Engineering Manager and Project Editor

Job Description

The Interactive News team , a group of developer-journalists embedded in The New York Times newsroom, is searching for a collaborative project editor, technical manager and staff coach to join our team.

If you have experience guiding teams in database-backed web application development, some experience coaching others and interest in driving newsroom innovation, we encourage you to consider this role!

Responsibilities

Reporting to the team's director, you will work with newsroom developers and fellow editors to lead on creative, technical and editorial concerns as well as manage staff. You'll oversee both daily project work, longer-range strategic planning and staff development.

Specifically, you will provide:
  • Technical guidance for database-backed web application development, helping teams make technical choices while assessing and mitigating risks
  • Editorial guidance , helping a team focus its thoughts to make the greatest impact for readers while maintaining accuracy
  • Project editing , inclusively leading roadmap and deadline development, then guiding a team to deliver
  • Interdepartmental diplomacy , aligning goals and approach with newsroom and external partners
  • Staff coaching and management, helping 3-5 direct reports understand their strengths and focus their growth through coaching and formal evaluation
  • Inclusive and participatory facilitation , to encourage all perspectives in team dialogue and decisions
  • Team-level leadership on strategic projects that span the entire team as assigned by the Director


Qualifications

At least one year of experience as a project team leader (either as an individual contributor or manager), including:
  • Experience facilitating technical decisions with groups of 3+ developers
  • Experience developing a project strategy, from first idea to production launch to scaling usage
  • Experience setting an implementation roadmap, then guiding a team to deliver on deadline
  • Experience managing relationships with other departments and partners external to the team
  • Experience as a mentor, with demonstrated experience growing others' skills
  • Familiarity with strategies to ensure editorial accuracy, technical reliability, and information security
  • Desire to bring teams and projects to the next level of reader impact, by harnessing the full power of each contributors' strengths


We encourage candidates from all backgrounds and experience. You may have developed this experience by working directly in a formal leadership role or newsroom environment, but skills from other industries and contexts are also valued and welcomed. We know that each candidate will bring strengths and growth areas within their expertise, and so we encourage your application even if your direct experience in some areas is limited.

Given the collaborative nature of this role, we prefer an Engineering Manager who can work out of our NYC headquarters or Washington, D.C. bureau once we have returned to the office.

Application process

Please submit a current resume connecting your experience with the qualifications listed above. In place of a cover letter, please provide a second attachment with a roughly paragraph-long answers to the following questions:
  • What expertise and strengths do you bring to the responsibilities for this role? How are you looking to grow within these?
  • Briefly describe a vision for how you might align technical and journalistic considerations to make impact for NYT readers in this role.
  • Briefly describe your strategies for driving inclusion as a project team leader.
  • What questions do you have?


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