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Vice President, Series, Smithsonian Channel


New York, NY, US, 10036

New York

Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black Hole Hunters and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus™, a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel’s stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland.

To learn more, go to smithsonianchannel.com.


The Vice President, Series will oversee production of SMITH unscripted, factual and special programming. This position creatively leads all aspects of this genre of SMITH productions and initiatives from development through release. S/he is a critical member of the SMITH leadership team, serving as an editorial lead in moving programming to air.


Specific responsibilities include:


  • Developing franchise series and other formats for SMITH and other MTVE brand.
  • Assigning and leading executive producers in conjunction with VP, Original Documentaries.
  • Ensuring productions are delivered on schedule and within the approved budget.
  • Supervising editorial, visual and graphical direction coordinating feedback on rough and final cuts to ensure editorial and broadcast standards are met.
  • Effectively collaborating across departments including Production, BALA, Distribution, PR, Marketing, and Finance to ensure projects meet creative expectations.
  • Reviewing and approving SMITH promotions and press releases in consultation with Head of Channel and VP, Original Documentaries.
  • Collaborating with VP, Original Documentaries to execute SMITH programming strategy under the direction of the Head of Channel.
  • Reviewing and tracking ratings for measurement of program performance, publicity, and market trends.
  • Traveling to productions to provide oversight and direction, as needed.
  • Identifying and handling program talent, as assigned.
  • Providing pertinent feedback to Head of Channel and other MTVE management.
  • Providing editorial oversight of the SMITH slate of podcast.




  • Minimum 10+ years of relevant experience in unscripted and/or factual programming at a network, studio, and/or production company.
  • College degree or equivalent related work experience.


Additional Qualifications:


  • Experience producing news programming with proven editorial and journalistic judgment.
  • Experience as a showrunner of reality-style programming.
  • Excellent communication, strategic, presentation, creative and storytelling skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects under time constraints.
  • Communicates well and resolves conflicts diplomatically.
  • Strong leadership skills with solid operational and financial acumen.
  • Proven track record of production operations, i.e. budgets. scheduling etc.
  • Strong PC skills with Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize work in order to meet deadlines.


ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet. 


At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. ViacomCBS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status. 


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Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City