Location:IA - Burlington
Job Category:General Management / Executive
Division:GateHouse Media
GateHouse Media has an immediate opening for a seasoned Publisher.  The Publisher is responsible for operational, strategic and financial success of the assigned publication(s) and for establishing a culture of success and achieving operational and financial results. This is accomplished in part through effective change leadership within a highly consolidated and matrix organizational structure, a strong customer-first focus and by having a firm understanding of the changing digital-media landscape and the opportunities and impacts to our business. The successful Publisher will hire and hold employees accountable for business results and key performance indicator achievement. The four key responsibility areas are leadership, selecting and developing people, building engaging and relevant products and managing the growth of core and new revenue streams.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership of the organization and setting the strategic vision
  • Change management efforts that include strong communication of the company’s strategic initiatives, local purpose, vision and plan
  • Lead with an eye for opportunity within a highly competitive business environment
  • Lead world-class sales and marketing efforts to achieve company objectives
  • Utilize organizational development strategies to inspire high performance
  • Lead in a highly competitive industry and provide community leadership
  • Provide leadership in local news, investigative journalism and public service. Be informed and knowledgeable of local news, government, and the direction of the community
  • Attract, retain and develop world-class talent that is highly motivated
  • Understand and execute work/life balance strategies for employees
  • Create a working environment that embraces change, empowers and encourages innovation 
  • Be a champion of diversity – with the understanding that diversity includes everyone and drives customer and operational innovation
  • Ability to work within and continue to grow efficiencies in a network consolidated and matrixed services environment
  • Able to effectively develop and execute both single market and multi-market strategies as appropriate   
  • Build sustainable value propositions for subscriptions and advertising revenue
  • Develop consumer driven, multi-platform products to grow audience and engagement
  • Ensure audience development and subscriber retention strategy is active and aligned with advertiser priorities
  • Develop and enhance digital products to grow revenue and strengthen the market footprint
  • Build strategic partnerships that improve position in the marketplace and drive results
  • Ensure achievement of financial objectives, including revenue, expense and operating profit for all sites of responsibility /oversight
  • Monitor and require adherence to GateHouse’s financial guidelines, policies and procedures
Position Requirements

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities:
  • Knowledge of competitive media landscape; highly motivated, self-starting with initiative and drive to succeed
  • Understands the changing media landscape and can adapt strategies to address market and consumer change
  • Demonstrated track record of exhibiting leadership behavior, creating a positive, motivating, and productive team environment
  • Personal charisma and “presence” – to drive business to the company
  • Demonstrates strong competitive instincts and intellectual curiosity
  • Able to effectively manage and coordinate in an environment of accountability
  • Understands and values the First Amendment
  • Ability to engage and inspire others; thrives on leading change
  • A change leader who collaborates and communicates effectively
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to build and deliver effective presentations
  • Strong networking and community involvement skills
  • Eagerness to learn, continually holding people accountable and rewarding results
  • Strong time management and follow up skills
  • Organized with an attention for detail
  • Computer and software experience with MS Office programs including Excel, Powerpoint, and Word
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license and reliable transportation
Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sales, Marketing or Business preferred; or equivalent work experience in media related business.
  • Minimum of five years and demonstrated success in a top leadership role
  • Experience working in industries undergoing substantial change and transformation; demonstrating a successful turnaround or transformation highly desirable
  • Demonstrated track record of increasing top line revenue
  • Demonstrated track record in recruiting a world-class leadership team highly desirable
  • A history of successful leadership, innovation and goal achievement
  • Candidates with a demonstrated history of creating growth and building market share are preferred.
GateHouse Media and all subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and value diversity in our workplace.
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