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Executive Editor
Unique and rare opportunity in the High Country of North Carolina,
to lead the editorial staff for a group of community newspapers in the
High Country of North Carolina. Mountain Times Publications is
currently looking for an Executive Editor to lead its five newspapers
— The Watauga Democrat, Mountain Times, Ashe Post & Times,
The Blowing Rocket and The Avery Journal-Times — print and
online, an online tourist website and associated special sections
throughout the year, including three large-scale seasonal products.
The last time this top editorial position was open was 2010, and our
next executive editor will be a master at juggling projects, priorities
and people. In addition to leading a mixed group of emergingexperience and seasoned reporters and editors across three counties,
the executive editor is the hands-on, working editor for the group’s
two largest circulation newspapers, and is also the opinion page
editor and group editorial writer. The position also supports the
universal layout team in Boone with page design and mentorship,
and is the leader for CMS projects and corporate and local editorial
initiatives. Oversight of sports coverage of a Division 1 university,
tracking analytics and social media accounts for the group and
simultaneously driving print and online circulation (including
a daily e-newsletter) for a mixture of free and paywalled sites, in
addition to significant community involvement, are also ingrained
into the position.
The group publishes about three dozen special sections each year
and several large-scale marketing events in additional to three
seasonal products that support a unique website. Near- and far-term
budgeting, training, hiring, writing, editing, coaching and mentoring
are all in a day’s work.
Desirable qualifications include significant management experience,
demonstrated ability to tackle simultaneous projects and editorial
deadlines, social media savvy, writing and editing experience on a
senior level and proficiency in InDesign, the Adobe suite and BLOX
This position reports directly to the group publisher. The main work
site is in Boone, N.C., with auxiliary offices in West Jefferson and
Newland. Some regular travel between the sites is expected.

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