Ben Nishimoto, ’03 grad, on job openings at Honolulu Civil Beat.

Education Reporter

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking for an experienced education reporter to write about core problems in Hawaii’s K-12 system.

We’re seeking someone with a deep understanding of education policy who can zero in on difficult issues with an eye toward innovative solutions that might improve education in the islands. Understanding the budget, the role of the teachers union, politics and local culture will be key. On a practical level, effective investigative reporting and deft writing will be crucial to this work. (We’re not looking for a typical schools “beat” reporter.)

Our ideal candidate will have a proven record of success on investigative education-related projects and shorter watchdog enterprise coverage. Excellent analytical skills and writing with voice are essential.

This is a Honolulu-based position and we are seeking a mid-career reporter with a minimum of 5-7 years experience. Data journalism skills and knowledge of Hawaii, its culture and its issues are a plus.

Civil Beat pays competitive salaries, and has an excellent benefits package, including a 401(k) match, six weeks PTO a year and company-funded training opportunities. The salary for this position depends on experience and qualifications, but is anticipated to be a minimum of $70,000.

Civil Beat seeks to build a newsroom that reflects the diversity and lived experience of people in Hawaii. We encourage people from all communities, especially communities underrepresented in journalism, to apply.

If you’d like to join Civil Beat in helping making a difference in Hawaii, email a resume, 3-5 clips and a cover letter to Please apply ASAP but applications accepted until position is filled.

Individual Support Manager

Overview: The Individual Support Manager functions as a member of the operations team and is tasked with developing strategies and executing tactics to convert news readers to financial supporters.

This position reports to the Director of Philanthropy.


  • Work collaboratively to develop and maintain the infrastructure of Civil Beat’s individual giving program
    • Craft donor-centered messaging, including but not limited to email appeals for individual support, talking points, and call-to-action prompts, ensuring consistency across communications.
    • Manage a donor database and maintain accurate records in CRM.
    • Generate data to inform small-donor solicitation and growth strategies.
    • Execute three annual digital fundraising campaigns.
    • Manage donor acknowledgment, including but not limited to scheduling thank-you emails, member benefit fulfillment, answering phone calls and responding to emails.
    • Establish strong relationships with current members through offline and online engagement opportunities.
    • Assist with developing innovative approaches to donor recruitment and retention.
  • Provide assistance with other administrative, business, and fundraising needs, including but not limited to offline and online marketing, audience engagement and analytics
  • Provide customer service to donors and general readership, including inbox management and troubleshooting.

Qualifications: Desired attributes include 2-5 years experience in fundraising operations and:

  • Proven track record of achieving revenue goals.
  • Background in fundraising strategy, donor-centered communications, and some technical knowledge of digital marketing practices and techniques.
  • Eagerness to blend traditional fundraising practices with digital techniques.
  • Experience with fundraising database systems. Knowledge of Salesforce CRM a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Capable of working on some evenings and weekend work as needed.
  • Understanding of news media and nonprofit organizations preferred.
  • We are willing to consider great candidates who may not have every skill on our checklist.


This is an in-office position. Our newsroom is located in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.


This is a full-time position with a salary range of $55,000 to $65,000 that includes the following:

    • Medical, dental and vision insurance
    • 401(k) matching
    • 30 days of paid time off each year
    • Up to 12 weeks of paid family leave (including PTO)
    • Remote working flexibility
    • Annual travel stipend to attend professional training and conferences

Civil Beat seeks to build a newsroom that reflects the diversity and lived experience of people in Hawaii. We encourage people from all communities, especially communities underrepresented in journalism, to apply.

 How to Apply:

Send your cover letter and resume to by Friday, April 29. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Contract Reporters — Neighbor Islands

Civil Beat is looking for a reporters on neighbor islands who will help us expand our news coverage beyond Oahu.

We have immediate availability for writers on Maui and the Big Island.

These are freelance, contract positions, not staff jobs. We want someone who can commit to a regular presence, preferably once a week but at least two times a month. We’re also open to more than one writer per island in order to achieve a weekly presence (two people each writing two articles, for instance).

Most importantly, we are not looking to do the same stories other media are doing. Topics might sometimes be the same — a county council issue, for instance — but we want writers who can get below the surface and provide a thoughtful or analytical approach to issues, people and events.

Excellent writing skills a must. Journalism experience preferred.

Please send a cover letter explaining who you are and why you’d be a good fit along with a resume and clips to Please specify in the subject line which island you are on.

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