Full Time Job

Vice President Of News


Mcallen, TX 01-11-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description

The Vice President of News is responsible for the overall performance of the news department and any other local news productions across multiple media platforms, including digital and out of home. Candidate must be able create a clear vision and strategy in a competitive market, with the focus on improving our staff, content, presentation and overall station performance.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities

Provides leadership and drives strategy for News staff by driving a culture of creativity, respect for one another and overall excellence in a multi-platform environment.
• Oversees day-to-day coverage, big story, breaking news and sweeps planning with consideration of payroll, staffing, field, and news operations to meet established goals and objectives.
• Oversees and manages the quality of all newsgathering, production, news programming and presentation. Works with news management team to ensure local newscasts are well conceived and provide multi-platform, high quality, accurate coverage to improve competitive position in the market.
• Emphasizes and drives the importance of Breaking News, Weather & Digital with a unique differentiator from our competitors.
• Promotes a digital newsroom culture with staff and works with the division's SVP of News Operations to develop a strategy for continued growth and engagement on digital properties.
• Creates the cohesive standards for all aspects of the on-air presentation for all shows.
• Manages and develops news personnel. Makes hiring decisions and negotiates contracts; establishes performance goals and guidelines; oversees the evaluation and performance appraisal process across the news organization; enthusiastically promotes management initiatives.
• Works with local and station group management in the effective use of resources and synergies in managing operations and to develop standards and processes for optimal performance.
• Coordinates with NBC and other Telemundo counterparts in the coverage of day to day stories, major breaking news and other initiatives
• Develops and maintains a working relationship with the research director to analyze performance and identify trends on broadcast and digital platforms.
• Develops and maintains a collaborative working relationship with the Marketing Director, VP of Sales, Traffic Manager, Chief Engineer, & Security Director.
• Develops and creates a journalistic professional connection with community.
• Implements strategic mission and tactical operation of newsroom while ensuring the highest levels of journalistic, ethical, TV production and promotion standards are maintained.
• Will report to the President/General Manager of KTLM & the division's SVP of News Operations.

• Undergraduate degree in Journalism, Communications or equivalent work experience
• Minimum of 5 years' experience in the following areas: as a News Director, Assistant News Director or similar leadership role at a broadcast station in a mid to large market
• Must possess exceptional journalistic skills with a proven ethical decision-making process
• Brings integrity, trust and leadership as values to the role
• Experience preparing departmental budgets, developing strategic plans and presenting in front of large audiences
• Experience and success in coaching, leading and motivating a team of employees
• Ability to think ''out of the box'' and outside of traditional journalistic and News norms regarding use of technology
• Be able to work with Nielsen broadcast data and digital metrics to help shape an overall news strategy
• Able to work in a team environment across the news department and station's initiatives

Eligibility Requirements
• External applicants must submit a resume/CV through nbcunicareers.com
• Able to work a Flexible Schedule shifts and a fast-paced environment
• Must be willing to work in McAllen, Texas & the Rio Grande Valley
• Must be 18 years or older
• Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
• Fully bilingual: English – Spanish
• Excellent driving record and active driver's license
• Ability to travel as needed
• Must accept Solutions, as NBCUniversal's Dispute resolution

Desired Characteristics

Desired Characteristics
• Multi-platform Experience
• Strong Organizational skills
• Marketing Research skills
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
• Excellent people management, leadership and coaching skills
• Ability to multi-task in a dynamic, content driven, technology intensive environment
• Energetic and diligent in launching major campaigns