The Chief International Editor is the editorial leader of NPR’s International Desk responsible for the content, integrity and quality of coverage from four regional editors and 22 correspondents in 17 overseas bureaus and Washington D.C. This position is also a key leader in informing and executing the overall strategy for international news in conjunction with the News Desk and Digital News.
•Sets the editorial direction of international coverage as one of the signature elements of NPR News.
•Works closely with the Executive Editor and Senior Director of Field Safety and Security and uses applicable resources to institute and maintain safety protocols for field-based staff, and to ensure regular training for staff working in hostile environments.
•Supervises and Manages the editorial product and the staff that produces it.
•Maintains close relationships with the on air show Executive Producers, Deputy Managing Editors, Desk Editors and General Manager for Podcasts to ensure coordinated coverage and staffing.
•Works closely with the News Operations and Engineering departments while keeping abreast of new technology and products so that NPR can adopt new work practices to improve coverage.
•Directs with Deputy Editor the assignment of duties and establishes accountability for all phases of the operation.
•Monitors International Desk coverage in a consistent manner across all platforms.
•Directs editors and correspondents to develop and maintain a list of freelance news and/or contract reporters in areas uncovered by NPR staff and/or backup to existing staff.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•At least 12 years of journalism editorial experience, including work overseas.
•A minimum of 7 years’ experience in a senior editorial and supervisory position in an international news organization.
•Strong leadership skills: the ability to set a vision (near and long-term) for the International Desk.