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BBC Studios is hiring a Lead Curation Editor for bbc.com.
We are consolidating our website and apps in the U.S. this fall, with global rollout expected next year. As team leader for curation within the Audience Development team, you will be responsible for the home page and other key indexes.
The right candidate will demonstrate strong editorial judgment, a sharp eye for engaging headlines and visuals, and a keen sense of U.S. and global audience needs in the digital space.
You will have extensive knowledge of digital publishing best practice and growth tactics, including fluency with analytics and the ability to draw actionable, real-time insights to improve engagement.
You can expect your day-to-day to be a mix of editorial planning and decision-making, staff development, performance analysis, and hands-on work in the CMS. Success in this role requires collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders across the BBC – ranging from editorial to product to commercial. Reactivity and strong communication skills are a must.
Your prior experience will include work as home page editor in a breaking news context and time spent effectively managing a team. Experience with push strategy, content optimization and A/B testing is also strongly desired.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
This role sits within the Content Strategy & Programming unit of our Global Digital News & Streaming division. It reports to the Head of Audience Development. It is a full-time position which can be based out of one of our offices in the U.S (Washington D.C. or NYC) or in the U.K. (London).
In this role, you will lead the day-to-day curation of bbc.com. You will:
- Be responsible for the promotion of news & factual content across the site and app
- Establish and implement clear curation workflows to drive audience engagement while rigorously adhering to our editorial values and guidelines
- Manage your team’s schedule to ensure 24/7 curation coverage
- Work closely with editors across the BBC, including in our public service News and Sport divisions, on daily priorities and scheduling, as well as planning for big news events and initiatives, to make sure content is promoted in a timely and effective way
- Always think about the mix of stories, formats and audience needs at different times of the day
- Make sure our headlines are sharp and our image choices work for small mobile screens
- Stay on top of breaking news and ensure changes are made quickly
- Be able to plan and write accurate and concise push alerts
- Stay abreast of emerging trends in news curation and what competitors are doing in this space to inform our strategic decision-making
- Identify trending topics of interest, including on search and social, and collaborate with colleagues working on those stories to promote them in the right way
- Help drive new learnings and insights to elevate on-site experience through A/B testing, strategic experimentation, and performance analysis
- Collaborate with colleagues to make sure we present the best of the BBC’s journalism for U.S. and global audiences
- Liaise with sales in order to develop, manage and maintain schedules for commercial promotional modules appearing on the indexes and story pages, and help coordinate promotional/marketing activities for ad-funded content where required.
- Early morning, evening and/or weekend shift work may be required
Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience
- Candidates should have digital journalism experience, ideally in the news curation space
- Be able to work well under pressure and to prioritize effectively, even when dealing with competing demands
- Have a broad and deep interest in the news and factual content, and comfort with interpreting audience data to inform decisions
- A deep understanding of what motivates digital audiences when they are looking for news and factual content, and how that impacts how we reach audiences
- Collaborative self-starter, able to work with colleagues across editorial, commercial, audience development, analytics, and product
- Desire to understand, in detail, the consumer experience on BBC digital products
- Enthusiasm for the BBC’s unique position as the most trusted news brand in the US, and an understanding of the importance of impartiality – and what it means in practice
- Evidence of having a positive impact on newsroom culture
- Strong organizational, planning and time-management skills, with the ability to effectively prioritize tasks and pivot as news demands
- Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills
- An ability to function in a matrixed organization and work effectively across teams and time zones
- 5+ years’ experience working in digital publishing or audience development in a news environment
- Good communication skills – a great candidate will be able to talk to colleagues across departments, including non-specialists, and communicate effectively with people remotely across multiple BBC sites
- Autonomous and problem-solving oriented
- Detail-focused whilst being able to maintain a view of the bigger picture
- Keen to challenge the status quo and take initiatives to drive positive changes
- Flexibility and adaptability to sustain performance, particularly under pressure to meet deadlines and changing priorities or circumstances
The anticipated annual base salary for this position is $90,000-$120,000 dependent on experience & market conditions. This range is not inclusive of a comprehensive bonus, flexible, hybrid working schedule and comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to: 100% BBCS covered medical and dental insurance for employees and their dependents, vision, competitive 401(k) match, mental health, gym reimbursement, pet insurance, commuter benefits.
Benefits and Perks
- 100% Employer-Paid Medical and Dental Insurance (PPO plans)
- Generous Paid Time Off
- Flexible, Hybrid Working Arrangements
- Work/life balance
- Free Retirement Consulting to All Employees
- Pet Insurance
- Commuter Benefits
- Gym Reimbursement
- Bagel Mondays, Thirsty Thursdays, and more!
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