Vice President, Strategic Business Communications

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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 that's 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It's why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it's why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it's worth paying for.

To help us do this essential work, The New York Times is hiring a Vice President, Strategic Business Communications. This role will be responsible for building and managing a team that drives strategic internal communications for our Business, Product and Technology employees. This role supports a cross-functional leadership team by helping to convey programs, policies and initiatives in a way that builds and reinforces our desired company culture.

The person in this role will be a trusted steward of our mission across the organization, helping Business, Product and Technology employees understand our journalism, of course, but also our values , which have sustained us over the last 170 years, and continue to guide all that we do.

We are looking for a proven communications leader who can lead through change and growth, a strong communicator and writer with excellent judgment. You should be someone who can build trust across an organization, develop relationships with people no matter their department, focus or level, and then summarize what matters to them to leadership. This is a role that needs to work at different altitudes, one minute drafting an all-staff email and another minute shaping a high-level strategy. Ideally, you have experience leading a high-impact team. This role will report to the Senior Vice President, Culture and Communications, and will be based in New York City.

Responsibilities include:
  • Develop and lead a team of communications professionals responsible for supporting Business, Product and Tech by providing:
  • Strategic counsel
  • Change management communications
  • Executive leadership comms support
  • Employee-focused events and campaigns
  • Creates a differentiated positioning for The Times that benefits the Business, Product and Tech side of the organization and resonates with talent targets, aligns with corporate brand, keeps pace with evolving business priorities, and beats the competition.
  • Create stories that bring The Times Business, Product and Tech leadership to life via speaking opportunities and digital engagement via LinkedIn and other influencer platforms that support recruitment and employee retention efforts.
  • Partners closely with Business, Product and Tech leaders to help craft employee-focused content and messaging strategy within the respective departmentments as well as across The Times.
  • Be a trusted advisor and culture champion across the organization; someone who tirelessly promotes a culture aligned to our values and expected behaviors.


What you'll bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and at least 10 years of progressive communications experience, preferably with a background communicating to a tech-focused employee population.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills.
  • Highly innovative, creative and intuitive problem solver with strong command presence.
  • Strong presentation and coaching skills.
  • Experience in hiring, managing, and leading a team.
  • Team player who inspires and makes others better. You are always open, honest, and direct. And you treat everyone with respect, without fail.
  • A demonstrated track record of building relationships with cross functional teams, as well as partnership to leaders who have trusted you for strategic counsel and guidance.
  • Sensitivity, empathy and understanding for a diverse group of people across all levels and functions of an organization.
  • A demonstrated ability to solve problems, from big to small, drawing on best practices and creative and nimble strategies.
  • Skill in developing and carrying out strategic communications plans, including aligning goals, across complex organizations.
  • Entrepreneurial, collaborative, hands-on style, with an eye toward action and impact.
  • High standards for design and writing, as well as a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to learn, synthesize, and accurately disseminate information across a variety of business areas.
  • Proven track record of continuously raising the bar to improve performance, challenging the status quo and driving step-change across the team.
  • Ability to thrive within a strong, inclusive culture that values hard work, humility, collaboration and concern for the well-being of others as demonstrated by a genuine interest in the career development plans of each colleague.
  • Focused on outcomes; motivated by excellent execution and driving superior results.
  • Possess resilience, sense of urgency and ability to handle challenging situations well.
  • Belief in the value of independent journalism to people and society as a whole, as well as the growing business that supports it.
  • Embodies a spirit of goodwill, humor and humility.

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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.