Careers

Join Participant Media! Please submit your cover letter and resume to careers@participantmedia.com, with the position you are applying for in the subject of the email.

If you’re a student interested in joining us for a semester, learn more about our student internship program.

If you have graduated within the last year, learn more about our fellowship program.

Current positions:

Director, Ad Sales Marketing, pivot TV

Manager, Social Action, TV – Strategic Impact

Senior Software Engineer (Ruby/Rails)

Director, Ad Sales and Partnerships, TakePart (NY Office)

Customer Relations and Acquisitions Marketing Manager, TakePart

Social Action Coordinator, Film/TV Campaigns & Programming

Director, Communications

Account Executive, Client Services (TAG)

Director, Client Services (TAG)

Operations Technical Specialist

Director, Product Management, TakePart

Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis

Integrated Marketing Manager, TakePart

Editor, Environment and Wildlife, TakePart

Production/Photo Assistant, TakePart

Senior Research Analyst

Director, Ad Sales Marketing, pivot TV

Pivot, is a new television network from Participant Media serving passionate Millennials (18-34) with a diverse slate of talent and a mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Pivot focuses on entertainment that sparks conversation, inspires change and illuminates issues through engaging content, and its website TakePart.com to continue the conversation and connect audiences to a wealth of content and customizable actions.

This position is based in New York City or Los Angeles

Support the overall vision, mission and mandates for the company.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for managing the development and execution of multi-platform integrated Ad Sales partnerships, generating National Ad Sales revenue for pivot TV.
  • Responsible for responding to RFPs throughout the year and obtaining related internal approvals from teams in Los Angeles.
  • Work collaboratively with teams in New York and Los Angeles, including national ad sales, programming, marketing, creative services, and digital.
  • Manage budget for production costs related to all custom marketing elements tied to advertiser deals.
  • Establish and maintain processes with sales team from pitch to activation
  • Develop and update key sales/marketing documents and corresponding video reels (Network sales presentation, media kit, Digital sales presentations).
  • Think creatively to identify relevant partnership opportunities that merge clients’ goals with pivot TV brand and/or programming while balancing revenue targets and marketing expenses.
  • Maintain consistent communication with relevant Ad Sales counterparts and partner with supervisor to address any unresolved issues or creative marketing deliverables.
  • Manage partnerships in a streamlined manner that ensures successful execution for both internal colleagues and external clients.
  • Develop, maintain and strengthen relationships with clients and their agencies, as well as with all key internal divisions (Ad Sales, Network Programming, Production and Marketing).
  • Manage relationships with clients and agencies through the execution phase of integrated deals, as well as merchandise successful deliverables to position pivot TV for successful renewals.

Executive Report:

  • Sr. Director of Marketing, pivot TV

Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have previous Ad Sales Marketing/Integrated Marketing experience at a TV Network with:
  • 5-7 years experience.
  • Candidate must be proficient in PowerPoint and Photoshop, creative, organized, responsible, self-motivated, team-oriented but able to demonstrate leadership skills, and able to work under deadline pressure.

Location: Los Angeles or New York City

Manager, Social Action, TV – Strategic Impact

Support the overall vision, mission and mandates for the company

  • Develop Social Action initiatives for original shows that have meaningful social impact and press-worthy tentpole events;
  • Work collaboratively across Pivot departments including Business and Legal Affairs, Scripted and Unscripted Programming, Marketing, Digital, Communications, Ad Sales and Acquisitions to meet channel priorities;
  • Help establish and cultivate relationships with relevant foundations, NGOs and companies to support TV SA campaigns;
  • Develop targeted calls-to-action to support select programming initiatives;
  • Conduct research to support company-wide understanding of social issues related to programming as well as channel initiatives;
  • Oversee management of greenlighting process including the review of new programs based on Social Action strategies;
  • Manage Coordinator or Social Action Fellow on existing projects;
  • Create necessary materials to pitch campaign initiatives to key stakeholders, executives, partners, talent, and advertisers.

