The Northern Light, Executive Editor

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Classification:Student Assistant C
Grade:Student C
Work type:Student Employee
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:VC, Student Affairs
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

The Northern Light, the student newspaper at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is currently recruiting for the Executive Editor position. This student staff position is 30 hours/week and starts at $12.75/hour.


Job Posting Summary: 

The Northern Light is a weekly University of Alaska Anchorage student multimedia news publication, funded by both student media fees and advertising revenue. A digital-first source, The Northern Light updates with timely web and multimedia content. The Northern Light is distributed on Tuesdays during the academic year and summer.

The Executive Editor is responsible for overall management and day-to-day operation of the student media organization, The Northern Light. The Executive Editor provides vision and direction to The Northern Light, and is responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, evaluating and coordinating staff as well as relationship building with various constituencies. They are also responsible for ensuring that staff deliver consistent and informative media coverage that engages the university community.

The Executive Editor works in partnership with with advisors and the Media Board to ensure continuity in The Northern Light's media coverage of the UAA community. The Executive Editor is the final reviewer for all copy and content submitted for publication by The Northern Light's staff. They also work work closely with the Managing Editor to oversee editorial content. The Executive Editor is responsible for covering job duties for any vacant position on the staff. This includes, but is not limited to: selling advertisements, creating content, designing layout, copy editing, publishing content.

The Executive Editor is responsible for budget management, including expenditures and revenue, as well as monitoring fiscal records and annual budget preparation in accordance with University policies and procedures. Other duties include equipment and office management.

The Executive Editor coordinates with the KRUA 88.1 FM Station Manager to create opportunities for cross-collaboration and content-sharing.


• Possess excellent leadership and management skills, including strong communication, team-building, problem-solving and time management.
• Ability to lead team of college journalists and business staff to meet The Northern Light's vision and goals.
• Ability to manage The Northern Light staff, including hiring, training, supervising, and coordinating the staff.
• Ability to manage a complex budget funded by student fees and ad revenue.
• Ability to meet deadlines and hold others accountable to deadlines.
• Ability to work cooperatively with others and lead team-building among staff members and student media partners.
• Ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment, and to interact with the public in a diplomatic and professional manner.
• Ability to gather and analyze information as well as write and edit publishable articles or columns with attention to grammar, The Associated Press style, spelling, clarity, accuracy and thorough reporting.
• Ability to use tools related to the production of The Northern Light, such as computers, scanners, printers, cameras and other equipment.
• Ability to design pages using InDesign, update the website using Wordpress, utilize social media platforms, and understand professional publishing practices for print and online media.
• Possess knowledge of and experience with software such as Microsoft Word, Camayak, Photoshop, InDesign and Wordpress.
• Possess knowledge of and experience using The Associate Press stylebook.
• Possess knowledge of and experience with information gathering techniques, the First Amendment, the Freedom of Information Act, media ethics and legal issues.

Required Experience:

At least one year of college media experience as writer, section editor, or similar position, preferably with leadership or management responsibilities.

Prior experience in journalism, management, supervision, training, budgeting, event planning, and public speaking are required.

Demonstrated experience with print and online production or equivalent media production is required.

Typical Education or Training:

To be eligible for student employment in Student Life & Leadership, an applicant must: a. Be enrolled in the University of Alaska system with a minimum of six credit hours in the current semester of employment; or b. Have been enrolled the preceding semester for six or more credit hours and demonstrate plans to enroll for six or more credit hours in the next semester for employment between semesters; and c. Have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or approval from the MAU Senior Student Services officer or his/her designee. d. Students enrolled in non-traditional programs of study will be considered eligible for student employment with the approval of the Senior Student Services officer. e. An applicant must provide evidence of enrollment as outlined above to substantiate employment eligibility.

Students must have successfully completed 60-90 credits, including college-level courses in fundamental journalism and public communications, to include editing, news writing, reporting, media ethics and legal issues, or equivalent experience.

Special Instructions:

In addition to posting a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references here, please e-mail a one-page statement of your leadership and management philosophy, your approach to transitioning into the position, and your top three goals for The Northern Light to Allie Hartman (

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