Managing Director

Melcher Media is a cutting-edge, multi-media content creation and marketing company with a reputation for thinking beyond fixed, traditional media categories. For 20 years, we’ve been at the forefront of storytelling, producing books, apps, films, websites, and more, winning multiple design and editorial awards while publishing 24 New York Times bestsellers. Our focus boils down to one goal, regardless of medium, platform, or format: great storytelling. Our clients and partners include some of the world’s biggest brands such as Facebook, Adobe, HBO, Amazon, PepsiCo, GE, Lexus, and Nike, among others, and clients as diverse as Eminem and Al Gore. We also produce the Future of StoryTelling summit, an annual gathering of top leaders from the worlds of media, technology, and communications.

We’re looking for an entrepreneur to spearhead business development, head a creative team of 15 and help lead the company toward new areas and levels of growth.

Who would this be? Definitely a rising star, possibly at a content marketing or digital agency. Someone who will thrive in a small, fast-paced creative environment. Someone with ambition, passion, management acumen, and social skills. Someone with a head for business and an eye for detail who is charismatic, diplomatic, and, above all, skilled at telling stories in any medium.

This role requires a unique blend of business development, creativity, strategic insight, impeccable client skills, and vision. You’re a good listener. You’re focused, but kind to the people you work with. You have a proven ability to generate new business and a strong and loyal network. You’re capable of solving radically different types of problems every week with clients as diverse as Comedy Central or the CMO of a Fortune 100 company.

Goals and Responsibilities

  • Identify new business opportunities and develop a strategy for pursuing them;
  • Manage and grow account portfolio, including fiscal responsibility (profit and loss);
  • Develop marketing strategies and lead marketing activities;
  • Manage day-to-day service levels and profitability of accounts, including staffing mix and forecast;
  • Ensure quality on all account team and agency deliverables, and provide service that exceeds expectations;
  • Establish key relationships with top client decision makers and influencers; and
  • Help manage and direct editorial and creative.

Requirements

The successful candidate will have the ability to:

  • Understand and uncover client needs and opportunities;
  • Approach his/her work with intelligence, creativity and integrity;
  • Translate client business objectives into story objectives;
  • Write creative briefs and create exceptional proposals; and
  • Develop strategies across media, including multi-channel campaigns.

Additional Skills and Experience

  • Significant work experience with C-suite clients, ideally in the creative
    agency or content marketing worlds;
  • Strong understanding of brand strategy development, research, planning, implementation, measurement, and project management; and
  • Experience with social media strongly preferred.

TO APPLY: Please send resume and cover letter to  greatstories@melcher.com.

 

Event Producer

Future of StoryTelling (FoST), the most innovative thought-leadership summit for media professionals, is looking for a seasoned event producer to oversee all aspects of event and production planning for their 500-person Summit in New York this October. FoST has established a noteworthy reputation for inverting the traditional conference model by eliminating broadcast-style “talks” and introducing a unique format that’s geared toward conversation, participation, and interactivity. The Event Producer will work closely with FoST’s curatorial team to deliver the unique attendee experience and meticulous attention to detail that FoST is known for. Specifically, he or she will be responsible for managing transportation, F&B, facility operations, vendor relations, and other logistics to ensure flawless production execution. The ability to think creatively about new kinds of event formats and contribute ideas to creative experience design is encouraged. Confidence in negotiating and an instinct for competitive pricing are essential. This person should have a demonstratively strong network of event vendors, freelancers, and production assistants, and the competence to scale staffing and build teams as the event dates approaches.

