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Sr. Director, Programming & Development


Arlington, VA 01-15-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description

Sr. Director, Programming & Development

Team: GA Programming

Status: Full-time/Regular/Exempt

The Sr. Director, Programming and Development will develop programming focused on content including arts, performance and culture in alignment with the GAP content strategy and viewership goals. Working in collaboration with producers, the Sr. Director will take a proactive approach to program development from idea generation to air; procure and managing the highest quality content; draw upon program development and management, scheduling digital content and distribution, social media, and marketing to inform strategies; and work to increase the reach and visibility of that content.

They will also work with the Programming Senior Team to refresh existing programs and, as appropriate, commission new programs. The Sr. Director will have creative oversight of a variety of development and production projects, and lead the efforts of multiple outside producers and producing entities simultaneously. The position also supports the Vice President of Programming and Operations and the Chief Programming Executive and GM in devising and implementing departmental organizational, structural and production initiatives, systems and protocols. They will work closely with colleagues throughout PBS to promote and coordinate related activities for our member stations.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to:
• Develop and maintain strong existing relationships with PBS member stations, independent producers, agents and writers.

• Contribute to the strategic vision and direction of PBS, ensuring that existing development and production projects are in alignment with the Primetime Programming strategy to help guide the schedule as a whole.

• Lead initiatives that have organization-wide implications as determined by the Vice President, Programming and Operations.

• Guide the development and production of primetime programming of original, co-production and reversion projects.

• Work closely with PBS member stations and independent producers on multiple series and specials simultaneously and in coordination with PBS departments to ensure timely, effective and on-budget development, production and delivery of original programming.

• Serve as a Team Lead and main contact on all aspects of development and production, directly responsible for pushing project information to internal teams and ensuring that PBS is maximizing the potential of each project.

• Review and convey timely comments to program producers on all stages of development and production.

• Adhere to, and accountable for, all aspects of PBS's editorial, budgetary and production standards, as well as contractual and deliverable requirements for PBS programming.

• Support and represent Vice President, Programming and Operations in department personnel and systems management and devise and implement organizational and production protocols.

Requirements for success:
• 8 years of experience developing, producing or executive producing primetime television on a national level.

• Experience within the genres of lifestyle, culture, arts, performance and diversity required.

• A proven track record of developing and executing innovative scripted and non-scripted television programs.

• Proficiency in TV production economics and management.

• Experience and understanding of International television market and financing opportunities.

• Demonstrated track record in creative execution and ratings performance as well as the ability to manage the creative process from concept to air.

• Experience managing a slate of multiple television projects simultaneously.

• Successfully build and maintain effective relationships with on-air talent, producers, writers and directors in the entertainment industry.

• Experience managing outside producers, building credibility and strong working relationships with other internal executives and generating commitment to goals.

• Bachelors' degree in Theatre, Communications or related field.

PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with the EEOC and the Commonwealth of Virginia

Company Profile

PBS and our member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS's educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way.