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Director of Research

The News Media Alliance is a trade association representing some 2,000 digital and print news organizations.  The primary role of the Alliance is to advocate for — and explain the businesses of — the news media companies that produce and fund quality journalism.

A central role of the Alliance is to gather facts and data about the industry that can then be used to inform (i) communications messages about the industry, and (ii) advocacy efforts that are designed to improve the economic and policy environment for the industry.  This includes communications to members, policy makers, advertisers and current and potential industry partners.

The Director of Research will be charged with collecting, analyzing and explaining facts and data, working in close coordination with the Communications and Public Policy groups.  They will have access to a range of information sources, including:


  • Member surveys and polling data (Morning Consult, etc.);
  • Data from subscription services (Scarborough, comScore, Fiscal Note, etc.);
  • Financial information from public filings of media companies;
  • Other industry trade groups; and
  • Member newspapers and news organizations.

In addition, the Director of Research will design and manage proprietary Alliance research projects, engaging outside vendors as appropriate.

The position is by nature entrepreneurial and opportunistic and requires someone who can see and appreciate emerging industry trends, and then explain and comment on them, including suggesting solutions or strategy for improvements.

The position will report directly to the President & CEO.


  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • 3-5 years’ relevant industry experience (media, communications and/or advertising);
  • Comfort with data analytics/statistics, and experience utilizing relevant software and preparation of data for presentation purpose;
  • High degree of comfort with social media and digital media tools; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Membership Database & Revenue Associate

Essential Responsibilities:

Maintain the integrity of the Association’s main database. Among the tasks to be performed are adding or updating individual and organization data from various sources, performing regular database maintenance tasks, maintaining primary contacts at organizations, generating database output/queries and researching data anomalies. (45%)

Set up events in the database. Register and process payments of registration received by phone or email. Produce event-related reports. Set up sponsor and exhibitor products and produce invoices, process payments, register staff and maintain contracts for same. (10%)

Maintain committee rosters for News Media Alliance and American Press Institute up-to-date. Changes are recorded at term starts in May and July and as individuals are added or dropped. (5%)

Perform daily accounts receivable tasks for both business units including invoicing, processing payments and batch management. Prepare credits and apply appropriate. Prepare refunds for Accounts Payable or refund by credit card. Maintain financial spreadsheets. (10%)

In the absence of the Revenue & Membership Manager this position will be responsible for performing month-end tasks in the database and producing the General Ledger file for the financial system. (5%)

Required to have a detailed knowledge of the types of membership, the qualifications and the membership dues structure for each type offered by News Media Alliance. In the absence of the Revenue & Membership Manager, position will be responsible for the quarterly, semi-annual and annual dues billing in the database, in accordance with the dues calculation procedures. Assist with adding current circulation and unique Visitor scores to the database. (10%)

Responsible for answering the associations main number and membership line.  Monitors and answers email requests to general emails boxes. (15%)


Qualifications & Skills:

5 years’ experience in Association Membership Management

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with basic accounting knowledge; database experience, NetFORUM Enterprise knowledge preferred

Microsoft Office proficient, advanced excel preferred; accuracy and attention to detail; ability to work independently; organizational and problem-solving skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills and telephone etiquette