Collaborate with Participant Film to:

  • Support development of appropriate TV social action content for film campaigns

Collaborate with Take Part to:

  • Amplify TV-based social action initiatives with appropriate digital content/programming

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience in strategic/integrated marketing

Location: LA Office

 

Senior Software Engineer (Ruby/Rails)

Responsibilities:

  • Work with internal and external teams to develop and maintain large-scale, high-availability web applications
  • Work with stakeholders to help define features and plan their development using an Agile process
  • Provide consistent technical leadership – create an architecture roadmap, mentor junior developers, and anticipate and resolve potential roadblocks
  • Seamlessly integrate user interface elements into scalable backend services
  • Optimize code reuse through efficient coding techniques
  • Maintain a disciplined approach to testing and quality assurance

Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent work experience
  • 7+ years in Internet software development
  • Expert knowledge of Ruby / Rails
  • Expert knowledge of OO design patterns, MVC frameworks, UI development across desktop, mobile, and tablets
  • Experience with CoffeeScript, RSpec, and Jasmine is a plus
  • Experience developing large-scale, high-availability client/server web applications
  • Experience working with Drupal or other content management system a plus
  • Comfort implementing and customizing open-source applications
  • Competence working with traffic optimization techniques (e.g. sharding, caching)
  • Ability to multi-task and collaborate with multiple sets of developers, both in-house and external
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Location: LA Office

Director, Ad Sales and Partnerships, TakePart (NY Office)

The Director is responsible for generating a target amount of advertising and sponsorship revenue.  This person will work closely with other Participant sales people and the marketing organization to maximize revenue from new and existing TakePart advertising partners.  The successful candidate will also work with TakePart’s editorial and creative teams to devise unique and custom integrated packages across all platforms.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Meet and exceed sales goals through off-the-shelf and customized advertising tools and materials; strategic development of sponsorship opportunities; and key messaging for ad trade PR.
  • Attend sales meetings to present/sell-in marketing proposals to agencies and clients.
  • Identify and qualify potential prospects.
  • Work with corporate partnerships team to develop innovative integrated deals that extend across all platforms.
  • Work with all platforms to plan and manage campaigns, ensuring that advertiser expectations are met.
  • Develop ways to bridge TakePart’s editorial interests and the interests of our corporate partners.
  • Organize and lead internal brainstorm sessions to develop marketing concepts and customized added value components in response to RFPs.
  • Understand the demographics and psychographics of our audience and articulate its value to advertisers.
  • Attend conferences and events.
  • Manage a sales funnel and report progress, efforts, and developments in an assigned territory.
  • Develop strategic relationships to position TakePart as a leader in advancing entertainingly relevant content that will allow brands to reach an influential, affluent, and socially-conscious audience.
  • Preparation and delivery of research based presentations to prospects and partners

Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong communications skills: Presentation, Written, and Listening.
  • Ability to tap into network of contacts at key agencies to get meetings with media directors, supervisors, and planners – ultimately leading to getting GOOD on consideration sets for RFPs.
  • Able to collecting data, generate strategic insights, and formulate a compelling sales story from data.
  • Managing a large prospect list effectively.
  • Advanced negotiation skills.
  • Able to be productive in a lesser structured, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Familiarity with lifestyle, entertainment, and thought leader publications.
  • Knowledge of relevant demographics and psycho-graphics of younger, trend setting leaders who are highly educated and have disposable income.
  • Bright, energetic, collaborative, goal-driven personality

Requirements:

  • 5-7 years experience in media sales.
  • Proven history of closing deals and meeting sales targets.
  • Management experience preferred.
  • Experience in corporate social responsibility initiatives and social impact marketing programs preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge of latest trends in media.
  • Strong relationships with marketers and ad agency personnel: account directors, media planners and buyers, interactive marketers of all levels.
  • Knowledge of media reporting and analysis services and tools (MRI, comScore, @Plan, GOOG Analytics, etc.).
  • Proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and sales management tools such as Advertising Database.
  • Bachelor’s Degree

*Please send your resume to careers@participantmedia.com.

Location: NY Office

Customer Relations and Acquisitions Marketing Manager, TakePart

TakePart, the digital division of Participant Media, is looking for manger-level CRM talent to join our growing marketing team. This role will focus on growing the size of TakePart’s marketing database through creating/executing marketing promotions, establishing partnerships, and other acquisition campaigns.  This person will also be responsible for creating/deploying email and SMS direct marketing campaigns.

