Project Director, Archive

Public Programming · New York, New York
Department Public Programming
Employment Type Project
Minimum Experience Executive


The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of media for the professional community and media-interested public.

Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Archive – including special African-American, Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women’s and Music collections – and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media.

Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape.

Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit


This position is temporary for approximately 8 months.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Public Programming, the Project Director, Archive is a high-energy, entrepreneurial, results-driven, extremely organized individual. The Director will lead the strategic review of the Paley Archive including an evaluation of the current collection holdings and an analysis of the curation, acquisition, preservation, and accessibility policies and practices. The Director will perform a comprehensive review of all procedures and will determine best practices to support Paley initiatives. The position will work with multiple departments to: review the current status of the collection, refine criteria for selection and create lists of sought after programs; analyze preservation and formats; identify use of and accessibility of the collection; and determine essential policies for usage, outreach and donations from rights holders, including the creation, revision and execution of all business and legal agreements. The position will deliver a final review and strategic plan by September 30, 2021 adhering to internal deadlines as determined.


• Lead strategic review of the Paley Archive including evaluation of current holdings and criteria for selection to continue to maintain the relevance and significance of the collection. Position will project manage and work closely with several departments.

• Lead comprehensive examination of the curation, acquisition and preservation of programs to ensure that the Paley Archive meets objectives of the mission of the organization.

• Partner with the Business & Legal Affairs department to support IP and related transactions by managing a team of legal interns to review all current holdings rights and by generating, reviewing, negotiating and revising rights and clearances agreements, contracts and other legal documentation for Paley Archive donations.

• Work directly with donors and copyright holders to determine best practices for program donations and agreements.

• Team with the Curatorial department to research key subjects, societal issues, historic milestones, and upcoming events to determine key holdings for the Paley Archive and make plans for future additions.
• Devise a strategy (including timeline and priorities) for annual Paley Archive selection as well as to support public, creative community and scholarly use as a resource and Paley’s calendar of programs, education initiatives, 360 Celebrations, Paley Honors and events, among others.

• Collaborate with the Curatorial department to define and organize the Paley Archive (including special collections) to make content more relevant to targeted groups and a wider audience.

• Focus on supporting and reflecting Paley’s ongoing commitment to Diversity & Inclusion in the Paley Archive strategy

• Work with the Technical department to evaluate and develop plan regarding formats as well as upkeep of and access to the Paley Archive including storage and digitization process; evaluate budgetary requirements and resources.

• Team with the Library Information Services and Registrar department to review current cataloging and metadata policies and practices of the Paley Archive and recommend best practices.

• Partner with Marketing and Public Relation’s departments to devise a plan to promote and grow awareness of the Paley Archive (including special collections).

• Develop a plan to leverage Paley owned content to third parties, including opportunities for content licensing.

• Collaborate with the Development department to identify funding opportunities for institutional giving from individuals, private foundations, government grants, and corporate gifts.

• Prepare report on findings and develop strategic plan for the future of the Paley Archive by September 30


Our successful employees meet the following criteria:

• Highly organized with proven ability to meet deadlines and budgets.
• Outstanding leadership skills and ability to lead cross functional teams.
• Ability to take ownership of all tasks and manage simultaneously.
• Outstanding verbal communication and superior business writing skills.
• Positive and professional demeanor with excellent interpersonal, administrative and managerial skills.
• Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
• Resourcefulness, creativity and strong problem-solving and research skills.

• 10+ years of experience in legal and business affairs at a TV network, studio, production company, streaming service, etc.
• Experience negotiating rights and clearance terms and contracts.
• Hands-on transactional experience handling intellectual property issues, including licensing agreements.
• J.D. and admission in good standing to a state bar.
• Broad, in-depth knowledge of and proven experience in strategic planning.
• Knowledge of best practices and proper standards in the handling of museum collections and digital archives.
• Proven experience with project and budget management experience, in a supervisory capacity.
• Extensive research skills and computer proficient.
• Strong knowledge of media landscape.
• A proactive problem solver with a strong professional drive and entrepreneurial spirit.
• Ability to work nights, weekends and holidays, as needed.
• Bilingual in Spanish, a plus

The Paley Center for Media maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

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  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Department
    Public Programming
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience