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Director of Content (BBC Children in Need)

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Job Introduction

BBC Children in Need are currently looking for a Director of Content for a Continuing contract.

BBC Children in Need exists to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Our refreshed objectives and activities will ensure the impact we have on children’s lives is front and centre of the work the charity undertakes over and above the projects and services we fund.

Our focus is on finding and funding the inspiring ideas that change children’s lives.

And whilst we know that every child deserves a childhood that is safe, happy and secure, we know too that a growing number of children are experiencing ever increasing and more complex levels of disadvantage.  In order to find and fund the inspiring ideas, we will build on our commitment across the organisation to work collaboratively with all those who share our aspirations for children and young people.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced editorial leader who can rise to the challenge of working at the centre of one of the BBC’s biggest broadcasting projects.

Working directly with the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Content will be a key member of the Charity’s Executive team, helping to set the strategic direction and deliver senior leadership across the organisation.   

The Director of Content will be responsible for all content delivered directly by the Charity on its own platforms.  In addition, the role will be responsible for leading the Charity team that help create and develop Children in Need content on TV, radio and digital right across the BBC.

The Director of Content will work with high profile fundraising partners like The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, The One Show Rickshaw Challenge, Countryfile and DIYSOS – The Big Build, to increase the fundraising potential of programmes across the BBC.

In this capacity you will be central to the charity’s growth.

The Director of Content will lead the team who work on creating programme partnerships and also develop relationships with senior management across all areas of the BBC.

As Director of Content, you will lead the storytelling team who find and discover the compelling stories of children and young people that are being supported by Children in Need funding.  These stories form the basis of our content across all our output. From the appeal films that are shown on the Friday night Appeal Show, through to the printed stories that appear in our fundraising pack sent to all schools.

You will be the key stakeholder in decisions around all content broadcast for Children in Need and will work closely with Editorial Policy and production teams to ensure appropriateness of all content in context of Children in Need’s brand and values.

The Director of Content will be accountable to the Children in Need Board of Trustees for content strategy and delivery, including impact and income targets. You will drive execution of the Content Strategy through cross-functional leadership of all teams across the charity.  Key to this is overseeing and curating the development of digital content.

Additionally, you will establish, maintain and develop BBC talent relationships, be an effective and professional ambassador for the Charity when visiting projects or helping to host visits, and you will also undertake appropriate media interviews when necessary.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess

• Significant production experience in either  TV, radio, or digital production or a combination of all three.
• Significant experience of working with many different levels of BBC stakeholders – from commissioning editors to programme producers.
• Significant leadership experience in a senior role.
• Significant experience of managing large budgets.
• Significant experience of stakeholder management.
• Proven experience of leading large and complex projects.
• Proven ability to develop new creative propositions and see them through to broadcast on TV, radio or digital.
• Sound and proven editorial judgement with an ability to make accurate judgements based on the BBC’s overall standards.
• Demonstrable and developed diplomatic and negotiating skills.
• Excellent knowledge of the BBC structures - its people, programmes, services, content, and opportunities.
• Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.
• An understanding, sensitivity and empathy for the social issues that Children in Need is raising money/awareness for.

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk. 

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