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Sahory Martinez

541 N. Fairbanks Ct, Suite 1100
Chicago Illinois United States 60611


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News Director

Job ID: 6192
Job Views: 343
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Postal Code: 60611
Job Category: Television
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: per year
Posted: 09.13.2021

Job Description

Univision Local Media is looking for a highly motivated and experienced News Director for the station’s local multi-platform content production. The ideal candidate must love breaking news and understand how to reach audiences on different platforms best. The position provides editorial direction, leadership, motivation, support and encouragement to staff in the generation of story ideas and production of a compelling news product; sets the department’s philosophy and policies.


The News Director will be a solid leader in the newsroom and be current on news trends for existing and emerging platforms. Works closely with other Univision entities to create cross-platform opportunities for a trusted and award-winning news brand.  The right candidate will be someone who is willing to take innovative creative risks, and understands the value of deep impact enterprise content. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passionate fearless leader approach willing to mentor and develop our talented group of journalists into strong storytellers.  He/she should be able to effectively plan a news strategy for a continuous measurement world, while still being able to coordinate breaking news, weather and large event coverage.


Job Responsibilities

  • Create & implement strategic plans for audience growth and newsroom operations.

  • Must be a digital powerhouse, leveraging the web, OTT, and all social platforms to make sure that local audiences receive and share the stories generated by our newsroom.

  • You must be a risk taker and someone ready to adapt to change and think out of the box.

  • Communicate a compelling and inspired vision consistent with company strategy.

  • Analyze and respond to trends affecting the industry and DMA.

  • Review and approve all newsroom personnel decisions.

  • Develop and control the annual budget to comply with station guidelines.

  • Work closely with the station management team to develop and attain departmental and station goals.

  • Ability to adapt current resources to emerging technology.

  • Supervise and provide regular feedback and yearly performance appraisals for direct reports with ultimate responsibility for all newsroom personnel.

  • Develops and plans yearly coverage priorities for all platforms, as well as "sweeps" for key television rating periods

  • Reviews and critiques newscast production values. Must be proficient in coaching reporters and on-air talent.

  • Must have a deep understanding of Digital and Social Media platform for best practices for local journalism.


Expected Outcomes

  • Responsible for originating, creating and producing for special series, regional news specials and investigative stories with all the news team creates content that is aligned with and enhances station brand; create new content.

  • This role is also accountable for building capability within the newsrooms to think and act digitally, generating engaging, compelling and timely content that will result in an increase of our digital footprint and ultimately in a growing audience and market share.



Job Requirements

Required Skills & Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years experience in television news, working as a news director, assistant news director, executive producer, news producer. Must have experience overseeing daily and breaking news events; ability to focus on news stories, which inform, and highlight the needs of the Spanish speaking community. Must have experience managing operating budgets. Knowledge and understanding of the Nielsen rating system.

  • BS/BA Degree in Media, Communications or Marketing or equivalent experience.

  • Solid news judgment. Ensure flawless execution and innovative storytelling.

  • Bilingual with the ability to write in English and Spanish with fluency and accuracy.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, newsroom systems INEWS, edit bays, cameras, audio board and decks.

  • Proficiency in AVID editing systems, Premiere, Adobe Creative Suite Displays.

  • Proficiency in managing and posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other Social Media Platforms.

  • Candidate must be flexible and willing to work varied schedules, including weekends and holidays.

  • Proven and effective leadership skills; fosters open dialogue, empowers others, addresses conflict quickly and directly.


Desired Skills & Experience

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle competing priorities.

  • Audience growth-oriented.

  • High energy, high work ethic, self-motivated independent professional.

  • Maintain a current actualized knowledge of digital industry trends.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills both in English and Spanish.


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to stand, walk, bend, type, edit, reach and sit for up to eight (8) hours.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be willing to work from the office in Chicago, Illinois

  • Employment/education will be verified

  • Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States

Univision requires that all U.S. and Puerto Rico employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 to work inside its facilities. This helps ensure the health and safety of all employees as well as business continuity. This position will require the successful candidate to submit proof of vaccination.  The Company is an equal opportunity employer, and will provide reasonable accommodation consistent with federal, state, and local law to those individuals who may be unable to be vaccinated.

Univision is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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