DIRECTOR OF CROSS PLATFORM COLLABORATION, WBUR Program & Production

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Boston University
Location
BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

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DIRECTOR OF CROSS PLATFORM COLLABORATION, WBUR Program & Production

Tracking Code22500565780624Job Description

WBUR, Boston's NPR, is a public media leader committed to exceptional journalism on-air, online, on demand and on stage. Our mission is to serve the public, report the truth, and enrich lives. Our goal is to be the most trusted and beloved source of news in Boston and beyond. Were seeking a driven and detail-oriented editorial leader to oversee the development, coordination and execution of large scale, cross-platform projects working with editorial teams including the local newsroom, digital & newsletter teams, Here & Now, On Point, WBUR Podcasts and CitySpace.

The Director of Cross Platform Collaboration will report directly to the Chief Content Officer and will help elevate WBUR's editorial ambitions and be an architect of large, cross-platform experiences. The Directors role is expected to maintain a fast-paced, high-volume charge, collaborating across the organization with editorial teams and with the business units to create ambitious but realistic production schedules and output with a focus on audience and revenue growth.

Essential Functions:

Oversee:

  • Oversee the planning, execution and performance measurement of cross-platform projects including broadcast, on-demand, newsletter, live event programming, and more.
  • Serve as a key driver of these efforts, working with editorial leaders on deliverables, presentations and status reports as warranted.
  • Lead planning and coordination efforts with internal and external teams to support their schedules, tracking, and communicating project delivery expectations with all key stakeholders.

Planning:

  • Assist WBUR and its stakeholders to define and plan prioritized project outcomes and measure goals.
  • Lead standing editorial meetings for cross-platform special projects.
  • Develop and maintain an effective communications cadence with stakeholders across WBUR including close contact with Business Partnerships, Development and Membership.
  • Proactively identify each projects risks, issues and drive their resolution.

Measure & Improve:

  • Utilize assessment indicators including program outlines, stakeholder objectives and contemporary metrics tools to carefully assess impacts and performance against each cross-platform project, while offering direction on improvement on future initiatives.
  • Makes effective recommendations regarding personnel/staffing when necessary.

Pitch:

  • In close concert with appropriate editorial and business stakeholders, craft thorough and persuasive narratives/pitches to articulate WBURs range of sharp ideas for sponsors and funders and for production and distribution.
  • When necessary, lead pitch meetings.
  • Establish partnerships with like-minded organizations
Required Skills

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor's degree or relevant experience required
  • 8 years in an editorial role.
  • Creative and nimble and can seize opportunities as they arise
  • The ability to strategize on how editorial products serve audiences, including platform strategies specific to broadcast, digital, on-demand and on-stage programming
  • Project management experience
  • Proactive self-starter, comfortable driving multiple projects while simultaneously seeking to launch new ideas.
  • A proven collaborator who can inspire teamwork and easily navigate between editorial and business units.
  • Skilled in utilizing internal and external resources to accomplish goals
  • Ability to quickly understand and assess opportunities and/or problems and respond with creative ideas and solutions
  • A diplomat, who seeks to drive results across the organization
  • Deep understanding of the media landscape
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills
  • Highly organized - Highly analytical and data driven
  • Adaptable and willing to approach tasks with speed and energy
  • Technically savvy
  • Excels at putting organizational systems into place.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Back2BU site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job LocationBOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular

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What compelled the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award Boston University a grant to fight newborn mortality in Zambia? Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. adopt BU as a place where he could hone his message of justice and equality? And what is the catalyst that prompts 32,557 students from 135 countries to call BU their home every semester? It’s in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.

A Community Unlike Any Other

As you can see below, it takes people, ideas, and a little luck (Boston, you’re our town) to make BU what it is today: one of the most dynamic universities in the world.

Celebrated thinkers: On any given day, students will find themselves mesmerized by Nobel Prize winners, a poet laureate, and the first biomedical engineer ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” among others.

Extraordinary teaching: When a classroom starts to percolate with new ideas, it’s because our faculty of scholars and accomplished practitioners know how to ignite students’ imaginations. That’s why we reward our best teachers with BU’s most prestigious honor: The Metcalf Cup and Prize.

Groundbreaking research: With faculty dedicated to a creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, BU has become a leading global research institution—propelled forward by over $350 million a year in sponsored program revenue.

World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 135 countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in L.A., D.C., and more than 30 other cities on six continents.

A city within a city: Today, 80% of our undergrads live on campus, which could explain the 525 student activity groups alone.

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