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Managing Editor/Broadcast
Posted on: 
March 28, 2013

The Managing Editor/Broadcast supervises SCPR’s public affairs programs and newscasts, coordinating decisions and coverage and setting quality and performance standards to provide substantive, timely, high-quality programming for radio audiences. With a few exceptions, this is the equivalent of a Program Director job at most radio stations. This position will work closely with counterparts Managing Editor/Newsgathering and Managing Editor/Digital under the Executive Editor’s direction to ensure effective communication and coordination among managers and front-line staff. The Managing Editor/Broadcast is responsible for skill development and performance progress among staff s/he directs. This person helps maintain SCPR’s high standards for journalistic quality and community service.

Position Responsibility:

• Oversee production of public affairs shows and newscasts to deliver on SCPR’s goals of expanding and deepening coverage in key topic areas to serve and reflect Los Angeles’ diverse communities.
• Provide leadership and direction for hosts, producers and broadcast staff carrying out SCPR’s coverage mission.
• Communicate continuously, collaboratively and effectively with Managing Editors for newsgathering and web/mobile leadership on news coverage.
• Work closely with the Director of Technology & Operations on overall “stationality” – the distinct and high-quality sound of 89.3 KPCC and SCPR’s mobile/web streams and applications.
• Manage daily and weekly broadcast planning process through participation in news meetings and ongoing conversations with peers, the Executive Editor and direct reports.
• Work collaboratively to support program staff and newscasters. Participate in editorial projects and special programming.
• Provide clear guidance, feedback and supervision to assigned staff. This includes broadcast quality aspects and performance assessment.
• Work with other members of the management team to provide strong, consistent leadership of the department.
• Working with the Executive Editor and other senior leadership, recruit and hire journalists with variety of skills and experience for multiplatform news report in diverse marketplace.
• Work with the Executive Editor on identifying and developing a diverse pool of on-air talent, opportunities for new programming and quality standards for broadcast programs.
• Supervise, train and manage broadcast news production staff through coaching, mentorship, performance meetings and ongoing feedback. Involve HR on performance issues as needed.
• Foster a creative and productive work environment. Create development opportunities and individualized development plans for staff and training to enhance skills and foster growth.
• Work closely with the research department at American Public Media to measure the audience(s) of SCPR, particularly the development of strategies to increase the size and expand the diversity of same.
• Assist in development and implementation of editorial and programming policies to achieve consistent, reliable quality and depth.
• Assist other departments within SCPR as needed, particularly Membership during fundraising drives, and Underwriting and Development with research, when requested.
• Manage the program schedule and the work schedule of the anchors, hosts and show producers.
• Assess performance of assigned staff by establishing standards, working to encourage professional development.
• Represent newsroom internally and externally.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree from accredited university.
• Significant broadcast experience, preferably including public media, including a combined 10 years or more of reporting, editing or producing experience.
• Five years experience at management level.
• Experience as a radio program director or producer or host of talk, public affairs or news magazine programming for public or commercial broadcast.
• Experience in maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including objectivity, balance and fairness.
• Significant experience providing work direction or supervisory experience.
• Experience in building highly functioning and diverse teams.
• Significant experience assigning stories and producing documentary, special feature or major breaking news coverage.
• Experience with digital audio editing systems.
• Experience with web journalism preferred.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

• Strong writing, producing and editing skills essential.
• Knowledge of broadcast journalism standards, trends and issues.
• Knowledge of public radio.
• Knowledge of radio, web, and print style.
• Familiarity with web journalism demands and opportunities for broadcast media.
• Ability to develop fresh and creative coverage approaches in broadcast and digital platforms.
• Ability to make quick command decisions.
• Ability to effectively execute multiple assignments on deadline.
• Ability to work inclusively with a diverse staff.
• Leadership and personnel skills and ability to develop high performing teams.
• Ability to motivate, train and grow employees.
• Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead the staff.
• Ability to work collegially and creatively with staff and colleagues at all levels of experience.
• Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish assigned tasks and goals.
• Strong communication skills and passion for building relationships via networking both in-person and through social media/online.
• Flexibility, ability to respond to changing priorities.
• Demonstrated research skills in a professional capacity.
• Editing and production skills: can oversee development of deep reporting on complex issues.
• Ability to see opportunities for tapping audience expertise and other news resources.
• Ability to use non-traditional approaches including use of PIJ and other audience engagement tools/methods.
• Well-established contacts and knowledge of the journalism community.
• Commitment to public service journalism

Preferred Skills and Experience:

• Fluency in Spanish or other languages commonly used in southern California

Reporting To This Position: Public affairs program staffs, newscast hosts

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

• Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
• Physical Demands:
o Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
o Required to move about in the community
o Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.
• Working Conditions:
o Moderate noise level
o Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.
o On call as needed in case of breaking news or an emergency