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Managing Director / Editorial & Operations

Post Date:Jan 28, 2017Type:Full time
Start Date:TBDSalary:Stanford Grade K
Location: United States - California - Stanford Job Reference:
Job Description:

The John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships is an ambitious, international program at Stanford University that champions innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders as they re-invent journalism. Each year, we give up to 20 outstanding fellows the resources to pursue and test their ideas for improving the quality of news and information reaching the public. We work together closely as a team with a diverse group of fellows, affiliates and hundreds of alumni from around the world. 

The Managing Director/Editorial and Operations must have an established professional reputation in journalism and innovation. The Managing Director must have experience managing projects and people, and leading change in organizations. She/he must be deeply conversant in current trends and challenges in journalism, including but not limited to the digital transformation of journalism, shifts in audience engagement and information technology, media economic forces and challenges to independent, accountability journalism in the U.S. and around the world. A person who succeeds in this role will be forward thinking, an excellent collaborator and mentor, with a bias for action. 

The Managing Director reports to the Director. The Managing Director is part of a leadership team that sets policy and conducts and implements long-range strategic planning, while maintaining a high level of autonomy over decision making regarding projects, programs and initiatives that have a significant impact on the future and outcomes of the JSK Fellowships. 

The core responsibilities of the Managing Director involve managing the editorial, programmatic, operational and alumni elements of the program. Duties include: 

Editorial strategy: Oversee and lead the program’s editorial strategy to effectively communicate the JSK story and the stories and lessons of JSK Fellows, alumni and directors as they pursue journalism innovation. Initiate new ways for JSK to provide value to the world of journalism by sharing insights from fellows and others via the lens of innovation at Stanford and in Silicon Valley. 

Programmatic leadership: Develop, organize and implement programming for the JSK Fellows, including weekly seminars, specialized workshops, trainings and speakers to enhance their skills, worldview and learning so they become better innovators, thinkers and leaders. 

Operations: Help manage the daily operations of the fellowship, including working with the Director and staff on management of ongoing JSK program projects, program finances, including grant management, and aspects of human resources, such as staff management and development.

Alumni: Manage and grow initiatives to increase the program’s involvement and interaction with JSK alumni to tap their talents. Work with the leadership team to increase the impact of the fellowship through alumni coaching, expanded alumni mentoring of fellows and encourage ongoing involvement by alumni in the program’s new Teams and Themes framework. 

Management: Supervise staff who are responsible for JSK’s editorial, programmatic, operational and alumni components of the program. Provide key support, training and evaluation for staff members to ensure the best outcomes for the program. 

Advising: With the leadership team, coach fellows as they pursue innovative ideas for addressing the biggest challenges facing journalism and grow their leadership skills. Provide advising on career, academic, and professional matters, and provide referrals for other issues. Sessions include consultations during the JSK Fellowships orientation, numerous one-on-one meetings throughout the year, and year-end coaching for Fellows at a special workshop to help leverage their fellowship for the benefit of journalism and their future careers. 


Application deadline: Feb. 25 


All applicants must provide a resume and a cover letter answering these three questions: 

1. What talents, professional experiences and values make you a great fit for this position? 

2. Describe a concrete example of a time in which your leadership and collaboration in journalism made a difference. 

3. What are the most pressing issues facing journalism today, and how might you begin to address these challenges by being on the leadership team at the JSK Fellowships? 


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Stanford job information for this position 

Job Purpose 

Work under broad direction of management to identify opportunities, develop strategy, and lead, implement, and administer large programs. Serve as expert advisor to faculty and staff and have a large role in program strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development. 

Core Duties 

  • Lead and oversee development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of programs. Oversee analysis, reporting, and program improvements. Oversee the development, adherence to, and implementation of program policies and procedures. 
  • Lead strategic planning for the program/entity. 
  • Represent the entity or program to the broader university, external community, and other stakeholders. Provide expert consultation related to program development, funding opportunities, or other specialty area. 
  • Develop outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships and fundraising/funding. Identify external funding opportunities and write proposals and research grants. 
  • Develop and oversee strategic financial planning and sustainability for the program/entity, as needed; monitor performance and ensure appropriate controls. 
  • May teach or co-teach courses; oversee the administration of courses; create and/or advise in the development of curriculum; and/or advise students, coach and mentor clients and program staff. 
  • Coach and mentor program staff. 

        - Other duties may also be assigned 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Four-year college degree or equivalent in journalism or related field. Intensive experience in journalism or related fields is essential, as is deep knowledge of current issues in the field.
  • Understanding of organizations and experience in leadership, management and mentoring roles is required. 
  • Experience in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership is desirable. 
  • Demonstrated strengths in creative problem-solving and the ability to forge a path where none has existed before. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with small teams. 
  • Demonstrated exceptional organizational and communication skills. 
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, tact, and discretion 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills working with a diverse population and the ability to establish credibility. 
  • Demonstrated effective supervisory experience.
  • Familiarity with Google docs and Google drive. 
  • Comfortable in a Mac environment. 


Minimum Requirements 

Education & Experience: 

Advanced degree and five or more years of relevant experience in area of specialization or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans. Experience developing program partnerships and funding sources. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources 
  • Advanced oral, written, editing and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization. 
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff. 
  • Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans. 

Physical Requirements 

  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks. 
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds. 
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds. 
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others. 
  • On-campus mobility. 

       * Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. 

Working Conditions 

  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends. 
  • May travel locally. 
  • Occasional overnight travel. 

Works Standards

Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations. 

Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. 

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, 

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record. 

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Job: Administration 

Location: School of Humanities and Sciences Schedule: 

Schedule: Full-time 

Grade: K 

Job Code: 4113 

Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources
Advanced oral, written, editing and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
Ability to oversee and direct staff.
Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans.


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Contact Information
JSK Journalism Fellowships @ Stanford
John Knight
450 Serra Mall, Rm 424
Stanford, CA 95302
United States

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