Director, External Communications, Newsroom

Job Description

The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It's why we have a newsroom staff of 1,700 and send journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It's why we focus on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a digital app destination. And it's why our strategy centers on making journalism so good that it's worth paying for.

To help us do this work, The Times is hiring a Director of Communications to lead external communications for the newsroom including National, Washington, Politics, Video, Graphics, Investigations and Opinion among other desks to provide a strategic approach to communications throughout the organization. You will create and execute a public relations strategy that raises the profile of The New York Times by showcasing its relevance to consumers and promoting its journalistic excellence, multimedia storytelling and range of coverage. You will lead a team of two that places Times reporters across broadcast programs and develops launch plans for new and editorially important product offerings that highlight our brand messages. You will report to the Vice President of Communications.

  • Be a senior spokesperson for The New York Times newsroom
  • Create a public relations strategy to promote the work of the newsroom and revisit the strategy on an annual basis.
  • Provide regular updates on outcomes to senior leaders.
  • Ensure that all communications efforts align with the company strategy.
  • Work with a cross-functional team to develop launch plans for new and editorially important product offerings, including outreach to targeted media and other interested parties.
  • Field interview requests and media bookings for Times reporters across numerous national, international and local television/radio/podcast programs daily.
  • Lead a rapid response team to manage emerging issues including replying to press inquiries and criticism, debunking misinformation and preparing for issues before they happen.
  • Evaluate, analyze and share PR outcomes to find successes and create a culture of learning from projects and mistakes to create and implement updated best practices.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree and seven years of experience working in a communications role at a national or international media company
  • Proven media relations experience and results
  • Strong collaborator and communicator, able to work with teams from across the company
  • Experience with digital media
  • Good project management, planning and analytic skills

Preferred Qualification:

Fluency in a second language including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic or other languages


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.