Programming Director, WSJ Conferences

New York
Jun 11, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
Ms. Human Resource
Full Time

The Director of Programming will join the world-class Executive Conferences division for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones brands. The division’s entrepreneurial team launches and operates successful annual conferences attended by the world's leading CEOs, politicians and celebrated experts from multiple industries – such as The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, ECO:nomics, Viewpoints, WSJDLive and others; all events are led by the Journal’s most senior editors. The goal is to grow the conference roster over the next few years, both domestically and internationally, and infuse the events with cutting-edge technology and outstanding features. This is a high-profile role with exposure to Dow Jones' senior leadership.

The Director of Programming will work with the editors of The Wall Street Journal to develop newsworthy conference programs featuring top speakers and to take the lead on recruiting, securing and managing those speakers. The focus will be on developing live-event programs that are differentiated in the market and feature timely, intellectually rigorous topics. Speakers to be recruited include CEOs, policy-makers, thought leaders and business innovators. Because the conferences involve cross-platform elements (e.g., print and online tie-ins) and the input of many different constituents, the Director of Programming will interact with executives from a wide range of departments across the company, including Editorial, Advertising, Strategy, and Marketing.

The position requires a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience, which may include high-end conferences, journalism, television booking, public relations, or other industries in which contact and interaction with business/political leaders and celebrities is central. Experience with business, financial and political content is preferred, as is an existing roster of relationships. Also required: a professional demeanor; strong interpersonal abilities; excellent communication skills (both written and oral); a propensity to think creatively; good organizational skills; tenacity; enthusiasm; and the ability to work in an entrepreneurial, fast-changing environment. A Bachelor's degree is required. Some travel required.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Program development

* Work with the Journal’s editors to identify timely, compelling topics and themes
* Research topics to identify most prominent and appropriate speaker candidates
* Work with editors to refine topic ideas into strong conference programs
* Coordinate constantly with conference team (marketing, advertising, logistics) to ensure all program and speaker info is communicated and up-to-date

Recruitment and management of prominent speakers

* On behalf of WSJ Editorial, recruit and secure all speakers
* Develop strategy for securing each speaker - identify key contacts, position event appropriately, etc.
* Manage speakers' participation throughout each conference cycle, liaising with conference logistics and marketing teams at all times
* Manage speakers on-site at conferences, including "calling the show" where appropriate
* Maintain and continuously update our database of speakers and their status

Conference Operations and Strategy

Help grow the conferences division by conceptualizing new conferences, researching new markets to gauge demand and profit potential, and identifying creative new opportunities to expand existing conference franchises, including internationally

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. EEO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Vets


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