Access Press seeks a part-time, contract Business Manager to handle the paper’s operations. This contract is currently a remote-work position, with compensation of $650/month.
About Access Press:
The mission of Access Press is “Informing the disability community about topics of concern to us, by providing accurate information about disability issues to the general public.” We achieve this mission with our monthly print issue, which normally distributes 11,000 copies monthly all over the state of Minnesota, and through our website, social media, and events and advocacy. The paper just celebrated its 30th anniversary. The idea Business Manger candidate will be interested in both non-profit administration and print journalism; lived experience with disabilities is a strong plus.
The Business Manager will support monthly newspaper production, coordinate distribution, communicate with advertisers and other stakeholders, handle basic bookkeeping and billing for the organization, and maintain the database. The position currently works closely with the Managing Editor, the board Transition Team, and social media and website consultants; in the future, it will also potentially work with an Ad Sales Manager and an Executive Director.
Advertising: Communicate with organizations on ad specs and deadlines, ensure ads are camera-ready for print version of the paper and provide to webmaster if digital. Assist with special issues, sponsorship copy, etc. Ensure ads are on deadline. Ongoing, mostly focused in the 2nd and 3rd week of the month.
Distribution: Send monthly mailing list to the printer, arrange physical paper delivery, prepare and conduct smaller in-state mailing monthly. Coordinate distribution of paper to drop-sites as possible. Mainly the last week of the month/1st week of the next month.
Bookkeeping: Bill advertisers monthly per approved manifest (both for physical paper and digital advertising). Enter payments into accounting system (QuickBooks). Follow-up on all Accounts Payable. Bill also for: classifieds, DOO, sponsorships, and other transactions. Cut checks ideally 2x a month and arrange for signers; pay bills per this schedule. Record payments on Accounts Receivable and make deposits. Reconcile credit card and other lines of credit. Ensure accounting firm has all information needed to provide accurate monthly financials. Ongoing.
Directory of Organizations and Classifieds: Maintain copy for the annual Directory of Organizations. Provide to print edition 4x a year, update online as needed. Arrange listing placement with organizations. Also coordinate any classified ads. Ongoing but mainly quarterly.
Database: Maintain Bloomerang database with, at minimum: donors, subscribers, and advertisers. Manage subscriptions and renewals. Ongoing.
Communication: Provide information to social media consultant as needed. Support webmaster in monthly postings and web updates; assist Managing Editor in posting content as needed. Maintain email list and send periodic e-newsletter. Ongoing.
Please direct your application to [email protected] no later than March 15, 2021, including a resume, a cover letter, and any other information you wish to be considered. Applications will be interviews on a rolling basis during the period, so it is an advantage to apply earlier. The position will start as soon as possible, likely in April 2021. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bethany Gladhill at 612-414-3790 or [email protected] (preferred).