Apply To Be Shasta Scout’s Operations Manager

What You’ll Do:

Provide administrative management of Shasta Scout’s day-to-day newsroom operations. This is an administrative position – no previous newsroom experience is required.

Where You’ll Be Located:

You will work remotely, preferably in Shasta County, California.

What Kind Of Job Is This? How Many Hours?

Part Time. The position is currently funded for 10-15 hours per week. Flexible work hours.

Potential to move to full time in 6 months to 1 year.

What You’ll Earn:

$20/hour to start, with opportunities for salary increases at regular intervals. We deeply value talented, hard-working, committed individuals and will work to provide the best individualized package that meets your needs for time off, flexible work hours, remote location, etc.

What To Know About This Job:

We’re looking for a detailed, organized and administrative individual who is willing to grow and innovate with us in a collaborative, inclusive and supportive environment.

You will be working as an administrative manager to facilitate and expand current newsroom operations in a role that will include administrative tasks in areas including finance, technology, human resources, and audience engagement. While no particular educational background, or professional experience is required, you must be someone who is careful with details, a quick learner, eager to expand your abilities with software and computer and phone applications as needed, and highly trustworthy with confidential information.

Due to the ever-changing environment of local news production, adaptability will be an asset in this role.

You will be required to sign a confidentiality contract to protect those we work with.

Tasks may include but will not be limited to:

  • Creating and managing on and offline organizational systems, including docs, calendars, photos 
  • Organizing and Updating website content and social media schedules
  • Organizing financial documents and information including grant and reimbursement reports
  • Managing freelance contract processes
  • Coordinating and communicating with a variety of individuals including audience members, local businesses, and news media contacts
  • Planning and coordinating event logistics

It’s Important To Us That You:

  • Have the ability to operate both independently and collaboratively 
  • Enjoy the challenge of building and improving administrative systems and processes
  • Have great communication skills and are comfortable interacting with a variety of people
  • Feel comfortable taking direction and responding to feedback
  • Are committed to being a strong self-advocate
  • Are able to confidentially handle highly sensitive information
  • Are already familiar with, or eager to learn Google Suite, Canva, Airtable, Worpress and similar applications.

Please Remember:

We highly value lived experiences and strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary people, and BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background and we welcome the new insight such a candidate would provide.

What You Should Know About Shasta Scout

At Shasta Scout we believe a democratic community requires access to just and equitable news. We are a non-profit, independent, digital news service, focused on Shasta County’s under-reported diverse and investigative stories. Using research, interviews, documents and data, we scout out the truth to tell stories that build an informed electorate with the power to create educated change for our community. Shasta Scout is currently focused on government accountability, civic affairs, environmental issues, Indigenous affairs and religious and political movements. 

We are a proud member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and a Local Independent Online News (LION) Publisher.  During our first year we were selected as a division finalist for the national Next Challenge for Journalism and Media and were highlighted by Jay Rosen’s students as part of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York’s Coming From project. 

What You Should Know About The Community We Cover:

Shasta Scout serves Shasta County, a rural far northern California community with a population of approximately 180,000.  Shasta County is located two and a half hours north of Sacramento and an hour south of the Oregon border. The area is of significant environmental importance to California. In addition to our numerous beautiful public lands and forests, several culturally, economically and ecologically important rivers flow through our region, which is also home to Shasta Dam, the keystone of the Central Valley Project.

Shasta County is also home to a dense Indigenous community including multiple tribes, several of which are federally unrecognized. Some of these, particularly the Winnemem Wintu and Pit River Tribes, are engaged in high-profile resistance movements against development projects that threaten their tribal cultures and ancestral lands.  

Demographically, Shasta County is predominantly white and conservative. We’re a hotspot for the State of Jefferson movement and recently received national media attention for militia-connected political activism, including the successful recall of a Shasta County Supervisor. Bethel Church, an international megachurch with both local and national political influence, and a penchant for political activism, is one of the largest employees in our region. Our community also faces many health challenges, including poverty, a lack of affordable housing and high rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and other traumas.

Apply here:

You can apply below and should expect a response within 2-4 business days. If you do not receive one, please email [email protected] We also welcome you to reach out to us at that email, prior to applying, if you have questions. Thank you!

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