The Seattle Times
Date posted: Nov. 8, 2019
The Seattle Times is excited to announce an opening for a Publisher’s Special Assistant to join our Pulitzer Prize-winning team. In this varied role, you will work directly with the Publisher (CEO) on various company initiatives and programs, with a focus on our new Save the Free Press Initiative. Ideally, you would be comfortable communicating with industry-leading community leaders on special projects, liaising with internal executives while coordinating relationships with community and regional media leaders. The primary purposes of the position are to directly, and indirectly, support the Publisher in his responsibilities for Community Funding of Public Service Journalism.
Summary of Responsibilities:
This role calls for you to remain adaptable while fulfilling multiple roles and ready to carry out any task. In addition, you should be comfortable providing reserve support for the Publisher’s Executive Assistant (when needed) while also helping manage his public social media presence. In addition, you will provide direct support to the Publisher in The Seattle Times’ Save the Free Press Initiative, managing the Publisher’s social media, overseeing management of his digital file, and providing research for speeches, forums and testimony. Separately, you would be tasked with managing media relationships, crafting and publishing communications, and upkeep with donor files and communications.
Summary of Qualifications Needed:
At least three years’ expertise developing and executing corporate communications and media relations required, with at least one-year exposure to managing projects with or supporting C-level executives. Four-year college degree or equivalent work experience also required. Successful candidates will possess a high degree of confidentiality, poise and professionalism managing internal and external communications with high level executives. Ideal candidates will also have familiarity and advanced working knowledge of social media platforms. Finally, applicants should have prior knowledge (or willingness to learn about) The Seattle Times’ various public-funded journalism initiatives, including Project Homeless, Educational and Traffic labs, as well as the new Investigative Journalism Fund.