Data Specialist

  • 1156 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was founded by leading journalists and media lawyers in 1970 when the nation’s news media faced an unprecedented wave of government subpoenas forcing reporters to name confidential sources. Fifty years later, we are the only national organization focused on providing pro bono legal services to reporters and news outlets. Our mission is to protect the right to gather and distribute the news; to keep government accountable by ensuring access to public records, meetings, and courtrooms; and to preserve the principles of free speech and unfettered press, as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Job Description

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press seeks a Data Specialist to support the data needs of a growing and vibrant nonprofit organization. The new position will be a combination of data development, maintenance, reporting, and analysis, working with both fundraising and program teams.

In the past few years, the Reporters Committee has significantly invested in and expanded its infrastructure and data keeping, primarily through Salesforce (Nonprofit Success Pack). As the organization and its data needs continue to evolve, the new Data Specialist will help us more efficiently utilize these tools and analyze our data so that we can better measure our impact and successes. The Data Specialist will be primarily responsible for data entry, data hygiene, reporting, and analysis, all of which will help facilitate the day-to-day work and the decision-making of staff members across teams, in line with the strategic objectives of the organization. This organized, detail-oriented, and process-driven thinker will understand the value of timely, accurate, and easily accessible data, and will enjoy improving our systems and processes. The role provides a great opportunity for a motivated professional to help shape the Reporters Committee’s successful use of Salesforce and data, impacting the effectiveness of our staff and organizational learning. While the role is primarily technical and administrative, there is opportunity for growth as the organization evolves.

The position will be based in Washington, D.C., with the possibility of remote employment for standout candidates.  Candidates must be currently authorized and eligible to work in the United States for any employer.

We encourage potential applicants to apply even if they only have experience or familiarity in some of the areas described below. We recognize that many great candidates will not have experience in all of the areas we list or may have relevant experiences and skills that we have not listed or considered.


  • Compile, enter, import, and track information in Salesforce, including gifts, campaign participation, event attendance, surveys, and program information
  • Proactively lead regular database hygiene and maintenance efforts, including duplicate management, research and updates of specific datasets, conducting periodic audits, etc.
  • Create and streamline internal processes to maintain and clean organizational data, including developing and updating relevant documentation
  • Generate reports, exports, mailing lists, email lists, and donor lists from Salesforce
  • Assist teams across the organization in analyzing information via Salesforce, Excel, and other organizational tools
  • Support others in the daily use of data systems and ensure adherence to organizational standards
  • Provide other administrative support as assigned

Assignment, Supervision, and Professional Development

  • This is a position that offers professional growth opportunities. Candidates who are interested in gaining additional skills, knowledge and experience with nonprofit fundraising and/or database administration (including as a Salesforce administrator) could be particularly suited for this position. Other opportunities for growth may include coalition management or other areas within the organization, depending on the candidate’s interest and skills.
  • The Data Specialist will report to the Strategic Initiatives Manager as a member of a team that functions across the organization. The position will work very closely with the development team in particular, and that work will be supervised by the Director of Development.
  • The Data Specialist, along with their supervisor(s), will create a professional development workplan and will regularly evaluate progress toward goals.


Required Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge

  • Extraordinary attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Process and systems-oriented thinker that enjoys working with data
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills: a go-getter who can spot issues within the data and proactively fix them or identify possible solutions
  • Basic understanding of databases
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, and Excel in particular, including creating large spreadsheets and proofing data for mistakes and missing information
  • Ability to manage a number of tasks independently, balancing competing priorities between immediate needs and long-term projects
  • Comfortable collaborating across multiple teams
  • Desire to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences
  • High school diploma or equivalent

 Preferred Attributes

  • Familiarity with database management, with Salesforce experience as a major plus
  • Understanding of data management best practices and functionality
  • Experience with data manipulation and transformation, such as use of the VLOOKUP function in Excel

Additional Information

RCFP offers a generous compensation package. For this full-time position, RCFP offers:

  • A competitive annual base salary of $60,000-$70,000 based on experience for a DC based candidate, with two weeks paid time off in addition to all federal holidays & Juneteenth, plus the week the office is closed for winter break
  • Permanently remote candidates will be considered; however, it is the Reporters Committee’s practice to adjust salaries for the cost of living in a remote location
  • A retirement savings plan, including a 3% employer contribution plus an additional 2% match from date of hire
  • Comprehensive employer paid insurance coverage, including medical, dental, vision, life, and LTD & short-term disability
  • Ability to use pre-tax dollars for dependent care and commuting expenses
  • A collaborative and inclusive work environment
  • 100% full-time, 40 hours a week
  • Non-Exempt

To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and contact information for three references. Only complete applications will progress forward in the hiring process.

Hiring Process Overview

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Candidates who submit complete applications by 5 p.m. Eastern on May 31, 2021, will be considered in the first round of screening.

The hiring process includes materials screening, initial questions, a panel interview, a technical demonstration, and for finalists, a final interview and reference checks.


The Reporters Committee is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color, people of all ages, and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

RCFP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: RCFP is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at RCFP are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, age, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. RCFP will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.