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Chief Product Officer

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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:

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:

How to apply:

Please submit your application here by Jan. 8, 2020. Email Tribune CEO Evan Smith at with any questions. We can’t wait to hear from you!