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Broadcast Service Director – BALKANS SERVICE

Open until best-qualified candidate is selected.

Please quote vacancy number: BSSB015-2401


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is looking to hire in its broadcasting headquarters – Broadcast Service Director for Balkans Service, located in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Reporting to the Regional Director for Central Europe, the Broadcast Service Director takes full line management responsibility for the operations of a Balkans Service, which includes following countries – Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.   The Service Director sets Service strategy and goals in support of RFE/RL's mission; is responsible for program development and performance management; and has ultimate editorial responsibility for program content and organization.

WHAT DOES THE ROLE ENTAIL? 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Ultimate responsibility for editorial content and production standards, regular evaluation of quality of programs, editorial decisions, providing feedback to staff on content and performance.
  • Representing stories articulately and with passion in meetings, bringing key insights from services, asking questions to support journalistic rigor and ensuring teams are looking for ways to engage their own audience.
  • Overseeing digital output and delivery in the Service, the ability to interpret audience data and analytics – and an understanding of how to feed it into the editorial process.
  • Operational, budgetary, and administrative management of the service  as well as crisis management and program delivery.
  • People management – hiring, goal setting, coaching, motivation, managing performance and people development, supervision of staff includes freelancers.
  • Ensuring smooth internal cooperation with all internal stakeholders (e.g., Finance, HR, Operations, etc.) as well as with external partners, entities, and oversight agencies, as needed.
  • Representing RFE/RL with other news organizations and external audiences to highlight RFE/RL’s work.

ARE YOU THE RIGHT CANDIDATE?

The successful candidate will have:

  • Broad, thorough and detailed knowledge of political, economic, and social situations in the broadcast area as well as international affairs acquired through studies, research, writing, travel, or other relevant experience or exposure 10+ years (Mandatory)
  • Excellent understanding of journalism and news programming and/or previous work experience in a news media environment, including digital formats and audiences.
  • Previous experience working in a multicultural or a multinational environment; or experience living and working abroad, preferably in relevant RFE/RL target regions. (Mandatory)
  • Management experience that includes responsibility for budgeting, managing staff and resources, and organizing work processes, mentoring and team building in a fast-paced, multicultural environment. (Mandatory)
  • English and broadcast region language fluency and proficiency in Balkans region language 

We Offer:

  • A highly diverse international work environment (60+ nationalities)
  • An organization not driven by profit but by a very important mission: Freedom of the press
  • Exceptional benefits package (including international life and health insurance coverage, relocation benefits incl. housing, school tuition allowance for dependent children, in-house language courses, professional training etc.)
  • Modern work environment.

RFE/RL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Positions at RFE/RL are considered Public Trust Positions, with appointment contingent upon the positive outcome of a background investigation.

 Only CVs and cover letters in English will be accepted.

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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Odpovědí na tento inzerát či zasláním Vašeho životopisu a případných dalších osobních materiálů do společnosti RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty dáváte souhlas ke zpracování a uchování Vašich osobních údajů dle Nařízení Evropského parlamentu a Rady (EU) 2016/679 ze dne 27. dubna 2016 o ochraně fyzických osob v souvislosti se zpracováním osobních údajů a o volném pohybu těchto údajů a o zrušení směrnice 95/46/ES (obecné nařízení o ochraně osobních údajů), dále jen GDPR a zákona č. 110/2019 Sb., o zpracování osobních údajů. Tento souhlas platí až do jeho odvolání písemnou formou, maximálně však po dobu 5 let.

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is an international news organization headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic and Washington, D.C., with 21 bureaus throughout Russia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Central and Eastern Europe. Reporting in 27 languages across 23 countries, RFE/RL is one of the most comprehensive news operations in the world, providing responsibly reported, fact-based news in countries where media freedoms are under threat or banned outright. From Iran and Pakistan to Hungary, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan, RFE/RL journalists give audiences what they can't always get from their own local media: uncensored information and open debate. Reporting via digital, TV, and radio platforms, RFE/RL has a measured weekly reach of 38.1 million people. A private nonprofit, RFE/RL is funded by the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media. RFE/RL's editorial independence is protected by U.S. law.

RFE/RL Standards

RFE/RL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Positions at RFE/RL are considered Public Trust Positions, with appointment contingent upon the positive outcome of a background investigation.

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