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Senior Director, Events Production



Administration, Sales & Business Development
Arlington, VA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Quick take: Axios is a growth-stage startup dedicated to providing trustworthy, award-winning news content in an audience-first format. We're hiring a Sr. Director of Production, to lead the production team and creation and execution of our editorial events, including in-person, virtual, external tentpoles, and Axios summits. Axios events are best-in-class, and we are expanding our team to remain at the top of the industry for our newsworthy events, capturing audiences worldwide.

Go deeper: Production is what makes events happen. We need a Sr. Director of Production, who will be a leader and activator for the Axios event production team and all events, including virtual, in-person, global, and Axios summits. The role will oversee the production team and operations for 2-4 weekly Axios events. The role will include management of the team and our calendar of events in addition to technical production and leading production on-site at events. Technical production might include but is not limited to producing segments, managing the on-site camera and livestream elements, serving as a liaison with production vendors, show-calling, stage-management, and technical direction, creating, managing, and implementing logistical documents (tick-tocks, build and load-in schedules, briefings, etc.), airing the show on our social and virtual platforms, and managing back-of-house and event production operations.

The details: Ideal candidates will embody an entrepreneurial and creative spirit, a passion for Axios’ mission, maintain a high level of excellence, and have the following skills:

  • 8+ years of high volume, fast-paced event production experience
  • Proven experience in show-calling, stage management, and producing live (in-person or virtual) open press events
  • Proven track record of management experience
  • Desire to think creatively about asset design and set fabrication
  • Proven ability in communicating and handling executive-level and higher-profile newsmakers
  • Proven ability to oversee department budgets
  • Ability to problem solve and resolve issues quickly
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Positive attitude and ability to thrive in a high-pressure environment
  • Desire to work hard, learn new skills, and grow professionally
  • Strong vendor management skills and, ideally, an established network of strong vendors
  • Ability to edit video footage using Adobe Premiere Pro under tight deadlines
  • Strong understanding of Adobe Suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop)
  • A strong understanding of the virtual event space, platforms, and industry-leading technologies
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time when we begin hosting live events
  • Ability to work early mornings and late nights
  • Project management software experience is a plus (i.e. Wrike)

Don’t forget:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance (100% paid for individuals, 75% for families)
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • 401K
  • Generous vacation policy, plus company holidays
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, and diverse work culture
  • Annual learning and development stipend

Additional pandemic-related benefits:

  • One mental health day per quarter
  • $100 monthly work-from-home stipend
  • Tele-mental health services
  • OneMedical membership, including telehealth services
  • Increased work flexibility for parents and caretakers
  • Access to the Axios “Family Fund”, which was created to allow employees to request financial support when facing financial hardship or emergencies
  • Classpass discounts
  • Virtual company-sponsored social events

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Axios is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Axios makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.