Thursday, 13 March 2014 18:26

Director of News & Public Affairs

Position Title:      Director of News & Public Affairs

Department:        WBFO Radio

Division:              Radio Broadcasting

Reports to:          Chief Program Officer

                Status:                 Full-time, Exempt

Date:                    March 7, 2014

 

          

I.                   Summary:  

 

The News Director is responsible for the management of WBFO Radio and the news department and ensures the highest journalistic standards and public service ethics are met. Supervises all news gathering activity, in charge of day-to-day operations of the newsroom, and sets policy & procedures for news department staff.  The News Director is responsible for overseeing the news and public affairs content of local programs produced by WNED-TV. Working with senior management, creates and implements the vision, strategy and plan to enable WBFO to be a valued and critical community news and information service. Works with other departments on cross platform projects related to news and public affairs, creating high quality news and information programming for broadcast, web and mobile.

 

II.  Duties & Responsibilities:                                                                             % Time Spent

 

  1. Oversees the operation of WBFO, including the full day program                            70%

schedule, local programming and production, and the 24/7 news gathering

operation; oversees all WBFO new and digital media activities; maintains

budgets, develops procedures & policies for station operations, evaluates

staff development & performance; schedules staff; makes hiring

recommendations;  plans and administers departmental and project budgets;

works with development department to coordinate on-air fund drives. 

 

  1. Establishes and maintains partnerships with other news and community                  5%

organizations to further WNYPBA goals, serves as primary contact with

NPR and other public radio entities, and represents WBFO at community

and professional events.

 

  1. Serves as a member of the President’s Staff, taking part in regular                        10%

meetings, discussions and reviews of overall organizational activities

and operations; participates in strategic planning and annual planning

for WBFO and other departments and activities.

 

  1. Oversees content and editorial standards for WNED-TV news and public                 15%

affairs programs including community forums, long form interviews,

debates and other news and public affairs programs.

 

Qualifications & Experience:

 

·         Significant journalism and reporting experience with demonstrated skills in writing, reporting and editing procedures.

·         Experience in maintaining the high journalistic standards including objectivity, balance and fairness.

·         Minimum 4-6 years of public radio experience including management or supervisory experience, but will consider combination of public and commercial radio experience.

·         Strong communications and leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to work with internal and external partners and the ability to lead, train, grow and motivate staff.

·         Knowledge of online news platforms and production.

 

·         Bachelor’s degree from accredited university in journalism, broadcasting or related field.