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News Director

Spectrum Networks is looking for enthusiastic, talented and driven individuals to join the best and brightest in gathering, producing and delivering news that make a difference within a 24-hour breaking news environment!

Spectrum News is a 24-hour breaking news network which requires employees who are flexible and available to work various shift, including early morning, late evenings, weekends and holidays.

You’re ready to inspire and be inspired! You’re passionate, creative and highly technical, driven to flourish in a competitive, fast-paced environment. You're fiercely accurate, with a desire to leverage your knowledge, skills and abilities to share news stories to viewers our local communities. You're nimble, having the ability to pivot in an ever-changing workflow. You are a team player with a positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills. You have the ability to multi-task, meet tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure.

A Spectrum Networks News Director is responsible for managerial oversight of daily content strategies for the on-air editorial platform of the assigned news channel(s). Develops, implements and monitors programs that promote and support Charter’s News goals and objectives, establishing metrics and tools to measure progress.

• Overseeing day-to-day editorial content strategies for 24-hour local news channel (s)
• Implements long and short term strategies to ensure continuity of content distribution platforms
• Maintains and executes news channel’s internal policies and standards for news gathering
• Acts as a liaison for resource sharing and combined coverage among Spectrum Networks
• Ensures collaboration and promotion of news stories between the linear channel, Digital, Marketing and Creative Services departments
• Critiques newscasts on a daily basis to correct errors, improve coverage, and provide mentoring feedback to news staff
• Participates in the budgeting and forecasting process
• Hires, develops, and mentors News department staff and reviews employee performance for the purpose of salary increases and promotions
• Responds to subpoenas, legal allegations, and answers coverage questions related to legal challenges
• Assists with determining the strategy, planning and execution of projects and initiatives within the department
• Manages continuous improvement cycle and acts as a change agent as opportunities to improve departmental performance are identified.
• Ensures that all applicable standards are followed; remains current on industry trends and legal considerations


• Ability to anticipate situations and plan over a one- to two-year time span
• Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
• Ability to build relationships and motivate
• Problem analysis and problem resolution at both a strategic and a functional level
• Knowledge of all aspects of local news programming, especially social media
• Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills with the ability to produce clear and concise written analysis and reports
• Ability to promote product within the company and throughout the area
• In depth skills with MS Office
• Ability to communicate effectively with all levels in the organization
• Ability to think strategically and anticipate future trends, needs and expectations
• Strong business planning and forecasting skills
• Strong analytic, organizational, and problem solving skills
• Ability to analyze data and develop and present data driven reports
• Ability to document, prepare and present executive level presentations
• Must be able and willing to work different shifts and be flexible with schedule changes
• Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, management or related field; Master’s preferred
• 8+ years News experience; 5+ years management experience; Experience at an affiliate television station or cable station preferred

OUR CULTURESpectrum Networks is a growing organization, with 31 Networks across 12 States. Our commitment is to create relevant, timely content essential in the day to day lives of the people who live in the communities we serve. Additionally, our breadth allows us to share relevant content across our nation-wide networks, increasing our opportunity to share timely stories. We truly believe in continually redefining and re-establishing how we engage with our viewers and their local communities. Each Spectrum Networks’ employee is an influencer and culture keeper. We expect respectful communication (despite pressure), openness to feedback, an eagerness to learn, and an overall positive attitude!