We are seeking a Content Director to spearhead the Festival programme and other events throughout the year. This is a unique opportunity to create an exciting programme, ensure editorial integrity and be at the centre of setting the agenda for the industry.
The overall management of the wider organisation and the Festival itself is run by a permanent staff based in London. The Content Director is part of the senior management team and reports directly to the CEO of the TV Foundation and Edinburgh TV Festival.
The Content Director works alongside the Advisory Chair (a senior figure drawn from industry each year in a voluntary role) and helps to assemble the Advisory Committee who are responsible for the annual editorial direction of the Festival – from developing session ideas to overseeing final production. The members of this committee are also volunteers working in the industry and are refreshed annually. The role also includes regular interaction with the Executive Chair, a variety of major funders and reporting to the board on the progress of the programme.
The role demands an accomplished individual with at least five years’ senior festival, creative, production or journalism experience. The successful candidate will ideally have an in-depth knowledge of the television sector and a network of contacts combined with events management skills that include producing speakers and panel discussions.
• Managing the creation, design and delivery of up to 60 sessions at the Festival, and smaller events across the year. Session formats vary from single speakers, panels, workshops and roundtables across a range of topics each year.
• Generate new ideas both for the Festival programme and the year-round activity of the TV Foundation
• Relationship building – the Festival relies on the voluntary expertise of very senior figures with a variety of demands. The postholder must be collaborative, diplomatic and able to manage complicated relationships whilst robustly defending the Festival’s editorial independence
• Use research, delegate survey data and input from the Advisory Committee to identify key Festival themes;
• Conduct research to identify and examine industry trends and issues;
• Secure and liaise with high-level speakers and their representatives;
• Monitor relevant external events to ensure the Festival remains cutting-edge, including networking with external contacts and potential speakers;
• Working alongside the other members of the senior management team (Commercial Director, Operations Director and Programmes Director to ensure the organisations’ financial, logistical and charitable objectives are met)
• Event attendance involving evening, early morning events and some regional events, which may occasionally require travel and overnight stays;
• Liaising with the Advisory Committee, and managing Session Producers to curate the Festival programme;
• In addition to content creation, you will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Festival with the Head of Production and with the support of freelance production staff from March-August each year
• Liaise with speakers and facilitators, ensuring they are fully briefed;
• Liaise with venues and the Production team regarding logistical aspects of event delivery;
Salary dependent on experience.
The Edinburgh Television Festival is committed to valuing diversity and seeks to provide all staff with the opportunity for employment, career and personal development on the basis of ability, qualifications and suitability for the work as well as their potential to be developed into the job.
We endeavour to support flexibility around hours as well as working from home requests, subject to business needs and operational requirements.
The role is based in our London office, with some degree of flexible working, but an average of 3 days in office per week across the year
Full time, permanent role.
Please note that we are expecting a high volume of applications, so please do not wait until the deadline to apply as we will be conducting rolling first-round video interviews on Tuesday mornings throughout October with a limited number of slots. To increase your chances of consideration we recommend submitting an application as soon as possible.
Application deadline: Thursday 27th October at midday
Final round interviews: Mornings of November 7th & 8th
Planned role start date: December 4th 2023
We support diversity and inclusion and actively welcome and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, both of non-white ethnicity and/or those who identify as D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent. If you let us know you belong to any of these groups in your cover letter and meet our minimum requirements we guarantee you will be invited for a first round interview.
If you would like to request a short informal conversation with the CEO about the role please email email@example.com with a copy of your CV and salary expectations for consideration.
To apply please follow the Apply Now link below and complete the short form, you will need to upload a cover letter outlining how you meet the role’s requirements and your CV.