Utah State University

UPR News Director (Publication Specialist II)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(9/4/2021 6:32 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Humanities & Social Sci
Utah Public Radio
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


The Utah Public Radio (UPR) News Director oversees news production and content for Utah Public Radio news team. Hires, trains, and supervises staff reporters, producers, and student interns. Takes lead role in assigning coverage for new stories; and covers and prepares news stories for broadcast. Manages website, UPR app, and social media accounts. Occasionally serves as a Special Projects Manager, overseeing the production of content, project budget, and marketing. This position reports directly to the UPR station managers.


  • Directs the monitoring and production of daily news and makes assignments to UPR reporters.
  • Serves as primary editor to ensure that news reports are produced in an effective, timely and responsible manner.
  • Hires, trains and supervises staff reporters, student interns, and regional reporters.
  • Takes lead role in writing and producing own news content.
  • Serves as primary fill-in host.
  • Prepares and publishes stories from UPR news team on UPR website and app.
  • Maintains website with local and national news, UPR events, programs, and advertising.
  • Manages UPR social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
  • Markets and promotes UPR content, including special projects, series and events.
  • Tracks and reports web and app analytics.
  • Acts as Special Projects Manager overseeing content production from start to finish, coordination with staff and entities involved, scheduling of airtime, marketing and promotion.
  • Participates in the development and management of annual operating budgets
  • Ensures compliance with university policies and federal, state, and local regulations governing news coverage.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • A four-year degree in journalism or equivalent field of study or commensurate experience in the field.
  • Minimum two years full-time professional experience in journalism — preferably in a multi-platform news environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of on-air and online techniques/procedures, protocols, and standards.
  • Must have experience in broadcast production, web content, news writing and editing.
  • Ability to develop and deliver news reports and programs on-air and online.
  • Ability to make broadcast programming decisions within defined parameters.
  • Must have excellent memory for details, be able to meet daily deadlines under potentially stressful conditions and deal effectively with multiple competing tasks.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, conventions and protocols relating to the delivery of news and public affairs content.
  • Knowledge of editorial and ethical standards for the research and development of journalistic articles and/or presentations.
  • Ability to keep up to date on social media trends and implement on UPR’s social media platforms.
  • Be able to work with a team of university students and the flexibility that entails.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred skills include on-line research, multimedia production, word and spreadsheet processing and operation of light office equipment
  • Familiarity with public media news programming standards and values
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and inventory control
  • Broad knowledge of local and regional issues
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, cost estimating, monitoring, and fiscal management principles and procedures
  • Ability to work in Adobe Audition
  • Podcast knowledge
  • On-air hosting
  • HTML knowledge
  • Graphic Design

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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