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About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.
Our locations-in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant-are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.
Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs- in a variety of on-campus and online formats-lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.
About the Opportunity: The Executive Editor will supervise a team of reporters and develop innovative editorial strategies designed to increase audience size and engagement through timely storytelling. The Executive Editor is an experienced journalist who has worked in newsrooms at top-tier media organizations. Experience in higher education is not necessary, nor is it desired.
News@Northeastern is the official source of university news with an expanding external audience of readers not affiliated with Northeastern who are looking for well-told, timely stories and expert analysis on the day's news. Reporting to the VP for Communications, the Executive Editor oversees a team of full-time reporters and a Managing Editor, and works closely with the Director of Digital News and Social Media, and a team of multimedia professionals to develop stories and delivery strategies that are informed by audience analytics and inspired by the latest trends in digital journalism.
The Executive Editor is an experienced journalist, a fast and superb writer, editor and versatile thinker who brings impeccable judgment and creativity to identifying story ideas that promote the university's mission, including co-op and experiential learning, research, entrepreneurship, faculty expertise, human interest stories and university news. He/she/they will lead a team of reporters to tell those stories. He/she/they are up to date on the latest trends in digital journalism as produced by the best newsrooms, and is able to apply those best practices to take News@Northeastern to new heights.
The university is primarily in-person with reasonable flexibility. This position has a hybrid option.
The Executive Editor, like every other member of the Communications team, is expected to be available outside of regular business hours and on weekends, occasionally.
Responsibilities: Reporting to the VP for Communications and managing a team of writers, the Executive Editor works closely with the web design/development, multimedia, and social media teams to develop stories and delivery strategies that are informed by audience analytics and inspired by the latest trends in digital journalism.
The Executive Editor is a fast and superb writer, editor and versatile thinker who brings impeccable judgment and creativity to identifying story ideas about research, entrepreneurship, people, and experiences, and developing engaging ways to tell them.
The Executive Editor may have to write stories and other materials occasionally.
7-10 years of newsroom or related experience
Excellent writing and copy-editing skills
Excellent command of AP style
Excellent sense of what is news
Superb focus on detail and accuracy while maintaining speed
Respect for short deadlines
Knowledgeable about current social media platforms and using them for storytelling
Sense of humor
Excellent work ethic
Love for problem solving, multitasking, collaboration
Great if you also have:
Experience with content management systems, Wordpress in particular
Salary Grade: 14
Additional Information: Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.