Full Time Job

Director, Public Programming

The Paley Center for Media

New York, NY 12-01-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description

About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.

Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Archive – including special African American, Hispanic, LGBT, Women’s and Music collections – and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media.

Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape.

Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visitpaleycenter.org.


Directors of Public Programming coordinates and ensures the successful implementation of Public Programs working interchangeably on either Exhibits or Festivals that will continue to elevate and position The Paley Center for Media. The Director of Public Programming shapes, books, confirms, implements, and facilitates the financial success of exhibits/experiences and festivals, as assigned, including,

The Directors of Public Programming will work on strategy and the book, produce, and project manages to elevate, position, and raise awareness and draw press coverage for the vital role of The Paley Center for Media. In addition, Public Programming Directors shape, frame, book, confirm, implement as well as facilitates the financial success of a. Public Program Directors ideate, identify, book, and confirm a variety of festivals, exhibits, and membership events that include top-tier celebrities, authors, politicians, tech gurus, etc. to drive membership and enhancing viewership.

Public Programming Directors will assist in delivering a relevant programming agenda for the institution and will constantly monitor the progress of program plans and ensure that timelines, deliverables, and best practices are being adhered to and that programs meet a bi-annual calendar.

This is a hybrid role and requires in person attendance three days per week.


  • Develop, ideate, project-manage, book, and confirm an exciting, influential, and relevant calendar of programs
  • Book major shows and A-list talent for corresponding Corporate, President Circle, Patron, and General Membership programs and activities.
  • When assigned, produce aspects exhibits (including programs and spotlights) that need to be coordinated with a network or studio.
  • Produce and coordinate partner entertainment exhibits that need coordination with a network and/or studio.
  • Develop, plan, book, and implement family programming as well as podcasts.
  • Secure programming lineups six months in advance.
  • Draft remarks, correspondence, pitch letters, invitations, proposals, thank you letters, etc.
  • Create and maintain booking status documents.
  • Across all departments, coordinate resources to ensure successful production of our exhibits and programs, including all pre, during, and post-event details.
  • Serve as a point of contact to the sponsorship and development liaisons for sponsorship as well as for membership events when appropriate.
  • Ensure the relevance and prestige of Paley events by remaining informed of media and news events and other milestones that are of social and critical importance.
  • Coordinate all prep calls for moderators and participants.
  • Help to develop appropriate audiences to sell tickets and increase memberships.
  • Assist in raising specified allotted funds to meet the programming budget.
  • Obtain all necessary internal approvals to book events to coordinate schedules and internal calendars (Tech, CS, Development, etc.) and work with the Marketing and Communications/PR departments, particularly on timing of announcements, ticket sales, and publishing dates in order to maximize marketing and promotions.
  • Partner with the Marketing and Communications/PR departments to create content that will drive engagement and viewership to increase Paley’s social media followers /audience.
  • Participate in other projects as assigned.
  • Facilitate coordination of a program, exhibit or festival through being a point of contact for communication internally within the Paley Center and externally with networks, studios, and talent representatives.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with executives in the appropriate media sectors as well as managers, publicists, and talent and top journalists to secure as moderators.
  • Manage all prep calls for moderators and participants.
  • Help to develop appropriate audiences to sell tickets and increase memberships.
  • Manage RSVPs, track tickets sales and distribution, and partner obligations, as well as revenue goals, are met.
  • Partner with the Marketing and Communications/PR departments to create content that will drive engagement and viewership to increase Paley’s social media followers /audience.
  • Participate in other projects as assigned.

Core Competencies

Our successful employees meet the following criteria:

  • Highly organized with a proven ability to meet deadlines and budgets.
  • Outstanding leadership skills and ability to lead cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to take ownership of all tasks and manage simultaneously.
  • Outstanding verbal communication and superior business writing skills.
  • Positive and professional demeanor with excellent interpersonal, administrative, and managerial skills.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Resourcefulness, creativity, and strong problem-solving and research skills.


  • 8+ years of producing live productions within entertainment, sports, and other media
  • Experience producing exhibits or other special events, a plus
  • 3+ years of project and budget management experience, in a supervisory capacity
  • Knowledge of proper standards in the handling of museum collections
  • Knowledge of pertinent legal requirements, such as provided by OSHA and the ADA
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays, as needed
  • Bachelor’s degree in Production, Media, or related field
  • Bilingual in Spanish, a plus
  • Completed covid vaccination

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Paley Center for Media maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-r1726v-54-174-225-82-42 in your application.