MLK50 is hiring a part-time administrative assistant to support our growing organization. 

MLK50: Justice Through Journalism is an award-winning nonprofit digital news site based in Memphis, Tennessee. Our work focuses on the intersection of poverty, power and policy. We examine the systems that make it hard for workers to make ends meet and interrogate those who profit from the status quo. Our mission is to help Memphians — especially workers — have enough resources to thrive and demand that public and private policy supports their success. We strive for our newsroom culture to reflect the values we prize: community, accountability, courage and justice.

We’re looking for an experienced administrative assistant who believes in our values and wants to support independent journalism in Memphis. Our ideal candidate would have at least five years of administrative assistant experience with a track record for providing excellent team support. They should seamlessly manage various organization-wide tasks and communications. Collaboration is important to us, so the candidate should welcome working with other staff members on projects as assigned. 

This employee will be expected to work in the office 100% of the time for at least the first 90 days and then can shift to a hybrid role. This employee will report to the chief strategy officer.

Essential duties for this role are broken down as: 

EXECUTIVE SUPPORT

Schedule executive work travel

Manage an executive calendar, including sending invites to external partners or funders

Submit executive expense reports and receipts on a monthly basis  

Manage an executive email inbox, screening messages for relevancy, urgency 

Register executive team for conferences and coordinating any speaking details

Send follow-up correspondence with funders and strategic partners

OPERATIONS SUPPORT

Register employees for professional development trainings

Post job openings on various sites 

Manage all organizational subscriptions and services

Manage MLK50’s mail service 

Manage all-staff events including booking space, ordering food and organizing supplies

Make supply and equipment purchases for the office, as-needed

Handle data entry, filing and copying

EDITORIAL SUPPORT

Submit contest entries

Support with distribution of MLK50 stories and support management of canvassers

And other duties as assigned. 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE IS: 

  • Flexible: Nimble and able to pivot when priorities shift. Brings a can-do attitude to work.
  • Memphis!: A working knowledge of (or eagerness to immerse yourself in) the character, people, relationships and ways of Memphis
  • Organized: All staff are expected to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously.
  • At least five years of experience in the field or in a related area
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • Familiarity with Google Docs, Google Sheets, Airtable and other software 
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Handle a variety of priorities, projects, and assignments at once, while managing their time, maintaining a tremendous attention to detail
  • Asks for support proactively when needed

ABOUT US

Founded in 2017, MLK50 is an ambitious nonprofit digital newsroom focused on poverty, power and policy in Memphis, Tennessee. Our mission is to report on the intersection of poverty, power and policy, and to bear witness to movement-making and lived experiences. At MLK50, we believe journalism is a tool for liberation, and we are here to help people — especially Black people, people of color, poor people and everyone who has been pushed to the margins — get free.

MLK50 and its journalists continue to garner national recognition for work that makes a meaningful, tangible difference in people’s lives, including the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting. We believe in collaboration: We’ve partnered with national outlets such as ProPublica, Next City and The Marshall Project. Our investigative reporting led a hospital system to erase nearly $12 million in medical debt for more than 5,300 patients and helped stop an oil pipeline that would have threatened a low-wealth Black community. Our impact includes reporting that led the city and county to reverse its decision ending the local Emergency Rental Assistance program.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Compensation starts at $25 per hour for 20 hours per week. The compensation and number of hours could increase based on relevant experience. 
  • Paid time off during the company-wide “dark weeks,” which is the equivalent of 10 business days
  • $1,000 annual professional development stipend
  • Company-supplied computer
  • $50 monthly tech stipend 
  • Annual cost of living raise

LOCATION AND WORK TRAVEL

This candidate is based in the Memphis metro area. Remote candidates will not be considered.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.

The employee is frequently required to use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls.

The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The employee will also need to have reliable transportation and maintain valid car insurance. 

TO APPLY

We are eager to learn more about you and how you fit this role. To apply for this position, send a current resume and a cover letter. In the cover letter please share what 2-3 strengths you think are essential to being a good admin assistant and examples of how you possess them.

Email the cover letter and a current resume to jobs@mlk50.com. This job posting will remain active until the position is filled.

MLK50: Justice Through Journalism is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of color, LGBTQ, women, trans and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.