Business & Operations Coordinator, IRW

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,950
Maximum: $49,140
Details: hourly, non-exempt



Start Date


Application Deadline



4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


The Business & Operations Coordinator for the Investigative Reporting Workshop ensures that comprehensive business activities run seamlessly by overseeing office systems and supporting faculty-journalists, staff, students, freelancers, and consultants with professional and programmatic needs. 

The position is responsible for on-going business operations, daily financial oversight and processing, general communications and outreach, and assistance with fundraising/development activities. Oversees 5-10 student interns and part-time administrative assistants.

The Investigative Reporting Workshop (IRW) is an independent newsroom at the American University School of Communication. IRW pairs experienced professional reporters/editors with graduate students to conduct in-depth, long-form journalism on such issues as politics, the environment, health, criminal justice, national security, immigration, and the economy. These investigations are co-published across print, web, television, and radio with major media partners and nonprofit news organizations, including the Washington Post, NPR, and Reveal. IRW also co-produces documentaries for PBS’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning series FRONTLINE. Founded in 2008 by Charles Lewis, IRW is one of the largest and most innovative university-based newsrooms in the country. Lewis is a 1998 MacArthur Fellow, former producer at ABC News and CBS News “60 Minutes,” and founder of two Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The ideal candidate must possess the following qualities:

  • Previous office/program management experience
  • Previous financial/accounting experience
  • Proficient computer skills, especially Microsoft Office suite
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Proactive and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of development/fundraising 


Including, but not limited to:

·     Flexible schedule

·     Health and Dental

·     2:1 Retirement match

·     Life insurance

·     Tuition remission (including family members)

·     On-campus childcare

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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