Community Impact Newspaper
  • Sugar Land, TX, USA
  • Base + Commission
  • Full Time

Medical/dental/vision insurance; 5 wks PTO; 401k with a partial company match


As the fastest community newspaper organization in the country, Community Impact Newspaper is excited to announce that we are starting our THIRTEENTH hyperlocal newspaper in the Memorial/Spring Branch communities of Houston, Texas!

The General Manager position, which will report directly to the Houston Associate Publisher, will be the first hire for this team filled with subject-matter experts in journalism, sales and design.

The General Manager will serve as a primary representative of the company within these communities. He/she is responsible for developing relationships with community leaders and news sources and for promoting the company in a positive and professional light. The General Manager will be heavily involved in sales and the development of relationships within these communities with an eye toward advertising sales by determining and driving revenue goals, implementing sales strategies and actively pursuing sales opportunities. This individual also has the ability to delegate and oversee production of editorial content. He/she is detail-oriented approach to selling, customer service, and editing while prioritizing and accomplishing multiple management tasks within established timeframes by effectively planning and managing workload.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Manage the newspaper's advertising, editorial, circulation, production and accounting functions
  • Ensure weekly in-paper sales objectives are achieved or exceeded
  • Cold call and carry a small book of business
  • Train sales representatives and discuss obstacles in relation to overcoming objections, accounts receivable, prospecting and sales activity
  • Strategize opportunities for additional in-paper revenue
  • Demonstrate passion for the content and understand the mission and tone of the paper
  • Provide editorial leadership by contributing relevant story ideas, connecting writers with contacts in the market, ensure stories are hyperlocal and assist with story development
  • Proofread each issue for quality of content ensuring lead stories are balanced, best sources were contacted, maps and graphics are accurate and stories read clearly
  • Contribute editorial content each month including, but not limited to, the General Manager's note and information for features as needed
  • Monitor profit and loss statement and seek creative ways to boost revenues and trim expenses
  • Attend city council meetings, school board meetings, chamber meetings and other community events/meetings as often as possible to serve as the "face" of the paper, develop relationships with sources and listen for story ideas
  • Actively seek board seats and speaking opportunities for area organizations in the community
  • Serve as the point of contact for concerns from readers and advertisers and provide issue resolution
  • Hire, train, develop, manage and motivate team through effective management techniques to ensure employee engagement
  • Serve as an ambassador for Community Impact Newspaper and represent the company in a positive and professional manner at networking events and other external functions

The right fit:
You have...
  • Bachelor's degree in business, communications, marketing, journalism or related field
  • Experience in sales, marketing or related field
Bonus points for...
  • Prior experience with other print publication(s) preferred

Who we are:
Community Impact Newspaper delivers 33 hyperlocal editions to over 2.7 million homes throughout the Austin, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix & Nashville metro areas (and in 2020, we'll be starting a CI in the Atlanta metro). Each of the markets we serve has its own dedicated editorial, sales and design staff, just like a small, traditional community newspaper. And it is this hyperlocal, high-quality product that our readers love. With great content, 100% market saturation, why wouldn't advertisers clamor to work with us?!

The "community" in Community Impact Newspaper represents you. As an organization that reflects the people and businesses we serve, we hold diversity & inclusion principles to be extremely important to our mission and values. Employment decisions made at Community Impact Newspaper are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics; instead, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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