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Job opening: The Funding Exchange Seeks Media Justice Consultant

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August 28th, 2008

This job announcement comes to us from Hye-Jung Park at the Media Justice Fund of the Funding Exchange. MJF/FE supports many of WIMN’s allied advocacy groups, and this is a chance for potential consultants to get involved with some of the most groundbreaking media advocacy work in the country. I encourage women and people of color who care about media and want to work in the advocacy community to apply.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: The Funding Exchange Seeks Media Justice Consultant
For a one-year period, The Funding Exchange National Office is looking for a consultant who will support its Member Funds and their grantees to promote media advocacy within the context of social justice movements.

The Funding Exchange (FEX)
The Funding Exchange is a national network of 15 community-based foundations which fund progressive social change organizations. In addition to assisting Member Funds with network-wide programming, the National Office in New York City administers a $5 million grant-making program, which supports social justice work through both donor-advised and activist-advised funding.

The Media Justice Fund (MJF) of the Funding Exchange National Office
The Media Justice Fund recognizes that social and economic justice will not be realized without the equitable redistribution and control of resources that necessarily includes media and communication technologies. We believe in the rights of all people and communities to have their information and communication needs met. The Fund supports leadership of people of color, low-income and LGBT communities, and youth, organizing within traditionally marginalized communities to affect media policy, infrastructure, and accountability. The Media Justice Fund is part of a larger vision for social justice in which the media is accountable and accessible to the communities it purportedly serves and can be used in service of organizing and other community goals.

The Media Justice Fund Network Grantmaking
For the past two years, the Media Justice Fund has awarded grants to Member Funds to support local and regional media justice work and forge connections between organizations that would otherwise be out of its reach. This year, the Media Justice Fund in collaboration with seven Member Funds plans to focus on media policy issues, and to more accurately evaluate the results or our efforts to effect change in media policy. In order to meet the needs, this year MJF is hiring a part-time consultant to work with each Member Fund and its grantees in the areas of training, consulting, and organizing.

Consultant ’s Responsibilities Will Include:

General Work:
• Support 7 FEX Member Funds to organize an issue briefing and training for potential MJ applicants
• Serve as a resource for 7 FEX Member Funds and their grantees
• Conduct site visits if they are necessary
• Help MJ grantees of 7 FEX Member Funds network with other local, regional, and national media justice groups
• In collaboration with the MJF Program Officer, strategize media justice campaigns at the local, regional, and national levels
• Establish and monitor mechanisms for accountability and evaluation
• Promote the activities of 7 FEX Member Funds and their grantees

Qualifications for the position include:
• Strong grassroots organizing skills
• Familiarity with communications policy issues including FCC regulations and their impact on communities
• Proven ability to initiate and implement programs, in coordination with staff
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to work on a national level, with people of different classes, races, sexual orientations and genders

The position reports to the Program Officer for the Media Justice Fund.

The position is based in New York City and requires travel to local funds sites across the U.S.

Working hours:
Up to 16 hours a week

$30-$35 Per hour. DOE

Availability: The position is open immediately. Please apply before September 22, 2008.

The position is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.
EOE/Active Affirmative Action Policy
Competitive Salary and Benefits commensurate with experience

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:

Hye-Jung Park
Program Officer for the Media Justice Fund
Funding Exchange
666 Broadway, Suite 500
New York, NY 10012

Or e-mail hyejung.park@fex.org

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