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Senior Project Director, Morley Safer Award for Outstanding Reporting – University of Texas at Austin – Austin, TX


Company: University of Texas at Austin

Location: Austin, TX

  • Full Time

University of Texas at Austin

Job Posting Title:

Senior Project Director, Morley Safer Award for Outstanding Reporting

Hiring Department:

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Position Open To:

All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

FLSA Status:

Exempt

Earliest Start Date:

Feb 17, 2020

Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Feb 16, 2021

Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

Job Description:

As a project of the university’s Briscoe Center for American History’s news media history collections, the Morley Safer Award (MSA) Project Director will produce and manage an annual competition and award ceremony to recognize an American or Canadian journalist for outstanding reporting in the previous year. The MSA Project Director will build relationships in the journalism community that are beneficial to the Briscoe Center, its news media history collections, and its Morley Safer Award.

The successful candidate will be a strong project manager with a thorough understanding of the journalism profession and its critical role in the functioning of American democracy, as well as the significant value of news products for historical research. The center is seeking a self-motivated, highly-organized, efficient, collaborative, flexible, and creative problem solver with a love of journalism and history.

Job Details:

General Notes

This position is temporary for a period of one year from the date of hire with a possibility for extension dependent on funding.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage day-to-day working relationships with internal and external partners (including Briscoe Center colleagues, project donors, vendors, volunteers, and other stakeholders, particularly members of the journalism profession) to refine award criteria and project timelines, recruit nominators and jurors, set project pace, deliver project elements on time and on budget, evaluate project goals and objectives, and effectively communicate progress.
  • Produce and manage the annual Morley Safer Award for Outstanding Reporting competition and award ceremony. Assemble project teams, assign individual responsibilities, develop project plans, anticipate and resolve problems, determine budgetary needs and allocate resources, track deliverables, and monitor progress of all elements of the project.
  • Produce and/or coordinate all marketing, communications, and promotional aspects of the award program and event including: brand management in print, social media, internet, and at award ceremony; content management of project website and online submissions and jury platform, write and distribute press releases, produce physical award and develop print collateral. Work with the Briscoe Center’s webmaster as needed. Work with the Briscoe Center’s events coordinator as needed. Work with external graphic designers as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Radio/TV/Film or related field.
  • Three years of experience in a project management role in an educational environment or news media outlet.
  • Demonstrated success at leading multiple aspects of a major project concurrently under pressure of deadlines and evolving stakeholder requirements.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and professionalism in effectively addressing challenges, mitigating risks, and implementing solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to create positive experiences when interacting with external constituents.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness and aptitude to learn new software as needed.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly adapt to change.
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Journalism or Radio/TV/Film.
  • Five years of experience in a project management role in an educational environment or news media outlet.
  • Experience as a working reporter, producer, or editor.
  • Experience with project management tools, WordPress or similar platform, InDesign, and/or Open Water.
  • Experience as both a project manager and as a working reporter, producer, or editor; experience working with reporters, editors, and/or producers in one or more news media platforms.
  • Experience producing a national journalism award.
  • Keen interest in journalism, American history and the role museums, research centers, and archives plays in higher education.

Salary Range

$65,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions.

  • Repetitive use of keyboard at a workstation.

  • Occasional lifting/moving boxes up to 50lbs.

  • Periodic travel as needed.

Work Shift

  • Periodic travel as needed.

  • Periodic evenings/weekends as needed.

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • Letter of interest

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • 3 writing samples; at least one sample should be a press release

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197.

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