The only thing better than a power vacuum is when your director undermines you, again, in order to placate the dude who's unambiguously beyond his responsibility, authority, etc.! That will be so helpful in asserting control in future.
I had hopes, but there doesn't seem to be positive change on the horizon for this place. Proper management is obviously a foreign concept (in contrast to all the editing experts, there seems to be a real dearth of folks with the management skillz). Sanity dictates that the job search--always ongoing but with more or less effort depending on my promotion opportunities--be put in high gear. Send me your tips.