For this year’s fifth-annual event (October 5–9), FoST is expanding its program to also include the FoST FEST—the world’s first immersive storytelling festival. The focus of FoST FEST will be on the changing nature of the audience and the transformation of the passive viewer into the active participant. The Event Producer will also be working side by side with the festival team to make sure that both events work seamlessly together.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Experience producing live events, festivals, and/or conferences.
  • Leadership skills and ability to manage teams of 25–30 people.
  • Quick problem-solving and decision-making instincts and the ability to work and thrive under pressure.
  • Ability to negotiate pricing, secure licenses, and execute contracts and agreements.
  • Strong communicator with the ability to liaise between technical crews and creative teams.
  • Understanding of relevant safety laws and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare production schedule, set clear milestones and deliverables, and effectively delegate to team members.
  • An instinct for thinking “big picture” while simultaneously maintaining a meticulous attention to detail.
  • Willingness to contribute to creative brainstorms and content discussions.
  • Work directly with SVP of Business Development to understand all production requirements for sponsorship activations.
  • Work directly with curatorial team to understand all production requirements for speaker sessions.
  • Work directly with main stage performers and technical team to ensure all requirements are met for main stage programming.
  • Expertise with new media and technologies, and a knack for technical troubleshooting for exhibition production.
  • Coordination of technical services for the event, inclusive of audiovisual needs for breakout sessions and facility operations.
  • Work in tandem with the Senior Producer of the Future of StoryTelling Festival, which will be produced the same week of the FoST Summit, which will include but is not limited to managing schedules, deadlines and staffing together, working with the same vendors and partners, and planning joint support events leading up to both the Summit and Festival.

EMPLOYMENT DURATION OPTIONS

  • Full-Time Contract Position from May 15–October 21 (2 weeks of wrap-up).
  • Successful candidates will be invited to join the FoST team full time.

If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you think this job is a good fit for you to info@futureofstorytelling.org. No phone calls please.

 

Curator of Immersive Experiences and Performances (Part-Time)

The Future of StoryTelling (FoST) Summit is the premier thought-leadership conference for media influencers, pioneering technologists, and communications executives. For this year’s fifth-annual event (October 5¬–9), FoST is expanding its program to also include the FoST Fest—the world’s first immersive storytelling festival. The focus of FoST Fest will be the changing nature of the audience and the transformation of the passive viewer into the active participant. We are in search of a part-time curator to identify and secure partnerships with NY-based immersive events and unique experiences to feature at the Fest. This person should have strong connections in and knowledge of the experimental performance space and an eye for what’s innovative in the theater world. They will be charged with developing partnerships with various productions, cultural institutions, and companies to bring them into the fold of the festival, with the goal of cross-promoting their shows to the FoST audience and inviting them to be official selections of the Fest. The Curator may also be tasked with identifying performers and interactive experiences to feature at the Summit.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Experience curating talent/performances/experiences for live events, festivals, and/or conferences.
  • Extensive knowledge of and contacts in the New York City theater and experimental performance communities.
  • Sophisticated sensibility for the most significant trends at the intersection of storytelling, performance, and technology.
  • Strong instincts about what would be insightful, informative, and/or inspirational to FoST attendees.
  • Ability to identify up-and-coming and undiscovered talent and events that are aligned with FoST’s curatorial focus.
  • Avid reader of publications that cover the arts, creative technology, digital culture, future trends, innovation, and new media.

If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you think this job is a good fit for you to info@futureofstorytelling.org. No phone calls please.

 

Content Curator

Future of StoryTelling (FoST), the premier thought-leadership conference for media influencers, pioneering technologists, and communications executives, is looking for a Content Curator to oversee programming of speakers, workshops, performances, and immersive experiences for events and exhibitions throughout the year. This is an unparalleled opportunity to influence the art, business, and practice of communications across a range of disciplines. The Content Curator will play an integral role in upholding FoST’s celebrated reputation for championing the people, trends, and ideas that are defining storytelling in the digital age. This candidate should also bring a fresh point of view to FoST’s online communications, by working with writers to populate the blog and social media channels. A refined eye and a passion for what’s innovative in advertising, film, television, publishing, theater, the arts, consumer electronics, and advanced technologies are essential for this role. Exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to liaise with high-profile talent, and a well-spoken expertise in industry trends are key.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Sophisticated sensibility for the most significant trends at the intersection of storytelling and technology.
  • Strong instincts about what would be insightful, informative, and/or inspirational to FoST attendees and online readers.
  • Ability to identify up-and-coming and undiscovered talent that’s aligned with FoST’s curatorial focus.
  • Ability to work with talent to refine their speaking topics, help them to articulate their ideas, and ensure that they understand what’s valuable and relevant to the FoST audience.
  • Avid reader of publications that cover consumer technology, creative technology, digital culture, future trends, innovation, new media, and thought leadership.
  • Ability to work with a team of writers and provide editorial insight to improve web content and boost FoST’s online presence.

If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you think this job is a good fit for you to info@futureofstorytelling.org. No phone calls please.

