One of the country’s most established news brands – a powerhouse of NYC media – is on the hunt for a superbly organized individual, someone who combines the fastidiousness and aplomb of the consummate executive assistant with the desire for an entry-level foray into the news biz.
The Nitty Gritty
Nope, this description isn’t going to shatter any paradigms. You won’t be asked to write headlines or interview celebrities or wash windows. You’ll do what excellent EAs do the world over, which is to lend your equanimity and organizational brilliance to a setting that can, at times, seem like Armageddon. Newspaper execs have a thousand things hurtling at them at once, and you will stand bravely between said execs and said hurtling things. You’ll answer phones and email, you’ll set up conference calls, you’ll make and reschedule appointments. You’ll see to it that guests to the office are coddled and comfortable. You’ll help employees get answers to their endless string of questions. You’ll keep everybody stocked with the materials and resources they need to do their jobs. If something is broken, and you can’t fix it yourself, you’ll know who to call, and you’ll call them, and you’ll get results.
As all this is happening, you will learn a very great deal about the news business. You’ll have a front-row seat to the astonishing process by which news is generated day after day. You’ll see how all the parts fit together. And, from this exclusive vantage point, you’ll be equipped to take your career into whichever direction of travel most pleases you.
Hired Gun Proﬁle
You might have spent some time in a newsroom already – or perhaps in an ER or an operations center or some other hopping hive of activity. You’ve likely held a role or two with the word “assistant” in the title. You know from experience how offices generally function, and in your travels you’ve become fully conversant in the kinds of technologies people use to manage personnel, budgets, workflows, documents, and personal and editorial calendars.
And, super-importantly, you’re organized down to the bone. Not the kind of person who keeps resolving to be organized and therefore cleans off the desk every few weeks. No, you’re always, chronically, eternally organized. You don’t miss appointments. You’re not late for appointments. You know where everything is. But here’s the thing: The difference between you and some super-organized people is that you do not exude anxiety – quite the contrary. Your tendency to be organized is a source of calm, for you and others around you. “Of course I know where that file is – it’s right here.” “Of course you can trust me to make that appointment; I take care of things immediately. Nothing gets past me.” That’s the kind of badass EA you’re going to be.
This truly is a fine entrée to the world of newspaper journalism, but don’t undersell your willingness and aptitude for some very serious EA work.
This is a premium gig for a highly organized go-getter who’s looking for a berth in the media field.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, creed, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.