance, a 401(k), PTO, and tuition assistance. We value innovation, leadership, and

forward-thinking, and provide a friendly, intellectual, challenging work environment where employees can thrive and grow professionally.

Education Week strongly values equity and believes in a society where all children have access to high quality K-12 education. As such, Education Week is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. EdWeek is committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.

If you feel comfortable doing so please feel free to note which pronouns you use in your application (for example - she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc.)

Education Week will not be able to sponsor applicants for work visas. Click HERE to apply!

Editorial Projects in Education Inc. (EPE) is pleased to present the Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship, to be awarded annually to an enterprising journalist in support of a reporting project that illuminates a significant issue in pre-K-12 education.

The fellowship is meant to honor and reflect the now-retired Gregory M. Chronister, who helped lead Education Week as executive editor for 11 years, and as managing editor, associate editor, and Commentary editor for 21 years before that. Greg was known for his commitment to producing balanced, thorough, high-quality reporting that could improve American education, and for his keen eye on journalistic detail and big-picture context.

The kindness and humanity that Greg showed his colleagues in the workplace have deeply informed Education Week’s journalism, which combines independent, incisive coverage with a belief in the critical importance of a civil discourse around highly contested issues of pre-K-12 policy and practice.

The Education Week Gregory M. Chronister Journalism Fellowship is taking a hiatus this year. Please check back in early 2021 for information on the fellowship.

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