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TED // devoted to spreading ideas
New York City, NY    Posted: Friday, March 06, 2020
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The Global Distribution & Licensing team at TED develops media partnerships, editorial programs, & education products that make TEDs content accessible to diverse audiences around the world in collaboration with leading technology, audio, publishing, & other types of companies. These partnerships generate hundreds of millions of views & listens of TED-branded programming including TED Talks, TED-Ed animations, the TED Radio Hour series, TED Original podcasts & other content, & contribute new revenue to help resource the organizations goals as a not-for-profit educational media brand.

We are seeking a Content Distribution Specialist to help prepare & deliver TED video & audio assets to media partners around the world in accordance with TEDs contractual obligations & each partners deadlines & technical specifications. Deep attention to details, well-developed organization skills, & a natural ability to calmly & efficiently manage mission-critical projects are essential to success in this role.


  • Media assets (video, audio, subtitles, images, & metadata) preparation & delivery:
    • Coordinate with TED video production & TED-Ed teams on video & audio asset preparation.
    • Coordinate with TED Translators team on language subtitle & metadata preparation.
    • Coordinate with TED design team on artwork & thumbnail image preparation.
    • Coordinate with TED technology team on troubleshooting access issues (FTP, API, embed player, etc.) reported by partners.
    • Refine the asset preparation & delivery workflow, helping to build scale while developing new efficiencies.
  • Content Quality Control (QC):
    • Perform QC review on TED video & audio content that has been prepared for media partners.
    • Collaborate with the TED video production team to correct issues found during QC.
  • Partner operation coordination:
    • Deliver assets via various technologies such as FTP, Aspera, partner CMS, embed codes, & API 
    • Send delivery confirmation
    • Collect & manage assets delivered by partner
    • Collect analytics from partner platforms.
    • Interface with clients around content delivery, content performance, & any technician troubleshooting, which are all critical to the success of TED's business relationships
    • Undertake special projects as requested, e.g. YouTube rights management.


Required for the Position

  • At least 2-3 years of professional experience at a leading media company or organization, & a strong familiarity with video in particular. When we start talking about codecs & content delivery systems, those should be very familiar to you.
  • Expert user of the following tools: Excel, Google Sheets, Dropbox (a test will be given during the interview)
  • Experience working with script languages: SQL, HTML & XML (a test will be given during the interview)
  • A great systems thinker obsessed with efficiency.
  • Impeccable attention to details.
  • You have excellent organizational skills, are good at setting priorities, can manage multiple deadlines, & follow through on tasks. It isn't in your nature to leave a question unanswered or a task half-finished.
  • A collaborative team player who can work across departments at TED, & also excels when working independently.
  • You love technologies & are always curious to learn new ones.
  • You are passionate about TED. When someone mentions a talk that they love, you're likely to have already seen it.

Beneficial to the Position

  • Experience in project management
  • Experience in relational database, podcasts, RSS feeds, AirTable, R, Tableau
  • Experience in Adobe Suite such as PhotoShop, Premier, Illustrator
  • Experience in video and/or audio editing
  • Experience in productivity tools such as Automator, BBEdit
  • Foreign language skills are a plus.
  • Bachelors degree and/or equivalent work or educational experience.

A curious mind & passion for learning are essential to this position. Enjoying TED Talks & other TED content helps too! Candidates should find joy in ambitious goals, meaningful responsibilities, teamwork, & humor. Were serious about our work but we dont take ourselves too seriously.

This is a full time position, based in TEDs Manhattan office.  Competitive salary & innovative, generous benefits including a 2-week company-wide break each summer plus PTO.


  • General: Office environment
  • Physical: Repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and/or fingers
  • Mental/Visual: Concentrated mental and/or visual attention; work involves performing tasks to very close accuracy & quality specifications
  • Machines, Tools, Equipment, Electronic Devices, Computer Software, etc.:
  • Ability to use common office equipment such as telephone, computer & copier
  • Computer programs to include MS Office, Mac programs, Google Docs, functional related databases
  • Travel: Limited / as requested
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