Facebook Seeking Head of News Partnerships With 20+ Years’ Experience

Facebook may be looking to take on its fake news problem with a real person.

Facebook may be looking to take on its fake news problem with a real person.

Kerry Flynn of Mashable discovered a job listing from the social network for a head of news partnerships.

The job listing indicates that the position can be located at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., or out of its offices in London or New York, and it described the position as follows:

Facebook is seeking an experienced news executive to lead global news partnerships, serving as the company’s leading representative with news organizations worldwide. The goal of the news partnerships team is to help publishers and journalists understand how to reach and engage their audiences and to innovate with new technologies. The day-to-day responsibilities of the news partnerships team include: manage relationships with news organizations; develop strategies and programs that foster greater collaboration and alignment between Facebook and news organizations; solicit and incorporate feedback from news organizations on product development and prioritization; and clearly communicate and foster transparent dialogue with news organizations globally.

The following responsibilities were included in the job listing:

  • Oversee and manage global functions, projects and teams within the news partnerships team.
  • Be a public-facing voice of Facebook and its role in the news ecosystem.
  • Lead ongoing engagement with news organizations globally.
  • Be a strong voice within Facebook on the goals and priorities of news publishers.
  • Create new forums for engagement with the news industry.
  • Support new product launches and collaborate closely with Facebook product and engineering teams.
  • Serve as cross-functional leader, working with senior executives and teams across the company.
  • Build and retain a world-class team through providing mentorship, guidance and career development.
  • Manage and maintain strong direct relationships with Facebook’s key partners.
  • Proactively resolve business issues with partners.

Finally, the social network listed the following minimum qualifications, with its desire of 20 or more years’ experience in news eliminating greenhorns from the equation:

  • Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.
  • 20+ years of experience in news, with strong track record and understanding across the business.
  • Proven track record of building, initiating and driving new business and/or organizational opportunities.
  • Project management experience, with the ability to lead and execute multiple time-sensitive projects.
  • Public speaking, communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about issues, leading to thoughtful recommendations and action plans.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with all levels of management, both internally and externally.

Flynn pointed out that Facebook already has a director of news and global media partnerships (Andy Mitchell) and a director of media partnerships, Europe, Middle East and Africa (Patrick Walker).

Readers: What are your thoughts on Facebook’s search for a head of news partnerships?

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david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.