Curator

Public Programming · New York, New York
Department Public Programming
Employment Type Full Time (Exempt)
Minimum Experience Experienced

ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA


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 television, radio, and emerging platforms 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 paleycenter.org.


SCOPE


The Curator oversees the stewardship of the renowned Paley Archive, often referred to as a National Treasure. This position curates the collection including the selection, acquisition and preservation of programming.


The Curator plays a significant role in the Paley Center’s public programming agenda and is responsible for the conceptualization, ideation, and realization of a range of different scaled events, programs, exhibitions, experiences, and interpretative initiatives. In this position, the Curator supports and leads the Paley Center’s ambitious programmatic calendar by developing content for events, programs, series, festivals, exhibits, and tv shows among other experiences that are topical, culturally relevant, impactful and inclusive. Ideas and programs should also drive viewership, awareness, visibility and visitor traffic.


The Curator ensures that the interpretation of Paley Center’s programs and experiences reflect the media industry broadly defined and that the content furthers the Paley Center’s mission to showcase the importance and impact of media on our culture and society.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES


  • Analyze the current assets in the Paley Archive, review proposed donations, identify and procure sought-after programs and utilize the archive to support our programming in compelling ways.
  • Conduct research on and become extremely knowledgeable about current subjects and issues in media related to annual program priorities including TV (linear, streaming cable, studios, sports/e-sports, gaming/interactive entertainment, news/journalism, advertising/brands, family, radio/streaming audio, social media platforms, music, technology, Spanish language, and international, among others.
  • Remain highly informed of developments in the industry and society. Pulse on pop culture trends.
  • Research, evaluate, and identify the most relevant shows as well as frame topics, themes, and issues for programs, education workshops, classes, exhibits and experiences. Propose the most appropriate participants and moderators (when needed) for all Paley verticals to showcase Paley’s collection, underscore annual programmatic goals and highlight the organization’s mission. 
  • Identify A-list talent, premieres, shows, subjects and star-studded events for PaleyLives, PaleyFests and PaleyFrontRows that increase audiences and drive memberships.
  • Shape ideas for timely PaleyImpact programs that explore how media influences public discourse with thought leaders and recognized authorities on issue-related subjects.
  • Originate immersive and interactive exhibits/experiences including A Salute to Black Achievements in Television, A Salute to LGBTQ+ Pride Achievements in Television, A Salute to Hispanic Achievements in Television, Spooktacular and PaleyLand. Propose ideas with outside organizations, networks and studios to create other major exhibits/experiences.
    • Collaborate with Creative Services on the structure and design, research and write text and copy, identify photos, video clips, artifacts and work with programming and business/legal affairs to ascertain rights holders for videos.
    • Build and maintain advisory boards for exhibits.
  • Work with VP of Programming/Festivals to identify Paley Honors themes and participants.
  • Identify screenings and produce video compilations for PaleyLives, PaleyImpacts, and Paley Honors; conduct research, select video highlights, and organize video edit scripts to effectively reflect the theme and subject.
  • Curate PaleyGX events (video gaming/interactive entertainment) including hosting influencers, tournaments, tutorials and play it here first game drops.
    • Develop family programming events, screening schedules as well as podcasting events.
    • Lead Membership program tours and activities.
    • Work with Education to identify guest lecturers and speakers for career readiness workshops and internships.
  • Partner with Education to write, create, and prepare curriculum for internships (currently Roth College Internship); teach classes and seminars when appropriate.
  • Lead conversations with confirmed moderators/participants to prepare for events; research and prepare questions and write outlines.
  • Fact-check all information and ensure it is presented in a clear and insightful way.
  • Draft formal remarks and executive correspondence on behalf of the Paley Center.
  • Develop TV special and series ideas/proposals and provide insight on shows.
  • Work with Development to research and develop pertinent concepts for grant proposals, write and review proposals and respond to RFPs from potential sponsors, foundations and individual donors.
  • Collaborate with Communications, Marketing and Creative Services to write and prepare public programming-related materials for PR/ Marketing efforts. Serve as media spokesperson as requested.
  • Represent institution at various industry or academic events.
  • Participate in other projects as assigned

 

CORE COMPETENCIES 


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.


REQUIREMENTS


  • 8+ years progressively responsible leadership and managerial experience of a content collection in a research library, archive, or Museum or with relevant experience in a related professional, academic or journalistic setting.
  • Subject area expertise in contemporary and historic television, radio, media, music, entertainment, technology, gaming and sports industries.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the issues, both historic and current, trends and debates as well as the key players in media, television, entertainment, sports, music gaming/interactive entertainment, tech, social media, advertising/brands, radio/streaming audio.
  • Competency in curating exhibits and experiences.
  • Experience interpreting media as well as collections for the public in exhibitions or programming
  • Ability to foster relationships with industry partners.
  • Desire and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Detail-oriented with superior written, verbal, organizational and time management skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills to represent Paley with key contacts.
  • Highly proactive and collaborative with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Takes pride and ownership of all responsibilities to ensure success.
  • A self-starter who is resourceful, creative and has strong problem-solving skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus
  • Proof of Covid vaccination and booster


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT


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
    Full Time (Exempt)
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced