Executive Director, Newsroom Communications

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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.

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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 2000 employees who produce or directly support the creation of Times journalism, with award-winning 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 an Executive Director, Newsroom Communications. The person in this role will develop a strategy for internal communications that contributes to building a nurturing, enriching and equitable environment for The Times' world-class editorial staff. The Executive Director will be a senior communications strategist and trusted partner to Newsroom executives and leaders providing expert counsel and shaping internal communications and events that build culture, inclusion and connection to the organization. The person in this role will be a trusted steward of our mission across the organization, helping to elevate the employee experience for our Newsroom staff, while reinforcing the values that have sustained us over the past 170 years.

We are looking for an agile leader who is adept at navigating complex organizations and working seamlessly between business unit and company contexts. You must have experience leading significant organizational change initiatives and be comfortable working in a demanding, fast-paced environment. You are an inspirational leader, with a passion for supporting professional development and growth of other team members. You must possess strategic thinking and tactical execution skills, with the agility to swiftly transition between them.

The Executive Director for Newsroom Communications will report to the SVP for Culture and Communications. The role will be based in New York City.

Responsibilities include:
  • Lead a team of communications professionals responsible for Newsroom strategic communications by providing:
  • Strategic counsel and vision
  • Masthead/Newsroom leadership communications support
  • Ad-hoc Newsroom department communications support
  • Employee experience and culture communications
  • Change management communications
  • Develop and implement integrated communications plans and messaging to support Newsroom leaders to create a nurturing, enriching and inclusive environment for The Times journalists
  • Activate the culture, build community, and connect Newsroom staff to the broader organization through compelling and strategic storytelling
  • Provide counsel to Newsroom leaders on issues that are important to employees
  • Translate organization initiatives (EVP, DEI, etc.) into communication strategy and materials that address the unique needs and perspectives of Newsroom staff
  • Understand, represent and provide perspective on the unique needs and motivations of Newsroom staff for company-wide initiatives and programming
  • Partner with communications, HR, marketing and business department colleagues and leaders across The Times to identify and develop compelling stories and content that contribute to building an inclusive and connected culture across the broader organization
  • Build talent through formal and informal means, helping your team and other Times' professionals thrive and grow through regular feedback, coaching and mentoring
  • Be a trusted advisor and culture champion across the organization, tirelessly promoting a culture aligned to our values and expected behaviors


What you'll bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and at least 8 years of progressive communications experience, including leadership roles and demonstrated experience developing individuals and teams
  • Excellent communications skills, including expert writing, verbal and editing skills, with extraordinary attention to detail
  • Strong executive presence and presentation skills
  • Record of achievement in developing and carrying out strategic communications plans, including aligning goals, across complex organizations
  • Track record of counseling and supporting executives with effective leadership communications
  • Experience developing compelling communications and stories that engage employees, foster culture building, and drive change
  • High standards for writing and demonstrated ability to produce top-notch deliverables for variety of communications channels
  • Proficiency measuring and analyzing communications' effectiveness, with capability to derive actionable insights and drive continuous improvement
  • Ability to inspire and lead through influence, with or without direct reporting lines
  • Highly innovative, creative and collaborative problem solver, with a bias toward action and impact
  • Track record of building relationships with cross-functional teams and professionals at all levels, demonstrating sensitivity, empathy and understanding for diverse points of views
  • 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 ability to solve problems, from big to small, drawing on best practices and creative and nimble strategies
  • Ability to learn, synthesize, and accurately disseminate information across a variety of business areas
  • 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
  • Outcomes focus; motivated by excellent execution and driving superior results
  • Resilience, sense of urgency and ability to handle challenging situations well

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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.