Director, Editing Operations

Job Number: R10008705
Brand: National Geographic
Job Type: Production
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
Job Posting Date: June 14, 2019
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National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.


The Director of Editing Operations will be responsible for leading an innovative team of promo, program, and digital editors/preditors for Original Series, Marketing Campaigns, PR Screenings, Heavy Reversions, and other Network creative editing needs for both linear and non-linear edits.  This would require holding master classes and one-on-one training with freelance editors, raising their level of creativity by using the latest editing/audio/graphics technology and creative tools.  The Director of Editing Operations will work directly with NG Partners outsource company management team to vet post-production editing pool and provide feedback to outsource company on existing freelancers and potential new candidates.

This candidate must be highly creative leader with a strong eye for layout & design with the ability to inspire others and be part of the Global Operations management team.  The main purpose of this job is to continuously raise the level of creativity and training among the editors so that the National Geographic Departments are more compelled to work at the in-house post facility which saves costs.

The Director, Editing Operations will be the go-to person when questions arise as to needs and requirements of the Channel for any aspect of editing, advising and working with engineering, producers, and management, as well as outside production houses and post facilities, to ensure maximum quality of programming and efficiency of delivery. The Director, Editing Operations must be current with industry best practices and with developments in technology.

The candidate must be an expert on Avid or Adobe Premiere, and Adobe After Effects. Tasks will include reviewing editors’ work and providing feedback, weighing in on editorial judgments, making hiring decisions, and writing/maintaining standard operating procedures for color correction/graphics/editing/audio mixing.

This position collaborates with Engineering and Post-Production Operations to evaluate client needs and optimize the workflow. In addition, the role requires a complete understanding of the network processes, from beginning to completion.  Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment is required.  Must be able to communicate effectively and tactfully with all levels of personnel.  Being organized, having high attention to detail, with flexibility to adjust shifts to meet with the freelance team who work nights/weekends as needed.


  • Seek feedback from clients regarding creative editing needs, evaluate work completed by in-house freelance editors, provide ongoing feedback to freelance editors and outsource management team.
  • Creating and updating standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for the 5 Disney+ Editors that conform media assets to spec, remove bumps and recaps, perform S&P censorship edits, remove subtitles for localization, process files through encoders, and perform a quality control pass.  Additionally, create SOPs for edit workflows in Adobe Premiere, & Adobe After Effects. Troubleshoot and oversee editor training by using Avid, Adobe Premiere/After Effects, and color-correction systems.
  • Brainstorm with Creative National Geographic Partners to create artistic editing looks. Disseminate the style of editing to the edit freelance pool. Provide excellent editing services that are consistently in-line with the creative vision of the network.


  • College graduate preferred. At least 20+ years of cable or television editing experience with Avid or  Premiere Pro editing system, knowledge of Dolby surround and media exporting.  Strong management skills and the ability to effectively communicate with Sr. Staff and internal client groups.
  • Must be detail-oriented and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. The candidate should have strong organizational skills and the ability to adapt to ever changing needs and priorities. They should also have strong customer service/client relation skills. 
  • Candidate must have very strong leadership skills and the ability to lead and train a team of freelance editors.
  • Avid or Adobe Premiere Pro editing, knowledge of Dolby surround audio and media exporting.  Knowledge of ScheduAll database, Word, Excel and Outlook. 
  • Candidate must be a self-starter and a problem solver, and able to manage and prioritize multiple simultaneous projects while staying effective and professional under pressure.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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