Curator

Public Programming · New York, New York
Department Public Programming
Employment Type Full-Time
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


Reporting to the SVP of Public Programming, the Curator supports the Paley Center’s ambitious programmatic calendar by developing events, series, festivals, exhibits and experiences among other initiatives that that are topical, culturally relevant, impactful and inclusive. Ideas should also drive viewership, awareness, visibility and visitor traffic. The Curator ensures that the interpretation of the programs 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. The position curates the archive including the acquisition and preservation of programming for the collection.


RESPONSIBILITIES


• Conduct research and generate weekly reports on media trends in entertainment, tech, sports, gaming and interactive, politics, lifestyle and remain highly informed of trends and developments in the industry and in society.
• Research, evaluate, identify and develop the most relevant topics/issues and propose the most appropriate participants (when needed) for all events including PaleyLive, PaleyFrontRow and Paley Impact events, screenings, partnerships exhibitions and experiences to showcase Paley’s collection, underscore annual programmatic goals and highlight the organization’s mission.
• Plan and curate Paley Public Programs and other special events, which includes invitation strategy, conducting research, produce highlight tapes for events (PaleyLive, Paley Honors, etc.) which includes conducting research and selecting video clips, and organizing video edit scripts to effectively reflect the theme and subject
• Facilitate conversations between the Paley Center and confirmed moderators/participants to prepare for events; this may include researching and preparing questions and writing outlines
• Curate PaleyGX programs as well as other priority programming tracks including music, sports and others
• Curate cultural exhibitions/experiences (including researching and writing copy, identifying photos, video clips, artifacts and working with programming and business and legal affairs to identify rights holders for clips to pursue clearance rights)
• Write host remarks and program descriptions for programs, cultural celebrations, paleycenter.org, paley social media channels and other special events
• Fact check all information for accuracy and ensure it is presented in a clear and insightful way
• Analyze the current assets in the Paley collection, review proposed new contributions/donations, identify and procure sought after programs and utilize the archive to support our programming in events in unique and compelling ways
• Propose ideas for outside collaborations including partner-supported exhibitions and 360 experiences at the Paley Center
• Work with Development to research and develop pertinent concepts, write proposals and respond to RFPs from potential corporate sponsors, foundations and individual donors
• Participates in other projects as assigned


PALEY CULTURE


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, museum, or related setting
• Subject area expertise in contemporary and historic television, radio, media, entertainment, technology, gaming and sports industries
• Demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding public service and a track record of promoting archives or special collections
• Thorough knowledge and understanding of the issues, both historic and current, trends and debates as well as the key players in media, entertainment, gaming/interactive entertainment and related industries
• Experience arranging or cataloging collections and digitization
• Experience interpreting collections for the public in exhibitions or programming
• Ability to foster relationships with industry partners
• Desire and ability to thrive in fast-paced environment
• Very strong time management skills and exceptional computer skills
• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
• Bilingual Spanish, a plus


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
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced