Executive Managing Editor, NUL

New York
Apr 15, 2013
May 15, 2013
Ms. recruiting sbm
Full Time
The Executive Managing Editor is primarily responsible for the development of all content published under the National Underwriter Life & Health brand, as well as managing the NUL editorial and design staff and establishing operating budgets for the brand’s operations in the upcoming calendar year. This position may require travel to pursue editorial opportunities, attend industry events, and to attend Summit meetings in its various offices across the country.

The position will require a high-level understanding of editorial management, content generation, audience engagement in order to:

-- Enhance National Underwriter’s editorial and institutional thought leadership

-- Maintain the ongoing increase of online readership metrics on LifeHealthPro via the daily news coverage and ongoing online feature development

-- Inform new product development efforts

-- Develop editorially driven revenue opportunities in conjunction with Strategic Content and special projects

-- Report to the Insurance Group Editorial Director. Directly reporting to the EME will be the National Underwriter Life & Health editorial and design staff, consisting of five editors and one designer

The EME will jointly manage two of its staff editors with a sister brand, National Underwriter Property & Casualty. These editors—who handle regulatory coverage in Washington, DC—are managed remotely and are shared editorial assets between both versions of National Underwriter.

Major Responsibilities/Accountabilities:

-- Take the lead role in all content planning meetings, developing feature stories and special editorial projects on an ongoing basis, as well as entertaining story pitches from the editorial staff

-- Develop and editorial calendar for the year, as well as monthly content cycles throughout the year

-- Work with art directors to ensure that editorial content has a visually compelling presentation, as well as to develop other visual content, such as infographics

-- Drive a continual improvement of the quality of the NUL print product as well as the quality and engagement of NUL digital content

-- Work in conjunction with other lead editors on sister publications to develop content that crosses brand lines

-- Lead and enforce a “digital first” content policy wherein all content created is first and foremost for our online, mobile and tablet audience, and secondarily for our print audience. Must adhere to and help enforce all online content cycle deadlines

-- Contribute personally to each monthly content cycle with an Editorial column and a mix of daily news items, additional column writing and feature writing

-- Work with the LHG portal and news managers to make sure that all channel and topic frequencies are being met by their editors, and that all content slated for print production is first published online at least several weeks in advance

-- Handle daily content development as needed (e.g, Channel/Topic content, What We’re Reading, editorial columns, etc.)

-- Oversee any large-scale editorial projects undertaken by the NUL team, either on its own, or in conjunction with other LHG editorial groups

-- Partake in opportunities that increase his or her own personal brand visibility and subject matter expertise. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in webinars, speaking at industry events, providing quotes to mainstream media, and working in strategic partnership with external media sources

-- Establish 12-month objectives for all NUL editorial and design staff; meet with them throughout the year to discuss their progress; evaluate year-end performance; and make compensation recommendations. The EME will also work with the Group Editorial Director on all hiring, firing and promotion decisions

-- Coordinate with NUL’s publisher to ensure that editorial content under development can also present revenue opportunities, as well as to ensure that no print advertisements conflict with editorial content or appearance

-- Develop an operational budget for NUL for each calendar period and submit it to the Group Editorial Director for approval

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

-- Have strong writing, researching, interviewing and editing skills capable of creating deeply compelling and informational content

-- Understand the life and health insurance industry, or be able to learn it quickly

-- Have the ability and willingness to speak publicly

-- Understand the nature and value of social media, and have a willingness to engage audiences through it

-- Have an ability to learn quickly about financial markets and operations

-- Have excellent project management and organizational skills and be able to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams as well as independently

-- Be creative, innovative and resourceful with strong design skills

-- Demonstrate the proven ability to be a contributing member of a cross-functional team

-- Have strong communication, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills

-- Possess the ability to communicate research results, graphically depict data, and justify methods and approached -- orally and in writing – to colleagues, respondents and customers

-- Be willing and able to quickly learn niche markets to better understand Summit’s core audiences

-- Have an entrepreneurial outlook to draw upon in order to build an ongoing editorial publishing effort aligned with Summit’s strategic objectives

-- Exhibit excellent negotiation, organizational and multi-tasking skills

-- Proven leadership ability to influence, develop, and mentor employees in an environment that fosters a team-building approach

-- Ability to thrive in a fast- paced environment while managing multiple projects on tight deadlines

Required minimum qualifications

-- Four-year college degree or higher; degree in journalism a plus

-- 7-10 years business journalism experience

-- Familiarity with the life & health insurance industry not required but highly preferred

-- Previous experience managing editorial staff

-- Have proficiency with Microsoft Office, and ability to learn new software

-- Budget experience

-- Must be willing travel 3-4 times a year to attend industry events

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