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Critic Editor

full-time fixed-term role from October 2015 through to 14th October 2016

Critic has been voted New Zealand’s best student magazine at the Aotearoa Student Press Awards for the past three years. Critic has been the official student magazine of the University of Otago since 1925 and has a readership of over 18,000 students. We are after a highly motivated and innovative leader to continue the legacy in 2016.

You will lead the publication and help commission, create and shape content that will keep students engaged with Critic throughout the year.

The editor needs to lead the Critic team, working with staff and volunteers to produce relevant and exciting content for each week of semester. Critic needs someone who can build relationships with students, the public, Critic staff and volunteers as well as within the wider Planet Media, OUSA and university community.

This is a challenging role and the new editor will need a thick skin, as well as the ability to multitask efficiently. An understanding of journalistic principles, having previous published work and some leadership experience would be an advantage.

The editor has responsibility for financial performance, reporting and recruitment. You will continue to build the Critic brand via social media and provide training opportunities for all students keen to join the team.

The role also requires the publication management and content creation of our other summer publications — UNI101, Compass magazine, the Orientation magazine, and the annual wall planner.

This is a full-time fixed-term role from October 2015 through to 14th October 2016.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

• Empathy, integrity and a hunger for accurate journalism
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• An affinity with student culture
• People management skills to recruit, develop and retain staff and volunteers
• Time management and planning skills
• Good business management capability
• Leadership to contribute to the whole OUSA

Applicants should send a CV, a completed application form and a covering letter to the Association Secretary Donna Jones by 5pm, Monday 21st September 2015. Applicants should note that psychometric and practical proficiency tests may be required.

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