Responsibilities:

  • Help develop TakePart acquisition strategy
  • Grow the TakePart email and SMS lists in alignment with yearly goals
  • Establish relationships with suitable brands and execute partnered promotions
  • Research and work with 3rd party marketing agencies to execute marketing programs
  • Test quality of new leads against house file
  • Provide regular reporting on the success of acquisition campaigns
  • Collaborate with TakePart’s Social Media and Social Action teams to ensure acquisition is maximized across all channels
  • QA email and SMS direct marketing campaigns and ensure they are deployed on time with the highest quality and superior user experience
  • Build segmented email lists based on strategic campaign plans
  • Assist Email/Mobile marketing team to test all aspects of marketing including day/time sent, subject lines, call-to-action placement, etc.
  • Create marketing copy and HTML content for emails
  • Enforce best practice data collection and direct marketing policies including management of marketing permissions, rules for customer contact frequency and CAN-SPAM, COPPA, MMA compliance
  • Stay abreast of opportunities to grow and optimize Digital Marketing efforts

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years in Digital Marketing field working with large brands
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing, or related field
  • Experience executing large marketing promotions focusing on user acquisition
  • Worked with 3rd party vendors to create and execute marketing campaigns
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Highly creative with technical prowess
  • Working knowledge of HTML programming and HTML editors
  • High proficiency in MS Office, particularly Excel and Powerpoint, or Mac equivalents
  • Exemplary communication and organizational skills
  • Experience working with front- and back-end web developers
  • General knowledge of topics covered on TakePart.com and in Participant Media films
  • Bonus points:
    • Experience in Email and/or Mobile Marketing Field
    • Graphic design experience

Location: LA Office

Social Action Coordinator, Film/TV Campaigns & Programming

Coordinate the following activities:

  • Contributing to the development of ideas and themes for social action campaigns for films, including elements for Pivot and TakePart
  • Conducting research for each film to understand issues, context and potential partners
  • Assisting in developing partnerships with NGOs, foundations and other campaign partners and executing various elements of the partnership(s)
  • Creating necessary materials (written and digital) to pitch campaign initiatives to executives, film partners, talent, and distributors
  • Helping to evaluate and report on campaigns and outcomes (success of campaigns and success of each partnership)
  • Building and maintaining timelines to ensure film campaign deadlines are known and met

Collaborate with other Social Action groups by:

  • Participating in and contributing to all relevant meetings
  • Coordinating opportunities to integrate film campaigns into both Pivot and TakePart
  • Coordinating opportunities to build strategic alliances and develop impact strategies for film campaigns

Collaborate with other divisions of Participant Media by:

  • Representing Social Action in all relevant film meetings, convenings, presentations, etc.
  • Liaising with all relevant divisions, as necessary, for all maters relevant to Social Action film campaigns & programming

Location: LA Office

Director, Communications

The Communications Director will serve as a press liaison between the media and Pivot TV, handle media inquiries, work with publicists, agencies and develop strategic alliances and cross-functional efforts with Participant’s lines of business as well as other PR and Publicity media partners. In collaboration with the SVP, spearhead the development of PR campaigns and plans to enhance and increase Pivot’s show visibility while providing direction and coordination in the design and execution of press initiatives.

  • Develop publicity strategies and oversee logistics for national program launches.
  • Manage the execution of existing and future public relations strategies to including drafting press materials, pitch angles, talking points, fact sheets, pitch letters, media alerts and press releases.
  • Responsible for national and regional media relations including outreach to further develop and strengthen relationships with consumer print and broadcast media and trade contacts.
  • Organize press events and manage talent and press tours. Work with reports to coordinate publicity activities with outside publicists and talent.
  • Responsible for generating editorial opportunities for Pivot’s shows and talent with both traditional and new media.
  • Maintain relationships & pitch national trade and consumer media for editorial coverage (Print, Radio, TV, and Online).
  • Work collaboratively as a PR generalist across Participant’s businesses – film, digital and social action- lending support as needed.

Requirements:

  • 5-7+ years in TV publicity, preferably with a cable network; Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or related field.
  • Strong, existing relationships with TV/entertainment consumer media.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and organization skills, must have industry and media contacts.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work quickly, fast learner, hard worker, and able to multitask with efficiency.
  • Travel required.

