My job! My current job, that is — VP Content at the newly reconstituted Vibe Media/Access Network.
What is this job of which you speak, you have not asked? I’ll tell you anyway. This job entails running content operations across four brands (Vibe, Uptown, Vixen, and BlackBook) across all platforms (web, mobile, print, anything else). It’s a high-touch senior management position that requires serious people skills, schedule and budget oversight, technological acumen, cross-cultural sensitivity, editorial insight, upward management, and the ability to seamlessly transform from good cop to bad cop as circumstances require.
The range of brands is likely to grow as we create and acquire new properties throughout 2012 and beyond. The total number of staff this position oversees is about 20, with probably five times that many freelancers in various roles. There are also several important relationships to maintain in other departments (sales, marketing, engineering). The total annual budget is now in the multi-million-dollar range. This is a serious job for a seasoned professional and not for the faint of heart. But the potential for growth and profound success in this job is actually greater now than ever before.
I’ve pasted the draft job descrip below, which may evolve with time. But for now, interested and serious parties may inquire with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vice President of Content Operations oversees the production and distribution of branded content across all platforms — web, mobile, guides, print, or any other medium. Brand consistency, voice, style, tone, and quality control are critical. Direct reports include brand lead editors as well as department heads such as guides, video, and other production units. Full P&L responsibility for all reporting units and personnel; ultimately responsible for scheduling and fulfillment of content and custom programs across all brands. Digital traffic management and oversight of online metrics reporting and analysis. Liase intensely with product, technology, marketing, and sales to insure solid performance and revenue-positive results.
- 5+ years management experience in large-scale digital media and publishing
- 3+ years experience with large and varied staff oversight, as well as external/client relations
- Signigicant budget management experience
- Technlogical acuity in terms of industry trends in digital media, including advertising operations, CMS variations, and content optimization
- Experience in product development and custom/sponsored programs required
- Experience in print publishing preferred but not essential