Supervising Producer, The Limits & Louder Than A Riot
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Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success. We are committed to doing the right thing in our journalism and in every role at NPR. This means that integrity, adherence to our ethical standards, and compliance with legal obligations are fundamental responsibilities for every employee at NPR.
NPR is looking for an experienced producer and team leader to help guide the direction and growth of The Limits with Jay Williams, Louder Than a Riot or other shows as assigned.
The Supervising Producer is a key editorial leader in NPR’s Programming department helping set the editorial agenda of shows in collaboration with hosts and other editorial staff. They empower, motivate and encourage staff to achieve their editorial and professional goals, creatively removing obstacles along the way.
The Limits, hosted by ESPN personality and NBA analyst Jay Williams, explores the ways we overcome obstacles in our personal and professional lives. NPR Music’s Louder Than A Riot is a narrative hip-hop podcast that examines the collision of rhyme and punishment in America. The podcast investigates power from all angles — the power the music industry wields over artists, the power of institutional forces that marginalize communities of color, and the power dynamics deep-rooted in the rap game.
As a Supervising Producer, you have strong editorial judgment and experience creating ambitious, highly-produced stories. You have a deep understanding of, and love for, narrative storytelling. You’re an outstanding manager and developer of talent who encourages curiosity and innovation, helping advance ideas from your hosts, producers, and reporters. You think deeply about how dynamic, culturally responsive audio storytelling serves audiences in a meaningful way.
• Guide shows toward the future, with an eye towards leading innovation in culturally resonant storytelling
• Oversee planning and editing of content as well as strategic engagement across social and digital platforms
• Manage and oversee finalizing of audio content, supporting producers in finalizing scripts, scoring, and sound design
• Work closely with host(s) to guide creative direction of shows
• Guide future planning of episodes/seasons, development of host pitches, episodes, and series ideas, and strategic partnerships
• Supervise producers, meeting regularly as group and as individuals
• Supervise overall team workflow, address pain points, and ensure the team meets editorial goals
• Provide guidance to senior producer who manages creative workflow of each show (team meetings, pitch conversations, production calendar)
• Provide clear and consistent feedback to direct reports, mentoring to enable achievement of professional development goals
• Manage all deadlines reflected on the production calendar, and guide staff as they work toward each deadline
• 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 the team to meeting larger company goals including NPR DEI commitments.
• Collaborates with Executive Producer on future planning and strategic partnerships
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
• Experience navigating and communicating with cross-functional stakeholders at a large organization
• Experience generating and managing complex editorial projects and teams with multiple stakeholders, including the successful execution of surprising concepts and ideas
• Demonstrated experience working with and managing highly creative, driven, results-oriented contributors.
• Strong organizational skills. Experience in creating and overseeing successful production flow and systems would be highly desirable
• Comfort working in audio engineering producing on Dalet, Cool Edit, ProTools, or similar broadcast digital audio workstations
• Strong oral communication and teamwork skills.
• Commitment to cultivating and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
• Ability to foster an inclusive and equitable workplace culture
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law and any other applicable law.
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.