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Vice President of Editorial & Content
Cricket Media
Chicago, IL (downtown)
Date Posted
About the Position:

Cricket Media seeks a full-time Vice President of Editorial & Content (VP). This is a strategic role in the company, reporting directly to the CEO, and based in our downtown Chicago, IL office.

The VP is responsible for ensuring and expanding the continuing quality of the Cricket Media content and translating the company’s content strategy, business opportunities, and educational standards into an appropriate editorial direction and content generation plan. The VP is also responsible for managing the company’s editorial, creative, and digital teams, and fostering a highly collaborative and innovative environment among these content creators. The VP will work closely with the CLO, COO, and VP/Product to support the company’s content/digital strategy across all products and help drive the success of its media products, content licensing business, Global Community, and educational offerings.

The VP also is responsible for partner, sponsor, and user-generated content. The VP also will work regularly with the marketing, licensing, education, technology, sponsorship, and business development groups to identify new opportunities for the company’s content, characters, and brands and apply those insights to the overall editorial and creative strategy of the company. The VP will be expected to strengthen and grow the company’s content and creative portfolio, focusing on the generation of editorial content, individual brands, and brand products to target audience, age, and interest. This includes content in disaggregated forms for a variety of physical and digital formats (e.g., print, tablet, phone, web) and for a variety of customers (e.g., schools, content licensees).

Key responsibilities:

• Ensure and enhance the quality of the Cricket Media content. Define and implement an editorial and content vision for the company and oversee plans for implementation of new content projects or product lines. Maintain control over the overall editorial direction and roadmap for the company and restructure how we approach content development.
• Manage a diverse team of print/digital editors, creative, and designers, fostering a supportive, collaborative environment. Provide leadership, advice, guidance, and direction to internal teams so that major plans, initiatives, and roadmaps are flawlessly executed. Guide and mentor editors on what they are hiring people to write so that we can fulfill a content strategy not just for magazines but also for licensing, school products, etc.
• Work closely with the CLO to put in place an overarching content development roadmap that drives our business goals while upholding its editorial and educational standards.
• Establish current and long-range editorial and content policies and educational standards in conjunction with the CEO, COO, and CLO. Develop a content calendar that supports all teams.
• Work closely with the VP/Product to drive innovation across the company’s digital content offerings and packaging across business lines, including individual brands, new content product development, and the overall brand portfolio.
• Work with the product team to manage the development of new digital content packages that increase the frequency and quality of user interactions. Provide insight around new digital opportunities and ensure that all content is innately social, collaborative, enlightening or educational, and interactive.
• Oversee the organization, metadata/tagging system, and placement of all content into a Digital Asset Management System and Digital Rights Management System that will be used by editorial, education, and licensing teams as well as customers.
• In consultation with the CEO, COO, and CLO, help create an editorial advisory board for the company.
• Collaborate with the licensing and brand teams to support the development of the company’s content licensing and brand character portfolio.
• Manage the relationship between the creative teams and the PMO and technology development team in order to ensure on-time delivery of new products and product enhancements.
• Help manage content coming in via the company’s China JV and related partnerships (Neusoft/Neumedia).

Qualifications and Requirements:

• BA required; graduate degree preferred.
• 10 years of proven success developing and packaging children’s media and educational media content, with a minimum of 1-2 years related to social, interactive, or digital media.
• Demonstrated experience understanding leveling and creating media content for children of all ages
• 5 years’ experience managing editorial and creative teams.
• Deadline driven and detail oriented, with ability to multi-task.
• Strong balance of creative and analytical skills, with the demonstrated ability to successfully drive both strategy and execution.
• Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to manage complex multi-media projects and geographically dispersed teams.
• Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills, as well as excellent communication skills.
• Strong understanding of current digital media landscape, with the ability to identify and facilitate potential partnerships.
• Experience working in a fast-moving, high-growth company; high comfort level working in matrixed organization.
• Comfortable using a variety of technologies (including tools, devices, and software) for work and communications.
• Travel: 25%

About Cricket Media / ePals:

Cricket Media is a leading international education media company, producing award-winning mobile apps, digital editions, books, and magazines that connect kids globally to great learning experiences. Cricket Media pairs award-winning digital and physical content with safe and secure collaboration tools to connect K-12 children around the world to enlightening learning experiences. This includes 18 award-winning children’s media brands across a full spectrum of formats, languages, devices, and platforms. Cricket Media also hosts the ePals Global Community, the world’s largest community of K-12 classrooms enabling students and teachers to safely connect with like-minded learners and educators worldwide. We put the world in the hands of students and teachers by facilitating authentic and dynamic exchanges and collaborations with thousands of classrooms in almost 200 countries and territories. To learn more about our company, visit us at Cricket Media.

Working at Cricket Media:

Cricket Media has a diverse workforce with individuals who are leaders in their fields committed to making a difference at the intersection of content, technology, and education. Our staff is universally committed by the desire to “do well and do good.” People who value these ideas, understand how to make them real at scale, and who thrive in a fast-paced environment will do well at our company.

Our culture values and encourages creativity, transparency, accountability, and integrity. Cricket Media is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment. We also offer a full range of employment benefits for our regular full-time employees.

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