Job Description:

Director, Operations – Student Reporting Labs

Full-time, Regular

Reports to: Executive Director, Student Reporting Labs



As our Director, Operations you will bring your innovative leadership to help lead Student Reporting Labs during an exciting period of growth and change. With an architect’s passion for strategy, systems and details, you must be adept at balancing multiple projects at once, articulating needs, identifying issues, finding solutions and celebrating successes. You must be passionate about youth development, journalism, and supporting a growing team. You must be highly organized and analytical. If you are a talented entrepreneurial leader who is eager to learn and enjoys organizing ambitious programming with a creative, collaborative team then this is the role for you.


In your first 90 days, you will connect with the team to understand their job functions and learn what motivates them, and the tools they need for success. You will level up your SRL knowledge by meeting with leadership, absorb the mechanics of the department’s current operational infrastructure, including budgets, communications, curriculum, data management, education programming and content.


You will quickly adapt to working in a remote environment and seamlessly use digital tools at your disposal to build relationships with colleagues across the country. You understand the importance of being an effective and compassionate leader, and working collaboratively to achieve a desired goal. You will familiarize yourself with our mission, work, educational resources and survey other colleagues to learn our production priorities. You are a problem solver, identifying issues early and mobilizing different parts of the organization to devise and implement creative solutions. You will be able to work independently and be seen as a reliable mentor and coach by others on the team.


  • Experience in multi-project management
  • High-proficiency in project management tools such as AirTable
  • Impeccable writing skills
  • Demonstrated organization and analytical skills
  • Detail-oriented and proven ability to create workflows and processes to meet department goals
  • Excellent project planning, presentation and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully perform in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures while collaborating positively and enthusiastically with a small team
  • College degree in journalism, communication, business or a related field.
  • 3-5 years managing operations, including project management, workflow and measuring success
  • Minimum 3 years experience working with digital content creation and/or product development
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience

Proof of full dosage of a COVID-19 vaccination is required for all positions that will be working onsite, or may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite.


  • Comprehensive and competitive medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • Generous 403(B) employer match
  • Free parking
  • Holiday and paid leave programs
  • Tuition reimbursement

About PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL)

SRL is an award-winning national youth media organization providing thousands of educators and students with unique resources and programs to build critical journalism, media literacy, and storytelling skills. We motivate and empower our network by publishing their work to local and national media platforms.

Today, SRL works directly with over 180 schools and organizations (Sites) across the country, providing students and their teachers with the resources and tools to develop professional news and other non-fiction stories about topics that matter to them. For the past 12 years SRL has inspired young journalists and creators to be inquisitive, creative, diligent, and fair through flexible lesson plans and timely assignments that educators can easily integrate into their classrooms. SRL fills a niche demand in news media by providing a platform for young voices to inform and engage audiences around social, political, and scientific issues. Student work is taken seriously and shared widely to audiences in the millions through digital and broadcast platforms including PBS NewsHour broadcasts and local public media channels.


With roots in public service journalism beginning in 1973, the PBS NewsHour today is on a mission to bring balanced, in-depth news coverage to all. Innovative and fast-paced, life at the NewsHour is focused on collaboration, trust, and above all, enterprising important, considered news. NewsHour is unique in that the team is small and tight-knit, and must accomplish what no other daily news organization does: be the gold-standard of reporting for a nightly, hour-long broadcast, and to crucial digital platforms.

You’ll enjoy working at the NewsHour if you enjoy contributing to meaningful reporting, working on small teams in which your ideas are not just valued but vital, and pushing yourself to grow your skills every day.

We know there are great candidates who may have skills we haven’t thought about.   If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans and people with disabilities. 

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WETA is an equal employment opportunity employer.  WETA does not discriminate against employees or applications on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.


Job Location: 
Arlington, VA
United States
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Full time
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