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Assistant News Director - NBC Chicago

NBCUniversal, LLC, Chicago, Illinois

Create the extraordinary.

Level: Manager (Supervisor)


WMAQ-TV, NBC Chicago, is looking for an Assistant News Director to oversee the day-to-day operations of the station’s award-winning news department. The Assistant News Director, reporting to the Vice President of News, will be responsible for executing the strategic mission for the News organization while ensuring that the highest levels of journalistic, legal, production and promotional standards are maintained.

The Assistant News Director will:
  • Manage day-to-day coverage, big story and breaking news on-air, as well as special reports and Olympics coverage.
  • Oversee and manage station’s award-winning investigative and consumer units, including story selection, legal and standards approvals, and script review
  • Create expectations for all aspects of the newscasts regarding style, content, graphics and on-air execution.
  • Oversee news promotional strategy, script writing and identify future promotional opportunities.
  • Be present at all editorial meetings and conduct post-mortems for daily newscasts and insure follow through.
  • Be responsible for news staff development and training in coordination with other news managers.
  • Approve staff schedules as developed by individual managers, including content producers and platform managers.
  • Work to grow collaboration with Telemundo Chicago on daily stories, investigations, and special projects Develop and manage ongoing staff recruitment in all news areas.
  • Work with Director of Digital to develop new content for digital and streaming platforms, including OTT
  • Will manage the performance evaluation process and conduct annual performance appraisals for news department staff.
  • Be involved with all aspects of news content for station’s web site and other digital platforms


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in medium to large markets as a News Director, Executive Producer, or as a news manager (e.g. Managing Editor, Producer or Assistant News Director).
  • BA in Journalism, Communications, Broadcast, or other related majors.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience supervising, coaching, and directing other News/Production employees

    ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS:
  • Able to work longer weekly hours as well as weekends when necessary with short notice
  • Must be willing to work in Chicago, IL
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.
  • Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered for this position

  • Strong editorial, writing, producing, interpersonal and management skills are necessary to be successful at this job.
  • Thorough understanding of diversity-related issues and its sensitivity in all aspects of reporting and gathering of news content.
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervisory and team building abilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to work with all levels within the company

    At NBCUniversal, we believe in the talent of our people. It’s our passion and commitment to excellence that drives NBCU’s vast portfolio of brands to succeed. From broadcast and cable networks, news and sports platforms, to film, world-renowned theme parks and a diverse suite of digital properties, we take pride in all that we do and all that we represent. It’s what makes us uniquely NBCU. Here you can create the extraordinary. Join us.

    NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.
  • About NBCUniversal, LLC

    We are one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.

    NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a premium ad-supported streaming service. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

    At NBCUniversal, we believe in the talent of our people. It’s our passion and commitment to excellence that drives NBCU’s vast portfolio of brands to succeed. We take pride in all that we do and all that we represent. It’s what makes us uniquely NBCU. Join us.

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