Fostering Media Connections

About Us

Fostering Media Connections is a nonprofit news organization that uses a mix of investigative, accountability and solution-oriented journalism to drive reform within the systems that serve vulnerable children, youth and their families.

Beyond producing stories, FMC employs an aggressive dissemination strategy to see its stories re-published in other media outlets. In Fiscal Year 17-18, FMC-produced stories were picked up 753 times, a 50.2 percent increase from the previous year. In 18-19 FMC-produced stories were picked up more than 900 times. Pickup from other outlets expands the impact these stories can have to generate public and political will for reforms benefitting vulnerable children, youth and families.

Jul 29, 2019
The Account Manager’s primary function is to sell subscriptions and sponsorships in FMC publications by building relationships with public and private entities across the nation. The Account Manager is also responsible for securing sponsorships for special events, single-issue magazines and webinars. Job Duties Networking within child welfare, foster family agency, and adoption communities Proactively approaching prospective clients through phone calls, emails and in-person meetings on a daily basis, ensuring an active pipeline of at least 50 prospects at all times Captures and keeps client information up to date in Salesforce by recording all activities, transactions, and communications with clients Responsible for subscription and sponsorship renewals and achieving renewal retention goals for current and new FMC publications Provide clients with proposals for sponsorship products or services Prepare and deliver sales presentations to new and existing clients Travel to and exhibit at conferences and events, as needed Advise FMC team regarding advertising packages and pricing Collect artwork from sponsors Deliver sponsorship or illustration proofs to clients for approval Prepare promotional plans, sales literature, media kits, and sales contracts Research Identify potential clients to offer sponsorship and subscription opportunities Conduct national research to gather information on prospective clients Create and maintain a database of prospective and current clients Track developments in the field related to child welfare print and online publications Fulfillment Enroll agencies in subscription/sponsorship products, including the creation of user accounts Process all correspondence and paperwork related to accounts Ensure print mailing lists are kept current Skills & Qualifications Must be able to travel periodically to conferences, events, meetings with clients Must possess strong communication skills Must demonstrate initiative Must have strong organizational skills Must demonstrate self-confidence and sensitivity when communicating with potential clients Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (or similar software) Bachelor’s degree required At least 5 years’ experience in sales or related General knowledge of the child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health systems a plus Compensation and Benefits The Account Manager will earn a base salary of $45,000 to $53,000, depending on experience. They will have the opportunity to earn quarterly and year-end bonuses based on performance and total sales. Fostering Media Connections is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. FMC does not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind in the workplace. Applicants of all ages are encouraged to apply. HOW TO APPLY Send us an email with a cover letter and resumé. Position open until filled.
Fostering Media Connections Remote (Los Angeles, CA, USA) Development
Jul 29, 2019
The Business Development Associate’s primary role is to secure subscriptions and paid sponsorships from appropriate clients to be placed in all of FMC’s print and online publications. The Business Development Associate will be expected to play an active role in client relations from start to finish. There is opportunity for growth in this position. Job Duties

 Manage a quota, set goals and work with management and marketing to strategize on new sponsorship and subscription opportunities Work directly with clients and manage a high volume of calls and emails Prepare and execute sales contracts Capture and keep client information up to date in CRM tool by recording all activities, transactions, and communications with clients Prepare and deliver sales presentations to new and existing clients Provide artwork specifications to sponsors and provide warm hand-off to editor for collection of artwork Deliver advertising proofs to clients for approval, if requested by editor Proactively communicates account and sales information to management through one-on-one meetings There may be occasional travel to conferences and tradeshows Skills & Qualifications Associate degree; 2 years’ prior experience in sales (4+ years of sales experience can be used in lieu of education). Self-starter, strong ability to plan ahead and be proactive. Impeccable customer service and interpersonal skills. Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely, free of typographical and other errors. Must have strong organizational skills, be punctual and detail-oriented. Must be comfortable using digital tools such as SalesForce, AirTable, Slack, Gmail and MS Office. Compensation This is a contract position offering competitive compensation. HOW TO APPLY If this sounds like a great fit for you, please submit your cover letter, a professional writing sample and resume to   
Fostering Media Connections Remote Development
Jul 29, 2019
The operations manager position is a full-time role reporting to the vice president. This person will play a critical role in managing the day-to-day effectiveness of FMC including program operations, finance and human resource functions. This person will also play a collaborative role in developing and implementing systems that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our work and supporting our ability to grow and expand impact. This is an opportunity for a motivated and detail-oriented individual who wants to make an impact while gaining a broad set of experiences relevant to nonprofit news leadership. Job Duties Administrative and Infrastructure: Provide administrative support to president, vice president and other staff as appropriate including scheduling, travel arrangements, processing reimbursements, etc. Schedule and provide support for board of director meetings Serve as the first point of contact at FMC via managing main phone and email accounts Manage office and relationships with vendors Across all areas of work, contribute to annual operations calendars and manuals Maintain print mailing list and assist with other business development activities as needed. Development support: Act as lead coordinator for special events (3 to 5 per year) Assist development officer with donation processing Assist development officer with mailings and other projects Work with development officer to prep president for meetings with funders Finance, HR, and Compliance Coordinate day-to-day finance operations, liaising with our outside accounting firm; this includes processing deposits, payables, reimbursements and invoicing. Maintain files. Support data gathering as needed for audits, insurance, tax filings, distribution of 1099s, etc. Maintain filings to ensure compliance with federal and state requirements. Support HR activities and file maintenance including employee vacation and sick requests. Direct Reports This position oversees FMC’s intern program, including those interns working in regions outside Los Angeles. Regional interns will report to regional editors, however the OM serves as interns’ point-of-contact for onboarding, human resources and general operations questions. Requirements Spanish proficiency; Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of admin experience (nonprofit experience preferred); Bookkeeping experience strongly preferred (FMC uses QuickBooks online); Impeccable customer service and interpersonal skills. Adept at communicating with employees, representatives of other agencies and community members with a variety of styles and needs. Demonstrates patience, clarity and sound judgment in these interactions, and represents the organization with pride and an eye toward long-term success; Commitment to safeguarding confidential information; Team player with infectious enthusiasm; Experience with and knowledge of computer operation; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), QuickBooks, Dropbox and GSuite; Comfortable learning new digital tools (AirTable, Slack, Canva, etc.); Comprehensive knowledge of standard office practices, procedures, equipment, and techniques; excellent organizational and communication skills. HOW TO APPLY If this sounds like a great fit for you, please submit your cover letter, a professional writing sample and resume to  
Fostering Media Connections Los Angeles, CA, USA Programs