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Assistant News Director

Req #: 203961

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Job Location Detail: U District

Posting Date: 03/11/2022

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $105,000 - $115,000 annually

Union Position: No

Shift: First Shift


KUOW and the University of Washington are equal opportunity employers. KUOW is dedicated to building a culturally diverse staff and creating a working environment that promotes racial equity and inclusiveness. We believe attracting and retaining diverse staff is crucial to serving our community and fulfilling our mission. Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.


We have an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant News Director to serve as the 2nd leader of the newsroom staff and the key deputy in leading our news team into the next phase of growth and excellence. As the primary support of the KUOW News Director, they help lead our day-to-day and collaborative work. The Assistant News Director serves as a key leader in hiring our next team of journalists and in transitioning them into success at KUOW.

The Assistant News Director will take responsibility for supervising our Drivetime shows and staff while balancing the day-to-day priorities of the team, as directed by the News Director. They will also serve as the primary liaison for hiring and new staff onboarding.


  • Assists News Director in managing day-to-day news content assignments and production and ensures that such content is consistent with the mission, goals and editorial policies of the station. 40%
  • Supervises selected hosts, producers and contract staff and conducts annual performance evaluations. 20%
  • Assists News Director in managing spot and vacation schedules. 5%.
  • Assists News Director in evaluating pitches and stories from freelancers, RadioActive producers, and others. 5%.
  • Helps lead hiring and onboarding process for the newsroom. 10%
  • Assists in collaborative projects across KUOW. 10%
  • Assists in newsroom staff development, including identifying needs, mentorship and training opportunities. 10%


Position reports to the News Director


Supervision of selected hosts and producers


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field and 4 years of journalism experience to include news and/or editorial supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Demonstrated organizational and leadership abilities.
  • Knowledge of professional journalistic standards and practices.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Broadcast and digital journalism experience.
  • Public Media experience.


The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or


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