Careers

At EbonyLife TV, a subsidiary of Media and Entertainment City Africa (MEC Africa), we recognize that changes in management are inevitable and for this reason have entrenched a succession plan to provide continuity in manpower and leadership, identify and prepare qualified candidates for high-level positions that become available due to retirement, resignation, bereavement or new business opportunities.

It is the policy of EbonyLife TV to assess the manpower needs of the company to ensure the selection of qualified persons that are diverse and a good fit for the organization’s mission and goals and have the necessary skills for the organization.

EbonyLife TV is an equal opportunity employer with a diverse team. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or marital status in accordance with applicable Federal, state, and local laws.

From time to time, we have vacancies to be filled, from junior to middle and executive management levels, as well as a number of internships and opportunities for National Youth Service Corps members.

Kindly find below a brief executive summary description of some of our departments. If you’d like an opportunity to work with us in any of these departments, kindly forward your CV to recruitment@ebonylifetv.com. Recruitment process will typically take place at the location where the vacancy exists.

 
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Information regarding potential career opportunities at EbonyLife TV:

 

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CHANNEL OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

EbonyLife TV, Africa’s First Global Black Entertainment TV Channel will launch on the DSTV Platform in 2013 and broadcast to a territory known as Sub Sahara Africa and other pay TV Platforms worldwide.

The EbonyLife TV vision is to create Africa’s first flagship entertainment brand, by broadcasting premium quality locally commissioned and internationally licensed programming targeted at:

  • The growing middle and upper class audiences within Sub Sahara Africa
  • Global Africans – Africans in Diaspora
  • Non Africans with business and leisure ties to Africa

The responsibilities of our operations department are to:

  • Manage and grow strategically and tactically the new staff of the channel, to include broadcasting professionals across all disciplines required to run a professional broadcasting organization.
  • Establish formal structure and personnel definitions in line with industry standards.
  • Assess current broadcast operations, transmission, production and post production contracts and vendors and align the organization properly with same.
  • Drive advertising revenue across TV and new media platforms by leading sales personnel to optimize advertising agencies and direct client relationships.
  • Work to produce drama, sitcom, magazine, music, talk and other entertainment genre programming for domestic and international markets that seek relevant Pan African content in English as well as advertisers seeking this desirable demographic.
  • Set realistic strategic and tactical goals for execution that can be brought to fruition in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Set budgets and oversee financial reporting to senior management.
  • Represent the broadcast organization to industry and external interests. 
  • Assure that programming and content is produced, co-produced, acquired and scheduled effectively and to the highest standards.
  • Manage an upbeat and rewarding broadcast corporate culture that attracts and retains skilled broadcasting professionals
  • Remain sensitive to social, economic and political issues relevant to Africa as a continent. 
  • Serve a diverse global African community seeking uplifting and entertaining content that is well produced, showcases Africa at its best across multiple media platforms.

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

The Finance department oversees all financial aspects of our company strategy and is responsible for the flow of financial information to the executive, the board and, where necessary, external parties such as investors or financial institutions.

The responsibilities of Finance department include:

  • Overall control of the company’s accounting function
  • Financial planning and related ongoing advice for the chief executive and senior management
  • Formulating financial targets and budgets in accordance with the strategy determined by the board
  • Overall control of all financial transactions and accountancy matters, including audit systems
  • Corporate finance: managing company policies regarding capital requirements, debt, taxation, equity and acquisitions, as appropriate
  • Preparing annual accounts
  • Ensuring that the regulatory requirements of all statutory bodies are met regarding all the company’s financial affairs

 

MARKETING & EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

Our Marketing and External Communications department has overall responsibilities to include:

Marketing, Communications and Public Relations

Responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the success of:

  • a comprehensive marketing, communications  and public relations program that will enhance the organization’s image and position within the marketplace and the general public, and facilitate internal and external communications; and, all organization marketing, communications and public relations activities and materials including publications, media relations, client acquisition and so forth.
  • Ensure articulation of organization’s desired image and position, assure consistent communication of image and position throughout the organization, and assure communication of image and position to all constituencies, both internal and external.
  • Responsible for editorial direction, design, production and distribution of al organization publications.
  • Coordinate media interest in the organization and ensure regular contact with target media and appropriate response to media requests.
  • Act as the organization’s representative with the media.
  • Coordinate the appearance of all organization print and electronic materials such as letterhead, use of logo, brochures, etc.
  • Develop, coordinate and oversee programs, technical assistance and resource materials to assist chapters in the marketing, communications and positioning of their activities.
  • Provide counsel to chapters on marketing, communications and public relations.
  • Ensure that the organization regularly conducts relevant market research and coordinate and oversee this activity and monitor trends.
  • Lead projects as assigned, such as cause-related marketing and special events.

PROGRAMMING DEPARTMENT

Our Programming department is responsible for generating and producing fresh content ideas across the many media platforms owned and/or operated by EbonyLife TV.

