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The Walt Disney Company

Social Media Manager

Job Summary:

Working in social media at ESPN is unlike anything else. Each day you’ll be challenged to blend creativity, sports knowledge, and journalistic instincts to produce industry-leading content seen by millions of sports fans. Collaboration, innovation, effort, and fun are at the core of this team and every day is game day.

ESPN is seeking a Social Media Manager to oversee a small group of social producers and editors that discover, develop, and distribute content for ESPN-branded social media accounts across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. An ideal candidate will have extensive experience creating social content, managing people and leading successful cross-platform projects from start to finish.

This position is based in CT but may be open to other locations (CA).


  • Create and oversee content (visual, video, text) that is optimized for social platforms, specifically Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Manage content planning and strategy for specific tier-4 cross-account initiatives
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to make social content compelling and comprehensive
  • Regularly assign work to select peers and designers
  • Edit and approve social posts for journalistic accuracy, audience relevance, and tone, including real-time decision-making at various stages of content development
  • Maintain commanding knowledge of the latest social media trends and best practices
  • Analyze performance of social content and incorporate insights into future content decisions
  • Sports happen on nights, weekends, and holidays and those shifts will be regular and required in this position

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years’ experience working in a fast-paced social media environment with content creation responsibilities or 5 years’ relevant experience
  • 1+ years’ experience managing one or more people
  • 3+ years’ experience using video editing software (e.g. Final Cut, Premiere)
  • 3+ years’ experience using photo editing software (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Advanced knowledge of current sports, including teams, players, storylines, and forward-facing media personnel
  • Skilled in social media comprehension and execution across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Possess excellent news judgement and verbal/written communication skills
  • Commanding knowledge of journalistic standards
  • Ability to work quickly and juggle multiple tasks during a typical work day
  • Ability to shape content at various stages of development
  • Highly skilled in interpreting and applying data to decision making
  • Appreciation and understanding of popular culture that contributes to an understanding of the tastes of
  • ESPN’s social media followers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge of the latest social media and tech trends
  • Experience articulating social strategy in meeting settings

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in journalism, communications, online/multimedia or related field OR a high school diploma and a suitable combination of related training and experience

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