Chief Operating Officer

About The Dispatch: At a time of growing industry uncertainty and an alarming erosion of civic discourse, The Dispatch stands out as a platform for thoughtful coverage, respectful dialogue, and a wildly engaged community of paying members. We bring a perspective—we’re conservatives, classical liberals, libertarians—but we’re fiercely independent, standing apart from media outlets increasingly engaged in partisan boosterism. Started in 2019 by Steve Hayes, the Editor-in-Chief of The Weekly Standard, and Jonah Goldberg, editor at National Review, The Dispatch has filled a valuable gap on the center-right in the media ecosystem as captured in recent articles in TechcrunchThe Atlantic, and other publications.

Learn more about The Dispatch and working with us.

About The Opportunity:

The Dispatch COO will:

  • Be The Other Half to the CEO, functionally owning all business responsibilities including Growth and Retention, Product and Technology, Business Development, HR and Communications

  • Have experience growing a consumer subscription or commerce business 

  • Be a recognized leader in the consumer media space with an unimpeachable track record for motivating teams, delivering on goals and operating with high integrity 

  • Have a strong and enforceable point of view on how an effective business operates and what the company’s business priorities should be while adding to the already robust virtual and in-person culture at The Dispatch 

  • Understand and appreciate the missionary zeal that our founding team and other stakeholders have for what The Dispatch represents to common sense and classical liberalism in the U.S., as well as The Dispatch’s role in fostering greater trust in high-quality news media. You recognize that The Dispatch’s reputation for leading with integrity, covering with fairness and advancing good-faith arguments is equal to and integral to its goal of capturing 100K paid members in the next 24 months

Reports to: CEO

Responsibilities:

  • People: 

    • Hire and lead the core business team, including but not limited to VP, Growth, Marketing Coordinator, Customer Service solution

    • Manage company-wide recruiting and HR management, including but not limited to, benefits management, payroll and budgeting 

  • Growth and Engagement

    • Run playbook on growing memberships, subscriptions, listeners and social audience through organic, paid, partner, earned, syndication channels

  • Operations

    • Manage monthly reconciliation with The Dispatch’s Finance resource

    • Oversee FP&A process across the company

  • Product

    • Manage the product roadmap and lead The Dispatch’s technical resources to build, buy or license the appropriate tools that further our editorial and business goals 

  • Investor Management: 

    • Work with CEO to develop materials for regular Dispatch board meetings

    • Attend Dispatch board meetings and serve as point of contact for all commercial aspects of the business

How will this role enable the team to meet its goals?

  • Provide The Dispatch with the people and the process that will form the engine for growth 

  • Reward The Dispatch with more of the CEO’s time for additional writing, reporting, recruiting and mentoring to make the current editorial product even better 

How will success be measured?

  • You will recruit the right talent and equip them with the motivation and strategic direction motivation to succeed

  • Demonstrable growth in paid memberships, free subscriptions and overall brand recognition for The Dispatch 

Location: While we have a hybrid work culture, we’re based in Washington, D.C. and would prefer candidates who would be able to visit the office on a bi-weekly basis. 

Benefits: Our growing roster of benefits includes:

  • Health insurance (80 percent paid for individuals)

  • Company equity

  • FSA and HSA

  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability

  • 401K match

  • Cell phone benefit

How To Apply: Please send your resume along with a brief introduction via email to mike@thedispatch.com

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