Director, Children’s Programming
- Full Time
Director, Children’s Programming
Team: Children’s Programming
Working with the Vice President, the Director of Children’s Programming develops and implements content and distribution strategies for PBS children’s programming. S/he works with creators and producers to manage multiple children’s programs in all stages of development and production. In addition, the Director of Children’s Programming collaborates with producers, stations, and Children’s Media & Education colleagues to drive increased engagement with PBS KIDS content.
Essential duties will include, but not limited to:
- Lead the strategic rollout of video content in collaboration with Marketing and Digital departments, stations, producers, and PBSd with the goal of maximizing viewership, publicity, educational impact, and ancillary/home entertainment opportunities.
- Manage linear schedules for the National Program Service and the PBS KIDS 24/7 multicast and livestream.
- Oversee the release of priority programs including new series, special events, movies, and premiere episodes.
- Work directly with producers to evaluate and develop children’s series for PBS. Screen and evaluate proposals, scripts, rough cuts, and other materials as needed. Act as point person on several shows in production.
- Work closely with PBS Business Affairs, Finance, and Legal to execute PBS KIDS content strategy, shepherding projects through the proposal, greenlighting, and deal process.
- Supervise and support Senior Associate’s work with producers, Content Services, T&O, Standards & Practices and other departments to oversee content operations, program delivery, and packaging process.
- Work closely with the Business Intelligence Group to obtain and analyze performance data.
- Work closely with PBS member stations to identify needs and provide research-based strategies for maximizing audiences for children’s programming. Serve as primary liaison with station programmer leadership and develop strategies for communicating PBS priorities to stations.
- Cultivate and strengthen relationships with producer community. Manage series launch meetings and serve as key member of planning team for PBS KIDS Producer Summit.
- Follow children’s industry trends and regularly report on the competitive landscape to the CME Matrix team.
- Prepare presentation materials and present at PBS/system events such as PBS Annual Meeting, PTPA, teleconferences, and webinars.
- Represent PBS KIDS at conferences, meetings, and industry events.
Requirements for success:
- Bachelor’s degree in the Liberal or Fine Arts
- 8+ years’ experience in children’s television programming/production
- Experience working in public broadcasting and with stations essential
- Experience negotiating with producers
- National cable or broadcast network experience helpful
- Reliable and flexible person who can perform effectively under stress
- Excellent project management and organizational skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills – diplomacy a must
- Strong creative instincts
- Strategic thinker with strong negotiation skills
- Ability to work collaboratively with cross-departmental teams
- Ability to meet deadlines, react to change productively, and handle other essential duties as assigned
- Strong work ethic with a passion for excellence and customer satisfaction
- Familiarity with early education and child development
- A thorough knowledge of television production and experience in script and proposal evaluation
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