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The Circle News

Position Available: Managing Editor


The Circle News, the independent voice of Minnesota’s American Indian community for 35 years, seeks a managing editor to lead the news organization. The Circle is published monthly by The Circle Corporation, a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis. The Circle is dedicated to presenting news from a Native American perspective, while granting an equal opportunity to community voices.

• Degree in journalism or related field with a minimum of 3 years newspaper experience; supervisory experience is a must.
• Strong editing and writing skills required. Design and pagination skills also necessary, but not required.
• Knowledge of and experience in Native communities — reservation and urban — a must.
• Comprehensive knowledge of social media, video and online news production.
• Ability to coach, organize, and develop a strong stable of free-lance contributors.
• Experience in business operations of a community newspaper, particularly advertising sales and weekly financial reporting.
• Effective time management and organizational skills.
• Demonstrate solid news judgment.
• Proven initiative and the ability to direct day-to-day news operations.
• Working knowledge of overall newspaper production process, including layout, communicating with printer and working with distribution infrastructure.
• Fundraising required.
• Effective communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with a non-profit board.
• Working knowledge of QuickBooks accounting software also required.

• Take direction from, report to, answer to, submit contract staff recommendations to non-profit board of directors. Organize, facilitate and attend monthly board meetings.

• Setting and meeting monthly advertising goals and executing sales to ensure regular revenue to meet monthly and yearly budget.
• Preparing detailed financial reports from accounting software for Board of Directors monthlyand as requested.
• Working with contract accountant to prepare and submit annual IRS reports every May.
• Working with Board of Directors to plan and execute annual fundraisers in Spring and Winter, including managing guest lists, RSVPs, program details, speakers, authors and accounting for funds raised.

• Plan monthly news report and oversee news gathering and layout of the newspaper using columnists, free-lancers and contract staff.
• Write news, features and take digital photos for publication as needed.
• Edit and proofread submitted copy.
• Keep newspaper’s Web site and social network accounts up-to-date, posting breaking news and community events as they happen.

• Work with graphic designer once a week to provide and coordinate advertising orders, photos, news, columns, features, calendar items for pagination.

• Database management for nationwide subscription base. Package and send out subscriptions once paper is delivered. Send tear sheets and invoices to advertisers via mail and email.

• Coordinate pick up and drop offs for distributor.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, three published writing samples and a cover letter to: The Circle, P.O. Box 6026, Minneapolis, MN 55404 or email

Closing Date: October 30, 2015


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