Managing Director Professor of Practice

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State
  • Location
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 30

Position description

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, a national leader in journalism education, seeks to hire a Managing Director to direct the day-to-day operations for the News Co/Lab at Cronkite School. This is appointment holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.

The News Co/Lab is a collaborative lab that experiments with ways to increase “news awareness,” defined as the ability of a person and/or a community to find, understand, use, share, and create news. News awareness is a hybrid of media literacy, digital literacy, and community collaboration. It is essential to active participation in 21st century communities, where the public, through social media, plays a key role in the flow of news.

The lab is developing new ways to increase news awareness through experimentation in partnership with journalists, teachers, librarians, technologists, and other community members in the United States and internationally.

The managing director will work with faculty members Dan Gillmor, founder and director of the News Co/Lab, and Eric Newton, lab co-founder and Cronkite School innovation chief.

Working closely with the Lab Director and Cronkite School leadership, the managing director’s duties and responsibilities will include:
• Managing a small but growing staff, including students and volunteers
• Project planning and implementation for community-newsroom partnerships, including travel and outreach to stakeholders ranging from community organizers, nonprofits, librarians, religious leaders, technologists and journalists
• Project design and implementation for a science news literacy program for both journalists and educators, including online education and training
• Co-creation and implementation of measuring systems, including data collection, surveys, interviews, and other methods to determine the impact of lab experiments
• Development of a communication strategy, and creating/editing external communications in multimedia formats a variety of digital platforms, including social media
• Editing presentation materials and external reports
• Preparing reports for funders detailing grant deliverables, including strong data visualization elements, assisting the lab founder and director with additional grant applications as needed
• Overseeing preparation of lab budgets


Required Qualifications:
Candidates must have hands-on experience in flexible program/project management, as well as topic knowledge in several of the following areas: news literacy, journalism, media, technology, research and education. Strong communication, supervisory and project management skills are required. A bachelor’s degree is required.

Desired Qualifications:
Postgraduate courses or degrees in the above topic areas is desirable, as is community-level experience in engagement, transparency or media literacy programs. Experience working with professors, especially in distance learning situations, is also helpful.
This position is funded by external sources and may terminate when funding is no longer available.

Application instructions

Application deadline: November 18, 2017 or if not filled, the first of each the first of each two-week period thereafter until the search is closed.

Application procedure: Materials must include: 1) a resume, 2) a letter describing the applicant’s experiences and how they would benefit the Cronkite School, 3) web-based samples of work edited, created or produced, and 4) names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references.

Submit materials via email to: [email protected]
Attn: Sandy Mancilla Rannow
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Avenue, Suite 302
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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