Senior Community Relations Newsperson

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Posted 2 weeks ago

Under general supervision of the Community Relations Manager (Managing Editor), assists professional staff with the quality and timely publication of the O’ODHAM ACTION NEWS Community Newspaper in both hard copy and on-line versions. Performs a variety of public relations assignments as assigned. Covers events and writes news stories that pertain to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.  Provides mentoring, training and workflow coordination for the newspaper staff. This job class is treated as FLSA Exempt.

Examples of Tasks:

Distinguishing Features: The Senior Community Relations Newsperson is distinguished from the Community Relations Newspersons by emphasis on mentoring and coordinating workflow in addition to working on more complex and involved writing projects for the newspaper.  Assumes a leadership role in the newspaper production layout, design and on-line presentation.

Essential Functions:  Essential functions may vary among positions and may include the following tasks and other characteristics.  This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be comprehensive list of tasks performed by all positions in this classification.

1.  Mentoring & Workflow:  Mentors the Community Relations Newspersons so they attain the technical skills and experience necessary to perform independently and attain further career progression goals.

  • Prioritizes and coordinates the newspaper staff workflow so critical publishing and delivery deadlines are met.  Provides training and assistance as needed.
  • Establishes performance standards for newspaper staff, thereby providing a division-wide set of guidance standards and development processes.
  • Helps the Managing Editor establish publication best practices and improve the effectiveness of the newspaper staff service delivery.
  • Works with the Managing Editor to continuously improve operational practices, procedures and methodologies.
  • Assures training and assistance in customer service are attained and delivered by staff members.
  • Reviews articles, including those written by Reporters, to ensure the highest level of accuracy in reporting, that the tone and context of articles are appropriate and that all articles are submitted by established deadlines.

2.  News Reporting:  Assumes a leadership role in the Newspaper Division for news writing ability and quality.

  • Coordinates assignments and evaluates news leads and tips to develop story ideas, generate stories from Tribal Government news releases, community information, wire services and other related stories affecting Indian Country.
  • Covers events and writes stories pertaining to more “high profile,” complicated, larger or involved subject matter.
  • Develops the practical application of news story “series” when subject matter and pertinence to Community involvement warrants.
  • Concentrates on “feature” stories of general interest to the Community.
  • Accepts “special project” news reporting assignments from the Managing Editor or Community Relations Director.
  • Collects and analyzes information for Community related news stories and other stories for publication that affect the Community.
  • Explores the applicability of “investigative reporting” under supervision of the Managing Editor and Community Relations Director and follows through at their direction.
  • Covers events, conducts interviews, takes photos, writes stories and headlines plus edits as necessary.
  • Determines emphasis of story and writes story according to prescribed editorial style and format standards with input from the Managing Editor.
  • Gathers and verifies factual information regarding stories through interviews, observation and research.
  • Transcribes notes, organizes materials and determines substance or focus for news stories.

3.  Layout & Design:  Assists with the overall layout and design component of the newspaper bi-weekly production as a primary responsibility.

  • Assists in creative layout and design for the Community newspaper by converting digital photographs to correct format.
  • Assigns staff as needed to assist in the creative, layout and design of the bi-weekly publication.
  • Edits final news stories and pictures to support publication needs.
  • Creates effective and eye-catching designs for articles and in-house advertisements.
  • Reviews final layout versions and assists the Managing Editor with editing content and format as necessary.  This includes news headlines, news stories, pictures and picture cut lines.
  • Adheres to all publishing deadlines.
  • Establishes and organizes the news story and picture shared folders for staff utilization and reference.

4.  O’odham Action News On-Line:  Coordinates and updates the on-line version of the O’odham Action News website every two weeks.

  • Recommends to the Managing Editor which stories and photos are most important for the on-line newspaper edition.
  • Coordinates staff story updates for each issue.
  • Makes recommendations for on-line edition enhancement and improvement.

5.  Photography and Video Journalism: Shoots photographs and/or video clips for OAN print and online edition, which includes filming, editing and writing scripts.

  • Takes photographs for newspaper publication and maintains a photography archive. 
  • Develops captions for photo and video for print and online edition.
  • Shoots video as part of the story package for OAN online edition.
  • Edits or assist in editing video clips for OAN online edition.
  • Appears on camera as needed when shooting video clips.
  • Performs voice overs for video clips.

6.  Social Media: Coordinates the O’odham Action News social media efforts according to the SRPMIC social media policy.

  • Assists as an administrator monitoring social media posts.
  • Coordinates staff social media posts for each issue.
  • Assists with monitoring the O’odham Action News reporter posts to ensure proper on-line messaging and relevancy according to SRPMIC standards and ethics.
  • Assists with developing or using text for other venues including, but not limited to, online communities, web articles, etc.

7.  News Administration: Assists with subscriptions, mail-outs, advertising and public relations assignments as assigned.

  • Inputs and organizes information in the computer, files documents and performs other clerical support functions as assigned such as photo filing and typing.
  • Establishes and improves a catalogue system for news stories and pictures for both hard copy and on-line newspaper versions.

8.  Miscellaneous:  Performs other job related duties as assigned by the Community Relations Manager Managing Editor) or Community Relations Director. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics:

  • Knowledge of the history, culture, laws, customs and traditions of the SRPMIC.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photo Shop, MS Word, Dreamweaver and Word Press or other content management system. 
  • Knowledge of public information/relations principles and practices.
  • Skill establishing effective working relationships with the public, Tribal Council, Tribal Government departments and Community members.
  • Skill writing news stories, feature stories, news releases, scripts and other public relations information and materials.
  • Skill with both verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to network with other professionals to gain leads, information and interview opportunities.
  • Ability to confer and plan with other news team members.
  • Ability to juggle multiple project schedules.
  • Ability to cover and write spot news stories that develop on a daily basis.
  • Ability to write accurate and lucid copy under pressure and consistently meet normal deadline requirements.
  • Ability to perform newspaper layout and design work.
  • Ability to use social media efficiently as well as to publish online (websites and social media).
  • Ability to shoot and edit short videos for online.
  • Ability to complete projects on deadline.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work projects.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:  A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications or closely related field and three (3) years full time work writing news articles in a newspaper, or news media work environment required. The following experience is required:

  1. Courses in journalism, communications, English major or a related program. OR four (4) years full time work writing news articles for a newspaper, or in news media work environment.
  2. Proven writing and research skills.
  3. Experience with both print and electronic media.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop, Premiere, Audition, Word Press or other content management system.
  5. Experience and proficiency with layout techniques and creating layouts utilizing computer software.
  6. Photography and camera knowledge and working experience.

Equivalency: Any equivalent combination of education and experience that will allow the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be considered.Special Requirements

May be required to work beyond normal work hours including nights, weekends and holidays.

  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Arizona Driver’s License. 

Prior to hire as an employee, applicants will be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Will be required to pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check. Employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

SRPMIC is a mandatory covid vaccine employer.  All employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. “SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer” Preference will be given to a qualified Community Member, then a qualified Native American and then other qualified candidate.

In order to obtain consideration for Community member/Native American preference, applicant must submit a copy of Tribal Enrollment card or CIB which indicates enrollment in a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe by one of the following methods:
1) attach to application
2)  fax (480) 362-5860
3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.

Documentation must be received by position closing date. The IHS/BIA Form-4432 is not accepted. Your Tribal ID/CIB must be submitted to HR-Recruitment-Two Waters.

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