Newsroom Planning and Project Development Director

Washington, DC
Sep 09, 2022
Nov 02, 2022
Full Time
Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post is seeking a highly organized and forward-thinking newsroom leader to run a new Planning and Project Development team. This director and their team will serve as a newsroom linchpin: The team oversees establishing, populating and maintaining a calendar that will be the sole source of truth for all medium- to long-lead newsroom projects, including investigations, enterprise, launches, special projects and other initiatives, with input from leaders and editors across the newsroom. The director will oversee not just the creation and ongoing accuracy of this vital newsroom asset but will work with organization leadership to strategize the planning and development of some of The Post's most important and high-profile journalism.

The person in this role will be responsible for developing a strong newsroom network that will connect all departments, helping us to optimize the execution of high-impact storytelling. In addition to managing a team of projects editors, this person will support and partner with leaders across the newsroom. They will also connect the newsroom to partners in subscriptions and brand marketing, public relations and client solutions to provide visibility across the organization and ensure we achieve maximum impact from the work. The ideal candidate will be experienced in editorial planning and will have a high expectation of operational excellence, personally and for their team. This person will be able to think critically and strategically about storytelling opportunities and how to best communicate across the organization. Excellent organizational skills and people management experience are required, as well as a minimum of eight years of newsroom experience. Project or initiative management is expected.

This role reports to the head of audience strategy and growth and is based in our Washington newsroom.

Candidates should upload a résumé and cover letter outlining the experience they would bring to the role to our jobs portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 09/25/2022 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Head of Audience Strategy and Growth Erika Allen and Chief Product Officer and Managing Editor Kat Downs Mulder.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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