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Assignment Manager - Spectrum News Albany

Spectrum News Albany is available on channels 1, 9 and 200 exclusively on Spectrum for customers in the New York State Capital region including Saratoga, Glen Falls and Pittsfield, MA. Spectrum News Albany serves the Capital District of eastern New York and Hudson Valley with 24-hour local news, politics, features and weather seven days a week.

Spectrum Networks is looking for enthusiastic, talented and driven individuals to join the best and brightest in gathering, producing and delivering stories that make a difference within a 24-hour breaking news environment! Our commitment is to engage viewers with relevant, timely news that's important to the local communities we serve.

Who we are: Spectrum Networks is a series of 27 hyper-local news and 9 regional sports networks owned and operated by Charter Communications, Inc. Spectrum Networks seeks to provide the most essential local news and information, cultivating relevant and thoughtful conversations that foster informed and engaged communities.

The Environment: Spectrum News is a 24-hour breaking news network which requires employees who are flexible and available to work various shift, including early morning, late evenings, weekends and holidays. The network is focused on the morning news, which means early mornings, but it also means primarily being off about noon

Being one our team means … You’re ready to inspire and be inspired! You’re passionate, creative and highly technical, driven to flourish in a competitive, fast-paced environment. You're fiercely accurate, with a desire to leverage your knowledge, skills and abilities to share news stories to viewers our local communities. You're nimble, having the ability to pivot in an ever-changing workflow. You are a team player with a positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills. You have the ability to multi-task, meet tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure.

Responsible for the managerial oversight for the assignment desk function. Manage staff to ensure news and stories are appropriately covered. Develop and administer schedules and performance requirements for the department

  • Hire and supervise assignment and planning editors; schedules assignment desk personnel
  • Liaise with News Director to create individual development plans for all desk editors
  • Direct field personnel as needed in assigning news coverage and stories, working with shift Executive Producers
  • Gather and research story ideas through beat calls and reading wire services, newspapers, magazines and social media
  • Demonstrate news judgment in selecting and/or recommending stories
  • Assign stories to reporters in collaboration with a Producers and leadership
  • Maintain communication with all personnel involved with newscast
  • Coordinate with Assignment Desk at sister stations for coverage sharing
  • Create and distribute coverage grid to sister stations and authorized partners
  • Fill in as Assignment Editor on occasion
  • Follow through on all assignments meeting required deadlines
  • Develop sources within the community, including government agencies and public relations representatives
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Skills/Abilities and Knowledge
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Excellent collaboration skills and ability to work effectively within a team environment and interact with all personnel within the organization
  • Proficient at inspiring staff to attain station goals of creativity, urgency and accuracy
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to anticipate situations and plan over a one- to two-year time span
  • Ability to anticipate situations, meet strict deadlines, organize, and manage multiple priorities
  • Attention to detail
  • Must be able to work rapidly and accurately
  • Knowledge of current events and industry trends
  • Pro-active with demonstrated enthusiasm in dealing with breaking news and high-stress situations
  • Must be able to effectively train others
  • Working knowledge of general office computer software and newsroom software
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to effectively present information to management
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems while working under pressure
  • Ability to show judgment and initiative and to accomplish job duties
  • Must be able and willing to work different shifts, report to work on time, and be flexible with schedule changes
Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, Management or related field or comparable television management work experience

Related Work Experience
5+ Years Assignment desk experience in television news
2+ Years Management experience

  • Works primarily inside a climate controlled environment throughout the year but might be assigned field duties on occasion
  • Works in an open newsroom setting with a semi-noisy environment
  • May be required to lift up to 5 pounds
Our Culture: Every employee is an influencer and culture keeper. We expect respectful communication (despite pressure), openness to feedback, an eagerness to learn, and an overall positive attitude! Roles may require the following:
  • Sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time
  • Overtime may be required to meet deadlines
  • Varying schedule due to, breaking news and/or daily news coverage requirements
  • Dexterity of hands, fingers to operate computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other compute components
  • Provide 24x7, 365 days per year, on-call support. May entail phone or physical presence at the facility for equipment failure or other disasters. This includes, but is not limited to equipment and power failures, loss of contracted services, storms or severe weather, and loss of staff members
  • Participate in an established on-call rotation
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at varying distances

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