Jobs with the Mississippi Free Press

Operations Assistant

Operations Assistant

Winter/Spring 2023

The Mississippi Free Press, an award-winning nonprofit digital newsroom with national impact, run by the nonprofit Mississippi Journalism and Education Group, is seeking a part-time operations assistant to join our diverse, cohesive and mutually supportive team. The women-founded Mississippi Free Press, named the Institute for Nonprofit News’ Startup of the Year in 2021, launched at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and immediately attracted widespread attention nationally and, at times, even internationally for our mission-driven coverage of vital issues and stories. 

The operations assistant will work in the MJEG/MFP office space in downtown Jackson under the supervision of the Executive Assistant Shaye Smith and will perform a variety of administrative support tasks for her, CEO Donna Ladd and Publisher Kimberly Griffin to help ensure the efficient operation of the organization. Responsibilities will include making, responding to and routing calls, emails and other correspondence to the appropriate recipients; managing staff calendar; collecting and filing documents; managing invoices and other paperwork. The assistant will also help organize events for staff, boards and the community, and will also create and maintain organization systems for the office.

In this position, the operations assistant will become part of a collaborative, inclusive and supportive team who will help you grow your skills and career. All staff members are invited to brainstorm ideas about how to strengthen our organization, our media coverage and our reach throughout diverse counties across Mississippi. We prefer candidates with Mississippi roots.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Very organized and excellent time-management skills
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • General computer and software skills
  • Good math skills
Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Business writing and editing skills
  • Familiarity with QuickBooks, Basic Accounting
  • Familiarity with Google Workspace/Spreadsheets, Basecamp

Pay rate: $16 an hour to start. Job starts at 10 to 12 hours a week minimum with growth potential. Immediate hire.

Send cover letter and resume to Executive Assistant Shaye Smith at [email protected]

The Mississippi Journalism and Education Group does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or veteran status in any area of its operations.