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:UAA 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 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. Before COVID-19, The Northern Light has historically distributed on Tuesdays during the academic year and summer. 

The executive editor is responsible for the overall management and operation of the student media organization, The Northern Light. The editor is to provide vision and direction to the news organization in the development and implementation of reporting, training, special events, staffing, recruitment, and relationship building with various constituencies. They are responsible for hiring, supervising, evaluating, and coordinating staff and contract reporters to deliver consistent and informative media coverage that engages the university community.

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 management and office management.

The executive editor works with advisors and the Media Board to ensure continuity in The Northern Light's operations and media coverage of the UAA community. The executive editor is the final reviewer for all copy and content submitted for publication. This position works in concert with the managing editor to oversee editorial content. The editor is responsible for covering job duties for any vacant position. This includes, but is not limited to: creating content, designing layout, copy editing, publishing content, generating and developing new revenue streams.

The executive editor will coordinate with the KRUA Station Manager to create opportunities for cross-collaboration and content-sharing. 

Knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position: 

Candidate must possess the ability to organize and supervise The Northern Light staff, as well as the ability to establish vision and goals for The Northern Light. 

Experience in journalism, management, training, supervision of staff, budgeting, event planning, and presenting. Candidate should be innovative, imaginative and motivating. 

Applicant must have the skills needed to report, write and edit news content, gather and analyze information, design pages using InDesign, update the website using a content management system, utilize social media platforms, and understand professional publishing practices for print and online media. 

Candidate must have the aptitude to use tools related to the production of The Northern Light, such as computers, cameras, scanners, and other equipment. Familiarity with software such as Microsoft Word, Slack, Photoshop, and InDesign is desired, along with knowledge of Associated Press (AP) style and modern grammar. 

Other qualifications include the successful completion of college-level editing, communications law, and news reporting courses or equivalent experience. Demonstrated experience with print and online production or equivalent media production is crucial along with the ability to work with minimal supervision, to effectively communicate in a diverse environment, and to deal with the public in a diplomatic manner. Team-building skills are required in this position and shall be applied in regard to staff members as well as student media partners. Knowledge of ethical standards demanded within the industry, First Amendment rights and legal issues are essential. 

General management skills, strong communication, team building, and problem-solving. Ability to lead a team of college journalists and business staff to meet The Northern Light's goals. Public speaking experience. Design experience. Leadership experience.

Experience required for this position: 

At least one year of college media experience as a staff reporter, section editor, or similar position. Completion of 60-90 college credits, including fundamental journalism and public communications courses to include editing, news writing, media law, and ethics or equivalent experience is required.

To be eligible for student employment, 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 3.0 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.

This position is 30 hours/week and the salary is $12.75/hour. This is an open until filled recruitment with the initial application review taking place on November 12, 2021.

Instructions to apply: In addition to posting a cover letter, resume, and 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 Zac Clark at


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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