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Volunteer Opportunities

Although Asheville Watchdog’s staff is small and all positions at present are staffed by volunteers, we hope to grow and add paid positions as revenue permits.

The Watchdog enthusiastically endorses the policies of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Our goal is to create a diverse news organization that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens and communities we serve. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all volunteers and employees, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.

We have high standards, and welcome all who can meet them. A list of volunteer openings, with detailed job descriptions, can be found below.

At present, our workspace is remote (virtual) with staff meetings by Zoom.

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BOOKKEEPER/ACCOUNTANT

Asheville Watchdog is looking for an experienced volunteer bookkeeper/accountant.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design, implement, and maintain Asheville Watchdog’s accounting system.
  • Financial record keeping.
  • Coordinate with payroll service provider.
  • Process, track, and pay invoices in a timely manner.
  • Bank account reconciliations.
  • Receive and deposit all organizational revenue and donations.
  • Perform annual 1099 reporting processes for vendors.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly financial reports, including standard financial reports, budget vs. actual reports, and grant-specific financial reports.
  • Coordinate with outside CPA and auditors in preparation for a year-end audit and IRS Form 990.

Requirements include:

  • Advanced proficiency in QuickBooks.
  • Experience with nonprofits.
  • Understanding and commitment to Asheville Watchdog’s mission.

Bookkeeper/Accountant is a volunteer (i.e. non-paying) position, like all other current Asheville Watchdog staff positions. This is a part-time position with flexible work schedules. There is a possibility of transitioning to a paid position depending on the success of Watchdog fundraising.

Applicants should send a résumé in .pdf form to mail@avlwatchdog.org .

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COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Asheville Watchdog is looking for a talented, creative, highly motivated and experienced volunteer Communications and Digital Engagement Manager.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement a social media strategy in line with The Watchdog’s marketing and fundraising goals.
  • Raise awareness of the Foundation’s activities and services through a variety of print, media and digital formats; media relations; advertising; and event marketing.
  • Manage Asheville Watchdog’s website.
  • Administer our social media accounts on all platforms relevant to our community.
  • Measure the effectiveness of all marketing initiatives.
  • Cultivate relationships with media contacts and key community stakeholders.
  • Secure speaking engagements for staff and volunteer leaders positioning them as local news experts.
  • Create and distribute media advisories and press releases
  • Create and maintain donor and grantee stories, photos, videos and press releases.
  • Assist with donor stewardship and fund development activities.
  • Manage online reputation.
  • Create original text and video content, manage posts, and respond to readers’ letters in a timely manner.

Requirements include:

  • Nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills. Persuasive writer and storyteller.
  • Knowledge of the western North Carolina community and philanthropic landscape preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising/donor development concepts preferred.
  • SEO, keyword research and Google Analytics skills.
  • Ability to work and communicate with a bunch of Boomers.
  • Understanding and commitment to Asheville Watchdog’s mission.

The Communications and Engagement Manager is a volunteer (i.e. non-paying) position, like all other current Asheville Watchdog staff positions. This is a part-time position with flexible work schedules. There is a possibility of transitioning to a paid position depending on the success of Watchdog fundraising.

Applicants should send a résumé in .pdf form to mail@avlwatchdog.org .

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Asheville Watchdog is looking for a talented, creative, highly motivated and experienced volunteer graphic designer.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide eye-catching graphics and other design elements for stories, website, and marketing materials.
  • Consult with reporters and editors to develop and produce charts, graphs, and photo illustrations for each story.

Requirements include:

  • A keen eye, a strong artistic sense.
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines.
  • Experience in web design.
  • Experience in video is a plus.
  • Experience with interactive graphics is a plus.
  • Understanding and commitment to Asheville Watchdog’s mission.

Graphic Designer is a volunteer (i.e. non-paying) position, like all other current Asheville Watchdog staff positions. This is a part-time position with flexible work schedules. There is a possibility of transitioning to a paid position depending on the success of Watchdog fundraising.

Applicants should send a résumé in .pdf form to mail@avlwatchdog.org .

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PHOTOJOURNALIST

Asheville Watchdog is looking for a talented, creative, highly motivated and experienced volunteer photojournalist.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide clear and truthful digital photos for stories or news articles.
  • Attend local events, sometimes on short notice, to capture the visual scene for readers.
  • Schedule photo sessions with subjects of news stories to illustrate articles.

Requirements include:

  • Excellent digital photography skills.
  • Experience as a photojournalist for a news organization.
  • Ability to edit and size photos for proper story placement.
  • Experience with videography is a plus.
  • Understanding and commitment to Asheville Watchdog’s mission.

Photojournalist is a volunteer (i.e. non-paying) position, like all other current Asheville Watchdog staff positions. This is a part-time position with flexible work schedules. There is a possibility of transitioning to a paid position depending on the success of Watchdog fundraising.

Applicants should send a résumé in .pdf form to mail@avlwatchdog.org .

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