 

Illustrated Book Editor / Producer

Do you love editing, writing, and leading creative teams on cutting-edge projects for some of the world’s biggest brands? Do you enjoy crafting innovative ideas and seeing them through to award-winning finished products? Do you love the craft of making illustrated books, but are as equally excited about being exposed to other media, such as apps, events, films, and websites? Are you a kick-ass editor/producer who thrives with a lot of balls in the air, doesn’t drop any, and stays calm and collected under pressure? Are you looking to join a fun team of storytelling Ninjas who are looking to change the world?

If you answered yes to these questions, we want to hear from you. We are Melcher Media, a leading producer of award-winning books and content. For more than 20 years we have been at the forefront of storytelling, publishing 23 New York Times best-sellers, twice winning Apple’s award for best designed app of the year, and garnishing numerous industry accolades for our print and digital titles. We’re known for developing the best and most innovative illustrated books in the industry, for some of the biggest names and most cutting-edge companies—from Al Gore, Larry David, and J.J. Abrams; to Lexus, Microsoft, and Nike, among many others. We also produce the prestigious Future of StoryTelling summit (fost.org). FoST is an annual by-invitation-only gathering devoted to exploring the evolution of storytelling in the digital age.

Basically, we do some really cool stuff, and we’re looking for an exceptionally bright and talented person to join our team as an illustrated book editor/producer. You will:

  • Have a college degree and 5 to 10 years of experience in book publishing, ideally making illustrated books (some experience developing business books is a definite plus).
  • Take a leadership role on many different kinds of book projects, from conceptualization to hiring, managing, and budgeting until final, on-time delivery.
  • Edit content, which may range from captions to full manuscripts to project proposals.
  • Use your strong visual sensibility to select and direct the creation of images, oversee designers, and conceptualize innovative formats.
  • Work directly with new and existing clients to conceive, create, and deliver book projects, keeping them apprised of progress and ensuring that they are appropriately involved and happy with the creative process, and proud of the final results.
  • Be adept at hiring and managing creative teams of writers, editors, designers, etc.
  • Be interested in being exposed to other kinds of non-book projects such as apps, events, films, and websites.
  • Be ambitious—an associate editor ready to take the lead as a full-fledged editor/project manager, or an editor who is ready for a senior editorial position—and ultimately someone who wants to grow into the position of editorial director.
  • Possess a unique creative perspective, boundless curiosity, lots of energy and enthusiasm—and use it all to contribute to our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you think this job is a good fit for you to greatstories@melcher.com. No phone calls please.

 

Web Editor and Social Media Manager

Future of StoryTelling is looking for an intrepid Web Editor and Social Media Manager who can bring a fresh and innovative content strategy and editorial style to the company’s online presence. This individual will lead a team of 4–5 blog contributors to research, produce, and edit original, compelling content. This individual will also oversee all social media channels and design and execute social media strategies that strengthen our existing online community, increase our number of followers, drive ticket sales, and promote original content. Superior copywriting skills, a catchy writing style, experience managing social media accounts, and a passion for the trends, people, and ideas that are shifting the media landscape are a must. Familiarity with SEO and web analytics is a strong plus. Connections in the media world are beneficial but not required.

Job Requirements:

The ideal candidate will

  • Be familiar with publications that cover consumer technology, creative technology, digital culture, future trends, innovation, new media, and thought leadership;
  • Possess curatorial instincts for what’s relevant to the FoST community;
  • Be able to optimize, share, and repurpose content for all facets of FoST’s online presence—inclusive of the blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, and Instagram—while simultaneously maintaining a unified voice and messaging;
  • Maintain an active and engaged presence on all of the channels listed above;
  • Establish milestones for editorial/social media success, track and organize progress, and prepare weekly/monthly reports on growth and traffic;
  • Provide demonstrable examples of successful social media strategies that engage community and build buzz (your own or others);
  • Be able to lead a team of contributors while also developing and encouraging their writing skills;
  • Possess exceptional time management skills, including the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; and
  • Possess exceptional photo editing skills.

If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter to greatstories@melcher.com.

