Full-Time: Editor, Talent and Development

  • 2020-11-10 2:55 PM
    Message # 9356052

    Position Summary:

    At KQED, we provide high-quality journalism to Bay Area communities. We are looking to strengthen our focus on recruiting and retaining a diverse group of talented journalists and media makers, who reflect and represent the communities we serve, and to further build out our newsroom’s professional development initiatives.

    Who we are looking for:

    We are looking for a journalist to fill this position, someone who is familiar with editorial processes and decision-making who will be able to be a strong newsroom coach. This editor will manage our internship, on-call and staff development programs within the 100-person KQED newsroom; develop and execute inclusive practices for recruiting interns—in partnership with our HR department; and lead training and career retention and development efforts in the KQED newsroom. The position demands significant mentorship and management skills in order to best manage all newsroom interns, more than a dozen on-call reporters, producers and editors; and will work intentionally to create and maintain clear pathways to regular full-time or part-time employment.

    They will be tasked with developing a pool of talented journalists who can grow with the broader newsroom. This editor, in partnership with other newsroom staff will provide performance feedback to interns and on-call journalists, and lead talent reviews to identify opportunities for staff development and the creation of career pathways within our organization. This editor will also be tasked with designing effective, constructive and actionable feedback mechanisms with interns and on-call staff. One of the priorities of this position is to ensure equitable access to fulfilling careers at KQED. 

    The editor will work with HR counterparts to lead a broad range of responsibilities, including sourcing, interviewing and selecting talented candidates for job opportunities as part of the company’s efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and access. To ensure our newsroom reflects local communities, we are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive newsroom for people of all backgrounds and ages. This role is a step to meet that commitment. 

    One of our core beliefs at KQED is that we are better together, and that we commit to grow and improve each day, and hold ourselves accountable when we fall short of that commitment. And when we do not stick to our values, our actions will disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. We strongly encourage applicants from all marginalized communities.

      Essential Functions:

    • Manage and coach KQED’s news interns, which often number nearly a dozen interns across multiple shows and platforms, in six-month rotations to help them achieve meaningful, career-advancing goals during their time at KQED. 
    • Manage and coach on-call staff who work across KQED News programming.
    • Track and manage employees filling out sometimes complicated timesheets, ensuring timesheets are submitted correctly and on-time. Collaborates with the Operations Manager to track intern and on-call hours to ensure KQED’s benefit’s policy is being adhered to. For on-call and temporary employees, tracks job type and employment status
    • Partner with other managers and editors in the KQED newsroom, on both ongoing editorial projects as well as development of reporters and journalists.
    • Shape and lead training sessions for interns
    • Lead, audit and iterate the internship program, tracking its demographics and the evaluating interns’ body of work
    • Create relationships and partnerships with outside organizations to create and maintain alternative/creative pipelines for interns into KQED. We want to see a talent pool with candidates from a variety of experiences and backgrounds.
    • Work with the Executive Editor, News and the Managing Editor, News to help provide professional development opportunities for all news staff, including a minimum of three SAG-AFTRA trainings annually.
    • Partner with Human Resources to design and implement equitable systems and create a transparent process for interns and on-calls to regular employment which includes feedback on performance and identifying development opportunities.
    • Partner with HR on the hiring process from start to finish, including the recruitment, interviewing and selection of qualified candidates for open positions—as well as in the creation and identification opportunities for journalist development in furtherance of career pathways and achieving diversity goals.
    • Be an organizational liaison to Employee Resource Groups and related diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives.
    • Create and manage the KQED alumni network so that colleagues can stay in touch and be a peer network.
    • Fills in for other editors and on other desks as appropriate  

      Knowledge/Experience Required:

    • A minimum of five years experience as an editor or manager in journalism.
    • Passion for attracting, mentoring, coaching and developing journalistic talent in a newsroom organization. Ability to identify on the job learning opportunities.
    • Demonstrated and exemplary communication and collaboration skills
    • Extremely organized—for you it’s not a skill set, it’s a lifestyle

      Knowledge/Experience Desired:

    • Familiarity with HR talent management practices or a track record of successfully managing and growing talented journalists
    • A creative problem solver



    Let us tell you more about our benefits:

    Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering 20 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

    The mission that drives us:

    KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    
    Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

    KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    
    We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

    We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.


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