Director, Communications

Job Number: R10009593
Brand: National Geographic
Job Type: Public Relations
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Job Posting Date: October 9, 2019
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National Geographic

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, Communications will run point on major NGC public relations campaigns for upcoming 2.0 tentpole projects, with a primary focus on scripted content. The director will be responsible for developing, overseeing and executing comprehensive, creative and strategic global media plans with short-term and long-term objectives, identifiable goals, and results, as well as the implementation of these strategies, securing brand-building and business driving media coverage. This position is responsible for nurturing strong media contacts with national and local print, broadcast and online outlets.

The Director, Communications will also be responsible for planning and overseeing assigned shows and talent at key industry events, such as TCA, SXSW, ComicCon and Upfront. This position is also responsible for maintaining strong communications and relationships with network talent, internal and external producers, as well as various freelancers and vendors to ensure the flow of information and identify PR opportunities.


* Daily tasks include, but not limited to:

  • Oversee the LA Communications team;
  • Act as the lead PR Executive in LA in dealing with producers, talent and media; developing specific and detailed show strategies;
  • Pitch, book, and cover interviews (both via phone and in-person);
  • Write and edit press materials; develop talking points and drafting remarks/speeches;
  • Plan and oversee set press visits;
  • Manage show budgets and oversee other employees and agencies;
  • Work as the right hand of the department VP, Communications.             


* Successful management of communications strategy for 2.0 programs, resulting in streamlined messaging, effective and efficient execution of PR opportunities, and stronger press relationships.

* The Director will also be responsible for planning and overseeing assigned shows and talent at key industry events, such as TCA, SXSW, ComicCon and Upfront.

* Successful event results in effective and efficient presentations to press, establishing strong relationships with media, vendors, and spokespeople, and cost control with venue.

* Supervise other team members working on 2.0 campaigns.    


* Strong execution of campaigns.


* A Bachelor's degree with at least 10 years of relevant experience.

* Ability to travel 30-40%.

* Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

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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