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ProPublica is Hiring a Newsroom and Office Assistant

ProPublica is seeking a bright, self-motivated and well-organized administrative professional to join the New York headquarters as the Newsroom and Office Assistant. The Assistant will work in close partnership with the leadership (editor-in-chief, president, managing editor, vice-president/development, director of finance, executive chairman) of the organization as well as the newsroom staff, learning about all aspects of ProPublica’s work. He or she will play a critical role in preparing and managing schedules, interacting with staff and key stakeholders; maintaining a smooth-running and professional office and managing special projects.


The ideal candidate is required to have a strong interest in public affairs, at minimum a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and one to two years of experience in an office setting. The ability to take initiative, coordinate with others and follow through in a dynamic and highly confidential environment is a must. Excellent organizational ability demonstrated in meeting deadlines, setting priorities, maintaining accuracy in details and working in cooperative but self-directed manner are also critical. Strong oral and written communication skills are required. A demonstrated proficiency with MS Office applications is essential.

ProPublica is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply.

Activities will include:

Executive Assistance

  • Schedule and maintain executive calendars, make appointments and prepare for meetings.
  • Provide general administrative support to the executive staff.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements for the executive staff, as needed.


  • To the extent time permits, assist newsroom staff with mailings, inquiries and special projects as needed.
  • Provide oversight of ProPublica’s calendar, including timesheet and vacation coordination and tracking for newsroom and administrative staff.
  • Manage office events, including staff development (brown-bags), annual holiday party and other celebrations.
  • Collect corporate credit card receipts from journalists and attach to statements on a monthly basis.

Office Management

  • Act as office manager; including ordering supplies, handling invoices and maintaining relationships with vendors.
  • Act as liaison with building management.
  • Field phone calls on main line, responding to queries from readers and directing calls as needed. Provide back-up phone assistance to executives.
  • Maintain paper and electronic filing systems.
  • Review and distribute mail.
  • Assist with new employee set-up, including managing security card system.


  • Draft correspondence, administrative and other materials.
  • Prepare expense and other internal reports.
  • Act as back-up to director of information technology, performing backups of ProPublica’s servers and reviewing spam filters, etc. as needed.

To apply, submit a resume and a cover note explaining why you are the best fit for this job to [email protected].

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