Date Posted March 21, 2024
Industry Newspapers
Specialty Politics
Telecommute? Telecommute
Job Status Full-time

Description:

Texas Newsroom Managing Director

Who We Are

At COURIER Newsroom, we empower people and communities to connect with the news, opportunities, and issues impacting their lives. We believe that giving local journalists stronger platforms, access to audience data, and opportunities to grow with—not against—changing social media trends can significantly impact civic participation in a state—and build a healthier democracy from the ground up. Through original reporting, kitchen-table storytelling, and approachable explainers, we’re passionate about making the news real—and interesting—to our audience. We’re a rapidly growing team with new ideas on how to change the political landscape of this world. Our newsrooms deliver community-based storytelling to the online spaces where people get their information to highlight the forces that shape our lives while calling attention to the impacts of policy-making and political action on the local level.

Job Description

COURIER seeks a strategic and collaborative leader with a demonstrated passion and commitment to democracy to serve as the Texas Managing Director who will oversee the launch, management, and overall content, audience, and business strategy of a yet-to-open newsroom in the state in order to strengthen communities, rebuild local journalism, and improve the dissemination of civic information in Texas. 

This role is an opportunity for someone to be forward-thinking on how to build and sustain a new model for local news in Texas and will be one of the first on-the-ground hires in Texas for our new newsroom. Ensuring long-term success in Texas will include strengthening existing partners and securing additional partners, therefore, the Managing Director needs to be a strong relationship builder, with instincts and an appetite for fundraising. This person will also recognize the importance of building community within the state and oversee local event programming in order to increase audience awareness, become a destination for mission-aligned partners, and develop new revenue sources. 

The Texas Managing Director will also be responsible for taking the lead in hiring a local team (including on-staff reporters and contractors) and ensuring the appropriate infrastructure is in place before launch. In addition, the Texas Managing Director will provide input and direction regarding the editorial strategy for both community and political content, with support from HQ; whom we’re trying to build community within Texas and how to reach those people; growing the local newsroom audiences; work in close collaboration with state partnerships director to build relationships with mission-aligned organizations and stakeholders; and play an integral role in hyperlocal product development and content sharing.

An understanding of key players and mission-aligned groups in the Texas political landscape will be a plus, and the candidate should have an understanding of the types of stories and information that resonate with Texans—particularly in spaces where news-averse, disengaged Texans typically spend time online in order to provide the overall direction of the community and political content strategy.

The Texas Newsroom Managing Director will work closely with members of Executive Leadership to ensure that the Texas newsroom meets its goals and that its coverage is consistent with COURIER’s mission and adds value while also being optimized for audience growth and loyalty.  Additionally, the Texas Newsroom Managing Director will report directly to the Chief of Staff with a dotted line to the National Political Editor.

This position is based in Texas.

The first regional vertical will launch in the Dallas/Tarrant area, so the ability to travel to this area regularly will be expected. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Recruit, hire, and manage local staffers and contractors in collaboration with HQ
  • Work closely with HQ to set the tone, editorial direction, and content production schedule 
  • Develop a state-based content strategy, including an editorial calendar that is product-focused, centers COURIER’s narrative beats and content lanes, and speaks to our target audience
  • Use audience insights and performance data to set and refine content strategy and distribution tactics
  • Update the project management system (Asana) daily to communicate and work effectively across the network
  • Work with editorial staff to develop and assign content ideas, address any issues that arise, keep the staff on the production schedule, and answer questions from other team leaders
  • Coordinate daily and weekly editorial meetings
  • Plan and approve assignments for staff and freelancers (including content creators for social) 
  • Provide professional development to members of the Texas team
  • Manage relationships with freelancers, sources, and external stakeholders
  • Provide timely reports and collaborative feedback to the Executive Leadership team
  • Be a spokesperson for the brand locally, which may include developing influencer relationships 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Reside in Texas
  • Have a B.S. or B.A. degree or equivalent in journalism, communications, marketing, or a related field
  • Have 6+ years of experience in digital publishing, news reporting, editing or in digital political marketing or communications, including defining and growing a brand and voice through content.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills with a strong sense of voice and tone.
  • Have experience with building an engaged cross-platform audience through content (organic and/or paid)
  • Have experience with hiring, building, and managing a distributed team
  • Be familiar with performance analytics and social management tools such as Sprout and Google Analytics, and with the process of deriving insights therefrom
  • Have strong management, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary stakeholders across the company
  • Be able to manage time and multi-task under tight deadlines
  • Have a passion for publishing quality news and content in an authentic voice across online and mobile channels
  • Be interested in or have prior experience in a fast-growth startup environment

Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to applicants who do not meet these qualifications. Courier Newsroom offers a competitive benefits package including a full suite of health benefits, flexible time off, flexible working arrangements within a diverse and remote environment. 

Courier Newsroom is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly urged to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions.