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Vox Media
combining media, content, tech & distribution
Product, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Monday, April 01, 2019
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Vox Media employees thrive on innovation & change while ambitiously seeking to master their subject areas, hone their craft, & improve their communities. We help smart, talented, creative professionals make a meaningful impact in media, technology & the world around them. Vox Medias networks & businesses include SB Nation, Eater, The Verge, Vox, Curbed, Recode & Code Conferences, Polygon, Concert, Chorus, Vox Creative, Vox Entertainment, & the Vox Media Podcast Network.

The Media & Production Technology department supports production & post-production systems across Vox Media networks & businesses. There are countless dynamic & exciting audio & video productions occurring every day in our facilities, & the Media & Production Technology teams develop & manage the many systems that support this work. The Media & Production Technology team is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, & highly collaborative Director of Post-Production Operations. Our ideal candidate is intellectually nimble, emotionally intelligent, business-minded, budget conscious, & fluent in a broad range of advanced post-production technologies.

What youll do:
Reporting to the Head of Media & Production Technology, youll oversee the entire portfolio of post-production video & podcasting technology & operations.
Closely track emerging industry & technology trends to identify new opportunities for improved automation, asset tracking & streamlining.
Conduct ongoing exploratory dialogs with cross-departmental leadership to determine current post-production technology needs & future ambitions.
Work directly with internal creative teams to ensure an optimized workflow. Participate in/lead technical discussions on architecture, networking, & system design. Develop/execute actionable plans to meet tech & ops requirements across multiple distinct content creation environments.
Deliver & document post-production improvements in support of growth as well as ensure all video & podcasting post-production workflows are optimized for multi-platform delivery including ingest, transcode, storage, editing & customization, processing, & quality assessment.
Work closely with IT to ensure uptime availability, manage & support our storage solutions such as SAN, NAS, & AWS S3.
Partner with IT to configure & document vantage workflows to scale media processing & production.
Work with media management & archive team members to develop & maintain a structured MAM database with accurately cataloged assets using industry-standard metadata schemas.
Manage the standardization of post-production operations across networks & contribute to strategic planning meetings for technology investment. Lead strategic planning & execution for rollouts of post-production technology to teams across multiple networks.
Regularly report on the state of video & podcast operations to senior leadership for constructive feedback & cross-departmental goal alignment.
Escalation point & key contact for resolution of high priority issues.

Foster & maintain strong vendor & external stakeholder relationships with an emphasis on creating robust & mutually beneficial feedback loops that drive technology innovations.
Create a positive & highly supportive team environment through performance feedback, educational programming & training, & mentorship discussions.

What youll bring:
At least 10 years experience in digital production, with significant experience as a post-production supervisor, manager, director or equivalent, including delegation, performance management, & coaching/career development.
Strong technical abilities, an eye for detail, & an instinct for producing efficient, automated, & scalable processes in a dynamic work environment.
A deep understanding of media asset management & storage systems & media metadata management, their uses & workflows within media organizations, as well as a technical understanding of how different systems should be implemented & integrated.
Experience with shared storage technologies (SAN) & content delivery systems including FTP & File Catalyst.
A solid understanding of project management principles & experience managing multiple concurrent projects.
A love of learning & a willingness to continue learning to ensure continuous elevation of the post-production environments our content creation teams rely on.
Experience with creating documentation of post-production systems & training/educating others in the use of those systems.

Bonus Points:
Experience with Cloudian, AWS Cloud Services, and/or Evolphin.
Previous non-linear editing, engineering and/or taxonomy/media library experience. Vox Media values thinkers, creatives, & obsessives from all backgrounds. We are looking to hire the right person not the right rsum. We encourage those with diverse & non-traditional experience to apply.

This is a full-time position based in New York, NY, & may require occasional travel.

About working at Vox Media: This is a permanent, full-time position with excellent benefitsincluding flexible hours & generous parental leave. Vox Media strives to provide comprehensive healthcare options for our employees & to ensure that our healthcare & other benefits are LGBTQ-inclusive. You'll be joining a group of focused, hard-working, creative people who are passionate about doing work that's challenging & funand who strive to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds & everyone is encouraged to apply. Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer & does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.

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