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University of Montana School of Journalism
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Missoula, Montana (United States)

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Founding Director for Media Lab

Job ID: 54139
Job Views: 175
Location: Missoula, Montana, United States
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Job Category: Academia
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 10.24.2017

Job Description

As one of the nation’s leading journalism schools, we train the journalists of tomorrow and serve the broader Montana community by sharing our storytelling expertise. We are building a new laboratory that will discover, teach and implement best practices in storytelling for creators and communities. By leveraging the teaching and technology resources of the School of Journalism, this center will prepare students and organizations across a range of disciplines to succeed in a media-driven world.
We seek a dynamic founding director for this new facility, someone who will help define and launch the program with the aim of establishing a national reputation. The lab will be a stand-alone unit housed within the UM School of Journalism. The director will work closely with Journalism School faculty, with partners across campus, and with industry figures from around the country.  The goal of the lab is to establish the UM J School as a leader in media training and innovation.

Job Requirements

Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Inspire students and faculty at UM to experiment with new storytelling formats, and to engage communities across Montana in this effort.
  • Organize workshops and training sessions, and supervise participating instructors.
  • Help students and partners sharpen their focus on audiences and their needs.
  • Work with the dean and faculty of the Journalism School to expand our reach.
  • Develop partnerships with a variety of media organizations.
  • Attract high caliber visiting experts.
  • Generate buzz about the work of the lab, and of the J School.
  • Assist in fundraising and attracting new talent to the lab.
  • Organize workshops focused on skill sets in high demand.
  • Be an influential ambassador for the lab, the School of Journalism and the University.
Desired Qualifications
A successful applicant should:
  • Be well-versed in the tools of media engagement, and well-grounded in the challenges and opportunities facing modern media creators.
  • Have experience in building a new organization from the ground up.
  • Be an independent thinker, self-motivated and able to work on long-term goals.
  • Believe in the value of journalism in sustaining an informed citizenry, and should have an understanding of the ethical values behind responsible journalism. 
  • Have 7+  years of experience in media creation, including some of the following proficiencies:
  • Community and organizational leadership and development.
  • Proven skills in fundraising and grant development
  • Storytelling on multiple media platforms.
  • Social media and audience engagement.
  • Entrepreneurship and online promotion.
  • Data literacy and visualization.
  • Teaching and writing about changes in the news industry and online media markets.
  • Familiarity with the latest tools for media creation.
  • Must work well with colleagues and be able to supervise future hires.
  • Start-up or organizational capacity-building experience a plus.
Position Details
This is a contract position, with an initial commitment of two years. We have strong early support for the center and anticipate long-term growth and sustainability. In the near-term, we are looking for a candidate who is willing to lead the startup phase in a leadership role with the opportunity for continuing in the position as the center develops.   
Salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000 per year DOE.  The position includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
How to Apply 
Priority Application Date: November 15, 2017.  
For application instructions, required application materials, and to learn more about UM’s School of Journalism and Missoula, please apply at
University of Montana is an ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Employer

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