 

Business Development Associate

About the Company: The Future of StoryTelling (FoST) is an annual summit and community platform that brings together top leaders from media, technology, and communications sectors to explore how storytelling is changing in the digital age. Throughout the year, FoST organizes quarterly influencer salons and panels, curates technology exhibitions, creates an annual series of 15–20 short speaker films, produces a two-day summit in New York every fall, publishes a monthly newsletter, and covers the most pertinent trends, ideas, and people in interactive media/entertainment on FoST’s blog and across its social media network. This year, the inaugural Future of StoryTelling Festival (FoST FEST), promises to be the largest immersive storytelling festival of its kind that will feature more than 10,000 square feet of exhibits, hands-on technology demos, a multiperson VR theater, interactive installations, immersive performances, and much more. FoST events are produced by Melcher Media, a leading creative content agency based in NYC’s West Village.

About the Position: The Business Development Associate will work closely with FoST senior leadership to research, pitch, and develop sponsorship and strategic partnership opportunities for the annual summit, festival, and other FoST-related events throughout the year. The Business Development Associate will help create pitch documents, research and prospect for potential clients and sponsors, attend pitch meetings, assist with developing strategy, and assist with closing deals, and then hand off execution to a team of expert producers at both FoST and Melcher Media. This is an exciting opportunity to further the success of a fairly established startup with a proven track record in just five years, while calling on the creative services of Melcher Media to increase the portfolio of offerings to potential clients and sponsors beyond just the branding opportunities available at the annual event. Successful candidates will aspire to eventually be a leader in the company’s sales efforts; be able to think quickly on their feet; be interested in live events; feel comfortable in a highly collaborative, team-oriented culture; have 3–5 years of experience with sponsorships and event activations; and come with the following:

  • Some experience researching, identifying, and generating new leads and partnerships;
  • Exceptional writing skills and the ability to quickly generate marketing materials, decks, and brand-specific proposals;
  • Detailed system for organizing and tracking lead correspondence;
  • Experience with event activation for brand sponsors (both digital and onsite);
  • •  Sophisticated grasp of the evolving media and communications landscape;
  • Creative, tasteful, and resourceful ideas about brand integration (pre- and post-events); and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to liaise with C-level clients and partners.

If your interest is piqued, please send your resume and a cover letter to greatstories@melcher.com.

 

INTERNS—EDITORIAL, EVENTS, DESIGN, PUBLISHING, SOCIAL MEDIA (PAID)

Melcher Media and the Future of StoryTelling (FoST) are looking for bright, talented, and enthusiastic interns who want to learn about the publishing industry, creative storytelling, and the annual FoST summit. This paid, temporary internship (3–12 months) provides an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of multiplatform storytelling with leading global brands. The experience is primarily designed to expose successful candidates to all facets of both companies, providing the opportunity to explore an editorial or design track (or both!), event production, social media, business development, and more, in an effort to acquire and hone new skills while deciding on the direction of your career.

Interns will be exposed to some or all of the following:

  • Working with editors and producers to provide general editorial support on app, book, video, website, and other multimedia projects;
  • Working with producers to assist with social media outreach and strategy;
  • Working with editors and producers to design apps, books and other print collateral, information graphics, and websites;
  • Working with producers to research and help organize the FoST summit;
  • Working with senior staff to brainstorm and pitch new business opportunities; and
  • Working directly with senior staff members to provide general administrative assistance.

Requirements:

  • An interest in digital and social media, storytelling, the editorial process, art, photography, design, and producing the FoST summit;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience;
  • A strong work ethic and the desire to learn; and
  • Familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and HTML is a definite plus.

ABOUT MELCHER MEDIA AND THE FUTURE OF STORYTELLING: Melcher Media is a cutting-edge, multimedia content shop with a reputation for thinking beyond fixed, traditional media categories. For twenty years, we’ve been at the forefront of storytelling, producing books, apps, films, websites, and more, winning multiple design and editorial awards while publishing twenty-four New York Times best sellers. Our focus boils down to one sole goal, regardless of medium, platform, or format: storytelling. Our clients and partners include some of the world’s biggest brands, such as Facebook, Adobe, Time Warner, GE, Lexus, and Nike, among others. We also produce the Future of StoryTelling, an annual gathering of top leaders from the worlds of media, technology, and communications.

TO APPLY: Send résumé and cover letter to info@melcher.com. Strong communication skills are essential for this internship. Please make sure your cover letter expresses clearly why you are interested in interning with us.