The RequirementsTo be a good fit for this opportunity you will have:
- A bachelor's degree in a related field; a master’s degree is preferred.
- 7+ years experience in print and digital media, with some experience as a department head or editor.
- A proven ability to lead and manage a team that is spread across multiple locations.
- The ability to manage multiple high-level tasks and to prioritize workflow.
- Strong business acumen and analytical ability, with a proven ability to manage change throughout the organization.
- Great communication and presentation skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
- The ability to effectively represent the company’s strategic vision and goals throughout the organization.
- An interest in sports, and a desire to spend a good deal of your time on sports news.
- The willingness and flexibility to work outside of traditional office hours as needed to get the job done.
The RoleReporting to VP of Content, you will drive quality, depth and immediacy of content and community interaction, setting new standards for digital news and information, direct engagement with local audiences, participation in social media, delivery of content across mobile platforms and fresh thinking about print products across all statewide markets. You’ll work collaboratively with other directors, finding ways to measure audience engagement and innovate in the digital media environment.
You will have a key role in terms of our mission to grow online audience because you’ll oversee college sports, currently our largest draw, as well as other sports and news groups. We expect you to articulate a strong mission and display exceptional management to drive that growth. Quick question for you - click here
Most of your time will be spent directly supervising, developing, training, and evaluating reporters, editors and topic bloggers, who are spread across the state, so you’ll be expected to communicate quite a bit by email and phone. A key part of your role as a manager will be to provide actionable feedback to your teams, including performance reviews, and managing performance by setting expectations and holding people accountable. You’ll spend quite a bit of time travelling to visit the hubs, so you’ll need to be comfortable working from your “mobile office” as needed.
Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.
Keys to SuccessTo excel in this role, you should be comfortable interacting with leaders at large institutions and high-ranking statewide officials. Some of the people and institutions you'll be in contact with include sports information directors at large schools, and the Governor's office to get quotes about big statewide topics.
You will be driving a strong, high-performing team, so you'll need to have a credible presence and the background and experience that will command respect from reporters. Sports is responsible for a good deal of our online traffic and we expect it to grow, so you need to be the leader who can make the right decisions and get the team support to achieve our goals of building the audience.