Supervising Producer, Ted Radio Hour
Full Time Job
Temporary Supervising Producer, Ted Radio Hour
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 is looking for an experienced producer and team leader to temporarily help guide the direction and growth of one of NPR’s top podcasts and radio shows -- TED Radio Hour -- while the current supervising producer is on extended leave. The Supervising Producer is a key editorial leader in NPR’s Programming department and our key partner with the media team at the TED organization. In working with the high performing host and team to produce the show, the supervising producer will explore how great thinkers can uniquely help us answer the biggest questions of our time, leading with inspiration, curiosity and a growth mindset. They will see the stories that help audiences to “learn more about the world, our communities and ourselves” and lead the TRH team to effectively tell them. We are looking for someone who recognizes and has deep experience in creating ambitious highly-produced stories, writes and supports writing with flair and accuracy and has a deep understanding of and love for narrative storytelling. In addition, we are looking for a Supervising Producer who has an inclusive approach to their work both editorially and in team leadership, is committed to finding and featuring voices that reflect the full range of the human experience and has the confidence to lean into difficult subjects and nontraditional conversations with sensitivity and an open and perceptive ear.
• Lead editor: Oversee editing of episode content for audio and adaptations to other platforms -- organizing and focusing producer stories throughout the writing, editing, fact checking, and producing processes -- in collaboration with host and junior editors
• Work with producers to finalize scripts, scoring, and sound design
• Regularly provide constructive critiques of stories in edits with staff in group settings, at all times open to new approaches and ideas
• Lead producer: Manage and oversee finalizing of audio content, working closely with producers to complete each segment and prepare for distribution to the podcast feed, member stations, and partner affiliates
• Work closely with host to guide creative direction of each episode
• Guide future planning of episodes, development of host pitches, episodes, and series ideas, and strategic partnerships
• Guide future episodes while considering a balance of subject matter, themes, voices, and story approaches in collaboration with host/team with special attention to source diversity
• Supervise producers, meeting regularly as group and as individuals - 4-6 people
• Supervise overall team workflow, address pain points, and ensure the team meets editorial goals
• Manage team meetings, pitch conversations, team debriefs and discussions
• Provide clear and consistent feedback to direct reports, mentoring to enable achievement of professional development goals
• Manage all deadlines associated with episodes on the production calendar, and guide staff as they work toward each deadline
• Manage working in partnership with counterparts at TED including running regular meetings, updates, and maintaining clear lines of communication
• Manage communication with different NPR departments, including collaborations with other programs, marketing, business development, and visuals
• Manage initiatives and goals as set by NPR and the programming department, and guide team to meeting larger company goals including NPR DEI commitments.
• Manage financial sustainability of the show throughout the fiscal year
• Ensure that all materials aired meet NPR program standards and practices
• Attend TED conference(s) with Host and/or Producers to coordinate with counterparts at TED, as well as meet with TED speakers for future episodes
Minimum education experience: Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in audio journalism/long-form
• At least 3-5 years of experience managing / mentoring staff and managing a budget for projects or department
• At least 10 years of experience as a reporter/editor/producer in audio reporting / long-form
• Fluency in supporting a culture that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion
• Proven experience maintaining high journalistic standards on multiple projects simultaneously, under stringent timeframes and changing/priorities/conditions
• Demonstrated ability to work as decisive leader, as well as a collaborative team member
Preferred competencies and skills:
• Critical Thinking
• Balance Stakeholder Relationships
• Managing Complexity
• Quality Decision Making
• Experience communicating with NPR Newsroom and other internal stakeholders, in order to effectively oversee team interactions within NPR
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.