In These Times Is Hiring an Executive Director

About the Executive Director Position

Creating this reshaped leadership post is part of our larger commitment at In These Times (ITT) to producing progressive journalism that advances today’s movements for economic, racial, social and environmental justice. The focus of this position is ensuring ITT’s long-term organizational and financial growth and helping to sustain the magazine’s mission of publishing ground-breaking and politically influential journalism. 

The executive director will bear responsibility for all of ITT’s strategic, programmatic, financial, and management functions. They will also collaborate with a smart and dedicated staff in order to nourish a diverse, creative, respectful and collaborative workplace. This position reports to ITT’s board of directors.

About In These Times

Based in Chicago, Illinois. ITT is a national print and online magazine dedicated to supporting movements for economic, social, racial and environmental justice, with a special emphasis on labor. The organization has a small, close-knit staff who care passionately about these issues, and who work to amplify and inform progressive movements and the Left. 

Inspired by the socialist newspaper Appeal to Reason (which at one point reached nearly a million subscribers), historian James Weinstein and a handful of fellow journalists and activists founded In These Times in 1976, out of a belief that political movements on the Left need vibrant, independent media to identify and clarify the struggles against corporate power now multiplying in American society.” The organization’s founding sponsors included Julian Bond, Carlos Munoz, Daniel Ellsberg, Michael Harrington, Noam Chomsky and Barbara Ehrenreich, and its influence carries on not only in the magazine but also through the extraordinary careers of its many notable alumni, whose journalism has shaped — and continues to shape — national political conversations. 

In the past few years, as more and more people have become engaged with democratic socialism, the movement for black lives, workers’ rights and the environmental movement, ITT has seen record growth. And we have produced ground-breaking investigative journalism to support those movements (e.g., our exposure of coal executives secretly writing federal policy and our first sounding the alarm about rampant police killings of Indigenous Americans). Our print magazine regularly reaches nearly 40,000 subscribers, and our website has generated 3-6 million webpage views per year in recent years. The organization is a nonprofit supported by more than 12,000 active donors, as well as a number of foundations and organizations. We have an annual budget of more than $2 million and a full-time staff of 13 employees. We’re a proud union workplace with an internal culture that strives to live up to the ideals we advocate every day through our journalism.

Executive Director Position Responsibilities

Fundraising and Development

  • Driving development and fundraising (in collaboration with ITT’s development team) and ensuring the organization’s long-term financial stability and organizational growth
  • Cultivating relationships with and soliciting major gifts from ITT’s existing base of loyal donors and expanding the organization’s universe of individual and foundation giving
  • Working with ITT’s editorial director, staff and board of directors to produce a long-term strategic growth plan designed to take the organization into its 50th anniversary year in 2026 and beyond
  • Representing the organization in public engagements, interviews and fundraising events; and helping to raise ITT’s profile within both independent journalism and activist movements

Journalism

  • Working with our editors to enhance our journalism’s political and social impacts, especially among younger and diverse audiences
  • Providing organizational oversight and goal-setting to ITT’s editorial team and audience development work
  • Collaborating with editors to sharpen an identity and mission for the magazine that is strongly expressed in our journalistic work across all media platforms

Leadership

  • Leading the organization and working with others at ITT to articulate our vision and strategic priorities
  • Ensuring that ITT’s workplace reflects our values on the importance of diversity and treats staff from a variety of backgrounds fairly and inclusively
  • Working collaboratively with the unions that represent our staff and writers
  • Promoting and sustaining a professional, engaging and productive workplace
  • Managing and developing (and hiring, as necessary) both in-person and remote employees and establishing appropriate support for all departments and positions
  • Making sound, fiscally responsible financial decisions that support ITT’s mission and enhance the organization’s long-term financial stability
  • Working with the ITT board of directors and keeping them fully apprised of internal organizational matters
  • Protecting ITT’s legal position in relation to relevant federal and state nonprofit, employment and media laws

Qualifications

Experience / Background

We recognize that a successful candidate for the executive director role at ITT could come from a variety of backgrounds. For the right individuals, we might consider modifying aspects of the position based on their strengths. We encourage all individuals who feel their backgrounds and experiences could make them successful in this role to apply. Such backgrounds and experiences could include, but would not be limited to, work in the following types of areas or organizations:

Areas:

  • Print and online publishing
  • Fundraising, marketing and promotion
  • Strategic planning and organizational management

Organizations:

  • Social justice-oriented media
  • Activist and political organizations
  • Progressive non-profits
  • Labor unions

Additional Qualifications

  • Personal and professional commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Personal and professional commitments to the highest standards of journalistic ethics
  • Personal and professional commitments to being a good colleague and leader with integrity and an impeccable work ethic
  • Ability to write succinctly and incisively in both internal and public correspondence
  • Ability to leverage personal networks within movements for social justice, local economies, Indigenous leadership, grassroots solutions, racial justice and climate justice to enhance ITT’s connections with those groups

Salary and Benefits

Annual salary ranges from $110,000 to $135,000

This is a full-time, 40-hour a week position with generous benefits, including:

  • 100% paid medical, dental and vision insurance, including full coverage for partners and dependents
  • 100% paid short-term and long-term disability insurance and group life insurance coverage 
  • Employer fully matched (3%) SIMPLE IRA plan
  • 16 paid holidays and 20 days paid vacation
  • 15 weeks paid parental leave

ITT is a News Guild union workplace, and this is a management position. Our offices are located in Chicago, Illinois, but we are currently working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are open to this being a full-time remote position through March of 2023 and possibly longer.

To Apply

Applicants should send a resume and a detailed cover letter sharing why they are interested in the position and how their professional background and skills could benefit ITT. Email these materials to jobs@​inthesetimes.​com, with Executive Director” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but we will begin reading applications later in September.

In These Times is an equal opportunity employer. We value our diverse workforce and inclusive culture, which also embody both our values and political commitments. We encourage applications from all persons without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability and need assistance applying, email Jamie Hendry at jamie@​inthesetimes.​com or call (773) 772-0100, ext. 241. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.