Vice President of Center for News & Design

Description:

  • Create a spirit of partnership with local market editorial teams; support local content and quality initiatives through editing and design excellence
  • Lead the Center’s general operations; provide direction to department managers and the staff who design and copy edit pages for local newsrooms
  • Meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative performance targets
  • Oversee national wire desk
  • Establish GateHouse as a content and design innovator, and the Center for News and Design as a destination for publishers looking for a cost efficient, high quality editing and design solution

Operations:

  • Develop clear productivity and quality goals, identify relevant metrics, and use data to track and manage performance
    • Ensure CND editing and design quality exceeds work previously produced in local markets
    • Continually strive to increase efficiency through improved workflow and processes, without compromising quality
    • Set content standards for the Center’s employees
    • Provide daily KPI reporting to newspaper leadership
    • Provide monthly KPI reporting and analysis to GateHouse executive leadership
  • Own the launch process of newspapers into the Center; ensure a well-staffed, well-communicated, well-supported process
  • Develop and market commercial services, including themed product packages and design and editing services

Human Resources:

  • Create a culture of creativity, accountability and continual improvement
  • Lead recruitment strategy and develop aggressive plans to ensure the industry’s top talent is hired and retained by the Center
  • Build best-of-the-best training programs for the Center’s employees – to support staff’s current responsibilities and to raise the bar on what’s possible
  • Direct Reports: Director of Operations, Director of Editing, Recruiting Specialist, Director of Creative Development

Financial: 

  • Oversee the Center’s budget; ensure costs are effectively managed and that initiatives are successfully implemented on time and on budget

Leadership:

  • Establish and articulate vision for the Center’s services, both internally and externally
  • Communicate masterfully with GateHouse Media newspapers; ensure they receive first-class customer service
  • Guide Center employees as they take on new work supporting local papers’ transition to the Center and cultural adjustment to a centralized environment

Requirements:

  • At least 10 years of newsroom leadership experience
  • Strong operations and/or design experience, a plus
  • Proven track record of launching new initiatives
  • Collaborate effectively and able to lead through influence
  • Superior communication skills, including public speaking
  • Sense of urgency and immediacy; can think deep, but can act fast
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher

Location: Austin, TX

Reports to: David Arkin, SVP Content & Product Development

GateHouse Media, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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