We’re hiring a Chief Product Officer to lead our efforts at reaching more people in more places and in more ways, on more platforms and devices, through more partners, and in more venues. Job number one for this newsroom pro is the delivery of our award-winning reporting. It’s about facilitating connection, engagement, and loyalty. It’s about activating audience growth and development. It’s about achieving innovative and sustainable ends, and maximizing impact, through the creative use of design and the smart application of technology.
The Chief Product Officer spearheads the development of products and brands that inform and engage Texans in alignment with our strategic plan. The CPO marshals audience, design and technology resources in close coordination with the editorial and revenue teams to maintain the organization’s product roadmap, to ensure we provide an optimal user experience, and to meet journalistic, audience and business goals. A key member of our senior management team with responsibility for budgeting and priority-setting across the organization, the CPO works hand in glove with the Editorial Director and guides the work of the Tribune’s marketing, design, engineering, audience and loyalty leads. The CPO also has out-of-the-office obligations — to model best practices by representing the Tribune and our industry at conferences and in speeches around the country and the world.
Responsibilities of the Chief Product Officer include:
Overseeing our development cycle, from the definition of product objectives and revenue opportunities to concept development, design and prototyping; from production, user testing and QA to deployment and measurement
Enlisting cross-departmental stakeholders in evaluating new products against market opportunities and our strategic goals
Overseeing engagement strategies and loyalty programming in support of our reader revenue goals and maintaining a user management system in service of our most loyal news consumers
Managing technology resources to ensure web applications are optimized for maximum performance and accessibility while minimizing technical debt
Implementing an iterative, user-driven design and development process that employs analytics and testing to create and improve products in alignment with strategic audience and business goals
Overseeing audience growth strategies, including platform programming, partnerships and marketing of our products across platforms and partner channels
Guiding strategic decisions on the products underpinning our storytelling and revenue generation, such as CMS, CRM, ad delivery and donation processing systems
Fostering a culture of experimentation, collaboration and innovation that supports user research, concepting and testing of new products and user experiences
Here’s what you should know about the Tribune. From day one we’ve bear-hugged our public-service mission: to inform and engage Texans about Texas politics, public policy and matters of statewide concern. We’ve always had disruption, innovation, and risk-taking in our DNA. We’re nonprofit because the challenging economic reality for media these days obligates us to find a different way, reliable and sustainable, to fund serious journalism. We’re nonpartisan because we live in the United States of Confirmation Bias — and we don’t need to be part of the problem. We don’t need to be yet another source of information affirming the voices and perspectives that are already in people’s heads.
All of us at the Trib believe the best way to achieve that mission is to resemble the state we cover. We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for the Chief Product Officer job, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
After ten years in operation, we’re rightly celebrated as a success, as a best-practices lab for the evolution and transformation of the news business, but we don’t run in place. Our revenue is greater this year than last, and will be even greater next year. Same for our audience and staff size. We’re financially and culturally healthy. We’re a happy place. Join us — lead us — as we launch ahead into the next ten years.
This job is full time and has the following benefits:
medical, vision and dental insurance
a cellphone stipend
20 days of paid time off each year
up to 8 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
support for professional training and attending industry conferences
About The Texas Tribune:
The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit newsroom based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to engaging and informing Texans on politics and policy news. We are read by more than 2 million people every month and have more journalists covering state government than any newsroom in the country. In addition, our events team hosts more than 50 free conversations between the public and elected officials across the state every year.
We’re a "grown-up startup,” meaning we all wear many hats, but we’re also big fans of getting enough sleep. We believe our office is a pretty great place to work, and we're proud of the job we've done helping to make Texas politics transparent and accessible to the world at large. The Texas Tribune is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.
Benefits: Medical, vision and dental insurance; a cellphone stipend; 20 days of paid time off; up to 12 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection; 401(k) matching; support for professional training and attending industry conferences.