Director of Programming, Cooking Festival

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Job Description

The Team:

Events are an important way to extend the The Times brand and connect with our readers. The New York Times Events team creates powerful expressions of our journalism by putting our best journalists together with top figures from the fields of business, politics, entertainment, arts and culture.

The New York Times Events team is an entrepreneurial cross-functional team who create moments that connect people to the power of Times journalism. Whether it's an intimate virtual conversation, or a citywide, in-person celebration, the slate of events supports the priorities and goals of The Times: building our brand, advancing newsroom priorities and aligning the right advertisers with these priorities.

The Role:

New York Times Cooking is the industry-leading digital cooking product, with over 750,000 paying subscribers. The product includes close to 20,000 recipes, providing invaluable guidance on what to cook, and how to cook it -- from some of the best food reporters in the world. This is the definitive destination for the best recipes and cooking instruction for those who love to cook.

The New York Times seeks a curator or events programmer, conversant in cooking and food journalism, to create a series of experiences and interdisciplinary events alongside The New York Times's celebrated Food desk and events team. The Director of Programming for this flagship event product will bring to life dynamic and energetic events that showcase food journalism, the NYT Cooking brand, and that invite our readers into the story. This is a contract-based role for an entrepreneurial and audience-focused creator of event experiences.

Events serve as a forum for live journalism for The New York Times. In this capacity, the Cooking Festival's Director of Programming serves journalistically in an editorial role -- to shape and create the live journalism content that strengthens our relationship to our loyal reader base and introduces new audiences to NYT Cooking .

  • Work with NYT editors to develop the events that will invite a large and dynamic audience to experience our food and dining journalism firsthand
  • Alongside NYT Events counterparts and experiential agency, generate new programming IRL, as well as virtual concepts and formats that complement the series's coverage, amplify the journalism and create a new layer of conversation
  • Draft event descriptions for Festival promotion
  • Work with, direct and guide journalists and talent through event experience, preparing moderators and talent
  • Work cross-departmentally within the NYT to support sponsor and brand programming
  • Effectively partner with internal production management teams and external production vendors to ensure flawless technical event execution
  • Work with NYT teams in the newsroom to help conceptualize an editorial element accompanying the Cooking Festival (such a special print section or recipe collection)
  • Maintain New York Times standards in all programming and event execution

  • Event programming or professional talent management experience for live events or communication agency. Proven experience within the culinary and food industry is strongly preferred.
  • Preferred 5+ years of experience
  • Extensive experience programming high-visibility live events, with a deep understanding of market-wide trends, themes, and current cultural events
  • A rare ability to discover, recommend, and source talent with an eye to emerging talent, new names, uncovering untold stories and creating stars
  • Well-connected within the food industry and with a wide network of contacts across culture, business, film, and beyond
  • Flexible project management style with the ability to quickly adapt and effect change and successfully navigate and execute multiple projects at once
  • Resourceful, committed to excellence and willing to sweat the details


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.