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Position Title: Online Managing Editor (9257)
Position Number: 9257 Open Date: 5/1/2014
Department: WAMU - 88.5 Close Date:  
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience Band: Project Leader/Advisor A
Work Hours per Week: 35 Position Type: Full-time Staff

The Online Managing Editor (OME) is responsible for the day-to-day management of WAMU’s online news operation. This includes leading digital efforts of the WAMU newsroom, and overseeing news presentation on wamu.org and related digital channels. The Online Managing Editor is part of the team responsible for setting the overall digital strategy for WAMU. The OME supervises a staff of four web producers, who are responsible for creating original online news content, presentation of newsroom-generated content, and regular online content for WAMU’s talk shows (The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Metro Connection, and The Animal House) and two weekend entertainment shows, (Hot Jazz Saturday Night and The Big Broadcast). The Editor works closely with the Director of , Digital Media; the WAMU News team; and colleagues in Digital, News, and the shows to ensure that WAMU is advancing its newsgathering mission on multiple platforms, growing audience, and embracing innovative ways to cover and present news and information online. The OME reports to the Director of, Digital Media.            

The Online Managing Editor implement tactics that creatively connect WAMU’s core platform – the radio – with its websites.  The Online Managing Editor will coordinate content on the websites with an eye toward presenting the disparate types of content that make WAMU unique and interesting to its online audience. With audience building as an imperative, the Online Managing Editor will stay current with trends, metrics, and competitors.            

The Online Managing Editor is expected to be a thought leader on multimedia strategy and audience response both within the company and the public broadcasting system . The Online Managing Editor will formally oversee a small, dedicated online staff, yet be expected to lead throughout the organization by accomplishment, collaboration, and knowledge.         
Educational Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree required and/or equivalent combination of experience and education required; master’s degree preferred.     
Minimum Requirements:
  • At least 5 years experience in broadcast, print or online journalism.     
  • Must demonstrate an ability to foster high standards and an ability to coach, inspire, and lead. 
  • Experience/accomplishment in multimedia reporting.   
  • Proven editorial judgment with a commitment to accuracy, fairness, and balance.  
  • Accomplishment in growing audience. 
  • Experience with a variety of web publishing platforms.     
  • Experience developing and implementing online content plans.     
  • Experience in planning and managing ambitious web projects in a fast-paced news environment, coordinating with reporters and developers, and tracking long-term project timelines and deliverables while maintaining an ambitious daily update cycle.   
  • Mastery of multimedia features, including text, audio, video and still images.     
  • Mastery of standard web production tools.   
  • Ability to prioritize work and make resource decisions accordingly.      
  • Excellent coaching, communication, and teamwork skills.     
  • Familiarity with and appreciation of public radio     
  • Knowledge of media law and its application to a news service on the Internet 
  • Ability to work across a range of skills and in a flexible manner, carrying out responsibilities in accordance with WAMU’s mission, values, and professional standards   
  • Ability to motivate and train employees.   
  • Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead the staff.     
  • Ability to communicate mission/vision   
  • Encourage creativity and high editorial standards     
  • Collaborates well with outside organizations         
Additional Information:

American University is an Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. American University campus is tobacco and smoke free.

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