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Head of Global Audio (Remote)

The Athletic


Posted over 30 days ago...


Lead the Charge in Sports Podcast Innovation with The Athletic's Global Audio Team


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£185000 - £200000

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United States

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98% Remote- North America

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Expires at anytime

Join The Athletic, a premier digital sports media brand dedicated to bringing die-hard sports fans closer to the heart of the action. With a global presence and a newsroom celebrated for its in-depth sports coverage, The Athletic offers an unparalleled platform for storytelling and fan engagement. Founded in 2016 and now with 600+ creators, the company is a go-to source for more than 250 professional and collegiate teams in the US, Canada, and the UK.

Role Summary:

  • Lead and innovate The Athletic's podcast network as the Head of Global Audio.
  • Have complete creative control over podcast content, ensuring it aligns with The Athletic's high journalistic standards.
  • Drive the growth of both existing and new podcast series, reaching large, engaged audiences.
  • Guide and inspire audio teams worldwide, fostering a creative and thriving work culture.

Role Requirements:

  • 10+ years in national broadcast production for audio or video.
  • A successful track record in launching and managing popular podcasts or video series.
  • Deep knowledge of audio formats, distribution channels, and industry trends.
  • Profound understanding of sports and an ability to resonate with fans through content.
  • Exceptional leadership skills with a focus on personal development of team members.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to balance short-term execution with long-term planning.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to make business-critical decisions.
  • Openness to remote work with some travel, based in the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada.

The Athletic offers a competitive salary range of $185,000 - $200,000 USD and a comprehensive benefits package suited to each country of residence. We are committed to equality and encourage applications from all backgrounds. Join us for an opportunity to shape the future of sports media!

About Us

The Athletic is a digital sports media company that brings true sports fans closer to the athletes, teams and leagues that captivate their attention. We serve a multi-faceted audience that craves a richer connection and understanding with immersive storytelling and a like-minded community of fans. Founded in 2016 and with major operational hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Melbourne, we empower a truly global team of more than 600 creators and cover more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams across the United States, Canada and the UK. Our newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth reports along with more than 120 podcasts and other forms of premium content. Put simply, The Athletic is at the center of a sports fan’s universe.

About the Role

The Athletic has one of the world’s leading sports podcast networks, and we are looking for an industry leader and creative visionary to push our podcasts into its next successful phase. The Head of Global Audio will have creative accountability for all The Athletic podcasts, in addition to leading the North American and International teams. This leader will be tasked with developing the highest quality audio shows that fit The Athletic’s journalistic sensibility and also can reach large and engaged audiences - both evolving existing shows and new. Central to this creative success will be the leadership of our audio teams globally, pushing their creative capabilities and creating a culture in which their teams can thrive. 


Manage the production and growth teams with regular check in and manage the staff of the entire audio department. Partner with leadership to set ambitious goals and manage the team effectively toward those goals, with wide latitude in how goals are accomplished. Understand where tradeoffs need to happen across shows and be proactive with solutions. Build podcasts with a diverse set of hosts and guests. Curate formats, shows, and hosts that will offer subscribers a distinctive, high quality and entertaining experience that helps drive commercial revenue. Think about properties as franchises, and come up with new ways to build audience/promote network growth. Partner with vertical leads across the newsroom to align with and complement our editorial strategy Work with the Managing Editor of video to develop a video strategy around our audio properties that serves as both a complement to audio and a new platform to build original Athletic content. Work closely with the commercial team to monetize content and create strong, long lasting brand partnerships. Serve as the connective tissue between audio production and the heads of all other departments within the company to ensure that the audio team’s output is appropriately supported, promoted, and monetized. Develop meaningful relationships with leaders throughout HQ. Provide input into the organization of the production team to ensure the team is set up to achieve its ambitious growth targets while staying within budget.


10+ years of experience producing a national broadcast in an audio or video format. A track record when it comes to launching and sustaining successful podcasts or video series. Expert knowledge of a wide range of audio formats and distribution channels. Has a finger on the pulse of industry trends and can see ahead 12-18 months. Has a deep understanding of sports with a fluency in how topics are covered and discussed by fans. Has an ear for high quality creative output that resonates with listeners. Is an excellent leader who enjoys facilitating the personal development of colleagues. Self-starter with great time management skills. Strong attention to detail and highly organized. Ability to execute in the short term while planning long term. Ability to make difficult decisions for the good of the business. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. This is a remote-based position in the United States, United Kingdom or Canada that may require some travel.

The annual base salary range for this role is $185,000.00 - $200,000.00 USD. The total compensation offered for this position may vary based on factors such as education, experience, skills, and location. It may also include non-cash rewards and benefits. The base salary range is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

The Athletic offers unique perks and benefits to all full-time employees based on their country of residence. Our comprehensive US benefits package includes:

- Highly competitive, employer-contributed medical, dental, vision, basic life and disability insurance plans.

- Savings accounts for medical, wellness, and childcare expenses.

- 401k retirement savings plan and employer match.

- Paid time off including paid sick leave, 12 paid holidays, 15 days of accrued vacation to start, and up to 20 weeks of Paid Parental Leave.

For international candidates: Our global benefits packages offer similar benefits and perks, competitive to the local market.

The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

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