||June 24, 2020
||Newspapers / Wires
The Los Angeles Times is seeking a senior editor who will oversee internship, Metpro and staff development programs; help facilitate recruitment; and lead various retention, training and career development efforts for one of the largest and most diverse news organizations in America.
This masthead-level position will report directly to the executive editor. The editor will work with HR counterparts to manage a broad range of responsibilities, including tracking, recruiting, interviewing and selecting diverse candidates for job opportunities and advancing the company’s efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and access. In collaboration with HR and third parties, the editor will create learning and development tools to promote training opportunities that support career advancement.
The editor will work across the organization to identify employees for skills training (including leadership development) and the creation of career pathways and succession plans, in order for our journalists to pursue fulfilling careers with varied opportunities and challenges within the organization.
This position requires a seasoned news executive and a capable and experienced manager who can help align the newsroom with the company’s overall HR strategy and business goals. The job also demands commitment to the highest ethical standards, a passion for journalism and an optimism about our industry’s future. Southern California is one of the most diverse and inspiring places in the world, and the Los Angeles Times must seek to cover and represent the extraordinary array of communities here
- Manage Metpro, the Los Angeles Times’ industry-renowned training program that was begun in 1984
- Oversee our highly competitive internship program
- Work with Human Resources to develop a workforce plan and implementation of competencies tied to job role requirements
- Partner with HR on the hiring process from start to finish, including the recruitment, interviewing and selection of qualified candidates for open positions
- Work closely with the HR team to implement, interpret, advise and monitor adherence to company-wide HR policies and guidelines
- Provide guidance and strategic advice to leadership on journalistic issues, especially as they relate to diversity, inclusion, equity and access
- Represent management, as needed, on joint staff-management committees, including those pertaining to diversity, rules and standards and practices
- Oversee our newsroom’s outreach to major journalism organizations, including those representing historically underrepresented communities such as, but not limited to, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA, AAJA, NLGJA, SAJA, CCNMA
- Be a force for positive change, both internally and externally, and support The Times’ efforts at technological transformation and audience engagement
- Act as an agent of continuous transformation, shaping processes and a culture that together improves the organization’s capacity and speed for change
- Work with HR on employee resource groups (affinity groups) and related diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives
- Create and oversee a small newsroom team to provide support for the above functions
- Bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent experience
- A minimum of five years’ experience as an editor or manager in daily journalism
- Experience as an individual contributor (e.g., reporter, photographer, designer, line editor, copy editor) and as a manager who can help journalists collaborate across disciplines
- Exemplary communication and collaboration skills
- An impeccable moral compass, including a sensitivity to the ongoing transformations in how news is created, produced and consumed
- Familiarity with setting, enforcing and evaluating HR policies, procedures and best practices
- Passion for attracting, mentoring, coaching and developing journalistic talent in a newsroom organization
Qualified applicants should upload a resume and cover letter to Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine at the apply link. Please note, the opportunity to upload your cover letter appears on the third screen and is marked “Upload.”
This job will shape the future of the L.A. Times. In your cover letter, please discuss how your background and experience will influence your approach to the position.
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