American Public Media
  • Marketplace - 16GA
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Yes, Benefits

Position Summary:

Marketplace seeks an Executive Producer to lead our growing Make Me Smart franchise, which includes our hit weekly podcast Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly; our award-winning daily voice-on-demand skill, our newsletter, and digital presence.

If you have experience running podcasts, are a collaborative leader, and enjoy building new things, this job is for you. As Executive Producer, you'd oversee the editorial development, creative evolution and audience growth of each part of the Make Me Smart suite, along with exploring the continued expansion of Make Me Smart in the future, which could include live shows, curriculum, and digital verticals.

This position is part of Marketplace's successful portfolio of podcasts, reaching over 7 million listeners each month. Marketplace is one of the most dynamic multimedia brands in the country, known for an irreverent approach to business and economic news on multiple platforms.  Our currency is good ideas.  We value creativity and unorthodox thinking. And while we are serious about covering business and the economy the right way, we don't take ourselves too seriously.

Position Responsibility:

  • Help develop and communicate the vision, direction, editorial, sound, and standards for Make Me Smart, and help evaluate and execute expansion opportunities
  • Works closely and skillfully with program hosts and staff, including one remote host.
  • Work collaboratively to develop and execute a robust audience growth strategy for all parts of the franchise.
  • Find ways to integrate each part of the Make Me Smart suite of offerings
  • Lead and collaborate with small production team, including hosts, including pitching ideas, prepping scripts, producing episodes and newsletters.
  • Edit others' work, including line edits, suggested cuts, mixing notes, and overall editorial direction.
  • Serve as senior quality control staff member for program material.
  • Help develop and manage new podcasts, as needed.
  • Manage small team within a growing On Demand department.
  • Foster a creative and productive work environment.  
  • Create development opportunities and development plans for staff and training to enhance skills and foster growth.
  • Coordinate production, marketing, and communication with internal and external partners.
  • Manage timely delivery for all elements.
  • Hire, supervise, train and manage direct staff through coaching, mentorship, performance meetings and ongoing feedback.  Involves HR on performance issues as needed.
  • Coordinate with brand team on promotion opportunities
  • Manage budgets as needed.
  • Assist with fundraising as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned, including filling in for other show producers at Marketplace.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Strong ability to structure compelling stories across platforms.
  • Production experience in digital audio or radio.
  • 10 or more years' experience production, editorial or related experience including five years at management/supervisory level
  • Experience must demonstrate an ability to foster high standards and an ability to coach, inspire and lead.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Experience producing podcasts.
  • Dynamic storytelling ability.
  • Experience working with hosts.
  • Experience editing digital or print
  • Ability to think big and create memorable audio, and able to manage the myriad daily details of production.
  • Flexible under deadline pressure, able to work effectively and collaboratively with hosts and other staff.
  • High journalistic standards and a vision of what you want show to be in terms of each episode and over the long term.
  • Must have sense for the Marketplace style, rhythm, and sound.
  • Ability to quickly write and edit smart, compelling content for a variety of platforms.
  • Highly motivated, well organized and flexible.
  • Resourcefulness and ability to problem-solve.
  • Independence, initiative and excellent judgment.
  • Field production experience.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of digital audio broadcast software and techniques, studio and field production.

Reporting to this Position:

  • AP, Make Me Smart
  • Writer/Producer, Make Me Smart

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 at extensive periods of time
    • Reach with hands and arms
    • Balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
  • Working Conditions:
    • Moderate noise level


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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