President, Publisher & CEO

Emerald Media Group, Inc., Eugene, Oregon

Date PostedDecember 28, 2017
IndustriesMagazines / Publishing, Academia
Job StatusFull-time
Salarycommensurate with experience

President, Publisher & CEO

Emerald Media Group, Inc. (EMG)

Eugene, Oregon

The Emerald Media Group, which serves the University of Oregon, is seeking a President, Publisher & CEO to lead the multi-faceted modern media group. More than just a “newspaper,” EMG works with businesses to deliver their messages to UO students. With a mission to train students, serve the UO community and run a financially sustainable nonprofit business, the Executive Director will have the opportunity to work with the UO and Eugene community, students, and the Board of Directors to utilize their background in journalism and management to sustain and grow the media organization.

A. General duties

The President, Publisher & CEO manages the company’s business operations, including advertising, finance, contracts, legal, personnel and marketing, works with the Editor in Chief to set a strategic direction for the company and reports to the EMG Board of Directors.

B. President and Editor in Chief

The President shall work collaboratively with the Editor in Chief of the Daily Emerald.

The President sets clear business objectives for the company and works with the Editor in Chief to ensure the newsroom’s annual strategies are compatible with the company’s long-term plans. The President and Editor in Chief work together to develop the newsroom’s annual budget, the print publication schedule and the themes and topics of news coverage across all print and digital platforms. The President is expected to provide support for the Editor in Chief and newsroom through professional mentoring and, when appropriate, editorial suggestions. However, the Editor in Chief retains final authority on all news content.

C. President and Board of Directors

The President works with the Board of Directors to set the company’s strategic direction.

The President is an exempt employee, hired by and reporting to the Board, The Board decides the President’s term of service. The President shall hold office until a successor has been appointed, or until his or her death, or until he or she shall resign or shall have been removed pursuant to the terms of his or her contract. The President may be removed by a majority vote of the Board at a meeting called for that purpose whenever, in the judgment of the Board and in accordance with appropriate contract terms, the best interests of the Corporation will be served by the removal. The President shall not hold any other office in the corporation. The President may not be a member of the Board.

The President is expected to follow all policies and goals of the Board of Directors and state and federal regulations and laws.

D. Specific duties

1. Company leadership: Creates a vision and business model for the corporation that serves the University community with independent, student-produced news and information; provides training and practical experience for student employees in media-related fields; and delivers an annual surplus and prudent long-term investments. The President operates the company with the goal making the Emerald Media Group the best college media company in America.

2. Financial, tax, risk and facilities management: Develops a reasonable annual budget for Board review. Manages revenue and expenses to ensure the company finishes each year with an operating surplus. Recommends prudent investments and equipment purchases for Board review. Approves the purchase, maintenance and proper use of all company equipment.

3. Strategic planning: Works with the Editor and Board to develop an annual strategic plan and reports on progress each quarter

4. Team-building: Works collaboratively with the Editor and professional staff to ensure the Emerald delivers news and information that meets professional industry standards and provides the best possible service to the University community and training for student employees in a variety of media fields.

5. Human resource management: Hires, trains, leads and evaluates professional department managers and is responsible for ensuring managers properly hire, train and evaluate student employees.

6. Community and public relations: Is the public face of the company and cultivates positive relations with University, community and media industry leaders.

7. Alumni Relations: Maintains regular communications with Emerald and University alumni to keep them engaged as volunteers, advocates and donors.

8. Fundraising: Develops and manages a fundraising strategy.

9. Board liaison: Attends board meetings and delivers regular reports to the Board on the company’s operations. Collaborates with the Board on major company objectives. Performs and supervises other tasks as directed by the Board.


E. Qualifications

1. Educational/Experience requirement: Bachelors degree or commensurate experience.

2. Experience: A record of leadership is expected. Prior management experience with a professional or college media organization is preferred. Experience mentoring students in a university or nonprofit environment is desirable.

3. Strong writing and speaking skills.

4. Finance: Must be able to work with the professional staff to develop a reasonable operating and capital budget. Must be able to develop an investment strategy for the company’s reserves and work with outside accountants to accurately report financial information for tax reporting purposes.

5. Strategic planning: Must demonstrate experience in developing and delivering on long-term strategic plans. Must show familiarity with trends and challenges facing media companies and be able to recognize new opportunities or challenges. A track record of innovation, including new product development, is expected.

6. Media experience: Must have direct experience in, or demonstrate knowledge of, all aspects of media production including news writing, photography, video, design, website development, advertising, marketing and administration. Experience in digital journalism is desired.

7. Legal: Must be familiar with labor laws, libel laws, tax laws and rules and regulations applicable to a non-profit business.

8. Workplace: Must have experience hiring, training and developing a skilled and diverse workforce. A demonstrated ability leading a collaborative decision-making process is required.

To demonstrate your interest, please submit your résumé and cover letter to by Monday, February 19, 2018. References will be requested when final candidates are identified. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.


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