Strategy & Operations Deputy, Visuals

Job Description

Responsibilities

The New York Times has committed to creating a culture and an environment in which we can all do our best work, including making our newsroom more diverse and equitable and our editorial practices more inclusive. In the newsroom, we are putting in place significant infrastructure to support this work on an ongoing basis -in large part by adding new roles to leadership teams.

The Strategy & Operations Editor will report to a Masthead Editor and partner with the department heads of the visual desks: Photo, Video, Graphics and Design and with the rest of their leadership teams to ensure that the groups function at the highest level possible and continually improve - from the way the journalism is produced day-to-day, to how people are recruited, assigned and developed, to how the report and operation evolves toward the future. A core goal in this role will be to ensure that departments achieve greater diversity and operate more fairly and inclusively for all of their members. While department heads themselves will ultimately be accountable for their desk's strategy, operations, culture and people development, the Strategy & Operations Editor will serve as a key leader and coordinator to implement and oversee systems and processes, and drive progress.

The Strategy & Operations Editor will also work closely with Newsroom Strategy and the newsroom's new Culture and Careers group to coordinate across departments and contribute to and adopt new newsroom-wide approaches.

Here are some of the key responsibilities of the job:
  • Culture & Careers: Shape culture and systems and support leaders across the department to ensure it's a great place to work and grow. This includes overseeing (and building, where needed) best-in-class practices within departments for recruiting and hiring, performance and feedback, career development and mobility, training, communication and beyond. Shaping, supporting and tracking DEI goals for the department will be a core part of this work.
  • Operations: Set up, oversee and continually work with department heads to improve systems and ensure the departments operate as effectively as possible and support our journalistic goals -- including journalistic workflow and processes, collaboration and communication within the department and with other groups, department budgets and core logistics. Department operations managers will be key partners in this work.
  • Strategy: Help the department look beyond the daily report to the small and big opportunities and challenges ahead on the horizon -across areas including coverage, audience, operations, budgets, and beyond - and develop and implement plans to address them.
  • Newsroom-wide best practices: While the Strategy & Operations Editor will focus mainly on visual departments, they will also play a role in improving newsroom-wide strategy, operations and culture. An important responsibility will be to share and learn from best practices across departments and to identify department-specific issues that should inform approaches across the wider newsroom. The Strategy & Operations Editor will participate in regular working sessions led by Newsroom Strategy and Culture & Careers, who will occasionally call on them to support strategy and operations work beyond their department.


Qualifications
  • 10+ years' experience in journalism or with a media company or other relevant organization, ideally with experience in a strategy or operations role
  • Experience working in newsrooms -- including coverage, workflow, culture and careers -- as a journalist or in a journalism operations or leadership role
  • Demonstrated ability to manage operations, including setting up, overseeing and continuously improving systems, workflow and processes to increase department effectiveness
  • A strong analytical and planning skill set, including the ability to identify strategic issues, frame and analyze problems in a structured way, and develop and implement high-impact, actionable solutions
  • Experience with people management, including recruiting and hiring, performance and feedback, career development, training, culture and communication
  • Commitment and track record of improving organizational culture and making organizations more diverse, equitable and inclusive
  • Track record of developing strong and trusting relationships, collaborating, and building consensus
  • Ability to communicate in writing and in person clearly, concisely and persuasively
  • Strong drive, taking the initiative to surface challenges and opportunities and develop and act on solutions
  • Commitment to The New York Times mission and values


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