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Strategic Planning Editor (16819)

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 31, 2022
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At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail.

Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work.

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About the Department/Unit

WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and DCist is our digital outlet for local news. We provide in-depth and enterprise reporting alongside essential daily news and information that aims to reflect and serve the diverse communities of our region. We believe in news as a public service and put our current and future audience at the center of our work.


The Strategic Planning Editor plays a multi-faceted editor role in WAMU and DCist’s newsroom, with a special focus on keeping future editorial plans and logistics on track. The position ensures special series, themed content and other editorial initiatives are highly organized, well communicated and aligned with strategic content priorities. It oversees coverage scheduling and keeps track of the newsrooms’ medium and long-term editorial coverage plans, identifying coverage opportunities an­­­d gaps well in advance.

The Strategic Planning Editor is responsible for setting and executing standards around breaking news, including overseeing and directing coverage for the breaking news desk at least one day a week. The position also edits daily stories and regularly leads editorial projects from concept to completion.

This position reports to Executive Editor, Regional News and work closely with other Editors to enforce a unified vision for WAMU/DCist’s regional coverage agenda.

Essential Functions
  1. Daily coverage: In addition to regularly editing news content as needed, holds at least one breaking news editing shift per week. During this shift, determines which stories to cover; provides hands on editing of both audio and digital content; holds decision-making authority over whether a story is ready to broadcast or post.
  2. Leads the collaboration to identify opportunities and gaps in special coverage. Researches future events and topics of interest for coverage.
  3. Scheduling: Oversees calendar and systems for organizing coverage: maintains current tools as well as innovates and develops new systems/protocols as needs arise. This includes both employee scheduling (breaking news shifts, vacation, special event coverage, etc) and systems to ensure follow-up stories on topics of importance, advance planning for future events, and the resurfacing of evergreen content.
  4. Special projects: Serves as a backup newsletter writer. Helps implement NPR homepage pilot.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full Time
  • Project Leader/Advisor B
  • Exempt
  • This is a union-eligible position.
Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 4-6 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with project management and planning, including defining goals and milestones, accurately assessing time and resources needed to accomplish tasks, documenting and communicating plans, etc.
  • Experience in an editor role and demonstrated strong news judgment including editing for narrative strength, storytelling style, and factual accuracy.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • 5-8 years of relevant experience.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Familiarity with various planning approaches and tools including Airtable, Trello and similar.
  • Ability to determine the best platforms for telling stories.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity, both internally and with work in the community.
  • Proven ability to collaborate, build teams and foster a supportive, team-oriented work culture.
  • An appreciation and ability to set and meet deadlines.
  • Recognition of the responsibility of public media to fulfill its mission and serve the full community.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive.
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

Union Eligibility

This position is part of a collective bargaining unit represented by SAG-AFTRA. That means the terms and conditions of your employment are governed by university policy (including the Staff Personnel Policies Manual) and any collective bargaining agreement entered into between American University and SAG-AFTRA.

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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