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Head of Studio

By Orlando Agundez on June 24, 2023


Long Dash is a creative consultancy grown from journalistic roots. Originally born of The Atlantic, we use a journalistic approach to acquire, cultivate, and engage audiences to unlock business growth.

With the introduction of our storytelling practice, Long Dash Studio, we are seeking a Head of Long Dash Studio to further expand our creative and production capabilities as well as take the lead role in growing this aspect of our business. The Head of Studio will lead a team of talented creatives, strategist, and producers and will be responsible for cultivating a wide network of freelance partner talent including documentarians, videographers, animators, data visualizers, live event producers, and more to deliver human-centered, inspired, narrative-driven experiences for our clients.

The Head of Studio will oversee all aspects of the Long Dash Studio business operation including financial health, program delivery, talent management, and business growth. They will join the Long Dash leadership team and help guide the direction of the business as a whole.

The full-time salary range for this role is $185,000 – $225,000, plus bonus potential and benefits.

Role Responsibilities

  • Refine and evangelize a vision for Long Dash Studio that sets up the department for growth.
  • Hire, manage, develop, and inspire a strong team of multi-disciplinary creatives to deliver breakthrough narrative experiences.
  • Develop creative processes, workflows, and best-practice guidelines to elevate the craft of Studio delivery and build trust with the other Long Dash team members (including strategy, editorial, product, client partnerships, talent & culture, and operations).
  • Collaborate directly with clients and Long Dash team members on briefs, creative concepts, execution options, and scoping/budget activities.
  • Manage Studio profitability including revenue and costs associated with headcount, freelance, overhead, and growth investments.
  • Ensure Studio projects get delivered on time, within budget, according to scope, and in a way that exceeds client expectations and elevates Long Dash Studio’s profile.
  • Own and evangelize the Long Dash brand – make sure its tone and look/feel are on point.
  • Know your team’s strengths and when to use them/when to augment.
  • Cultivate, grow, and maintain a network of freelance talent suited for different kinds of Studio execution work to augment the skills and strengths of the in-house team.

Qualifications & Skills

  • 10 years specific experience in storytelling studio operations with a proven track record of business growth
  • 7+ years of creative team leadership in an agency, corporate, or media setting
  • Ability to gracefully handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Hands-on scoping and proposal development experience
  • An online portfolio or samples of work demonstrating breakthrough storytelling abilities
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills and the ability to gracefully defend your creative decisions to executive management/clients
  • Documentary film and/or investigative journalism experience a plus

Work Perks

  • Unlimited paid time off
  • Company holidays, including a week-long winter break
  • Summer Fridays
  • Professional development & travel allowance
  • Annual bonus structure
  • 401(k) plan with company match up to half of 6%
  • Up to 20 weeks paid parental leave
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance via Cigna
  • 3-month sabbatical after 10 years of service
  • Remote & flexible schedule friendly

Job Location

Long Dash is a remote-friendly company, though we aim to hire within certain hubs to foster a sense of community among our colleagues. Our current hubs include New York City, Washington DC, and California (Bay Area, San Diego).

If you do not live in one of these locations, please still feel free to apply to the role. We prioritize the right candidates for our roles, irrespective of location. You can expect occasional travel, whether for internal initiatives or for project work.

A57 Digital Consulting LLC d/b/a Long Dash is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against our applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.  


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