Job Description:

Executive Assistant, PBS NewsHour

Full-time, Regular

Reports to: VP, Operations


As the Executive Assistant, you’ll provide on-going high-level, complex administrative support to the Executive Producer, PBS NewsHour General Manager, and VP, Operations. This can include, managing communications, invitations, travel and meetings; maintaining department files to include monthly financial statements, budgets and more; managing and maintaining long-range calendars and schedules. Additionally, you’ll serve as a lead staff point of contact for newsroom wide communications, initiatives and special projects. You’ll work with other departments in this role, to ensure the smooth operation of a busy newsroom and office.


You’ll get to know the organization, the typical workflow, what each department does and how we function as a daily newsroom and small business. You’ll learn the workstyles of the leaders you support and how you can effectively manage their needs. We’ll look to your new perspective to help us operate more efficiently.


The managers you support will report that with your support their communications, schedules and functions are operating smoothly. You will become so familiar with the workflow and needs that you will soon be anticipating how you can support them before they ask. You will become a reliable point person in the newsroom to aid communication and support smooth functioning and high morale in the organization as a whole.  You will bring your own suggestions for how to help our organization run even more smoothly. You will feel comfortable participating in some editorial conversations in the newsroom around story development and coverage.


  • Knowledge of general office procedures and writing skills for business correspondence.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a customer service orientation, tact, and diplomacy.
  • When necessary you are discreet with high level and sensitive information.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and be able to prioritize tasks.
  • Sound judgement and ability to handle confidential matters with discretion and tact.


  • Comprehensive and competitive medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • Generous 403(B) employer match
  • Holiday and paid leave programs
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Exposure to our newsroom and business operation daily decision making to give you experience and opportunity for further growth.


With roots in public service journalism beginning in 1973, the PBS NewsHour today is on a mission to bring balanced, in-depth news coverage to all. Innovative and fast-paced, life at the NewsHour is focused on collaboration, trust, and above all, enterprising important, considered news. NewsHour is unique in that the team is small and tight-knit, and must accomplish what no other daily news organization does: be the gold-standard of reporting for a nightly, hour-long broadcast, and to crucial digital platforms.

You’ll enjoy working at the NewsHour if you enjoy contributing to meaningful reporting, working on small teams in which your ideas are not just valued but vital, and pushing yourself to grow your skills every day.

We know there are great candidates who may have skills we haven’t thought about.   If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans and people with disabilities. 

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Job Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
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