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ICT Newscast Director

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Join a fast-paced Indigenous broadcast newsroom that delivers a daily half-hour program for public broadcasting stations and multiple web-based platforms. The Newscast Director leads, develops and manages the production and content of the “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez.” 

This exciting opportunity will allow you to work from ICT’s Phoenix bureau, located at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. This is a full-time position.

Job Title: ICT Newscast Director 
Immediate Supervisor: Shirley Sneve, VP of Broadcasting 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Position Type: Full-Time, 40 hours/week

FLSA Status: Exempt
Department: Broadcast
Salary: $80,000 (plus fringe benefits)

Job Summary:
The Newscast Director leads, develops and manages the production and content of the “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez.” The Newscast Director sets high standards for journalism integrity and makes sure every report reflects ICT’s mission and style. Plans the newscast by determining and scheduling content. Oversees quality control, monitoring stories for accuracy and ensuring that broadcasting rules and regulations are followed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Direct the television newscast and oversee broadcast content on the website.
  • Direct other members of the news team to produce excellent programming.
  • Coach and develop producers, anchors and reporters.
  • Review stories to make sure they are fair and accurate.
  • Ensure adherence to journalistic and legal standards.
  • Monitor news developments and assign producers for content creation.
  • Participate in broadcast and digital team meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with editors and fellow reporters/national correspondents, and the ICT broadcast team.
  • Cultivate diverse and representative sources.
  • Communicate openly and promptly sharing information and ideas with others throughout the organization.
  • Use journalistic and ethical judgment.
  • Pay attention to detail and care for factual accuracy.
  • Hold show reviews and critiques.
  • Use background in American Indian and Alaska Native issues, histories, and cultures, and federal Indian policy to provide context in news stories.

Newscast Director Skills and Competencies: 

  • Strong leadership and coaching: Ability to lead and coach staff on all aspects of newsroom work, from shooting video to writing compelling TV news stories.
  • Personnel and material management: Ability to handle a staff, budget, and inventory of expensive television equipment.
  • Communication and interpersonal talents: Ability to work well with others at the station.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for all aspects of the job.
  • Critical-thinking and problem-solving capabilities: Ability to handle pressure calmly, such as responding to breaking news.
  • Branding: Ability to perform market research and know the target demographics of their audience. 
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite (Premier Pro), Rundown Creator and other communications platforms (google docs, MS Office), and video and audio recording.

Education and Experience:

  • College degree in journalism, communications, and radio/TV/film, or related field and experience.
  • Proven ability to lead and execute strong breaking news coverage.
  • Excellent understanding about and relationships with Indian Country and Indigenous people.
  • Deep understanding of federal Indian law, key concepts such as government-to-government relationships, as well as a current overview of the issues, events, and people in Indian Country.
  • Superior writing and copy-editing skills.
  • A people-focused manager.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Licenses and certifications: 

  • Requires a valid driver’s license.

Please email careers@indiancountrytoday.com a resume, 3-5 samples of your work and answer a series of questions using this form. Write “ICT Newscast Director — YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME” in the email subject line. We use resumes primarily as a summary and will focus our attention on responses to our questions. Application deadline: Open until filled.

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IndiJ Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, color, age, physical or mental disability, spousal affiliation, marital status, a serious medical condition, genetic information, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

To request a disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Kendra Clements at careers@indiancountrytoday.com. We will provide reasonable accommodation consistent with applicable law.