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Microsoft Corporation Interstitial Lead, Narrative Architect in Redmond, Washington

TheCreative Services Teamwithin the Microsoft Events, Studios and Community (ESC) Organization is seeking an energetic and high caliber individual to serve asa Narrative Architect for our interstitial programming discipline.Interstitialprogramming is the connective content between main programming. Itinforms the overall flow of digital events and event storytelling using programmatic elements (wayfinding, breaking news, social media, attendee generated content andprerecorded materials).

The ESC portfolio covers events of various sizes and complexity, both in terms of audience size & composition,first party & third party,and delivery method. This is a unique opportunity to play a key role on events, working with diverse teams across all areas of Microsoft. As the narrative architect, the role will be responsible for developing eventexperiences that amplify the One Microsoft story and drive business impact at the intersection of compelling storytelling and quality programming-leading throughout ideation, development, production, and execution phases of every project on the creation and delivery of interstitial programming experiences that fundamentally break through digital barriers

A successful candidate will use narrative architecture and content programming fundamentals in conjunction with a deep understanding of our audience architypesto balance the needs ofcustomers, partners, and Microsoft during the creation ofour world-class experiences. Part producer, diplomat, and creative, this position has a high level of visibility and will require strong leadership, excellent collaboration skills,and the ability to communicate clearly and compellingly at all levels of the company.

Our team is a high-performing group of strategically led, creative, dynamic, accountable, adaptable, and collaborative individuals. If you have a passion for events, telling compelling stories, andhave an optimistic, self-motivated, can-do attitude–join the team!

Responsibilities

  • Overseeideation,planning,production,and execution ofinterstitial momentsin collaboration with yourESC teammates,suppliers,and internalstakeholders

  • Design and deliverevent contentagendas,drive weeklystakeholder meetings,other key workstream meetings and executivereviews

  • Lead cross-company workstreamsto create and executeinterstitialnarratives; includes being able toidentify and mitigate issues/barriers to success for teamsand to create cohesion in eventexperiences

  • Share best practices for stakeholder and attendee input with the rest of the events community working to establish a standard for howeventsand narrativecan be deliveredacross thecompany.

  • Orchestrate event hosts and ensure all resources are made available to deliver on-airsuccess.

  • Be the fun part of everyone’s day!

Key Competencies:

Cross-Group Collaboration – Excel at driving virtual teams (corporate, field and agency), collaborating across a broad set of stakeholders in a manner that holds individuals accountableand includes them in the journey.Breakdown artificial silos bypartneringwith othersonthe common purpose to put our customers at the center of our experiences.

Fostering Diversity & Inclusion – Models the respect for and understanding of differences when addressing diverse perspectives. Advocates for individuals from varied backgrounds tomakespace for their perspectives to be heard.

Planning, Organizing, and Coordinating – Takes timely, strategic actions in designing and leading groups and organizations to facilitateeffective working relationships.The ability toanticipate, prepare for, and effectively deals withchallenges and roadblocks.

Negotiation and Conflict Management – Finds creativesolutionsfor multiple parties to achieve their goals and interests. Handles difficult situations firmly, fairly, and decisively.

Managing Change – Recognize the need for change and works to move people, processes, and system in the new direction. This includes helping to create an environment of open communication, modeling effective coping skills, and maintaining focus on moving ahead.

Production Experience - Understand how video and event production is developed and executed. Inclusive of live and in-person, broadcast, and digital event environments.

Qualifications

Desired Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in experientialevent marketing, television programming,or campaign developmentwith a deepunderstanding ofthekey driversforsuccessfuleventexecutionand audience experiences, across allmediums.

  • Strong creative writingskills

  • Deep understanding of productionand studiosprocesses

  • 5-7years of video, event, experientialand/or broadcastproductionexperience

  • Strong project management skills(manage multiple projects and deadlines)

  • Well-developed business acumenand theability totriage and landpriorities in changing environments(goal orientation with a strong bias toward action and tangible results)

  • Capable ofmanagingnumerousstakeholdersof various roles andlevels

  • Collaborate across teams and organizationsanddrive an aligned visionthat is grounded in commongoals.

  • Excellentcommunicatorwiththe abilitytoappropriatelytranslate concepts and ideasto multiple audience levels and at various altitudes.

  • Capable of driving the end-to-end process of taking creative vision to production reality.

  • Ability to confidentlypresent to andinteract with executives and other senior levelsacross the companyto influence and gain support,input,validation,and approval.

  • Experience with streamlining processes to ensure operational excellence, innovative ideation, productivity, and effectiveness acrossthe organization.

  • Embrace a growth mindset to drive maximum impactand bestrivingto learn and try new things.

  • General knowledge of Microsoft products, technologies, solutions, and architecture preferable.

  • Experience in digital events a strong plus.

  • Must be able tofunction autonomously anddeliver results with little supervision

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