Talent Associate

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ProPublica is an award-winning independent nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. We dig deep into important issues, shining a light on abuses of power and betrayals of public trust — and we stick with those issues as long as it takes to hold power to account. Our investigative journalism does more than expose wrongdoing and injustice; we intend for it to spark real-world change. With a team of more than 100 dedicated journalists across the country, we produce reporting that has contributed to the passage of new laws; reversals of harmful policies and practices; and accountability for leaders at local, state and national levels.

About the Talent Development Team

The talent development team is responsible for ensuring ProPublica recruits, hires and retains the talented and diverse staff it needs. We are committed to recruiting and retaining people from communities that have long been underrepresented, not only in journalism, but particularly in investigative journalism. (Read more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and what we’re doing about it here.) In addition to guiding our recruitment and hiring processes with a focus on equity, inclusion and a positive candidate experience, the department also leads our retention efforts by spearheading staffwide trainings to build skills and designing other enriching development opportunities.

About the Role

The talent associate will help coordinate editorial hiring processes while maintaining a positive experience for candidates, hiring managers and interviewers alike. The person in this role will build strong relationships with applicants and hiring leaders and use that insight to suggest ways to streamline processes and improve the hiring experience. You’ll work to make our onboarding process more dynamic and reflective of our newsroom culture for both remote and in-office employees. You’ll also be on the ground floor alongside the talent development director in researching, developing and implementing a more robust career development infrastructure for staffers.

This role is part of a two-person department, and it will report directly to the talent development director. You’ll work collaboratively with the chief of correspondents, as well as the human resources department. We expect this role to grow and adapt with you, leaning into your strengths and the tasks that give you the most energy.

In This Role You Will:

  • Manage and help improve the recruiting and hiring process for staff journalists along with fellowship and editorial program hires.
  • Recommend ways to help better track workflow and make it more efficient.
  • Communicate with job applicants, schedule candidate interviews and work with hiring managers to build a diverse candidate pool.
  • Collect and analyze data to help us refine our process to recruit and hire more equitably and efficiently.
  • Manage and make suggestions to help improve our onboarding process for editorial staff and fellows to ensure they have the tools they need to be successful here and feel connected to our organization.
  • Work with the talent development director to research and develop initiatives aimed at creating staffwide trainings and a robust career development process.


  • You’ve worked in a human resources department or talent acquisition team or have a keen interest in the work.
  • A plus if you’ve worked in a newsroom or nonprofit environment and understand the challenges and opportunities around building and supporting a mission-driven staff.
  • You understand the importance of cultivating a positive candidate experience.
  • You’re familiar with best practices in applicant tracking, management and metrics for creating an equitable hiring experience, or you have an interest in developing this skill.
  • You’re a self-starter, able to take initiative, coordinate with others and prioritize projects.
  • You are organized and detail oriented. You build systems to track the nuances of different projects so you can quickly switch between them.
  • You’re able to meet deadlines and communicate obstacles as they arise.
  • You have an operational mindset and enjoy finding ways to improve systems and automate processes where possible.
  • You are curious and continuously ask “why” and “how” to learn more about the work you do.
  • Knowledge of Google Workspace tools, including Drive and Sheets, as well as Microsoft Excel is a plus.
  • Experience using an applicant tracking system (ATS) or other recruitment software, and having thoughts on how to deploy them effectively, is a plus.

We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

The talent associate is a full-time position with work occurring during typical weekday business hours. This position includes full benefits. This is a hybrid role based in New York City.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

We are an equal opportunity employer and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or any other status protected under applicable law.

We will begin reviewing applications as we receive them, but we will continue to consider candidates as long as the posting remains live on our site.

Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter addressed to “ProPublica Hiring Committee” through this link.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

No phone calls, please. Questions? Email [email protected].

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