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VP Podcasts

ExecuNet

This is a Full-time position in New York, NY posted January 10, 2022.

The Role  

This role will require an individual comfortable and adept with building strategy and driving incremental value across many content partnerships.  We need someone who can roll-up their sleeves (think big + pay attention to detail) while also being more tactical to identify problems impacting content growth.

If you’re passionate about audio, driven by data, love growing an awesome business, and are an exceptional people leader, this could be an excellent opportunity for you.   Company is going into an exciting growth phase, and you can be at the forefront of reshaping content consumption behaviors and the future of audio!

What You Will Do

  • Execute growth for podcast listening and engagement on Company’s platform
  • Business development and strategic partnerships: establish and manage relationships with producers and secure content partnerships with major podcast production companies. 
  • Measure and improve the breadth, depth, and timeliness of podcast platform engagement 
  • Acquire unique, compelling, and cutting-edge content, studying Company’s audience and outside platforms to set listening goals and targets for each individual podcast partnership.
  • Work cross-functionally and collaborate with the finance, data, marketing and sales to generate revenue-generating sponsorship opportunities for both premium and ad-supported podcasts
  • Manage relationships to grow incremental revenue and value for existing podcast partners
  • Focus on partnership management and upkeep; main POC’s for partners in each vertical with frequent touchpoints (meetings, calls, and webinars)
  • Ensure content is up to date, the partner is receiving necessary reports, and content is being promoted appropriately
  • Study Company’s current platform audience to measure and set listening goals and targets for each of the four audio formats (broadcast, news, sports, music) that have supporting podcasts
  • Serve as the primary liaison to collaborate with the content, sales, marketing, analytics, design, engineering, product, and finance teams to drive Company content initiatives in podcasting.
  • Work cross-functionally and collaborate with sales to generate incremental revenue  opportunities with prospective podcast market resellers or broadcast partners
  • Monitor competition closely to assess the competitive advantages and disadvantages of other podcast platforms in comparison to Company.
  • Proactively communicate to Company’s content partners to make them aware of Company platform benefits, tools, emerging third-party distribution partners.

What We Are Looking For

  • 10+ years experience in content acquisition for a large media and entertainment business at the intersections of media/entertainment and technology (audio or video streaming platform preferred), with 4+ years of experience at the Director/Senior Director level.  1+ years of experience at a private startup company. 
  • Ability to analyze and draw conclusions from data, with experience partnering with finance to evaluate existing and prospective content partnerships and deals to maximize value in both short-term and long-term strategy (cost of content per listening hour and value across all Company content genres)
  • Demonstrated results in development and execution of strategy to build and maintain successful business internal and internal partnerships
  • A can-do attitude and strong bias to action. Always seeking to improve through change and innovation
  • Ability to set measurable goals for the team and reliably execute on them
  • Success partnering closely with business development, finance, and licensing.
  • Detailed industry knowledge across entertainment, digital, and technology, with a pulse on emerging trends
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an ability to address both business and technical audiences, and experience presenting to executives/decision-makers
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team environment, including collaborating actively and effectively on multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapid growth environment, with the ability to show flexibility and agility to pivot daily from strategic to tactical. 

Skills That Are A Plus

  • Knowledge and passion for the audio space and the news, talk, sports, and music formats
  • Experience with both digital audio and subscription service
  • Proficiency in Excel, Keynote, and PowerPoint
  • Experience establishing and managing connected device partnerships
  • International experience