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HELP WANTED: MDDC Executive Director

MDDC is seeking a new director with a target start date of Jan. 1
The position of Executive Director of the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association is now open and the position has been posted. Jack Murphy, who has led MDDC since 2006, will remain in place until a replacement is ready to start.

To further expedite the search, the MDDC Board of Directors has retained the services of Search Consultants International, a recruiting firm from Baltimore specializing in finding and vetting executive-level talent. Steven R. Braun, president of the firm, is quarterbacking the search. Interested candidates or those wishing to refer a potential candidate can contact Braun at 410-332-9949 or use his email address of sbraun@searchconsultants.org.

JOB DESCRIPTION: MDDC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

OBJECTIVE OF POSITION (The broad function, scope and purpose of work to be performed):
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and Press Services; including staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The Executive Director will play a dynamic role in leading change and innovation for the association to support and advance the association’s value to its members.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties and functions which are essential to successful performance in the position):
Leadership & Management
• Work collaboratively with Board of Directors to develop and execute a strategic vision and business plan for MDDC Press Association and MDDC Press Services
• Advocate and represent MDDC Press Association, serving as a voice for member newspapers in particular and journalism in general.
• Actively engage and energize board members, member newspapers, and committee chairs. Seek and build board and committee involvement to support the goals of the organization.
• Continuously explore and present to the board new ideas for improving member services and revenue growth opportunities through ad sales, new digital offerings, and other new profitable revenue streams
• Oversee the daily and nondaily classified ad networks to expand revenue growth, profitability and ease of operation.
• Lead, coach, develop and retain a high performing staff. Provide annual performance evaluations in a timely manner.
• Budget development and fiscal management responsibilities.
• Serve as a liaison to the MDDC Press Foundation Board.

Communication
• Deepen and refine all aspects of communication – from web presence to external relations with members and the public with the goal of creating a stronger brand
• Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
• Actively participate in the Association’s lobbying efforts to represent and advance member newspaper’s interests.

Administrative
• Assists president in the coordination of committee, board meetings.
• Oversee annual contests, workshops and internship program.
• Give written reports to the board on a regular basis with staff during regularly scheduled meetings.
• Keep president and executive board of the association informed about pertinent information.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the president, board of directors

POSITION REQUIREMENTS (Minimum qualifications and requirements needed to perform the essential responsibilities):
• Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Business, Communications or related field with a minimum of five years of prior experience, preferably in a newsroom, a newspaper sales environment, or association management.
• Minimum of five year’s previous experience in management.
• Along with the board, develop and maintain a long-term strategy and vision for the press association.
• A thorough knowledge of the newspaper industry and of media in general. Fluency in multiplatform journalism and complete understanding of successful digital revenue growth strategies.
• A passion for the First Amendment and a strong knowledge of open meetings laws.
• Effective communication skills, both internally and those outside of the organization.
• Experience leading a staff of employees.
• Knowledge of and demonstrated ability in grant writing.
• Knowledge of the Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia legislative process. Contacts in those areas a plus.

QUALITIES OF A SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE (Minimum qualifications and requirements needed to perform the essential responsibilities):
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
• Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Deep knowledge of newspaper industry with leadership experience advancing digital media efforts.
• Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
• Consensus builder; ability to find common ground in competing perspectives.
• Embraces the challenges and opportunities in the industry.
• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
• Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
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