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Editor in Chief, National Geographic

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Job Summary:

OVERVIEW OF THE COMPANY

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.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the EVP, National Geographic Media, this role is responsible for leading the editorial content strategy for the National Geographic’s Journalistic offerings which are distributed in 4 Print Magazines (National Geographic, History Magazine, Nat Geo Kids, and National Geographic Little Kids), Digital & Mobile environments, and Audio formats.  

The Editor in Chief manages a team of 130+ editors, writers, and designers and is responsible for developing and leading the global editorial strategy for National Geographic Partners.  

The role is responsible for partnering with the Leadership team to transform the organization into a multi-platform storytelling team while maintaining the authenticity, quality, and wonder that has always been associated with the National Geographic Magazine. 

Responsibilities:

  • Within the broader strategic framework set by EVP of National Geographic Media, lead content development and execution for the National Geographic’s suite of offerings – including NatGeo.com, Nat Geo’s Mobile App,  4 print magazines, and a growing set of digital and audio offerings.
  • Lead editorial teams in managing relationships with the world’s leading authors, photographers, & infographic designers.
  • Lead the digital media teams to ensure the right balance of engaging daily content with high-value reference content for a global audience.
  • Integrate social media resources to the storytelling process.
  • Ensure close alignment with global channels content development & digital teams to ensure franchise stories are carried across media platforms to create media convergence and optimized for our global consumer touch points.
  • Establish clear leadership position in the areas of natural history, earth sciences, science, history, environment, adventure, exploration, travel, kids & family.
  • Work with the National Geographic Society to understand their Grant, Fellowship, Explorer Programs – as well as other initiatives – and determine where appropriate to leverage and amplify via our Storytelling.
  • Ensure NG storytelling adheres to the core tenets of superlative visuals, factual accuracy and compelling narratives.
  • Support and collaborate with broader Franchises or Synergies that would be identified by the broader Walt Disney Company or the NGP Enterprise team.
  • Collaborate with the various TWDC Segments and the National Geographic Society to ensure total alignment on content and priorities.
  • Create independent content that compliments and supports Disney+ and the various National Geographic or TWDC owned platforms and priorities – with the opportunity to creating explainer, or “go-deeper” content related to other titles. 
  • Partner with Enterprise Brand Management, Finance, Legal, and HR to address specific functional or organization-wide opportunities or challenges, and ensure compliant business practices that are consistent with TWDC requirements.
  • Act as change leader who embraces and drives continuous adaptation and improvement, enabling the organization to address global business challenges.
  • Support EVP of National Geographic Media and other TWDC leaders with managing a highly matrixed, global organization in service of achieving overall business goals.
  • Serve as one of the public faces of National Geographic by speaking on panels, interviews, and representing the work of the company.  
  • Champion and actively foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and culture.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience in a journalism/editorial role.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience identifying and working with, as well as motivating, the world’s best editors, photographers, writers, & journalists.
  • Must have strong leadership and management skills.
  • Must have strong journalistic credentials.
  • Demonstrated curiosity & appreciation for the natural world and an instinct for subjects and issues likely to become topical in the coming years, months and weeks.
  • Experience with integrated workflows for content delivery across print & digital platforms.
  • Clear working knowledge of the dynamics within the global publishing industry and an ability to accommodate the interests of multiple stakeholders without compromising the bond of trust established with the visitor or reader.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead collaboration and influence teams not directly within their responsibility.

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.



About 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.

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 National Geographic, which is part of a business segment we call National Geographic.

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