Community Relations Specialist

Position Title: 
Community Relations Specialist
Organization Name: 
The Arizona Republic

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Community Relations Specialist

The Arizona Republic/, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a person to assist with community relations projects and initiatives including annual giving campaigns, grant writing/reporting and donor/funder cultivation.

Additionally, this person will have event management experience to help grow newsroom events in support of our journalism. This position reports to the Community Relations Director and provides support to the Executive Editor and other newsroom leaders.

The job is about matching the newsroom's solutions-oriented journalism with local and corporate giving-back initiatives. It's also about funding the work of our journalists:

  • The annual Season for Sharing initiative raises and distributes about $2 million a year through a competitive grant process for Arizona nonprofits. Additionally, the community relations team advises on corporate giving-back initiatives for the USA Today Network's western region.
  • The community relations team manages philanthropic grants that help fund journalists and coverage of key topics. This revenue stream is growing.

Public events organized by the team include the 10-year-old Arizona Storytellers series, documentary film screenings, town halls, community roundtables and a speakers bureau.

This job is about building connections to our communities, nurturing partnerships and donors, promoting our journalism and maintaining The Republic's standing a solid corporate citizen in Greater Phoenix and throughout Arizona.



  • Assist with grant tracking and reporting calendars.
  • Assist writing and editing grants and reports for foundational donors.
  • Manage relevant social media channels.
  • Help manage grant-related correspondence.
  • Update donor correspondence, including solicitation and acknowledgment letters, as needed and help manage the timely acknowledgement of contributions.
  • Help ensure effective and accurate communication with the finance department and other organizational leaders.
  • Help ensure donor records are accurate and up to date.
  • Follow reports and developments in the local nonprofit community.
  • Manage coaching and logistics for Arizona Storytellers and other public events.
  • Help monitor the execution of partnership and in-kind agreements, including the proper use of the Republic's brand. 


  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in journalism or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least a year of professional fundraising, journalism and/or event management experience.
  • High-level writing, communication and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on deadline.
  • Knowledge of AP style, news reporting/writing and database management preferred.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to multi-task and solve problems efficiently.
  • This role requires a valid driver's license, reliable transportation and the minimum liability insurance required by law.
  • Employment is contingent on passing a post-offer pre-employment background check, motor vehicle record check and drug screen.

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. When you apply, don’t limit your upload to a resume; show us what you’ve done. To do so, put together a single document file that includes the following, in this order:

  1. Your resume – one to two pages.
  2. A cover letter that outlines how you would approach the job.
  3. Links to 3-6 online samples of your work. Show us what you’ve produced or had a hand in that best reflects what you can do in your desired role.

It is important that these items be assembled into a single document and uploaded in PDF format. Completing these steps will ensure that your application receives the highest consideration.


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