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Company: The Poynter Institute
Seeking a Digital Innovation Faculty Member
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Job Status:  Full-time
Salary:  Not Specified


TITLE:  Digital Innovation Faculty Member


FLSA STATUS:  Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried

REPORTS TO:  Vice President of Academic Programs



The Digital Innovation Faculty Member is responsible for leading the creation and delivery of Poynter’s teaching and thought-leadership in the areas of online and mobile journalism. The work involves regular writing for Poynter Online and white papers, national and international consulting with news organizations, teaching in webinars and online courses, and conceptualizing, planning and leading workshops and seminars.



The faculty member, individually and collectively:

  • Helps journalists learn and perfect the skills necessary to deliver news on digital platforms.
  • Guides news organizations seeking help improving their digital news products.
  • Teaches with expertise and inspiration in-person, through writing and e-learning.
  • Creates new knowledge through research, and then broadly shares it through innovative and substantive teaching, publication, and service to the profession.
  • Stays on the cutting edge through relevant reading, professional connections, and practice.
  • Develops and implements the Institute’s academic programs and curriculum in collaboration with the vice president, and in concert with the priorities of their role.
  • Collaborates with the Vice President of Academic Programs and President in the implementation of strategic objectives as they are derived from the mission statement.
  • Shares in the collegial conversation and life of the Institute, creates an environment for coaching, support, and collaboration with colleagues.
  • Takes responsibility for self-development in gaining new skills and knowledge, with coaching from the Vice President.
  • Performs journalism public service within the industry and the community under the auspices of the Institute.
  • Consults on the hiring of faculty and the selection of visiting scholars and professionals.
  • Serves our customers through innovative and substantive programs.
  • Consults with the Vice President, President, and Director of Business & Finance on developing and carrying out operating and capital budget decisions related to academic programs.
  • Participates in the development of Institute academic policies and procedures.
  • Provides performance evaluation and feedback to the Vice President.
  • Other duties as assigned.



SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  The Vice President of Academic Programs is responsible for monitoring the faculty’s progress and performance and will conduct annual performance reviews.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:  While not a formal supervisory role, works closely with Teaching & Event Services staff.



INTERNAL:  Frequent contact with Vice President, President, Assistant to the President, Teaching & Event Services staff and others.  Poynter places an emphasis on collaborations with colleagues.  There is occasional contact with members of the Board of Trustees.

EXTERNAL:  Regular contact with journalists and members of the public around the country and overseas.



KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: College degree required. Requires administrative, organizational, communication and teaching skills. Working knowledge of software and hardware necessary for online news story telling. Most importantly, meaningful and recent experience in multimedia storytelling such as the following:

  • A wide network of digital media contacts
  • Experience working on or leading a digital staff or transition in a newsroom or other editorial setting
  • A record of editorial accomplishment and innovation
  • A record of speaking, publication or research about digital media trends and issues
  • Working editorial knowledge of digital storytelling techniques, formats and tools such as writing, video, audio, photography, data, graphics/visualization (We recognize no one is expert in all these areas, fluency is sufficient.)
  • Experience with a range of digital media publishing tools
  • An understanding of design and usability principles
  • Experience in developing or leading projects for web, mobile and/or other platforms
  • A strong commitment to diversity and high editorial/ethical standards
  • An understanding of digital media business models

PROBLEM SOLVING/DECISION MAKING:  This job requires a high degree of creativity, problem-solving, planning and execution of projects and programs, as well as the ability to actually do the things you will be teaching others to do. You must be able to balance multiple projects, work independently and collaboratively. You will have wide latitude for making decisions about your own work.



PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Position requires sitting or standing for extended periods while at the computer and answering and placing telephone calls. Requires moving throughout the building, outside business offices and public transportation (i.e. airports, taxi cabs) for teaching off-site.  Routine interruptions and unforeseen assignments are to be expected.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Duties are performed in a temperature controlled, non-smoking office environment.  Domestic and international travel is required in order to fulfill position responsibilities (i.e. teach a custom program off-site, attend conferences, etc.).


No phone calls, please.  EOE 

Send cover letter and resume via email to

Deadline to apply:  September 1, 2014


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