News Director, NBC4 Washington

Job Description

NBC Universal

Company Description

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Job Description

NBCU Local in Washington, DC is looking for a News Director to oversee the day-to-day operations of the station’s news department. The News Director, who will report to the Vice President of News, will be responsible for executing the strategic mission for the News organization while ensuring that the highest levels of journalistic, legal, production and promotional standards are maintained. The position will oversee big stories, breaking news, weather and sweeps planning with an eye toward budget, payroll, staffing, and news operations to meet operational goals. This position will also be integrally involved in innovation in our duopoly newsroom and executing new ways to cover news across all platforms.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Work with VP, News to plan short and long term strategies across multiple platforms
  • Manage day-to-day coverage, major events, and breaking news across
  • Implement strategies and tactics to increase ratings and performance in all newscasts
  • Oversee specials units including investigative /consumer units, elections coverage and other station events
  • Provide guidance at editorial meetings for daily newscasts
  • Work with Director of Integrated Media to develop new content for digital and streaming platforms, including OTT and FAST
  • Provide leadership to News professionals, driving culture of creativity, excellence and diversity of thought in a multi-platform environment
  • Train and develop news staff in coordination with other news managers
  • Develop and manage ongoing staff recruitment in all news production areas
  • Ensure the daily goals and missions are executed, tracked and communicated to the staff
  • Evaluate workflow efficiencies and staffing to ensuring editorial resources are allocated most effectively and expectations are met
  • Work with leadership team to identify talent and develop pipeline for key positions
  • Provide consistent, effective communication to the newsroom on all facets of operations and station life
  • Ensure standards are met and newsroom’s policies and procedures are followed
  • Partner closely with T44 News Director to ensure stations to ensure the most effective duopoly operations
  • Schedule anchors, reporters regularly
  • Back-up VP, News as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in News leadership role in a medium to large market
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in News
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications or equivalent work experience

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV through to be considered
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours, late nights and weekends as required
  • Must be willing to work in Washington, D.C.
  • Must be willing to work onsite 5 days per week
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
  • Must accept Solutions as NBCUniversal’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program

Desired Characteristics:

  • Must be creative, innovative, have a hands-on managing style, and be able to create and execute a winning strategy across multiple platforms
  • Ability to grow and maintain a culture of respect and collaboration
  • Excellent people management, leadership and coaching skills
  • Change agent
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High level of experience in technical expertise across emerging multi-media platforms
  • Possess strong writing, producing, creative, management and leadership skills
  • Fierce competitor who plays to win
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills preferred

Additional Information

NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.

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