Director of Digital Media, WAMU 88.5

Hiring Organization: 
American University


The Director is responsible for the vision, planning, and administration of digital media activity within WAMU 88.5. This includes consideration of web, social and mobile media projects that help further WAMU 88.5’s mission to remain the standard for lifelong learning through civil discourse, in-depth news and compelling entertainment that foster an engaged and connected local, national and global community.

The Director oversees a multi-disciplinary creative and technical team. The Director provides strategic leadership for all digital media activities within WAMU 88.5. This includes planning for the production and distribution of content that complements and extends our public service beyond radio broadcast, setting and coordinating strategies for WAMU web sites, identifying, evaluating and maximizing opportunities to secure and develop digital and interactive media assets.

The Director is expected to coordinate strategy with other initiatives in the company, including those of the Programming, News, Development, and Corporate Marketing departments. Beyond responsibilities for daily operations, the Director looks ahead to ensure that WAMU is prepared to accomplish its mission within an environment of rapidly changing media platforms, technologies, and audience expectations.

The Director of Digital Media reports to the Director of Marketing & Communications, and is a member of WAMU’s Senior Team.

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in digital media, related field, and/or equivalent combination of experience and education required.

Minimum Requirements:

- 3 to 5 years experience leading consumer-facing interactive media, web applications and products with substantial traffic volumes and increasing scale. - Supervisory experience is required - must demonstrate an ability to foster high standards and an ability to coach inspire and lead. - Experience with advertising management platforms and web analytic systems. - 3 to 5 years experience with digital development. - Candidate must be proficient with a variety of design and development tools, including Zend Studio, Subversion, GoLive, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks. Understanding of PHP and mySQL, and web standards including XHTML, CSS, WAI is a must. Familiary with LAMP, WAMP, XAMPP, and Plesk. - Excellent written skills required; proofreading experience necessary; demonstrated ability to research topics and summarize ideas and information.

Preferred Requirements:

- Graphics design experience and a strong creative sense is highly desirable. - Thorough understanding of interactive media, and other electronic information and emerging communication technologies (experience with radio or TV broadcasting a plus). - Passion for digital media and its capability to enrich and inform people and strengthen communities, and an understanding of its potential for communications, audience development, and revenue growth. - Ability to plan, implement and independently manage multiple projects - Understanding of content and business opportunities for emerging media and distribution platforms. - Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills. - Demonstrated experience in planning, implementing and independently managing multiple projects.

Salary Range: $82,000-$87,000

Work Hours per Week: 35

Position Type: Full-time Staff


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