Full Time: Senior Editor, Talent and Development

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
Senior Manager/Supervisor

Position Summary:

The Senior Editor, Talent & Development, manages and creates strategy to support the 100-person KQED newsroom’s talent pipeline and on-call, internship and other staff development programs. This person in this role is, at their core, a journalist. But in this role, the senior editor will oversee, manage and direct internship, on-call and staff development programs; facilitate recruitment; and partner with HR to lead training and career retention and development efforts in the KQED newsroom. 

The position demands strategic thinking, management expertise, significant mentorship, coaching and management skills and will oversee all newsroom interns, nearly a dozen on-call reporters, producers and editors; and will work intentionally to ensure pathways from internships and on-call work to regular employment. 

They will be tasked with developing a pool of talented journalists who can grow with the broader newsroom.  The editor will provide performance feedback to interns and on-calls, and lead talent reviews to identify opportunities for staff development and the creation of career pathways, in order for our journalists to enjoy fulfilling careers with varied opportunities and challenges within the organization. 

The editor will work with HR counterparts to lead a broad range of responsibilities, including sourcing, interviewing and selecting talented candidates for job opportunities as part of  the company’s efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and access. This role will allow KQED to focus on recruiting and retaining a diverse group of talented journalists and media makers, who reflect and represent the communities we serve, and to further build out our newsroom’s professional development initiatives.

Salary range information will be provided to applicants who are contacted for an interview

One of our core values at KQED is that we are better together, and that we commit to learning, growth, and holding ourselves accountable. We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

This role will work hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage and develop strategies for retention, recruitment and staff development.
  • Manage and develop strategies for ensuring equitable promotion and talent pipeline practices.
  • Manage and coach on-call staff, from GA reporters to experienced editors to freelance producers, who work across KQED News programming. 
  • Work with the Executive Editor, News and the Managing Editor, News to provide professional development opportunities for all news staff, including a minimum of three SAG-AFTRA trainings annually.
  • Partner with Human Resources to develop equitable systems and create a transparent process for interns and on-calls to regular employment which includes feedback on performance and identifying development opportunities.
  • Partner with HR on the hiring process from start to finish, including the recruitment, interviewing and selection of qualified candidates for open positions.
  • Manage and coach KQED’s news interns, which often number nearly a dozen interns across multiple shows and platforms, in six month rotations.  
  • Partner with other editors and senior editors in the KQED newsroom, on both ongoing editorial projects as well as development of reporters and journalists.
  • Work with editors and newsroom to strengthen and build clearer career pathways and work with mid-career journalists looking to develop new skill sets or train in new newsroom jobs.
  • Research and adopt industry-leading practices for communicating and providing opportunities for all newsroom staff to pursue editing or management jobs. 
  • Develop a pool of talented on-call journalists at KQED.
  • Lead talent reviews to identify opportunities for staff development and on the job learning opportunities.
  • Be an organizational liaison to the Diversity Council and various Employee Resource Groups and related diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives.
  • Create and manage the KQED alumni network so that colleagues can stay in touch and be a peer network.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of 8-10 years’ experience as an editor or manager in journalism, or equivalent experience.
  • Exemplary communication and collaboration skills.
  • Passion for attracting, mentoring, coaching and developing journalistic talent in a newsroom organization. Ability to identify on the job learning opportunities. 

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Fills in for other editors and on other desks as appropriate. 
  • Familiarity with HR talent management practices or a track record of successfully managing and growing talented journalists 


Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    

Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    

We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.



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