Date Posted June 08, 2021
Industry Digital Media
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a Senior Data Editor to lead and grow the Data and Graphics team.

This is an exciting opportunity to build a team from the ground up at a news organization that’s entering a period of expansion. Currently, the team leads data analysis and provides graphics for Chalkbeat’s eight bureaus and national desk. Recent projects include a revelatory piece on the effects of teacher turnover in Michigan, collaborative investigations into school enrollment declines and which students were able to return to school buildings, and creating a custom story experience for a special project. This position will also lead the work of mining data for story ideas to develop independently or in collaboration with reporters. 

You will manage two data reporters and help design the future of the team as we look toward both expanding Chalkbeat to more locations and launching other topical verticals. (We are currently fundraising for a two-year pilot of our pop-up newsroom Votebeat, focused on election administration and voting access.) You will prioritize and contribute to projects, collaborate across teams, and steer the work of direct reports. 

This position will report to the editor-in-chief. 


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This position can be based anywhere in the United States. If you prefer to work in an office (we’re currently all working remotely but plan to return to in-person office life this fall), you’re welcome to join us in one of the cities where Chalkbeat already has a presence: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, New York City, or Washington, D.C.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

Our organization is committed to antiracism, and our staff is taking part in ongoing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging work. Our leadership team of seven is 100 percent female and includes four women of color. Our overall Chalkbeat staff is 43 percent non-white.

About Chalkbeat:
Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in eight locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.