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.

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

Current positions:

Coordinator, Social Action – Public Affairs and Impact

Research Analyst

Associate Editor, Environment & Wildlife

Assistant, Film Marketing & Distribution

Jr. Publicist

Coordinator, Social Action – Film Campaigns & Programming

Manager, Social Action – Digital Campaigns & Programming

 

Coordinator, Social Action – Public Affairs and Impact

Public Affairs and Impact (PAI) is a newly formed group within Participant Media’s Social Action Department and is responsible for the development of social-issues strategies and impact research.  In addition to other responsibilities, the group works closely with Social Action’s campaign development team to help guide the initial direction of campaigns and evaluate the effectiveness of those efforts.

The Coordinator, Social Action – Public Affairs & Impact, will support and – in some cases, drive – a mix of issues-advocacy and issues-focused communication, policy and legislation tracking, internal and external writing, archival research, events planning, coordination and facilitation with D.C. and nationwide influencers (NGOs; local, state, federal government; private sector; academia), and develop deep expertise in Participant’s core issue areas.

Responsibilities:

  • Track key issues across the advocacy arena, key government agencies, federal and state legislation.
  • Write public-facing and internal documents, including contributing material for issue briefs and white papers.
  • Support the PAI group’s role in working with the campaign development team.
  • Develop and maintain an issues database.
  • As needed, support events planning, logistics, high-level organization, etc.

Background & Skills:

  • 2-3 years out of college, ideally with one year or a high-level internship or fellowship serving in an issues (legislative assistant) or press capacity on Capitol Hill.
  • Undergraduate degree in communications or public affairs preferred – political science or political communication undergraduate degree or experience also a plus.
  • Strong writing and archival research background.
  • Fast, efficient, organized, proven multi-tasker.
  • Campaign and/or agency experience a plus.

Location: LA Office

 Research Analyst

This role provides a critical supporting analytic role, assuring that recurring reports are issued accurately and on time.  The 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

Skills:

  • 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 Qualification:

  • Minimum 1-2 years relevant work experience in research/data analysis

Location: NYC Office

Associate Editor, Environment & Wildlife

TakePart, a division of Participant Media, is a leading publisher and platform for socially conscious consumers, reaching 6 million unique users per month (Comscore, April 2014). The site offers original coverage of issues including social justice, the environment, education, global development, and more. TakePart is now adding a associate editor to play a key role in the expansion of our environmental and wildlife coverage.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the senior editor for environment and wildlife to plan and execute coverage, including breaking news, enterprise pieces and galleries and articles.
  • Edit and manage a roster of contributing writers to the site’s environment and wildlife sections.
  • Write stories as needed.
  • Collaborate with TakePart’s social media team to promote coverage and to conceive of social-media-friendly coverage.
  • Act as a liaison to the producers of TakePart Live, Participant Media’s daily television show, as needed on relevant environmental and wildlife stories.

Qualifications:

  • B.A. degree in related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Strong editing, writing and managerial skills.
  • 2+ years digital media experience required; additional print media experience is a plus.
  • Subject matter expertise in environmental issues preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Deadline driven, team player.
  • A mobile-first / social-media-first mindset.

Location: LA or NYC Office

Assistant, Film Marketing & Distribution

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

Support Film Marketing and Distribution:

  • Support the day-to-day operations of SVP, Film Marketing & the Acquisitions/Distribution Executive
    • Schedule and prioritize internal/external meetings and coordinate meetings
    • Coordinate domestic/international travel arrangements
    • Monitor incoming/outgoing calls and maintain call sheet
    • Prepare outgoing mail and correspondence including emails, faxes and couriers
    • Organize and maintain confidential/critical documents
    • Greets guests and ensure that their business requirements are met
    • Maintain office organization
    • Process cash expense reports and credit card reconciliations
    • Process necessary P-Card requests
    • Provide materials for meetings
    • Relay relevant company information to all internal groups and external organizations and invitations in an organized and timely matter (e.g. Communications Calendar, etc.)
    • Implement smooth operation of the Film Marketing Executive and Acquisition/Distribution Executive’s business related accounts
  • Receive and digitally file all marketing and acquisitions/distribution related documents including but not limited to: budgets, press kits, research reports, acquisition/distribution screening reports, etc.
  • Disseminate all marketing and acquisition/distribution correspondence to appropriate groups, internal and external
  • Coordinate domestic/international third party travel when necessary
  • Track acquisition titles; maintain buyers/screenings grids and databases
  • Track marketing closet inventory
  • Oversee daily duties of Film Marketing/Distribution interns

