Assistant News Director (MSPR)

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job Title Assistant News Director (MSPR)
Posting Number S00613P
Type of Appointment FTS; Full-Time Standing
Posting Category Professional (Non Faculty)

Funding Information

MSU Salary Grade 550
Salary Range for Job Posting $18.13 - $22.25

Recruitment Recommendations

Anticipated Employment Start Date for Position 07/17/2017
Open Date 05/17/2017
Close Date 06/02/2017
Open Until Filled No

Position details

Job Summary

The Assistant News Director is the producer, host and anchor or back-up producer of daily news programs such as Front Page, Morning Edition and/or Mountain Edition. The Assistant News Director has significant responsibility for the production of local public affairs programming. Duties include the scheduling of guests, conducting interviews, writing stories, voicing newscasts and producing long-form reports on news and sports throughout the region. The Assistant News Director recruits, trains, supervises and evaluates the progress of student staff members and volunteers, assuming the responsibility of the News Department in the absence of the News Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Serves as producer, host and anchor or back-up producer of daily news programs such as Front Page, Morning Edition and/or Mountain Edition on a regular basis.

Functions as Assistant News Director and assumes supervision of the News Department in the absence of the News Director.

Gathers news and sports stories, interviews, writes, announces and produces long-form reports, newscasts and other public affairs programming.

Serves as back-up host of a daily talk show. Regularly produces long-form reports and features for use in audio magazines and submission to state, regional and national networks.

Assists in ascertaining community needs and develops public affairs programming that addresses those needs in the MSPR service region.

Recruits, trains, supervises and evaluates workstudy students, interns and volunteers in the News Department.

Assists in the coordination of regional news and sports coverage.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Serves as back-up announcer and board operator as needed.

Regularly maintains the office environment by organizing and filing paperwork, equipment and supplies.

Participates in network-related fundraising, remote broadcasts and other support activities that do not compromise the News Department.

Performs other job-related duties as assigned by the General Manager.

Organizational Relationships

The Assistant News Director reports to the General Manager and interacts with local and/or regional news sources, state officials, the general public and other external entities.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor degree in Communications or related field with on-air and news experience. Knowledge of computers for word processing, data management and digital editing.

Experience in interviewing and feature production.

Must be well-organized, able to work well under pressure because of daily deadlines and possess a clear and authoritative on-air presence.

Must be able to operate a variety of studio and remote audio equipment.

Ability to recruit, train, supervise and evaluate student personnel and volunteers.

Maintain a valid driver license.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Graduate level work in communications or related field and/or extensive experience in writing and production of newscasts, documentaries and other long-form news features.

The ability to reconstruct priorities with effective time management skills. Prior experience in sports reporting.

Physical Requirements
Working Conditions

Good equipment, supportive staff, adequate resources, sufficient storage and good office accommodations with some travel involved in the news gathering process. Production facilities are shared with other personnel, which sometimes limits production time. Work week exceeding 37½ hours is not uncommon for this position. Last minute program changes often create pressures with the individual on-call for emergency and holiday service.

Special Information/Instructions to Applicants

Provide three written news stories, one written feature report, one recorded audio newscast up to 10 minutes and one recorded news feature up to 5 minutes.

Reference Requests

Reference Request Details

Accept References Yes
Minimum Requests 3
Maximum Requests 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you possess a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a valid driver’s license?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have knowledge of audio and digital editing?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Application (Cover Letter)
  2. Resume Including Names and Contact Information for Three References
  3. Transcripts (Unofficial)
  4. Written News Story #1
  5. Written News Story #2
  6. Written News Story #3
  7. Written Feature Report
  8. Recorded Audio Newscast (up to 10 minutes)
  9. Recorded News Feature (up to 5 minutes)
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Support Document #1
  2. Additional Support Document #2
  3. Additional Support Document #3