Location: LA Office

Account Executive, Client Services (TAG)

Participant Media has launched TAG, a new division to provide social innovation consulting and agency services for brands and foundations.  TAG creates social impact-driving strategies, content, and programs that drive social impact for brands and foundations.  Current or past clients include American Express, Intel, Disney, Starbucks, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network, and others. TAG is looking for passionate, strategic, and dynamic people to join the client services team.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and nurturing of client relationships
  • Build strong and lasting relationships with clients
  • Participate in executing client engagements
  • Support development of social innovation strategies and social impact-driving communications and programs

Requirements:

  • 5+ years of experience in a marketing organization with at least some agency or business development experience
  • Equal parts strategic and creative, with a passion for both
  • Driven to create social impact
  • Skilled in creating, and giving, presentations
  • MBA or masters degree preferred, but not required

Location: LA Office

Director, Client Services (TAG)

Participant Media has launched TAG, a new division to provide social innovation consulting and agency services for brands and foundations.  TAG creates social impact-driving strategies, content, and programs that drive social impact for brands and foundations.  Current or past clients include American Express, Intel, Disney, Starbucks, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network, and others. TAG is looking for passionate, strategic, and dynamic people to join the client services team. TAG is looking for a passionate, strategic, and experienced client services leader to:

  • Develop, Lead, and Manage client relationships.
  • Lead the development of strategic client relationships.
  • Build strong and lasting relationships with clients.
  • Own all aspects of the P&L for client engagementsLead the development of social innovation strategies and social impact-driving communications and programs.
  • Grow business with existing accounts through strong client management and relationship cultivation.
  • Identify new clients opportunities.  Create and present custom client pitches to win new business.
  • As a key member of TAG’s management team the Director will be expected to build and lead high performing teams that bring strategic thinking and creative ideas to clients that want to drive social impact.

Requirements:

  • Must be excellent speaker and presenter
  • 10+ years of experience in a marketing organization with at least some agency or business development experience
  • Equal parts strategic and creative, with a passion for both
  • Driven to create social impact
  • MBA or masters degree preferred, but not required

Location: LA Office

Operations Technical Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Manage meta data and track assets across multiple distribution platforms.
  • Service all internal media transcode and distribution requests including but not limited to DVD / Blu-Ray creation, web link creation, and light editing.
  • Prepare hard drives and internet file transfers / arrange physical delivery as needed.
  • Render support materials such as timecode burn copies of series and films.
  • Execute custom-built scripts needed for internal workflow; we will provide full training.
  • Monitor and enforce best practices for file structure and storage limits on our internal and cloud-based file servers.
  • Support on-air graphics systems as needed.

Other duties/special projects as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Degree in video production or related work experience in a media or technology company.
  • Candidate should have an emphasis on quality control and attention to detail with a high comfort level in a technical role.
  • Tech support experience is a plus, but not required. Willing to train the right candidate.

Location: LA Office

Director, Product Management, TakePart

TakePart, the digital division of Participant Media, is seeking a Director of Product Management for developing, implementing, and maintaining new and existing software initiatives, particularly around editorial content templates, mobile products, campaigns to foster social change, and marketing initiatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Day-to-day co-owner of the Participant Digital product roadmap
  • Collaborate with Participant Media & TakePart stakeholders to translate business needs into product design
  • Leveraging a deep understanding of the consumer digital product space, develop solutions that balance market opportunities, company business objectives, and available resources
  • Lead requirements gathering and documentation for development purposes
  • Work closely with engineering resources (internal and external) to ensure on-time and in-scope delivery
  • Hire, train, and manage product team personnel
  • Keep abreast of emerging technologies and platforms that may help TakePart reach its performance and engagement goals
  • Leverage internal and external data sources (including user testing) to help evaluate the efficacy of existing products, and help identify new opportunities
  • Track new feature requests, enhancements and bug fixes
  • Train and support content creators across TakePart and Participant Media on our in-house content management system (CMS)

Location: LA Office

Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis

The Manager – FP&A will provide analytical support to Participant Media’s film division.  Duties will include development of operating plans and forecasts, management of film ultimates, green light analysis, and tracking of film income and production spending.  This position will report to the Vice President, FP&A.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare annual operating plan, forecasts and long range plans for film
  • Support film investment decision-making with quantitative analysis
  • Manage film ultimate revenue models and projections
  • Track film income and expense using distribution and production cost reports
  • Manage project budgets for marketing, social action and corporate communications
  • Partner with accounting to ensure consistency between plans and actuals
  • Drive continual process improvements
  • Ad hoc analysis as required

