Assistant, Program Development- (Smithsonian Channel)Apply
The Program Development department’s Assistant will support the overall development process through the entire creative cycle. He/she will be the primary assistant to the SVP of Program Development.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Manage the program submissions process and submissions portal.
- Maintain a web-based submissions and program database (Salesforce platform) to track all potential and contracted programs.
- Research production companies and reviewing pitch documents and screeners.
- Schedule and prepare materials for regular development meetings.
- Communicate with external producers and follow-up on material requests.
- Liaise with Smithsonian Enterprises staff for factual and reputational review process.
- Manage the schedule of the SVP, Program Development, including scheduling upcoming pitch meetings and conferences, booking travel, etc.
- Performing general office administrative work such as fielding calls and emails, filing, setting up conference room a/v, and organizing conference calls.
- Tracking dozens of projects at once and helping to direct the team to manage deadlines.
- A minimum of Bachelors degree required, with preference given to candidates with a minimum one-year television experience.
- Qualified candidates must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and have an interest in non-fiction programming.
- Strong administrative and organizational skills—including ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects, with daily tracking and regular follow-up—are must haves.
- This position will require the ability to learn and adapt quickly, and to work in a self-directed team environment.
- This position will require the ability to transition efficiently between administrative tasks and projects that require more creative or analytical thinking.
- Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is a must.
- Experience with database systems and data management preferred.