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Creative Director

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Audacious Project is the newest initiative at TED, and one of its most ambitious. The goal: each year, curate up to five jaw-dropping ideas with the potential to affect millions of lives or change systems, then rally donors and the public to start full-scale movements around them.

The Audacious Project Creative Director is responsible for developing and directing the editorial strategy around this program, thinking deeply about how to connect with the TED audience and larger public through articles, videos, podcasts, and other media. They will shape how we tell the story of the program at large, and how we communicate the impact of each individual project — from Robin Steinberg’s The Bail Project to Environmental Defense Fund’s MethaneSAT.

We’re looking for a great editor and producer who’s bursting with ideas, who’s a proven leader and up to take on a big role on a small but mighty team. Should have a strong interest in global change, a passion for telling stories that sway hearts and minds, and the multi-platform skills to make everything from newsletters to special video series to social media content shine.

QUALIFICATIONS / SKILLS

  • Undergraduate degree required
  • 10+ years of experience in content creation at a media company
  • Strong writing, editing, and multimedia development and production skills
  • A sense of how to bridge what’s important to individual projects with what’s interesting to donors and the public
  • Proven track record in growing reach across platforms
  • Ability to cover a wide range of topics, from scientific research to social policy
  • Experience managing staff members
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tight deadlines
  • Generally creative, curious, creative, collaborative, and personable

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create the overall editorial strategy for The Audacious Project and work with team members, assorted stakeholders at TED,  individual project leaders to execute it
  • Be the creative lead in imagining AudaciousProject.org’s phase two
  • Create an editorial calendar for articles on Ideas.TED.com and the TED Blog
  • Pitch and oversee strategic editorial partnerships to build reach
  • Guide regular e-newsletters around each project
  • Coordinate with TED’s social media team to implement social strategy and grow all channels
  • Work with TED’s Format Innovation team to pitch special video and podcast series
  • Coordinate with TED’s Editorial Team and The Audacious Project’s PR consultancy
  • Develop strategy for creating support communities around each Audacious idea
  • Provide speechwriting support to Audacious Director
  • Support in the curation of Audacious programming at TED events, including potential workshops and social spaces  
  • Be a voice for project leaders and their ideas and advocate for them within TED

WORKPLACE CONDITIONS

Role is full-time and based in TED’s New York office

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