The responsibilities of Programming department include:

  • Generating fresh content for EbonyLife TV and supervising the production of approved flagship shows.
  • Liaising with external producers who want to pitch show ideas and recommending the very best content for the channel.
  • Supervising production teams from conceptualization to ensuring all projects are of top quality, delivered on time and within the budget allocated for it.
  • Ensure that all production contracts, script agreements, music cue sheets and FCC sheets supervision are in order
  • Ensure that terms of the production and script agreements are adhered to by all parties
Our watch words for our programming are Enjoyable – Unforgettable – Superior – Premium
Our target demographic are the youth, young at heart, free thinking and image conscious individuals, aged 18 – 34.

TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

Technical and broadcast operations department remains the backbone of our organization and their key responsibilities include:

  • Operate, maintain and safeguard the technical assets of our studio, including supervising the use of lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of stage facilities.
  • Determine the necessary technical support, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.
  • Advise production managers, lighting and sound designers, on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show and supervises the implementations of approved technical designs.
  • Supervise and assist with set and stage construction and management
  • Makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding capital purchases of technical equipment.
  • Monitor and review programming to ensure that schedules are met, guidelines are adhered to, and performances are of adequate quality.
  • Evaluate new and existing programming to assess suitability and the need for changes, using information such as audience surveys and feedback.
  • Plan and schedule programming and event coverage, based on broadcast length, time availability, and other factors, such as community needs, ratings data, and viewer demographics.
  • Monitor network transmissions concerning daily program schedules, program content, special feeds, or program changes.
  • Overseeing technical operations including encoding, uplink trucks, fiber circuits, on air communications and technical delivery.
  • Requires making decisions affecting the on-air product, and will have interaction with all levels of management.

BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

“Marketing accountability is the foundation for improving marketing, building business performance, enhancing productivity and streamlining critical processes. That is why the drive to embed accountability as core marketing discipline will only increase. With it will come enhanced marketing ROI”.

                                                                                                Association of National Advertisers

Our Business Development and Commercial department provides a total framework that deals with the analysis, design, management and change our business needs to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, in partnership with our sponsors, and other partners. We know that our success depends on the success of our sponsors and partners.

As Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment Network, we provide our partners and sponsors with a number of platforms to reach out to Africa’s most important demographic, the youth aged 18 – 34.

With organisations under increased pressure to show that every dollar they spend delivers results, marketing expenditures are now being held to the same level of accountability as other investments.

Our business development goals include our ability to ensure that we achieve the following with “sponsors/brands”.

Attention The point of initial exposure to the “sponsor” by the audience whilst the audience is enjoying an event/property.

Understanding The levels to which people are able to recall “sponsors” of an event/property

Engagement The passion an audience has for an event/property

Appreciation The gratitude or appreciation people may feel towards “sponsors” for the “sponsors” involvement with an event/property.

Commitment The change in attitude or behavior people may feel towards a “sponsor/brand” that is a direct result of the sponsorship.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES & ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The management of people in organizations constantly raises questions such as ‘Who does what? ‘How should activities be grouped together?’ ‘What lines and means of communication need to be established?’ ‘How should people be helped to understand their roles in relation to the objectives of the organization and the roles of their colleagues?’ ‘Are we doing everything that we ought to be doing and nothing that we ought not to be doing?’ and ‘Have we got too many unnecessary layers of management in the organization?’

These are questions involving people which are the key to our organizational development. Our HR practitioners and Organizational Development Consultants in their roles ensure that as a business we make the best use of our people.

Major Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Help make sure that the Organisation’s philosophy, mission and vision are pertinent and practices throughout the organization.
  • Help formulate and administer policies to ensure the integrity of the organization.
  • Lead and direct the Human Resource team to deliver a comprehensive HR service to the business
  • Employee relations, managing absence, disciplinaries, grievances, sickness etc.
  • Measure employee satisfaction and identify areas that require improvement
  • Development and implementing a performance management systems
  • Learning & Development providing guidance on development for managers and their teams
  • Recruitment & retention – managing talent and succession planning; taking overall responsibility for recruitment activity and campaigns
  • Reward, advice and support employees on company benefits
  • Policy & procedures implementation of new/existing HR  policies, procedures and processes
  • Managing HR budgets and renewal management systems.

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The management of people in organizations constantly raises questions such as ‘Who does what? ‘How should activities be grouped together?’ ‘What lines and means of communication need to be established?’ ‘How should people be helped to understand their roles in relation to the objectives of the organization and the roles of their colleagues?’ ‘Are we doing everything that we ought to be doing and nothing that we ought not to be doing?’ and ‘Have we got too many unnecessary layers of management in the organization?’

These are questions involving people which are the key to our organizational development. Our HR practitioners and Organizational Development Consultants in their roles ensure that as a business we make the best use of our people.

Major Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Help make sure that the Organisation’s philosophy, mission and vision are pertinent and practices throughout the organization.
  • Help formulate and administer policies to ensure the integrity of the organization.
  • Lead and direct the Human Resource team to deliver a comprehensive HR service to the business
  • Employee relations, managing absence, disciplinaries, grievances, sickness etc.
  • Measure employee satisfaction and identify areas that require improvement
  • Development and implementing a performance management systems
  • Learning & Development providing guidance on development for managers and their teams
  • Recruitment & retention – managing talent and succession planning; taking overall responsibility for recruitment activity and campaigns
  • Reward, advice and support employees on company benefits
  • Policy & procedures implementation of new/existing HR  policies, procedures and processes
  • Managing HR budgets and renewal management systems.