American Public Media
  • MPR, Classical - 19JA
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Full Time

Benefits Eligible

Who We Are:

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is one of the nation's premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, digital and live audiences and operates a 46-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching 1 million listeners each week, MPR and its three regional services 'MPR NewsClassical MPR and The Current' produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences.

Classical Minnesota Public Radio provides lively music and good company to listeners throughout the day. With the best music from our region as well as national programs like Performance Today, SymphonyCast and Pipedreams. 

Your Role: 

As the Senior Producer, Classical, you are a content producer working across Classical MPR/APM's radio, digital, and live-events platforms to realize ambitious audience-growth goals. Your priority will be in making new content for new audiences in support of Performance Today and Classical 24, which have a weekly cume of 2.5M. You'll collaborate with the nation's most accomplished team of producers, announcers, and classical-music managers, bringing their ideas and your own to fruition. Leading with creativity and risk-taking, you'll make remarkable experiences for audiences and APM-affiliate program directors. Classical MPR/APM's values of relevance, excellence, companionship and generosity align with yours, plus you have a personal manner that fosters respect and trust-building. And you have a track record of superb attention to detail and execution of high-impact media projects. 

Position Responsibility: 

  • Create audio, video, and written content for radio and digital platforms, prioritizing initiatives for new audiences
  • Close collaboration with APM Distribution to support and grow carriage of national programs like Performance Today
  • Produce live off-site broadcasts and events in support of Classical MPR, and its growing portfolio of education and outreach initiatives
  • Produce special programming for regional and national distribution, i.e. one-hour holiday specials, limited series, modules
  • Contribute programming ideas openly and freely, participating in planning sessions
  • Assist staff in bringing their audience-growth ideas to fruition
  • Create and maintain positive working relationships with a variety of regional, national, and international classical music groups and presenters
  • Foster a creative and productive work environment. 
  • Serve on strategic company-wide committees and projects as assigned
  • Hire, supervise, train and manage direct staff through coaching, mentorship, performance meetings and on-going feedback.  Involve HR on performance issues as needed.
  • Coordinate recording and distribution agreements with regional and national artists and presenters
  • Research and write scripts for programs, promos and fundraising programs as needed.
  • Assist MPR engineers as needed in making field recordings
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's degree in music, media-arts or related areas, or equivalent experience
  • Seven or more years experience in all facets of classical music audio production or related experience.
  • Three years of supervisory/management experience; must demonstrate an ability to foster high standards and an ability to coach, inspire and lead. 

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Delight in sharing classical music with as wide an audience as possible
  • Proven ability to conceive, plan, and execute a variety of broadcast and non-broadcast projects
  • Passion for and deep knowledge of classical music
  • Fluency in digital editing, i.e. ProTools, plus packages like Microsoft Office
  • Leadership skills and ability to recruit, coach and develop a high performing team
  • Ability to consistently work well with others and to inspire and lead the staff
  • Ease at critically evaluating classical music performances
  • Dedication to quality and attention to detail while working in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment
  • Strong sense of initiative (Self-starter, self-directed)
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining effective communication and accountability
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to work on several projects concurrently
  • Strong communication, interviewing skills; writing and editing skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of colleagues and departments
  • Resourcefulness and ability to problem-solve
  • Familiarity with broadcast and online rights management
  • Project management skills
  • Flexible under daily deadline pressure, able to work effectively and collaboratively with hosts and other staff 

Reporting To This Position:    None 

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: 

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.  
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

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