The Northern Light, Executive Editor

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  • Job Number:521648
  • Classification:Student Assistant 2
  • Grade:Student Assistant 2
  • Work type:On Campus, Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA VC Student Affairs
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

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 $


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: • 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 and to align with overall priorities of UAA student media.
• 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 student media partners for the good of both organizations; separately.
• Ability to build team cohesion among staff members
• Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and constituents, 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 content management system, 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, Slack, Photoshop, and InDesign.
• Possess knowledge of and experience using The Associated Press Stylebook.
• Possess knowledge of and experience with information gathering techniques, the First Amendment, the Freedom of Information Act, media ethics and legal issues.
Typical 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.
Required 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.

Salary Information:

This position is 30 hours/week and the salary is $15.26/hour. This is open until filled recruitment with the initial application review taking place on September 9.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Instructions to apply: In addition to posting a cover letter, resume, and three references, 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


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. 

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.

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

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

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

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


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