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Director of Business Operations, FiveThirtyEight

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 734808BR Location New York, New York, United States Business Direct-to-Consumer and International Date posted Jan. 31, 2020

Job Summary:

Comprised of Disney’s international media businesses and the Company’s various streaming services, the Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment aligns technology, content and distribution platforms to expand the Company’s global footprint and deliver world-class, personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment (DTCI) is a global, multiplatform media, technology and distribution organization for high-quality content created by Disney’s Studio Entertainment and Media Networks groups.

DTCI includes Disney’s international media operations and the Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including the upcoming Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service, the Company’s ownership stake in Hulu, and the ESPN+ sports streaming service, programmed in partnership with ESPN. BAMTECH Media, developer of the ESPN+ and Disney-branded streaming platforms, oversees all consumer-facing digital technology and products across the Company as part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment.

ABC News is an ambitious, mission-oriented team of journalists, technologists, and business specialists growing the marquee news brands within The Walt Disney Company. Reaching hundreds of millions of online news consumers each month, the digital group oversees the non-linear platforms for ABC News, FiveThirtyEight, and Good Morning America.

FiveThirtyEight is the premier destination for data-driven coverage of politics and sports.

Responsibilities:

The Direct-to-Consumer group at Walt Disney is seeking a Director of Business Operations for FiveThirtyEight. The Director is the business lead for one of the most innovative and influential brands in journalism. You’ll work in close collaboration with FiveThirtyEight’s editorial leadership to help run and grow the existing business, as well as identify new areas for expansion.

The job requires sharp focus on FiveThirtyEight’s business imperatives while coordinating with teams across ABC News and the broader Walt Disney Company, including advertising sales, product and engineering, business development, marketing, and analytics. The ideal candidate combines experience systematically growing digital media businesses with an entrepreneurial spirit and a track record of driving innovation and change at an organization.
  • Run Business Operations – Ensure support for editorial teams and initiatives. This includes being the primary point of interaction with technology vendors, legal and business development, marketing and advertising sales teams.
  • Optimize and grow the core business – Optimizing ad revenue on the site, FiveThirtyEight podcasts, and on distributed platforms. Help scale other revenue streams such as live events.
  • Build new businesses – working hand-in-hand with editorial leadership, identify, model, pitch, and build new business lines for FiveThirtyEight that leverage the team’s expertise and the brand’s remarkable audience loyalty and trust.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 8-10 years in digital media operations or business development
  • Operational experience in digital media or subscription businesses
  • Ease with financial forecasting and modeling
  • Strong collaborative skills and the ability to build consensus
  • Analytical mindset with the ability to derive insights and recommendations from data
  • Strong presentation skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills

Required Education

  • BA/BS required

Preferred Education

  • MBA preferred

About Direct-to-Consumer and International:

Comprised of Disney’s international media businesses and the Company’s various streaming services, the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment aligns technology, content and distribution platforms to expand the Company’s global footprint and deliver world-class, personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world. This segment is responsible for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including the ESPN+ sports streaming service, programmed in partnership with ESPN; Disney+, the dedicated streaming home for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic; and the Company’s ownership stake in Hulu. As part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney Streaming Services, developer of the ESPN+ and Disney +, oversees all consumer-facing digital technology and products across the Company.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International, which is part of a business segment we call Direct-to-Consumer and International.

Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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