||April 06, 2021
||Newspapers / Wires
The General Manager/Editor works a schedule of 40 or more hours per week Monday through Friday. Must be available to work occasional early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays as job necessitates. This position is based in Boise, ID at the Boise Weekly office occasionally reporting to the Idaho Press office in Nampa as needed.
Overview of Job Responsibilities
The General Manager/Editor is primarily responsible for setting and contributing to the editorial agenda, supervising all reporters, and is the onsite person in charge at the Boise Weekly office during normal business operations. The Editor/GM is responsible for efforts to bolster community relationships for Boise Weekly and Idaho Press, and is responsible for the oversight of day to day operations including strategic planning, Boise Weekly employee management, daily problem solving and general facilities maintenance.
- Serves as the Editor of Boise Weekly coordinating all content and editorial agendas.
- Work with supervising editor at the Idaho Press to ensure content lines up with readership goals. Keep informed on all editorial related projects, issues and opportunities.
- Writes news stories on a regular basis, including taking photos and conducting interviews.
- Leverage relationship with the Idaho Press leadership team; work with directors to develop mutually beneficial programs and partnerships.
- Works in conjunction with other editors to produce a quality and timely daily product in print and online.
- Works closely with others to assure on-time press starts and accurate and complete news report; works with other departments in the newsroom and newspaper. Oversees reporters and interns. Conducts news meetings; make sure they start on time and are productive. Leads the planning efforts.
- Helps hire and evaluates reporting staff in consultation with the Publisher; works independently; must be able to work with other departments within the newspaper group; have good communication skills; understand the needs of a company; directs staff to plan and provide an accurate and complete news reports consistently. Our products should re?ect community standards and interests.
- Must be able to put together accurate stories, edit stories, make content decisions; must understand the reporting process and know the AP style book and possess good grammar knowledge; must be able to give direction to reporters and copy editors and understand the news business; must be able to meet critical deadlines under intense pressure; must be able to use phones; needs management abilities to coordinate duties for special projects; must be able to use a variety of computer programs.
General Management (20%)
- General understanding and awareness of budgeted revenue, expenses and profit targets with support from the Idaho Press Publisher and Finance Director.
- Provides feedback to the Finance Director and Publisher on all operating budgets including revenue, payroll and expense management.
- Provides over the top customer service to all Boise Weekly advertisers and readers; foster productive community relationships.
- Work with Finance Director to help prepare necessary monthly, quarterly and annual reports as requested by the Publisher.
- Ensure newspaper is maximizing growth opportunities and operating efficiencies.
- Manage personnel including hiring, motivating, reviewing, training, disciplining and terminating. Consult with Idaho Press Publisher as necessary.
- General oversight of the physical building. Ensure conditions meet safety standards. Make recommendations for upgrades and report to any alarms.
- Take advantage of the Idaho Press and APG networks. Willingly work with department heads and other staff to brainstorm ideas, share resources and experience and collaborate on various projects.
- Maximize market share for Boise Weekly by keeping abreast of market developments and taking proactive steps to thwart competitors.
- Support efforts to grow annual profits for the newspaper.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Build community relationships with various organizations; attend meetings, join committees/boards.
- Foster goodwill in the community by sponsoring events and other community causes.
- Be accessible to community members; represent the newspaper at various functions.
- Represent Boise Weekly with high standards at all times.
- Address reader/advertiser inquiries in professional manner.
Successful applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- High school graduate.
- Bachelor degree in journalism or related field.
- Minimum 2 years Reporter experience
- Computer proficient specifically with Microsoft Office programs.
- Excellent customer relation & sales skills.
- Excellent professionalism and etiquette.
Additional preferred skills and qualifications include:
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Prior experience in some levels of management.
Applicants must be able to perform the following essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation:
- Read, write and speak English at a professional level.
- Perform basic mathematical calculations at a high school or more advanced level.
- Communicate effectively with others, both written and verbal.
- Work well with deadlines and under pressure to meet objectives.
- Work well as a team member and with multiple departments.
- Maintain regular attendance.
- Accept written and verbal instruction from supervisor.
- Maintain a calm, objective and professional demeanor in adverse or emergent circumstances.
- Stand or sit for extended periods of time in various settings.
- Maintain a professional appearance and attitude at all times.
- Employee will have frequent interaction with directors, managers and staff in a busy office setting.
- The work environment may include noisy telephones, industrial production noises, regular interruptions and strict deadlines.
For immediate consideration, please send resume, cover letter, and 3-4 best examples of your writing to Matt Davison (Publisher) at email@example.com
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.
The fringe benefits include medical (split between employer and employee), dental and vision options (employee paid). There are three company-sponsored benefits, including short-term disability, long-term disability and a term life insurance policy. The company pays for these six major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day). In addition, employees accrue 3.33 hours of paid leave per pay period in the first year of employment (80 hours) and increasing to 5.0 hours per pay period (120 hours) after their one-year anniversary of employment. The company has the option of making a discretionary match to the 401K retirement plan after year end.
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