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Director, News Talent

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Date: Nov 18, 2021

Location: New York, NY, US, 10281

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world's population sees news from AP.


The Associated Press seeks an experienced newsroom leader, coach and/or recruiter to build and mentor a competitive, diverse and inclusive staff of journalists as its new director of news talent.


Reporting to the vice president and head of news strategy and operations, this newsroom leader will take charge of our efforts to add talented journalists to AP’s global newsroom and build out growth opportunities for current AP staff, leveraging deep professional ties across the media and technology industries to help AP find and hire new teammates who can provide for the complete needs of our customers, clients and growing digital audience.As a strategic leader in AP’s global newsroom, the director of news talent will also collaborate extensively with senior News and Human Resources leaders to develop early-career mentorships and mid-career development programs that offer AP journalists clear and varied paths for growth and engagement. This director will also help news leaders develop stretch opportunities that allow AP journalists to build new skills and expand their careers. The successful candidate will manage the mechanics of recruiting and hiring in the News Department, placing AP’s commitment to building a newsroom and news report that reflects the diversity of the stories we tell around the world at the heart of that effort. This position is to be based in New York, but candidates in other locations with major AP offices will be considered.


The successful candidate will:

  • have impeccable judgment and a commitment to accuracy, and the competitive fire to find, recruit, hire and retain a diverse and inclusive team that shares AP’s commitment to fact-based journalism.
  • work with colleagues in Human Resources to manage and build on AP’s programs for early career journalists, including global internships and fellowships.
  • represent AP at various journalism conferences and expand our relationships with leading college journalism programs and affinity organizations, in an effort to find the next generation of AP journalists.
  • have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively and successfully among a diverse team of journalists who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, data and graphics.
  • have a record of team building and fostering collaboration across media formats and time zones alike, bringing journalists together to achieve common goals.


Qualifications: The director of news talent must have demonstrated excellence as a newsroom leader, career coach and/or trainer, talent recruiter or human resources executive. The successful candidate will have a proven history of successful collaboration with a wide-ranging group of stakeholders to set goals, measure performance and achieve key objectives. Applicants should have at least five years of experience working with journalists as a manager, coach, trainer or recruiter, and be able to point to effective outcomes from past experience leading programs, teams, projects or assignments and attracting and retaining diverse staff.


Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • All applicants must be able to work in the U.S., or be able to gain permission to work in the U.S.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English. Professional competency in a language in additional to English is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats.
  • History of leadership of journalists working in more than one format is a decided plus.

Application deadline is December 13, 2021 11:59pm est


AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.

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