Requirements:

  • 5+ years’ experience in corporate finance, FP&A or public accounting
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or economics
  • Previous experience with film ultimates required
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, unstructured environment

Location: LA Office

Integrated Marketing Manager, TakePart

TakePart.com is looking for an experienced ad sales and marketing professional to conceive, present, and help execute “big idea” creative platforms on behalf of brands and partners.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop excellent content and media concepts and strategies for prospective clients
  • Create all sales materials including media kits, proposals, and other collateral
  • Provide copywriting support to help communicate and conceptualize ideas and platforms through presentations
  • Direct the visual approach and design for all integrated executions
  • Ensure that editorial and production teams are producing content and deliverables in line with creative and client expectations
  • Drive new business opportunities in close collaboration with other members of the TakePart sales team

Required Experience:

  • 3-7 years experience in a fast-paced, digital environment within a creative agency or creative services team
  • Highly strategic
  • Great at concept and big platform development
  • Experience managing creative ideation and production to produce visuals and copy for all digital platforms
  • Experience as hybrid creative with deep knowledge of digital execution
  • Experience in Powerpoint, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (Final Cut or other editing program a plus)

Location: LA Office

Editor, Environment and Wildlife, TakePart

TakePart.com, the digital division of Participant Media, serves a fast-growing audience of over 7 million monthly visitors with original coverage of a wide range of socially relevant stories, and connects every story with a relevant action – a way for the end users to get involved in the issues. TakePart seeks an experienced journalist and editor to lead its environment and wildlife coverage.

Responsibilities:

  • Define (working with TakePart management) and execute a strategy for environment and wildlife coverage
  • Assign, edit, and publish content – articles, photo galleries, features, videos, etc – related to the environment and wildlife
  • Manage a small team of staff writers/editors and a contributor network
  • Partner effectively with sponsorship and marketing teams to grow the audience and reach commercial goals
  • Partner effectively with the Social Action team to engage and activate the audience around environment and wildlife coverage
  • Work with Participant Media staff to support, and draw support from, environment-related projects in other departments

Qualifications:

  • 8+ years as a professional journalist, including significant experience as an editor and manager, and extensive experience with digital publications
  • Subject matter expertise and an extensive network of relevant contacts
  • An understanding of social media and community management
  • Highly organized, able to build effective processes
  • Strong communicator (written and verbal), able to effectively interface with internal colleagues, external contributors, and partners

Location: LA Office

Production/Photo Assistant, TakePart

Job Responsibilities:

  • Source and edit images for TakePart.com
  • Assemble editorial and marketing photo galleries
  • Research statistics for galleries and infographics
  • Spot fixing links, photos, and tagsUpdate vertical and topic pages
  • Other duties/special projects as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Familiarity with CMS systems
  • Proficient in Adobe CS6
  • Knowledge of SEO, Linking, HTML best practices

Location: LA Office

Senior Research Analyst

This role provides a critical supporting analytic role, assuring that recurring reports are issued accurately and on time.  The Sr. Analyst/Analyst supports the research department (Director and SVP) with all aspects of audience analysis (compiling research reports, data preparation) interpreting media research results to aid in business decisions for programming, ad sales, marketing and affiliate sales.  Additionally, this role will also have exposure to all facets of media research: quantitative, qualitative, TV, online, mobile and social.

Responsibilities:

  • Create, maintain and share standard research reports using various tools (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc)
  • Analyze & interpret national and local market data
  • Implement assigned projects and ad-hoc requests independently with periodic guidance
  • Cultivate knowledge of Pivot and the overall TV landscape
  • Additional duties as needed

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Strong analytical & problem-solving skills and detail oriented
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Familiarity with media research products (Nielsen, comScore etc), proficiency in Rentrak TV Essentials and MRI a plus
  • Data visualization skills desirable
  • Ability to work in an evolving environment

Basic Qualifications:

  • Legal right to work in the United States
  • Minimum 1-2 years relevant work experience in research/data analysis

Location: NY Office