Director, Industry Programming

Industry Programming · New York, New York
Department Industry Programming
Employment Type Full Time (Exempt)
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

        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, renowned programming archive, 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, and LGBTQ+ 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



        Reporting to the Vice President, Industry Programming, the Director, Industry Programming will be responsible for producing timely and compelling programming for the Paley Media Council – an exclusive, invitation-only membership community for top industry leaders from across the rapidly-changing global media landscape. The ideal candidate has the interest, curiosity, and appetite to track the latest media trends and developments, as well as the persuasiveness, strategic thinking, and production skills to transform ideas into seamless and thought-provoking events and experiences year-round. They possess many years of event and show production experience, existing industry relationships and contacts, and a demonstrated track record of booking and managing high-profile speakers.

        Annually, the Director will also help produce the Paley International Council Summit; co-chaired by Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and Frank A. Bennack, Jr. The Summit is regarded as one of the most influential gatherings in the industry and has been held in New York and around the world, including Italy, China, South Africa, German, Austria, India, Monaco, Spain, France, Turkey, Mexico, and the UK.

        Working closely with colleagues in Development, Communications, and Marketing, the Director will serve a crucial role in continuing to position the Paley Center as the foremost convener of the best minds in the industry.


        • Work with the Vice President, Industry Programming to develop and implement a successful Industry Programming strategy and schedule that align with institutional priorities and timelines.
        • Produce 15-20 high-profile Industry events annually, including the Paley International Council Summit: Conduct research, develop and conceptualize strong editorial ideas, and book and confirm the most influential and relevant speakers and moderators to engage audiences in NY, LA, and around the world.
        • Secure programming schedule six months in advance.
        • Develop, maintain, and build upon Paley’s deep Industry contacts and relationships in TV (linear, streaming cable, studios,) sports/e-sports, gaming/interactive entertainment, radio/streaming audio, news/journalism, advertising/brands, social media platforms, music, technology, Spanish language and international, among others.
        • Manage Industry event timelines, communication, and coordination across internal departments to ensure seamless event planning and execution.
        • Partner with the Development team to develop program topics, partnerships, and sponsorships that drive membership growth to meet and surpass registration and revenue goals.
        • Work with Communications team on press releases, social media initiatives, and other publicity opportunities to draw coverage to Paley’s best-in-class programming
        • Work with Creative Services and Marketing teams to develop outreach and promotional strategies and create and update marketing materials, including brochures, invitations, signage, production slates, and web pages.
        • Work with Technical and Facilities teams to appropriately set up in-person and virtual events.
        • Work with Finance to ensure adherence to revenue goals and budget and assist in raising specified allotted funds to meet budgets.
        • Draft high-level remarks, briefs, and other executive communications; manage prep calls.
        • Represent and promote The Paley Center for Media at various industry and business events.
        • Oversee staff, when appropriate.
        • Other projects, as discussed and 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.


        • 8+ years of Media Industry Event Programming and management.
        • Possess the executive gravitas to continue to elevate and shape The Paley Center.
        • Possess a contact list of senior-level relationships in the Industry with the ability to create new relationships.
        • Proven track record in planning & executing conferences and business summits on time and within budget.
        • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the issues and key players in the media/communications industry.
        • Proven knowledge of trends, best practices and debates in the industry.
        • Proven ability to meet deadlines and remain poised under pressure.
        • Outstanding leadership skills and ability to lead cross-functional teams.
        • Excellent written and verbal communication and time management skills.
        • Highly proactive and collaborative.
        • Excellent interpersonal, supervisory, administrative and managerial skills.
        • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
        • Takes pride and ownership of all responsibilities and ensures success.
        • A self-starter who is resourceful, creative and has strong problem-solving skills.
        • BA degree is required.
        • Bilingual in Spanish, 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
          Industry Programming
        • Employment Type
          Full Time (Exempt)
        • Minimum Experience
          Senior Manager/Supervisor