Now hiring: Director, Movement Partnerships

Full time role, 40 hours per week.

Compensation: $89,040 total compensation
Start Date: July, 2022
Location: Remote within the U.S. South (preference given to Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans and Durham)

Scalawag's Mission: Scalawag is a journalism and storytelling organization that works in solidarity with oppressed communities in the South to disrupt and shift the narratives that keep power and wealth in the hands of the few. Collectively, we pursue a more liberated South.

Job Description:

Scalawag's Director of Movement Partnerships will ensure that communities and organizations fighting for justice, aligned with Scalawag's values, are centered in our reporting. This Director will be a relationship-builder and connector between southern movement and our media work. This position will deepen Scalawag's work to ensure that our storytelling builds upon and highlights the demands, struggles, and wins of communities and movements. Success in this role would mean that Scalawag builds trust with communities and movements and our reporting helps actualize our shared vision for the future as a part of the Southern social change ecosystem. 

This is a new role at Scalawag, and the Director's first duty will be to set up a plan and strategy that includes hiring 4 additional field roles to be in relationship with local communities. In other words, you won't be joining an existing arm of the organization, but creating your own workflows and crafting a distinct plan for Scalawag partnerships across the South.


Partnerships & Narrative Building:

  • Grow and deepen strong, trust-based working relationships with community and movement leaders and organizations across the US South to ensure Scalawag's reporting and decision-making are supportive of their priorities, demands, and needs.
  • Maintain contact lists and curate connections among existing and potential partners with editorial staff — including through coordinating gatherings, convenings, events, calls, and conversations with local community and movement leaders.
  • With other Scalawag staff and community partners, lead the development of convenings and events, virtual and in-person, that build awareness of Scalawag's work, engage the community and deepen partnerships.
  • Position Scalawag as a trusted news source through uplifting our work and ensuring it is relevant to local communities. 
  • Keep current on issues of importance to Scalawag and partners through social media, professional communities, other publications, and participating in relevant conferences, coalitions, and events.
  • Build and manage systems and workflows that keep engagement work visible to the whole organization and aligned with organizational timelines and priorities.
  • With the support of team members, support marketing, promotion, and conversion/follow-up of online and (when safe) in-person activities and events that support both the acquisition and retention of Scalawag members. 
  • Serve as the point of contact for Scalawag movement partners.


  • Manage 4 part-time field positions across the US South to support movement partnerships.
  • Contribute to organization-wide discussions where appropriate or where goals intersect with the position's scope or ongoing work.
  • Pursue creative opportunities with staff and other colleagues to further Scalawag's mission and serve the best interests of organizers and movements on the ground.
  • Help shape and implement strategies aligned with the expertise and needs of Scalawags partners— including collaborating with other team members and partners to ensure Scalawag's reporting actively advances strategies aligned with our partners' needs and demands.
  • Assist with educating donors, network partners, and others about Scalawag's model of narrative building.
  • Attend weekly team meetings.
  • Follow news from other regional, state, and local media outlets across the South including social media accounts of Southern movement organizers, justice-oriented organizations, public officials, and others with insider knowledge of the South's socio-political landscape.

Required Qualifications:

  • An exceptional relationship builder with community members and organizations.
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing racial justice and equity with Black/Brown & LGBTQ communities in movement spaces.
  • Management experience.
  • Experience putting together community events including managing logistics, outreach, and programming.
  • Knowledgeable about the power, needs, and unique challenges faced by organizers and organizations in the US South. 
  • Deep understanding of community organizing and resistance in the South.
  • A willingness to amplify stories from personal and professional networks outside of traditional journalism avenues.
  • The ability to effectively take direction and work both collaboratively and autonomously.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects while effectively managing timelines and expectations.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative to utilize available resources and make recommendations for innovative solutions to existing problems and strategies for anticipated challenges.
  • Readiness to work independently when needed, to take on new tasks, and to give and receive feedback as needed.
  • Existing relationships with racial justice organizers and organizations in the US South.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience in movement organizing and media
  • Experience with communications strategies that advance organizing
  • Spanish proficiency

What makes Scalawag a unique place to work:

  • We center oppressed people, not just in our work but also in our organizational culture and structure, particularly Black and queer folks. We are not here for homophobia, white supremacy, classism, racial-capitalism or misogyny. 
  • We resist toxic hallmarks of the non-profit industrial complex; we respect boundaries, hours, and priorities outside of Scalawag. 
  • We like to work with folks who have their hands in several pots. We want you to bring all the things you do outside of Scalawag to bear on our mission to help us create radical, reciprocal Southern communities around solidarity and storytelling. 

Compensation & benefits:

The salary for this position is $79,040 yearly plus a $10,000 wellness stipend. Scalawag is a growing organization and is excited to transition our team to a competitive benefits package that includes health coverage, retirement benefits, paid sick leave, vacation and holidays, professional development support, and more in the coming months.

Black, Latine, Indigenous, Trans, and Queer candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your alignment with our values, your approach to building partnerships, and previous work in the US South or in media organizations., with the subject line "Director of Movement Partnerships" before May 20, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Scalawag is committed to workplace equity. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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