News & Public Affairs Director

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, United States,

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Pay rates at Syracuse University are based on a combination of factors including, but not limited to, the job responsibilities; the candidate’s education, training, work experience and key competencies; the university’s strategic priorities; internal peer equity; applicable federal, state, local laws, grant funding and contractual requisites; and external market analyses.Staff Level

S5FLSA Status

ExemptHoursStandard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.Job Type

Full-timeCampusUnionized Position Code

Not ApplicableJob DescriptionWAER

and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communication seek a dynamic newsroom leader who can help move our dual missions forward, enlightening, entertaining and engaging the public, and providing professional development opportunities for student/volunteers. WAER’s next News Director will continue the department’s evolution into a broadcast and digital entity.

The News Director will join sound journalism with technical broadcasting skills, digital storytelling, comprehensive knowledge of content management systems for web posting, and social media experience. This individual will lead, set policy and produce content in each of these areas. This includes editing content on all platforms and participating in special public affairs, community-engagement programming.

The News Director also plays a key role in WAER’s training and development mission, including teaching writing, interviewing, digital and audio skills, and other areas to aid student development. Recruiting of volunteers is also an important task.



News Director is also a member of the station’s management team and helps set station direction, participates in fundraising, station promotion, and community and university relations. Knowledge of Public Media and related issues is helpful.QualificationsEducation and Experience:Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required (broadcast & digital journalism, journalism, media, etc.); Master’s Degree preferred.Minimum 5-7 years of newsroom experience with progressive degree of responsibility.Supervisory experience required.Website content management system experience required.Broadcast studio and field equipment experience necessary.Public broadcasting and fundraising experience helpful.Teaching, training, public speaking, facilitation experience helpful.Job Specific Qualifications

Among the skills and experience the


News Director should possess are:Newsroom supervision or management experience with progressively growing responsibilities.Extensive background in story generation and story development, with investigative reporting experience helpful.Knowledge of public radio news philosophy and style.Technical knowledge of broadcast studios, broadcast audio equipment, digital audio editing.Proficiency with social media platforms, digital content creation and distribution.Experience/proficiency with website content management systems.Experience in teaching and training of young digital and broadcast journalists, including college students and other volunteers helpful.Responsibilities

Content Production:

The News Director produces daily news content, feature news reporting, and special event coverage; contributes to scheduled public affairs and community engagement programs with interviews, stories and segments; develops story and program ideas, and serves as host/anchor when needed for news magazines; edits and writes digital content for website and social media platforms; contributes to podcast development and production.Supervision:

The News Director supervises, assigns, and directs professional staff of reporters and producers, as well as extensive student volunteer staff. The person also trains, directs, and provides periodic assessment of professional staff in the department. A key component of supervision is balancing resources for the various newsroom needs: daily local news coverage, beat and feature reporting, public affairs programs, and special news coverage, for both broadcast and digital audiences.Student Services:

Helps recruit, schedule, train, supervise and assign student volunteers; Guides professional development opportunities for students; Edits daily and feature digital and broadcast content; Manages and develops systems to improve student professional development and to increase retention; Helps recruit a diverse group of student volunteers, creating a culture that is welcoming to all ethnicities, majors, gender expressions or preferences, abilities, experience levels; Fosters collaborations with Newhouse School and to highlight student work on WAER¿s platforms.Management:

The News Director sets editorial standards and direction, consistent with station goals and market conditions; helps, as part of the management team, to create the vision for improving existing products and innovating new, creative digital and broadcast initiatives; assists in fundraising as needed; seeks out community collaboration for news reporting and public affairs projects.Other Position-related duties as assignedPhysical Requirements

*Tools/Equipment*Application InstructionsIn addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.About Syracuse UniversitySyracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit the Syracuse areaSyracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.EEO StatementSyracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.Commitment to Supporting and Hiring VeteransSyracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus CommunitySyracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).* How did you first find out about this position? (Syracuse University Online Employment website)Syracuse University HR RecruiterVirtual Career Fair (via NYS Department of Labor)SUNY EOC (Equal Opportunity Center)Women’s Opportunity CenterJubilee HomesSyracuse Northeast Community CenterInterfaith WorksJobPlusSyracuse.comChronicle of Higher EducationHigherEdJobs.comHERC (HERC Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium) (Diverse Issues in Higher Education website)LinkedIn Job PostingFacebookJob FairSearch FirmReferred by an SU EmployeeOther

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