Requirements:

  • Background in Independent Film Marketing, Publicity, or other Film related field
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, & Powerpoint – Keynote is an acceptable alternative to PP), Intermediate Mac OS and Mac software skills (iCal, Mail)
  • Problem solving skills
  • Experience as a personal assistant or executive assistant preferred
  • Film Festival knowledge a plus

Location: LA Office

Jr. Publicist

Participant Media is seeking a Jr. Publicist to join the Communications team.  This is a unique and exciting opportunity for someone who has experience in entertainment public relations and is driven by a desire to better the world through social action.

The Jr. Publicist will split their time between Participant’s television network, Pivot, and digital initiatives through TakePart.com, but has the opportunity to work on projects across all areas of the company including film, events and social action.  We are looking for a creative thinker to help craft consumer campaigns to generate coverage and drive awareness for our social action initiatives.

This is a fast paced office environment and we are looking for someone who can juggle multiple projects at once, is organized, has attention to detail, and ability to consistently meet deadlines. Some travel required.

The position reports to the Senior Vice President of Communications with a dotted line to the Director of Public Relations for all activities related to Pivot Television Network.

Responsibilities:

  • Spearhead outreach for acquired series, specials and documentaries for Pivot. Support TakePart.com feature stories and breaking news.
  • Responsible for writing media alerts, and pitches. Draft press releases as needed.  Work with the press to deliver assets as requested.
  • A key team member in the planning and execution of high-profile events including TCA, SXSW and Upfronts.
  • Responsible for tracking television, digital and social good awards and submissions.
  • Key contact working with Director of Public Relations on coordination of set visits, unit photo, clips, etc. Responsible for maintaining inventory of assets in coordination with the Communications Coordinator.
  • Work in coordination with the Participant Events team to book talent travel for media appearances and events; responsible for coordinating talent hair and make-up, and tracking budget.  Maintain talent schedules/calendars.

Requirements:

  • 3-4 years public relations experience; familiar with digital media and television industry.

Location: LA Office

Coordinator, Social Action – Film Campaigns & Programming

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

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

Other duties/special projects as assigned.

Location: LA Office

Manager, Social Action – Digital Campaigns & Programming

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

Manage online Social Action campaign initiatives by:

  • Managing projects related to execution of online Social Action campaigns
  • Act as key liaison between partners, NGO’s and vendors related to Social Action campaigns
  • Conducting research to support and understand issues, context and potential online partners for social action efforts
  • Advising Participant Digital on the most current and cutting-edge mobile and online tools, sites, tactics, and trends in digital social action
    • Helping to identify viral opportunities to amplify social action and impact of TakePart

Manage online “actions database” to fuel and support Participant Digital’s content and tools by:

  • Cultivating and maintaining a list of calls-to-action that empower the TakePart audience around key issues of interest
  • Monitoring actions to ensure resonance with audience and greatest potential impact
  • Researching the effectiveness of all digital social actions and providing insights

Develop and manage NGO relationships to support Participant Digital’s priorities

Collaborate with other Social Action groups by:

  • Conducting and sharing research and insights about effective strategies for digital social action and impact
  • Participating in and contributing to all relevant meetings

Collaborate with other divisions of Participant Media by:

  • Conducting and sharing research and insights about effective strategies for digital social action and impact
  • Representing Social Action in all relevant digital meetings, convenings, presentations, etc.
  • Liaising with all relevant divisions, as necessary, for all maters relevant to Social Action digital campaigns & programming

Other duties/special projects as assigned.

Location: LA Office