WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
Seeking a creative thought-leader responsible for delivering a variety of video content across all of America’s Test Kitchen’s digital and social video platforms. This position works under the direction of the EP, Television and Video and manages a portion of the Video Team.
The Director of Video conceives, shoots, and edits original video concepts, often building templates and styleguides that are then executed in volume. This strategic thinker regularly combines landscape analysis with an understanding of business goals to develop out the video slate.
In addition to being skilled at managing external/internal relationships, the right candidate will know how to manage a team of creative talent and create an internal operating structure that optimizes for both creativity and productivity.
This is a true right brain / left brain position for a passionate creative who excels at both delivering and managing the production of engaging video content.
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
Create, shoot, edit and produce video content for distribution across all platforms.
Build and manage a team of creatives responsible for delivering iconic video content that serves America’s Test Kitchen’s business goals.
Elevate style, efficiency, process and workflows of existing series.
Drive styleguiding of new video series.
Work with EP to Build and maintain Video Department Bible.
Manage workflow and deadlines for multiple projects simultaneously.
Manage, groom and support direct reports.
Guide and direct freelancers on how to work within our brand.
Responsible for ensuring all video projects are in line with brand objectives and are executed within budget.
Oversee all deliverables created by direct reports, giving effective and actionable creative notes throughout process.
Observe and report on social and digitial video trends, across platforms and generate ideas for new strategies, new formats and new content types.
Develop strategies for testing various formats against goals and execute creative.
Work closely with Production Manager and Post Production Manager to balance video team resources across projects.
Build and continually improve department workflows that facilitate a fast-paced production schedule.
SKILLS YOU WILL NEED:
Proficient shooting and editing skills in a variety of styles.
Strong motion graphics capabilities.
Expert understanding of lighting, particularly how to light food.
Ability to think analytically about social sharing to develop shareable video content.
You’re super organized and love building org systems.
You have a background in and a passion for storytelling, and want to help us tell great ones.
Excellent sense of pacing and timing.
You keep your cool while managing multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
You understand how to work within an established brand and find ways to fortify the brand while raising it.
Performance Coaching: ability to work closely with a range of seasoned and green on camera talent to honing and improve their performance skills.
Ability to partner with creative and business leaders throughout the organization to meet wide variety of business objectives.
Quality control: Accuracy and precision is everything with our brand. You coordinate with appropriate internal parties to make sure content details are meticulously on point.
You’re an idea person with development experience, who has taken projects from conception through completion and overseen all components of the contributing team.
Versatility: You know how to run supporting players but can fulfill all creative needs as a one-person-band.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE YOU SHOULD HAVE:
5+ years experience at Producer level or higher.
Proven experience creating compelling, shareable video content.
A strong manager with proven record of building teams and directing them to success.
Culinary video experience.
Reel available for writing/directing/editing of multiple digital platforms and formats.
Proven ability to rapidly execute and come in on time and on budget.
Track record of strong leadership and problem-solving ability
Passion for the new media landscape.
Passion for food a major plus.
Proven experience with all aspects of video creation (DSLR’s, Premiere Pro, lighting, audio recording etc.)
ABOUT AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN
America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, Massachusetts where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, in our growing line of cookbooks and special interest magazines, and on our websites, as well as featured on our public television series, America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking—teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by- side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment tests to determine which is the best way to roast a chicken, which pans work and which ones don’t, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on. Our publications contain no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.