Director Audio Analytics

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Job Description

The New York Times is seeking a director for our Audio analytics team. As director, you will partner with our podcast and narrated article teams as we grow our family of podcasts and launch our dedicated listening app. You will work with leadership from newsroom, marketing, engineering and strategy to ensure data and insights are appropriately integrated into our understanding of coverage, audience, and product growth. Our ideal future team lead will know the value of using data to inform decisions and understand how to tailor analysis to meet the variety of needs of a world class newsroom and product. Leveraging your deep analytical and technical skill sets along with your desire to lead, you should be as comfortable rolling up your sleeves to perform critical analysis as you are defining vision for and assisting your team in delivery. You are someone who knows the importance of defining methodology and process and has the ability to adeptly scope and execute projects to meet the growing needs of podcast team.

This is an opportunity to elevate how the Data and Insights Group partners with our podcast and narrated article operations and thoughtfully infuses data in our Audio team's strategy and initiatives. If you are someone with a history of applying data and insights in a collaborative environment and a desire to develop and empower a team as our Audio team launches our dedicated listening platform, then this is the role for you.

What You'll Do:
  • Lead a team of analysts and partner with senior leaders in Audio to inform audience and coverage strategy, reporting and analytics.
  • Lead the design and measurement for Audio operations and audience metrics.
  • Lead the design, build and automation of reports / dashboards, while enforcing strong data governance practices, ensuring consistent reporting across the organization.
  • Work closely with our data products and engagement leads to ensure cohesive and consistent development and introduction of advanced engagement metrics.
  • Initiate and advocate for data analysis that advances our understanding of our coverage, audience and engagement.
  • Most importantly, partner closely with Audio's editorial and product leads and collaborate with other Data and Insights peers at every step of the way.

Your experience and capabilities:
  • 8 or more years of progressively complex experience, working with data analytics or data science teams to deliver reporting, analysis, modeling and insight.
  • Effective team builder with a desire to mentor and lead.
  • Effective at prioritizing project work across a team, with a focus on the value delivered and the quality of the work.
  • Understanding of newsroom operations and news audience behavior with a passion for journalism.
  • Expertise working with relational databases and writing SQL.
  • Experience implementing and managing Google Analytics or other user behavior analytics platforms, plus a working knowledge of cloud analytics environments such as Google BigQuery or Redshift.
  • Experience with data visualization tools such as Looker, Tableau, Mode, or
  • Experience building predictive models
  • Working knowledge of analytical programming languages (e.g. Python, R).
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills with the ability to explain data and insights to a wide range of audiences.

What will set you apart:
  • Experience working with podcast or audio product and data.
  • Prior experience working in a data role in a consultancy or media agency.


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