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Audio Partnerships Manager

Audio Partnerships Manager
TED Global Distribution & Licensing
New York, NY, United States 

The Global Distribution & Licensing team at TED develops media partnerships, editorial programs, and education products that make TED’s content accessible to diverse audiences around the world in collaboration with leading technology, broadcast, publishing, and other types of companies. These partnerships generate 100 million monthly views and listens of TED-branded programming including TED Talks, TED-Ed animations, the TED Radio Hour series, and other content, and contribute revenue to help resource the organization’s goals as a not-for-profit educational media brand.

TED’s portfolio of leading audio series include the TED Radio Hour with NPR; the TED Talks Daily podcast; the WorkLife with Adam Grant podcast; and the TED en Español podcast. Our partners in audio distribution include NPR, Apple Podcasts, PRX, Tune In, Spotify, Midroll/Stitcher, Univision, and others.    

We are seeking an Audio Partnerships Manager to actively manage the daily operations of our audio business. This person will work closely with our audio partners on a day-to-day basis to ensure that the strengths of each partner and platform are being utilized to maximize potential for audience reach and monetization. Our ideal candidate has deep knowledge of, and intellectual curiosity about, the audio industry from broadcast to podcast to connected devices and more. In particular, a working knowledge of the strengths, weaknesses, and growth opportunities with the major audio platforms is essential. Experience with smart speakers and related hands-on work with Amazon, Google, and/or Apple is a big plus.

In this role, it is important to be able to handle multiple concurrent projects, prioritize effectively, and take on time-sensitive initiatives with diplomacy, grace, and enthusiasm. This person should possess exceptional communication skills, intellectual curiosity, and cultural sensitivity. The Audio Partnerships Manager will represent TED and its core value of ideas worth spreading, and must be able to comfortably navigate cultural and linguistic barriers in order to do so effectively.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Partner Management: Serve as each audio partner’s main point of contact for operations matters and manage the relationship day-to-day.
  • Partner Optimization: Proactively work with partners to improve the performance of each collaboration in a mutually beneficial manner to scale audience, increase downloads/listens of TED audio series, and optimize monetization.  
  • Partner Promotion: Identify and propose promotion opportunities based on partner strategy and platform capabilities; assist in the development of promotions plans.
  • Partner Design: Oversee partner commitments to implement TED-branded UI design.
  • Analytics Reports: With the help of the team’s Content Distribution Specialist, analyze metrics reports from Podtrac, Apple Analytics, and other sources to identify trends, opportunities for optimization, and so on.
  • Special Projects: Undertake special projects as necessary. 

Required for the Position

  • A deep intellectual curiosity about the rapidly evolving audio industry.
  • 3+ years of experience at a leading and/or highly innovative audio technology, distribution, or production company in a client or partner-facing capacity.
  • Knowledge of business models and sponsorship formats for podcast advertising is important.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Impeccable organizational skills, thoroughness, and ability to multi-task in a fluid environment.
  • Experience managing high stakes audio relationships.
  • An overall strong understanding of online video, online publishing, mobile applications and new media platforms.

Beneficial to the Position

  • A working knowledge of Spanish is ideal.
  • Experience with marketing and social media.
  • Comfort in leading important initiatives, presenting to groups, learning quickly, and assuming new responsibilities.
  • Willing to execute tasks independently, and work well with remote team members.
  • Experience with senior level executive interactions.  
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work or educational experience.
  • Fluency with Google Docs, Excel, and Keynote. Experience with audio editing software is a plus.

A love for TED Talks and a curious mind are essential. Candidates should find joy in ambitious goals, meaningful responsibilities, teamwork, learning and humor. We’re serious about our work but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. 

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

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