Unit Manager

Job Number: R10009855
Brand: National Geographic
Job Type: Production
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
Job Posting Date: November 11, 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 Unit Manager manages schedules and tracks deliverables for up to 200 + hours of US Only, Global and International programs. Works closely with the production team located in DC and assigned third party production companies. The Unit Manager will review schedules, track and receive deliverables and ensure best practices across assigned programming. Key responsibilities include creating and finalizing contract attachments, tracking deliverables, overseeing schedule changes, and liaising with various internal departments.


  • Liaise with third party production companies and internal departments to create, negotiate, and finalize contract attachments for newly assigned programming.
  • Provide vendors with all technical specs, clocks, and credit requirements and advise on all NG technical and business standard operating guidelines.
  • Proactively communicate with third party production companies throughout the production regarding the schedule. Maintain cut and master delivery schedules and follow up on missing or late deliveries. Assist production companies in formulating strategies for bringing productions back on track after setbacks.
  • Track and take receipt of program deliverables & notify internal departments of delivery and schedule changes throughout production.
  • Assist Marketing in facilitating ancillary asset requests and delivery from various internal NGP & Disney business units.
  • Update and maintain production and deliverable status in NGC systems for tracking, weekly reports, communication, and workload for teams and internal departments.


  • A bachelor’s degree is required.
  • At least 3 years of long form, unscripted production experience working as a Production Coordinator on original productions for broadcast networks and/or third-party production companies.
  • Knowledge of production and post-production processes and logistics in addition to familiarity with broadcast deliverables and technical specifications.
  • Experience working with international clients.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. Diplomatic skills when working on challenging projects.
  • Ability to switch between multiple unique projects that are in different stages of production all over the world (i.e. different time zones).
  • An awareness of the bigger picture as it relates to the entire production, the Channels’ programming slate, and team members’ workloads.
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel), media-sharing platforms, and customized data entry applications.
  • Quickly adapts to learning new technology, workflows, software and systems.
  • Extremely detailed oriented, comfortable multi-tasking, manages time effectively, efficient, organized, takes initiative with little direction and is self-motivated.
  • Ability to prioritize what’s most important at any given moment and adjust as necessary.

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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