Temp. Director, Digital Content Management - Washington DC

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Ref#: 29009
CBS Business Unit: Smithsonian Networks
Job Type: Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: Washington, DC, US

About Us:

Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, Million Dollar American Princesses, Polar Bear Town, The Weapon Hunter, The Lost Tapes, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include Building Star Trek, The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima, MLK: The Assassination Tapes and The Day Kennedy Died. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Earth™, through SN Digital LLC., a new subscription video streaming service delivering spectacular original nature and wildlife content. To learn more, go to www.smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Description:
The Temporary Director of Digital Content for Smithsonian Networks will lead the development, production and distribution of engaging, compelling content across multiple digital platforms. This person will play a key role in assuring the smooth implementation of the networks content and growth strategy. This position will report to the SVP of Digital Marketing, playing an active role in daily management of the resources, systems and processes we use to produce and manage our digital content assets as we scale to increase traffic and engagement.  This will be a 6 month assignment.

In this role, you will:
  • Lead a creative team while maintaining workflows that deliver weekly video and social content optimized for multiple screens.
  • Work with project managers and production coordinators to set, track and communicate major milestones to the larger team, planning ahead to create sustainable production schedules.
  • Collaborate with multiple functional groups including digital marketing, video operations, product and tech, and programming to ensure we are leveraging our content to drive the most impact for the business.
  • Keep teams informed, on their toes and clear about what is expected from them. Communicate benchmarks to ensure that each project is managed appropriately
  • Be a nimble thinker and help come up with new ideas in brainstorms that are fresh and within resource limitations and deadlines.
  • Proactively identify and develop sound point of view for workflow and storytelling improvements and communicate up to SVP to implement positive, meaningful change.
  • Analyze and actively use data and metrics to inform editorial and strategic decisions and to create accountability for results
  • Collaborate with department heads to maximize the sharing of information and to leverage innovation and best practices among departments
  • Support teams in daily management of their projects, providing creative problem solving for complex challenges.
  • Encourage and nurture creativity and act as a role model and mentor to inspire individuals to deliver excellence, leading by example and drive an entrepreneurial spirit within the team.

Qualifications:
  • 8-10 years of content experience, including 4-5 years managing other digital content creators
  • Management and leadership experience required; successful track record of building and developing high-performing teams
  • Experience generating brand awareness through existing and emerging social media and online communities and platforms
  • Ability to spot digital trends and insights to inform agile content development 
  • Experience implementing digital strategies for new website builds and community engagement campaigns
  • Ability to provide clear creative conceptual direction and to motivate and inspire creative teams
  • Advanced knowledge through experience using social media to drive brand awareness, engagement, and traffic to a website/social media pages in relation to broader media mix

EEO Statement:
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
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