POSITION SPECIFICATION – TALENT RELATIONS CONTRACTS MANAGER
A pioneer in the lifelong-learning market, The Teaching Company is a popular and growing media company that produces The Great Courses: a series of comprehensive and engaging, university-level, video and audio courses taught by the world’s greatest professors without the pressure of schedules, homework, or exams.
The Great Courses cover a wide variety of topics ranging from traditional liberal arts subjects, such as philosophy, history, literature, and the sciences, to practical classes, in photography, foreign languages, health and wellness, business skills, and much more. The company has ongoing partnerships with venerable educational brands such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Mayo Clinic, The Culinary Institute of America, and others.
The Teaching Company has developed a catalog of over 700 courses comprising over 8,900 hours of content. The Great Courses are delivered to customers via digital streaming, DVD, and CD sales on the e-commerce site www.TheGreatCourses.com; and, most recently, through The Great Courses Plus, a digital subscription platform that PC Magazine has called “Netflix for Learning.” The Great Courses can be found on Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Channels, Comcast Xfinity Video on Demand, Audible.com, Recorded Books, Kanopy, Hoopla, and more.
The Great Courses also has highly rated apps available across most major app platforms, including iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Amazon Alexa.
Since its establishment in 1990, The Teaching Company has sold more than 25 million courses and prominent and loyal customers of The Teaching Company include Bill Gates, Charles Schwab, and George Lucas, to name a few.
Under the supervision of the Director of Content Research & Alternative Programming, the Talent Relations Contracts Manager is responsible for managing and maintaining the process of new course contracting, cultivating relationships between TTC and subject matter experts, and tracking and reporting on various essential data relating to the Product Development Department. This position works collaboratively with Finance, Marketing, Research & Development, Recruiting, Operations, Production, and Content Development to ensure high-impact original content is contracted in accordance with TTC strategic and financial objectives. Additionally, this inter-departmental role provides communication and follow through of Professor Relations and Decision Team objectives with talent and acts as on-site liaison between TTC and talent.
Reports to: Director of Content Research & Alternative Programming
Direct reports: Talent Relations Coordinator
Other key relationships:
The Talent Relations Contracts Manager will work with the Product Development Leadership Team, the CEO, Recruiting, Finance, Content Development, and TTC talent.
Work collaboratively to manage relationships with prospective, auditioning and cadre professors.
Oversee all aspects of professor contracting, including contract execution, payments, professor scheduling, and facilitation of special requests at the direction of the Decision Team and the CEO.
Enlist the perspective of the VP, Product Development; Sr. Director, Content Development; and Director, Creative, as needed to ensure courses and professors are appropriately matched and scheduled according to TTC business objectives.
Participate in Decision Team meetings, giving input into and updates on courses throughout the negotiation process.
Communicate course contracting status with Finance, Marketing, Research and Development, and Product Development departments
Track and report contracting metrics to Finance, Marketing, Research and Development, and Product Development.
Manage and resolve contract amendment issues seeking guidance from the CEO and legal resources when necessary.
Contract and manage arrangements for Research Assistants when necessary.
Manage and report on Professor Non-Royalty budget and Professor Relations Departmental budget, oversee Professor Incidentals Budget and Studio Food Budget and attend monthly budget and forecast meetings with Finance.
Assist Sr. Director, Content Development, in acting as a general company liaison and consistent point of contact and between The Teaching Company and the talent for any communications outside the specific course production process, and specifically with departments outside Product Development.
Help coordinate professor cooperation with Marketing, Recruiting, and public relations efforts.
Update and maintain related course and production metrics via online and web-based systems.
Assist and support the efforts of the VP of Product Development as needed
Other related duties as assigned
The ideal candidate for this position at TTC will have:
Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts or related field
Minimum 3-5 years’ experience working in a publishing or media setting
Minimum two years experience managing large data sets or budgets
Experience preparing preliminary schedules for writing and audio/video production, plus travel
Highly motivated self- starter who can effectively organize, prioritize, accurately execute many details, multi-task and manage to accomplish objectives within tight deadlines
Strong interpersonal, analytical, and creative problem-solving skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of people
Other skills and proficiencies
MS Office (esp. Excel)
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)