Collegiate Network Program Officer

Seeking a Program Officer to help grow and improve ISI’s Collegiate Network, our nationwide network of independent student publications

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) seeks a Program Officer to help us grow and improve the Collegiate Network, our nationwide network of independent student publications. The Collegiate Network Program Officer is responsible for implementing ISI’s campus journalism program, recruiting and launching new publications, and engaging talented students to take part in professional development opportunities. The Program Officer works closely with the Director of the Collegiate Network to meet ISI’s strategic objectives.

In this role, you will oversee the recruiting of new campus publications and help move these publications from concept to launch. You will assist new publications to ensure that they are organizationally sound, are equipped for success, and avoid common pitfalls. You will also help struggling publications and new leaders who want to improve their campus newspapers.

Focusing on relationship building, you will serve as the main point of contact between campus publications and the Collegiate Network. You will provide specific advice and general assistance on running a publication, and inform students about professional-development opportunities like internships and writing for ISI’s CAMPUS, the online hub of the Collegiate Network. You will also work with ISI’s Membership Manager and the Digital Marketing Manager to ensure that Collegiate Network students are getting the most out of the ISI membership experience.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Oversee the recruiting process for new publications, developing a consistent stream of qualified leads on targeted campuses
  • Conduct journalism training and mentoring sessions that help take publications from concept to launch, or that help struggling publications improve
  • Serve as the main point of contact with student publications in their relationship with the Collegiate Network and ISI
  • Evaluate grant applications, in consultation with the Director of the Collegiate Network, to determine appropriate funding levels for each publication.
  • Plan and execute the annual Start the Presses Conference for new publications
  • Identify top writers and content to promote to Collegiate Network members and the broader public via the CN Newslink newsletter and CAMPUS magazine, the online hub of the Collegiate Network
  • Promote the Collegiate Network fellowship and internship programs to student journalists, and identify the most promising student journalists to ensure that they apply
  • Assist in managing the social media accounts, website, and marketing for the Collegiate Network and CAMPUS
  • Work with ISI’s Membership Manager and marketing team to develop membership materials and educational resources for Collegiate Network students


Education: BA/BS

 Special Skills/Requirements:  

  • Experience with the Collegiate Network and/or campus journalism
  • Exceptional communications skills in writing and speaking
  • Superior media fluency, especially in political media
  • Understand and embrace the ISI and Collegiate Network mission to educate for liberty
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter with willingness to travel

How to Apply

Please send résumé, cover letter, and references to

No phone calls please. Applications will be considered as received. ISI is an equal-opportunity employer. To learn more about ISI, please visit

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