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We’re committed to building an equitable and inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. 

The Beacon is proud to offer the following benefits to full time employees:

  • 100% employer-paid monthly health care, vision and dental premiums for employees and partially paid premiums for dependents. 
  • Paid time off: Federal holidays, a birthday holiday, the last week of the year and two weeks vacation/sick leave. 
  • Paid parental leave.
  • Monthly cell phone reimbursement.
  • $50,000 in employer-paid life insurance with supplemental life insurance available. 
  • 100% employer-paid long and short term disability.
  • Flexible remote work culture (even when we’re not in a pandemic).

VP of Development, Beacon Media Inc.

The Beacon seeks a mission-oriented development director to manage fundraising for a fast-growing startup civic news network serving Kansas and Missouri. The broad mandate of the role is to galvanize funding for public-interest journalism, which is more crucial than ever in the Midwest. 

You would shepherd the design and execution of critical functions in fundraising strategy. Because The Beacon has significant financial backing from national and local partners — including the American Journalism Project, Wichita Community Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Report for America — this role is a great opportunity to help build an organization from the ground up that will become a core public service for Kansans and Missourians.

Read the full job description here. Apply here.

Health Accountability Reporter, The Kansas City Beacon

We seek a passionate journalist who is able to execute stories that break new ground in service to our community. Someone who can find and analyze data  in pursuit of great stories. Someone who will closely follow evolving state policies and dig deep to hold government and institutions accountable. Someone who will seek out every day people and advocacy groups and explore their challenges and experiences with the health system. A writer who can craft narratives that weave human experience with politics, policy and data.

Read the full job description here. Apply here.

Executive Editor, The Wichita Beacon

The Executive Editor, based in the Wichita metro, will build and scale the newsroom. You will oversee daily editorial functions of the newsroom, including working with reporters and editors to identify and deploy community-driven projects and services. You will lead the charge in making The Wichita Beacon’s journalism worthy of support from its audience and make a case for local funding. You’ll work in close partnership with The Beacon’s Executive Director, who leads development, HR, finance and marketing, and The Beacon’s Founder & Publisher, Kelsey Ryan, who leads editorial, product and audience strategy for the network.

Read the full job description here. Apply here.

Executive Director, Beacon Media Inc.

The Executive Director, based in Kansas or Missouri, will help build and scale the organization, which anticipates a $2-6 million budget. You will build The Beacon’s core administrative functions for a fast-growing organization, including HR, Finance, Development and Marketing. You will report to the Board of Directors and work in close partnership with The Beacon’s Founder & Publisher, Kelsey Ryan, who will drive editorial, product and audience strategy.

Read the full job description here. Apply here.

Freelance writers and photographers, The Kansas City Beacon and The Wichita Beacon

Opportunity: We’re seeking freelance journalists to pitch us stories for publication in The Beacon. We’re interested in stories that impact audiences in Kansas and Missouri, and that fall under the general categories of government, economics, education, health care, environment and civic engagement. We are not seeking commentary or opinion pieces. We are particularly interested in stories that are revelatory, data-driven, contextual and solutions-driven. All content is subject to editing and fact-checking prior to publication. Freelancers are not considered W2 eligible employees and are not eligible for benefits. Contracts will include a conflicts of interest statement and signing the SPJ Code of Ethics.

Apply here for Kansas City. Apply here for Wichita.