Job Introduction 

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced candidate to lead the development of its digital strategy. This role sits on the Editorial Board of RFE/RL and as such will play a significant role in shaping the future priorities and direction of the entire News Division.

We are looking for a dynamic, collaborative digital thinker who can help RFE/RL reach audiences across 22 countries with dramatically varying degrees of internet penetration and access. 

The ideal candidate will have proven leadership experience in a digital media environment with a strong understanding of standards, trends, and innovations in the digital information space. You will be committed to RFE/RL’s mission to inform, connect, and engage with its audiences by providing uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate. 

Role Responsibility

As outlined in the job description, your role will be to develop RFE/RL’s digital strategy and services across all platforms within financial parameters and with the aim of growing audiences and delivering mission-driven content. You will advance RFE/RL’s digital strategy by working with News Division management and journalists to develop and streamline best practices in content development, breaking-news coverage, delivery, and market diagnostics. 

You will work closely with Technology, Internet Technology and Internet Security to develop rapid-response mechanisms to offset a growing array of legal and technical challenges to audience connectivity; you will coordinate with social media companies to ensure an efficient flow of information and quick resolution of interruptions to RFE/RL’s digital operations. Together with Marketing & Evaluation and Senior Management in both the News Division and the Office of the President, you will use digital diagnostics to explore areas for potential audience growth as well as streamline output with the aim of advancing RFE/RL’s evolution into a sustainable and nimble digital-first media organization. You will also work on reinforcing RFE/RL’s brand in the digital space across different target countries and platforms. 

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will have leadership experience in a digital role within a media organization, with the proven ability to lead new ways of thinking about the 21st-century newsroom. You will have a strong understanding of not only digital tools, but also the information needs and popular ingest paths of audiences in RFE/RL’s target countries, as well as a strong respect for RFE/RL’s news values, and the foresight to anticipate both challenges and opportunities in rapidly evolving markets. Experience in observing budgetary parameters and managing transitions in large multicultural teams will be useful for the incumbent, as well as a vision for implementing accurate performance indicators for digital platforms.

To apply please send your CV and cover letter directly through the RFE/RL jobs site:

Full details of duties are in the job description and posted there as well.

Package Description

Job Title:  Head of Digital Strategy

Pay Level: Commensurate with skills and experience

Contract: Expatriate with relocation and other benefits (including tuition for eligible dependent age children at an international school).

Base: Prague

Any offer of employment with RFE/RL will be conditional upon either having the legal right to be able to work in the Czech Republic or being able to receive a Czech work permit and residence visa

About RFE/RL  

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is an international broadcast organization based in Washington, D.C. and Prague, Czech Republic. RFE/RL’s programs — via radio, the Internet, and television — reach influential people in 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asian nations. RFE/RL’s mission is to provide accurate and reliable news and information to domestic audiences in the local language. RFE/RL broadcasts in 26 languages and attracts more than 26 million weekly listeners and online visitors. With more than 400 journalists, 750 freelancers, and 17 local bureaus, RFE/RL is one of the most comprehensive news operations in the world. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM).

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RFE/RL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Positions at RFE/RL are considered Public Trust Positions, with appointment contingent upon the positive outcome of a background investigation.