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Company: MacNeil Lehrer Productions
Executive Assistant/Editorial Assistant
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
February 7, 2013
Job ID: 1459514




The Executive Assistant /  Editorial Assistant is primarily responsible for providing phone coverage, secretarial support, general administrative assistance, and research assistance to the Senior Correspondents and Senior Editors.  


The Editorial Assistant must interact with all levels of the PBS NewsHour staff and with individuals outside of the NewsHour directly, on the phone, and by email and mail. The Editorial Assistant is expected to use good judgment in determining the relative importance and urgency of these communications, either forwarding or re-directing them to the appropriate staff member, or handling them directly. 


The Editorial Assistant will undertake various administrative and/or secretarial tasks including scheduling and appointments, maintaining calendars, arranging travel and travel schedules, and compiling expense reports. In addition, the Editorial Assistant is expected to supervise some administrative aspects of the Foreign DA's rotation, monitor the news wires and stay on top of daily news developments, and conduct research at the behest of the Senior Correspondents or Editors.


With the Foreign DA, the person in this position handles guest travel arrangements for the program.  


The Editorial Assistant is responsible for collecting the Washington PBS NewsHour personnel's bi-weekly time reports and recording the reports in SoftTime.  This includes adding the DA’s to the SoftTime program when they are hired.


The Editorial Assistant covers for the Executive Assistant (Judy Willis) when she is out and performs other PBS NewsHour duties as assigned. 


This position is located in the studio building and reports to the Deputy Executive Producer.



 A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required, along with an excellent command of the English language; pleasant phone manner; excellent secretarial skills; efficient work habits; strong computer skills (including Microsoft Office and Word);  the ability to work independently under deadline pressure; and, a willingness to learn new skills as needed. Must be detail oriented. Familiarity with and interest in news and current affairs is also desired.


MINIMUM STARTING SALARY: $26,300 (Overtime Eligible)





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