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JPL's NewsroomGroup,withintheCommunicationsandEducationDirectorate, interacts with traditional news media and digital media platforms. Because of a growing demand to learn about JPL's discoveries, the Group has an exciting opportunity for a supervisor to lead this team as the News Chief.
Reporting to the Media Relations Manager, the News Chief supervises a team of media relations specialists in developing an array of text and multimedia products about JPL's space and technology projects that appeal to traditional media outlets, new media and the public. The News Chief manages the team in writing news releases, feature stories, press kits and other written products, and provides guidance in story selection and development. The News Chief provides final copyediting of products to ensure they are accurate and user-friendly, and coordinates their review and release with NASA. This position also maintains an internal editorial calendar to organize release dates and delivery platforms across teams. The Newsroom Group is one of four teams within Media Relations, which also includes Social Media, News Events and Projects, and Video Design and Production. The News Chief interacts daily with leads of each team to coordinate the delivery of outstanding news packages that convey our story to the world. In addition to daily coordination across these teams, the News Chief interacts and coordinates with JPL Web teams, Public Engagement teams, the NASA Communications Office, and mission managers and scientists. As a team leader and builder, the position handles duties including hiring, promotions, and conducting annual assessments for direct reports.
This position is responsible for supervising and retaining a diverse, highly qualified staff, and for providing career coaching, growth and personal development for direct report employees; maintaining a safe working environment and a strong customer focus; administering policies and procedures. The ideal candidate will have:
Proven ability to build and motivate a team, by encouraging and supporting independent thinking, training and career development
Experience leading in one or more of the following areas: science writing, news releases, digital storytelling, multimedia, short-form and long-form newswriting, copy editing
In-depth experience in both traditional and digital media. A combination of right-brain creativity and left-brain organization and focus is strongly desired
Excellent copy-editing skills to ensure concise, accurate, interesting and appealing products. Attention to detail required
Superior writing skills, with an ability to distill complex science and engineering topics into brief, colorful and descriptive materials that are easily understood by general media and the public, while providing enough detail for science and technology journalists
A strong track record of working in a very dynamic environment, with proven ability to lead a team to meet deadlines and handle breaking news, while juggling multiple projects and demands
An eye for incorporating online multimedia products, including video, imagery, audio and graphics as storytelling tools
Proven ability to be a team player and collaborate frequently with multi-organizational peers, senior management, and customers
Knowledge of applicable JPL and NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations, is considered a plus
This position typically requires a Bachelor's Degree in communications, journalism, science writing or related discipline with a minimum of 9 years of related experience, including 2 years of lead experience
Caltech/JPL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Caltech/JPL to provide equal employment opportunities, actively recruit, and include for employment consideration all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.