Vice President

Washington D.C.
Oct 05, 2018
Nov 30, 2018
Full Time

Position Announcement #118009 – Vice President, Journalism

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is a private, nonprofit corporation created to ensure universal access to non-commercial high-quality programming and telecommunications services. We invest in programs and services that are educational, innovative, locally relevant, and reflect America’s common values and cultural diversity. We encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.

CPB is currently seeking to hire a Vice President, Journalism (Level 99). This position reports directly to the SVP, Journalism and Radio.

General Description:
Works with the SVP of Journalism and Radio to develop, plan, initiate, and administer grant initiatives to support journalism-related projects throughout the public media system with the ultimate goal of increasing capacity, collaboration, scale, and reach in public media journalism as well as upholding public media’s commitment to maintining the highest editorial standards. The VP, Journalism will ensure the department’s activities are closely coordinated with other CPB departments, grant initiatives are effectively managed, and CPB management is appropriately informed of department activities. Specifically, the VP will help to analyze system and audience needs in journalism and ensure that journalism initiatives align with these needs. Further, the VP will monitor trends in public media, non-profit, and for-profit journalism; collect and maintain data about the reach and impact of public media journalism; and identify opportunities for innovation and audience engagement. This individual will use effective management and administative skills to ensure that CPB grant programs fulfill their intended purpose.

Specific Duties:
• Assists the SVP of Journalism and Radio in setting priorities for grant funding and specific initiatives consistent with CPB Goals and Objectives and annual strategic/business plans.
• Manages the research and business planning, synthesizing and framing information generated through discussion and analysis into proposed strategies and action steps that guide the development and implementation of department projects and, assesses project and policy outcomes through the development and use of key performance indicators (KPIs), and tracking progress against strategic goals.
• Working with the SVP, Journalism and Radio, oversees the department’s portfolio of journalism-related grant projects from initial concept through contracting, administration, and grant close-out. Helps to negotiate agreements including timelines, project budgets, and assessment of project or grant initiative impact and effectiveness.
• Ensures that journalism grants are appropriately documented and administered, that projects are completed on-time and on-budget, that company information systems are kept up-to-date. Oversees the work of staff in guiding complex, high profile projects.
• Manages Journalism department communications internally and externally, serving as a primary resource for providing information for talking points, press releases; developing presentations, board reports, and other documents that effectively capture the activities and strategic priorities of CPB and the department.
• Helps develop journalism-related conferences and events. This may include directly organizing or managing staff to plan and produce system consultations, proposal review panels, and events at system and public meetings.
• Coordinates with colleagues in other CPB departments and management offices, including the Office of the COO. Develops and maintains effective relationships with colleagues across public media including reporters, editors, producers, networks, stations, and industry organizations.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, media, or related field.
• Minimum of seven years of journalism and executive management experience at a leading local and/or national news organization.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to develop and document concepts.
• Demonstrated ability to formulate initiatives and projects and bring them to successful conclusion.
• Demonstrated ability to manage tasks to completion and to lead a team.
• Demonstrated leadership skills, flexibility and ability to multitask.
• Demonstrated experience negotiating and managing competing interests sensitively and effectively.
• Demonstrated ability to manage research projects and evaluate current projects for their effectiveness.
• Demonstrated communication and event planning skills.
• Solid organizational and analytical skills.
• Superior computer and presentation skills.

Desired Qualifications:
• Graduate degree.
• Demonstrated experience developing and facilitating collaborations or building alliances.
• Experience as a reporter/editor in commercial media.
• Experience with cross platform (TV, radio, digital media) journalism production.
• Experience with project management, including project planning, budgeting and grant management either as a grant-maker or a grant recipient in a material relationship with the grant funder.
• Familiarity with public media journalism.
• Background in grant writing, fundraising, marketing or consulting.

For more information about CPB, our programs, and our mission, please visit our website at Please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary history to

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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has a commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we welcome applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, or status with regard to public assistance.

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