GOT GUTS? SEEKING ENERGETIC, ENTREPRENEURIAL MEDIA-SAVVY
INDIVIDUAL TO HEAD ONLY NEWS COUNCIL IN THE UNITED STATES.
Applications are now being accepted for the position of Executive Director of the Washington News Council in Seattle, Washington. Deadline: March 15, 2014. Email cover letter (not to exceed 750 words) and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to WNC, P.O. Box 3672, Seattle WA 98124. Call 206.262.9793 with any questions.
“New executive director sought for last U.S. news council; only gutsy need apply” — Sandra Oshiro, Poynter
“Washington News Council head John Hamer to retire” — Patti Payne, Puget Sound Business Journal
WARNING! THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT A JOB FOR THE FAINT-OF-HEART.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS WILL INCLUDE:
- IMAGINATION & DRIVE TO “REBOOT” WNC IN DIGITAL AGE.
- STRONG COMMITMENT TO FIRST AMENDMENT/FREE PRESS.
- BELIEF IN HOLDING NEWS MEDIA PUBLICLY ACCOUNTABLE.
- EQUANIMITY IN FACE OF SKEPTICISM FROM JOURNALISTS.
- ABILITY TO RAISE OWN SALARY AND OPERATING EXPENSES.
The WNC is an independent forum for media ethics founded in 1998. It is the last such organization of its kind in the United States, although dozens of press councils exist all over the world. (SEE AIPCE.NET) The WNC’s stated mission is: “To help maintain public trust and confidence in the news media by promoting fairness, accuracy and balance and by creating a forum where the public and the news media can engage each other in examining standards of journalistic ethics and accountability.”
The WNC’s founding Executive Director and now Board President, John Hamer, has announced that he will retire on April 15, 2014 (his 68th birthday). He may remain as President Emeritus at the discretion of the WNC Board on a advisory/consulting basis, but the new Executive Director will report directly to the Board.
“Reinvent/reboot” WNC to be relevant and effective in new digital media age. Work with Board of Directors to review/redefine/revitalize mission and goals.
Take responsibility for fund-raising and developing resources to support WNC.
Prepare annual budget in partnership with Board Executive Committee.
Submit regular financial statements to Executive Committee and full Board.
MISSION AND PROGRAMS
Lead review of WNC’s current mission, goals, programs and activities.
Reevaluate existing Board structure and implement any needed changes.
Suggest new directions and activities to fulfill mission as appropriate.
Oversee effective administration of WNC office and activities.
Hire and manage staff, consultants and interns as appropriate.
Hold quarterly Board meetings and monthly Exec Comm meetings.
Degree in journalism, communications, management or related field.
Experience dealing with news media and working journalists.
Strong expertise in fund-raising and nonprofit development.
Solid financial oversight and budget-management skills.
Organizational abilities including strategic planning and tactics.
Management abilities to oversee staff/interns/consultants.
Experience working with nonprofit Board of Directors members.
Transparent and high-integrity leadership standards and practices.
Strong written, verbal, and digital communication skills.
ACTUAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Work with Board of Directors to update and fulfill WNC’s mission.
2. Raise sufficient funds to keep WNC sustainable, including own salary.
3. Oversee day-to-day operations of organization, staff, and volunteers.
4. Serve as primary spokesperson to news media and general public.
5. Help change complaint hearings into online digital review process.
6. Decide on future of “TAO of Journalism” Pledge & Seal project.
7. Determine evolution of Online Media Guide (OMG) project.
8. Decide whether to continue awarding annual WNC scholarships.
9. Determine whether to continue Media Ethics breakfast series.
10. Provide creative leadership in 24/7 online digital media world.