Editorial Director, Audio/Video
About The Dispatch:
At a time of growing industry uncertainty and an alarming erosion of civic discourse, The Dispatch stands out as a platform for thoughtful coverage, respectful dialogue and a wildly engaged community of paying members. We bring a perspective —we’re conservatives, classical liberals, libertarians—but we’re fiercely independent, standing apart from media outlets increasingly engaged in partisan boosterism. Started in 2019 by Steve Hayes, the Editor-in-Chief of The Weekly Standard, and Jonah Goldberg, editor at National Review, The Dispatch has filled a valuable gap on the center-right in the media ecosystem as captured in recent articles in Techcrunch, The Atlantic and other publications.
Initially reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and the Editor-in-Chief of the company, the Editorial Director, Audio/Video is a full-time role based in Washington, DC. A successful candidate will have deep experience in audio storytelling and the energy and creativity necessary to grow a small editorial operation into a leader in multimedia journalism.
We’re looking for someone to build on the early success of our four existing podcasts – The Dispatch Podcast, The Remnant, Advisory Opinions and Good Faith – and our weekly video livestream – Dispatch Live, to oversee the development, production, and strategy of new audio/video editorial products.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee all existing audio/video content, including four discussion-format podcasts and a weekly livestream.
Lead expansion of our work in audio/video, including: new discussion-format audio, long-form narrative podcasts, additional streaming shows, experimentation with audio/video social channels.
Manage audio/video partner and vendor relationships, to optimize production and continually enhance the user experience.
Supervise and grow audio/video team on execution of work product, including: guest booking, script-writing, production, and distribution.
Increase YOY revenue, consistent with the values of The Dispatch.
Set goals for audience growth in conjunction with senior leaders and own audio/video budget.
Direct efforts to grow audiences for existing products and build audience for new ones.
Skills and Qualifications:
Minimum of seven years experience in audio production and/or storytelling.
Ability to think creatively about story ideas, and execution.
Experience setting strategic goals at a departmental level and leading teams to execute effectively.
Strong management skills with proven experience helping direct reports grow and thrive in their careers.
Background in reporting is a plus.
Familiarity with American politics, media, conservatism/classical liberalism.
Understanding of the rapidly-changing digital media landscape, and various revenue strategies.
We’re committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.