Executive Director, WWII Media Center

New Orleans, LA Full-time

The Museum intends to significantly grow its content programing in order to become the most accessible and trusted resource on WWII across the country. The Executive Director will lead a team responsible for the creative production, development, and distribution of timed media projects in support of a wide variety of Museum initiatives including distance learning programs for K-12 students and teachers, higher education and public history audiences, podcasts, documentaries, short travel and promotional media pieces, and live broadcast events. This position combines creative and administrative functions associated with production and direction to guide the creative process of projects either directly or by utilizing external capabilities. Of equal importance is the Executive Director’s knowledge of distribution networks and partners to ensure the maximum reach of our products across the nation. The Executive Director will be responsible for the full and creative utilization of state-of-the-art broadcast, production and editing facilities, and multiple public spaces for live events including a signature media auditorium, the Karen H. Bechtel and William M. Osborne III Media Auditorium, that seats 100, with fully integrated video conferencing capabilities.  This position will report to the Vice President of Education and Access.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the leadership, supervision, and professional development of the WWII Media Center staff including two media production managers, a digital content manager, and a project manager.   
  • Under the direction of the Vice President of Education and Access, and other Museum leadership, re-fine the goals of The WWII Media Center, and ensure successful implementation of plans to accomplish these goals.  
  • Work collaboratively with project leads from Museum departments to translate creative ideas into fully developed multi-media plans; manage multi-media projects from ideation through distribution phases.
  • Work in partnership with other Museum stakeholders to ensure the Center’s digital programs and products are fully integrated into the Museum’s network of web-sites, e-communications, social me-dia, public relations, and where applicable paid advertising campaigns.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director of the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, the Associate Vice President of Education, and other Museum stakeholders to develop, produce, direct, and distribute a wide variety of multimedia projects that bring the Museum’s exceptional content to wide audiences.
  • Develop and manage WWII Media Center budgets, contracts, project schedules and vendor relationships.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external partners and vendors in order to expand WWII Media Center production and distribution capabilities.
  • Work with other departments and stakeholders in the pursuit of funds from grants, sponsors, and donors to support the WWII Media Center’s projects.
  • Carry out other tasks and projects as assigned by the VP of Education and Access.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) with an emphasis on multimedia production, technology, communications or a related multi-media field; a minimum of three years experience in leading a team responsible for creating, designing, producing and distributing digital media products in television, film, sound, or other new media arenas; demonstrated proficiency and / or experience in video, audio, and post-production; digital technology, editing and production software, content management systems, live streaming platforms, and digital asset management software is preferred; has a demonstrated knowledge of copyright and digital media rights management; has experience in budget development and management; must have excellent communications and interpersonal skills and abilities – verbal, written, and computer; is highly organized and has effective time management skills, and must be have a willingness to work a flexible schedule that goes beyond a 40 hour week including some weekends and evenings.  A basic knowledge of World War II history is preferred, but not require. Some domestic and international travel will be required.

The National WWII Museum offers a competitive wage and benefits package which includes the following:

  • Competitive wages
  • Medical insurance – 2 plan options; Museum pays 75% of premium
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) – Museum matches 50% of employee contribution up to 6%; employer contribution fully vested after 3 years of employment
  • Life insurance and AD&D - $15,000 policy employer paid; additional life and AD&D available
  • Long term disability
  • Paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year
  • Free parking
  • Tuition assistance and professional development
  • Employee assistance program

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