Sports Content Research Manager

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The ESPN Stats & Information Group is a pressure-packed, exciting work environment specializing in information dissemination across ESPN. Our content is used across multiple platforms -- television, digital media, radio, ESPN The Magazine, and ESPN Mobile. We are comprised of four departments: BottomLine, Production Analytics, Production Research and Stats & Analysis. ESPN?s Production Research department is responsible for providing perspective and context around sporting events and storylines including historical context and statistical analysis.
For the Research Manager position, we are looking for someone who is able to combine a passion for sport stats and storylines with an interest in growing and developing our team of researchers. On the content side, Research Managers oversee the allocation of personnel and resources in a deadline-driven production environment. This includes coverage and support for studio shows, events, mobile and digital platforms. They also work closely with Stats & Information Group management and other leaders in event and studio production on projects, cross-platform integration and overall research coverage across multiple platforms including TV, radio, digital and mobile. Being able to growing and develop people is an equally important aspect of this role. Research Managers need to be committed to investing the time and care to coach and teach our staff, developing them as people, and building successful professionals for one of the world?s largest sports media companies. We believe that great support, honest, straight-talk feedback and holding people accountable is foundational to our success.
Ideal candidates will possess the following traits:
? Production research subject matter expertise, including a good understanding of advanced metrics and their usage in storytelling
? Strong news/content judgment
? The ability to make decisions quickly and correctly in pressure situations
? The ability to communicate clear priorities to staffers in a fast-paced environment
? The ability to take proactive action in a newsroom environment.
? Strong people management skills and a demonstrated ability to hold staff accountable to stringent standards.
? Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), and 20% by the Hearst Corporation.
ESPN was founded by Bill Rasmussen and launched on September 7, 1979. Now with over 6,500 employees, each year ESPN televises more than 5,100 live and/or original hours of sports programming. The company?s mission is to serve sports fans. Anytime. Anywhere.
? Manage and grow a diverse staff of production researchers. Solicit and give timely feedback, meeting at least biweekly with each report. Write and deliver midyear reports and year-end performance reviews. Assist the staff in managing any daily issues. Ensure overall research coverage to all shows and areas. ? Work 2-3 shifts per week in live Production as the leader of the research newsroom. This includes: Reacting to breaking news and events, pushing top-notch content to Producers, providing instant feedback to Researchers, assigning project work and requests from clients in Production. ? Play an active role in the department?s recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, rewarding and retention of a diverse staff of research personnel. ? Work closely with SIG leadership on projects, cross-platform integration and overall research coverage. ? Assign and review project work and packets for special events. ? Handle requests from news editors, producers, and reporters and game crews. Distribute requests to production researchers. ? Participate in news and planning meetings. Pitch the Research Department?s content in these meetings to supplement coverage and drive new ideas and stories. ? Identify opportunities to integrate research content onto all existing and emerging ESPN platforms and coverage areas. ? Manage defined aspects of the production research process in order to develop information and statistics that help increase market penetration and viewership. ? Manage the process of translating statistics and information into content and questions for use by on-air talent and commentators. ? Lead in developing full-screen video storytelling concepts that enhance ESPN's reputation as a leader in statistical analysis for both Studio and Event productions, incorporating advanced statistics and analytics. ? Help oversee the development and maintenance of Research resources such as the stylebook, pronunciation guides, calendar, statistical tools and analytic interfaces, and sports databases. ? Work hand in hand with scheduling department to monitor program changes and to ensure all shifts are staffed properly. ? Work with Creative Services and Technology Division to design new graphics and visualizations to better display the department's information.
? 5+ years? professional work experience
? Deep and broad sports knowledge across multiple sports. Must have expert-level recall of current and historical sports statistics, news, events and milestones.
? Experience with most major internet search engines and fluency in electronic newsgathering techniques, including quickly navigating the internet and a knowledge set around social media
? The ability to provide full availability for this position which will include nights, weekends and holidays.
Additional Qualifications
? 3+ years? experience working with statistics, covering sports or analyzing sports events, news and issues for online, television or print mediums. ? 1+ years? experience managing people and/or projects including oversight of direct reports
? Experience working with a research full-screen builder and ENPS
? Experience in Internet, television or print sports news production
? Experience working with article search databases and software applications that extract and analyze data from primary sources and statistical applications
? Spanish-language writing and speaking skills

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