Full Time Job
Production Assistant, How I Built This
Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.
NPR’s How I Built This is looking for a Production Assistant to join our highly collaborative and creative team. The ideal candidate is already very familiar with the program, has professional experience working in long-form audio, and a solid understanding of how to write, frame and edit a complex narrative. An academic background in business is not required but a passion for business--and specifically, entrepreneurship---is expected. On this show, we are fascinated by what makes founders tick, about what they were like before their brands became household names, about their fears, failures, triumphs and insights. The ideal candidate will share our enthusiasm, as well as the spirit of optimism and inspiration that How I Built This listeners have come to love and look forward to.
How I Built This is a weekly, interview-based podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists, sharing the powerful stories of how they built some of the world’s best-known brands. Hosted by Guy Raz, the show is a narrative journey marked by success, failure, serendipity and grit.
The Production Assistant position can be a remote position, but candidates would ideally be located near a major U.S. airport as they will be expected to travel occasionally to Washington D.C. This role will report to the Senior Editor and Executive Producer of How I Built This.
• Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience
• Generates, pitches and researches interview ideas for the program
• As needed, pre-interviews guests and prepares detailed research material for the host
• Edits, writes, and mixes individual episodes of the show, from raw interview to fully- produced mix
• Assists with live event production (travel required)
• As needed, assists with the production of digital media content
• Other duties as assigned
YOUR SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
• At least 2 years audio editing and production experience, preferably some of it in long-form narrative; ability to edit audio confidently on deadline with minimal supervision
• At least 2 years experience in writing for audio: broadcast and/or podcast
• A passion for and deep knowledge of business and entrepreneurship
• Ability to effectively collaborate with others, demonstrating, at all times, respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and beyond
• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, under stringent timeframes and changing conditions; ability to prioritize, anticipate and communicate effectively
• Solid knowledge of research tools, including computer-access data banks
• Experience with and demonstrated commitment to fact checking
• Strong working knowledge of digital media, including proficiency in social media as a way to distribute content
• Highly supportive of cultivating and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts
This position is covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA. The minimum salary for this position is $60,000.00
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive workplace that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, and reproductive health decisions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, gender non-conforming status, intersex status, sexual stereotypes, nationality, citizenship status, personal appearance, marital status, family status, family responsibilities, military status, veteran status, mental and physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, genetic characteristics of yourself or a family member, political views and affiliation, unemployment status, protective order status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.