ORGANIZATION AND DEPARTMENT: Archdiocese of New York – The Good Newsroom
The Archdiocese of New York serves the pastoral and spiritual needs of 2.5 million Catholics in nearly 300 parishes throughout its three boroughs of New York City and seven counties to the north. The Archdiocese includes 172 Catholic schools serving more than 53,000 students from Pre-K through 12th grade. Additionally, the Archdiocese helps more than 400,000 individuals each year through Catholic Charities, and it provides compassionate care to patients and families through ArchCare, the healthcare ministry.
The Good NewsroomTM is the digital news outlet of the Archdiocese of New York, providing daily updates and stories about the good works of the Catholic Church within our region. With the goal of enhancing a sense of community among Catholics and non-Catholics, The Good Newsroom was launched in late November 2022 to better communicate with the Archdiocese faithful as well as the broader community.
The newsroom is designed to evangelize and engage audiences with uplifting stories and news about the people, parishes, and ministries of the Archdiocese. To accomplish this, the newsroom utilizes all of the modern communication forms available including video, articles, photography, and essays. This outreach is enhanced by a quick-publishing model which brings excitement and vitality to the Archdiocese’s communications. As a result, The Good Newsroomreaches and informs many thousands of people via our dedicated website and social media channels, as well as our App and e-newsletter.
Learn more at thegoodnewsroom.org and through our social media channels:
Reporting to the Executive Editor, the Associate Director of News will be an experienced leader in The Good NewsroomDepartment and will oversee all news planning, manage the day-to-day newsroom activities, and report on successful news coverage and departmental progress.
S/he will collaborate with other members of the department and the organization to ensure that priorities and plans are aligned with other organizational initiatives. The ADN will be experienced in leading and managing people. S/he will be a proactive, innovative, digitally savvy reporter with well-developed understanding of the news business and proven project management skills.
The ADN will oversee a department of three professionals and will be the primary backup to the Executive Editor.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Develop understanding of the goals of The Good Newsroom in terms of community journalism, engagement, and the nuances of communicating about Catholic topics.
- In collaboration with the Executive Editor and key members of the Newsroom staff, create a communication plan that includes specific objectives and goals. Develop monthly, weekly, and daily news calendars, ensuring that all topics and story ideas are considered on a timely basis.
- With staff and freelancers, identify content requirements and develop story ideas that are comprehensive, to include nonbreaking news topics (e.g., features, religious education, and other areas important to the Archdiocese). Be the point person to receive story ideas from numerous internal and external sources and respond appropriately.
- Develop a high-performing team through excellent mentoring, coaching, and management.
- Be an ambassador for The Good Newsroom brand. Articulate the culture and values of the organization and ensure consistency of messaging through all communication channels: website, social media, email, and other e-communications.
- Support a unified brand-management environment and optimize asset-management usage.
- Assign articles to freelance writers, videographers, and photographers, as needed. Support internal processes ensuring that legal agreements and payments are current, and assets are utilized in accordance with established terms.
- When appropriate, partner with the Advertising Department to support advertiser engagement and revenue opportunities. Make certain that the editorial calendar is presented to potential advertisers on a timely basis.
- Contribute to the management of the departmental budget and other duties as required.
- Serve as a leader, partner, and team member who provides support and assistance across The Good NewsroomDepartment and throughout the Archdiocese of New York.
- A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or other related fields is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
EXPERIENCE, COMPETENCIES, AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
- A MINIMUM OF 5 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN A NEWSROOM (print and/or broadcast.) is required.
- Proven experience in MANAGING A TEAM in digital publishing
- Knowledge of the Catholic Church and some familiarity with the Archdiocese of New York is required.
- Significant experience writing, editing and/or video/audio production along with a portfolio demonstrating competency in these types of communication projects is required.
- Proficient in digital-content management and promotion of content through websites, social media, and email.
- Demonstrated creativity in conceiving new content and messaging and leveraging it across multiple platforms. Keeps abreast of communication trends and creates opportunities for improvement.
- Experience working with diverse groups of people and telling stories about and with underrepresented communities.
- Excellent project manager, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and projects on very tight deadlines.
- Straightforward, results-driven person with unquestionable personal integrity. Exudes credibility and professionalism. Possesses strong interpersonal skills.
- A highly committed, community-minded individual, with the necessary drive and stamina to respond to the demands of the institution and work collaboratively to achieve results in a fast-paced work environment.
- A writing test will be required.
Please e-mail your resume and a cover letter as attachments to:
Ms. Dale Corey, Director of Research
3D Leadership, LLC
The cover letter should not be more than one page and should include information on why you are interested in joining the Archdiocese of New York and The Good Newsroom, as well as what makes you uniquely qualified for the position.
The Archdiocese of New York is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply.