Senior Producer, The United States of Anxiety

News New York City, New York


Description

NYPR seeks a dynamic, highly creative Senior Producer for The United States of Anxiety.

Part-producer, part-manager, the SP will master all the moving parts of a content-rich show.  That entails supervising and coordinating the work of staff and per diem producers and the show’s engineer, ensuring the highest quality of every segment, and serving as a critical voice in the creative development of the show.  S/he reports to the Executive Producer.

The position demands extraordinary people skills – including tact and diplomacy as well as effective butt-kicking. This position is new for The United States of Anxiety, and the Senior Producer will be able to set the agenda in terms of show systems and organization, but will also have to get all staff people to use the systems!  

In addition to show running responsibilities, the Senior Producer will also work with reporters, some new to long-form journalism, to create and shape stories for US of A

The Senior Producer will also serve as an emissary for US of A within WNYC and beyond -- interacting with launch partners (publicity, marketing, digital). We need a strong and clear communicator within the show, across the organization and with external contributors.

Sound editorial and reporting experience and excellent staff management and communication skills are required. The successful candidate will demonstrate fearlessness in pursuit of information, ability to work under pressure, strong instincts for gathering great tape, an inquisitive and active mind, and an ability to work in a tightly-knit team.

Responsibilities: 

  • Manage production of podcast;
  • Manage staff and free-lancer assignments; set and enforce deadlines for production of episodes, including deadlines for scripts, edits and mixes.
  • Work closely with internal reporters and outside contributors to develop interviews and stories.
  • In close collaboration with technical director, oversee the assembly of the episode and all aspects of production. 
  • Work closely with Host and Executive Producer and Senior Editor on shape, structure and content of all episodes.
  • Perform occasional field reporting and/or recording with reporters.
  • Supervise producer who supports host.
  • Run weekly production meeting.
  • Manage team production calendar.

Qualifications:

  • At least seven years’ experience in fast-paced, idea-driven media environments (broadcast or related)
  • Demonstrated success in leading a team and supervising content creation
  • Superb broadcast writing and editing skills, showing originality and patience.
  • Experience working with talent, especially non-radio talent
  • Fluency in audio editing with ProTools, and knowledge of DAVID, CMS, and other systems for broadcast and digital delivery of audio
  • Superb organizational skills, attention to detail, and time-management
  • Joy in working in a group environment, give and take direction and feedback
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

In order to apply, please submit cover letter with your salary requirements and resume and answer the following questions:  

1) Pick one episode from Stakes 2019 and tell us how you would improve or change the episode.

2) In Season 1 of US of Anxiety, the production team explored how race impacted voters and their decisions.  How should the team follow up on this for 2020?

New York Public Radio must receive all information requested in order to consider your candidacy.

All positions at NYPR require:

  • The intellectual and emotional depth, maturity, self-confidence and interpersonal skills to work effectively with the senior leadership team, colleagues, staff and external partners and provide motivation at all levels of an organization.
  • Excellent communication skills-both oral and written-with an impressive reputation for building and maintaining relationships with people at all levels of an organization, across a diverse range of cultural, generational, ethnic, racial, educational and social backgrounds.
  • Use of a computer, telephone and other office and/or broadcast equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through a variety of methods including but not limited to: email, internet based applications for internal and external communications.
  • Affinity for New York Public Radio; WNYC and/or WQXR content and mission a plus.
  • Compliance with WNYC/WQXR policies and guidelines.
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed.

New York Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites and encourages qualified applicants from all walks of life.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.