Chief Of Staff, News Division
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Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success. We are committed to doing the right thing in our journalism and in every role at NPR. This means that integrity, adherence to our ethical standards, and compliance with legal obligations are fundamental responsibilities for every employee at NPR.
• Member of NPR’s Senior Leadership team determining/clarifying NPR’s path forward to achieve our mission and current strategic plan
• A thought partner in shaping strategy of the News Division’s work towards NPR’s goals. Applying a systematic approach to business decisions, using the right data inputs to make decisions.
• Strategic partner for News senior leadership helping them with business plans, new ventures, resource allocation changes and general program/department management channeling SVP’s directional desires. Including reorganize teams so that staffing and other resources are best used to achieve stated goals of the show (revenue, audience, content)
• Oversee the planning, management and implementation of the team structure, finance including $94 million budget activities for all News Division departments. This includes partnering with News leadership and HR to set strategic direction on News goals, cross-functional initiatives, and content development.
• Metrics & Evaluation: Oversee the planning, implementation and tracking of specific short-term and long-term programmatic and operational projects to improve business effectiveness and efficiency with specified deliverables –setting and measuring audience/financial/mission-based goals, structure and resource planning in pursuit of those goals
• Day to Day operational planning of senior leadership – prioritization of work in a limited resources environment, problem solver – the go to person to making things happen and remove obstacles
• Advise on inter-departmental communication and collaboration improvement and system building working with Project Management team
• Occasionally backfill in key news leadership roles
• Visualization of strategy for presentations to NPR senior team and other departments – priority articulation for staff, donors, board
• Orchestrate internal communications around priorities and strategies to achieve priorities
• Supervise general communications around everything from community news to leadership priority and mission work. Community building events through written communication, team social and professional gatherings, All Staffs, etc.
• Supervise senior team communications through All Staffs, Direct Reports meetings, 945, leadership team meetings. Action oriented work – what are we focusing on, making decisions on, moving forward, etc.
• Budget; partner with Finance & HR to review and forecast salary, retention and new headcount.
• Labor Relations; partner with Legal and HR on management of the CBA and creation of contracts.
• DEI work; partner with News leadership, DEI and HR to implement DEI goals and monitor progress.
• HR work, partner with newsroom business partners to help resolve personnel issues as they arise.
• Programming division, partner with Chief of Staff for Programming on shared initiatives ensuring consistency and cross departmental collaboration
• Cultivate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
• Cultivate and support an inclusive and equitable workplace culture
• Potential to supervise at least 3 direct reports, including preparing their regular performance reviews, and making effective recommendations regarding any hiring, promotion, and discipline for these positions.
EDUCATION: A bachelor’s degree is preferred
WORK LOCATION: This is an onsite role at our Washington, D.C. office. Some WFH flexibility allowed.
• Strong background and understanding of journalism across a multi-platform national organization
• Superior organizational, writing and presentation skills using all tools available
• Superior experience managing people in complex environments
• Exceptional budgeting skills
• Experience in labor negotiations
• Experience making difficult news decisions in a fast-moving environment
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.