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Research Director

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Research Director oversees TED’s research process and team, designing and overseeing standards and protocols to ensure a smooth experience for anyone engaged in fact checking. The Research Director manages a team of on-staff and contract employees who handle fact-checking for all of TED, including but not limited to TED Talks, TEDx Talks, TED-ED lessons, new format experiments, television shows, podcasts, etc. The Research Director is able to manage and prioritize this shifting landscape of inputs, maintaining TED quality across our various properties while establishing standards and educating colleagues on fact-checking best practices.

QUALIFICATIONS / SKILLS

  • 8-10 years of journalistic research or fact checking experience
  • Experience of checking science-related topics, including but not limited to public health issues and medical research.
  • Strong project management skills that encompass strategic design and people management and training
  • Strong generalist understanding of research across other specialties
  • Experience with original data collection and analysis, with post-college research work and publication history
  • Must be curious, creative, collaborative, and personable

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop a fact checking structure for efficiency, clarity and thoroughness across all of TED’s content needs
  • Oversee and manage the fact checking process for all TED content
  • Manage freelance fact checkers and research staff; track assignment hours for research staff across different departments and ensure timely processing of timecards
  • Maintain TED’s fact checking standards and best practices via written documents, team presentations, etc;
  • Other duties and special projects as may be assigned from time to time
  • Willingness to contribute however possible to ensure overall effectiveness of position

WORKPLACE CONDITIONS / PHYSICAL, MENTAL, VISUAL DEMANDS

  • 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 and quality specifications
  • Machines, Tools, Equipment, Electronic Devices, Computer Software, etc.:
  • Ability to use common office equipment such as telephone, computer and copier
  • Computer programs to include MS Office, Mac programs, Google Docs, functional related databases
  • Travel: Upon request / as needed
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