American Public Media
  • SCPR, Content/Program Director - 18IA
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Yes


Position Summary

This position will be responsible for delivering KPCC content to our audience, who is becoming increasingly used to an on-demand world. 

S/he will wear many hats- producer, editor, distributor and evangelist.

S/he will look for ways to build audience for existing KPCC editorial products and create new, on demand content. You'll work with senior managers to develop a piloting process that is audience facing and measurable.

What you should possess: an excellent ear for sound and storytelling; the ability to wrangle hosts and talent; a competitive and nimble spirit; excellent editorial judgment; experience experimenting; a ton of ideas and the ability to let those ideas go when they don't work; and, an appreciation for the art of editing and being edited.

Position Responsibilities

  • Build digital audience for KPCC audio content.
  • Design, produce and oversee KPCC's podcasts.
  • Deliver high quality, customized newscasts for NPR One.
  • Use NPR One metrics to make data-based, curated decisions.
  • Collaborate with NPR One on as-needed basis to gather audience intelligence on news products.
  • Communicate best practices on NPR One to KPCC colleagues and ensure KPCC content is optimized to succeed.
  • Generate ideas that are in line with KPCC's public service journalism mission that target diverse new audiences.
  • Research ideas for podcasts, as well as write and edit podcast content on a range of subjects.
  • Using human centered design principles, lead and/or participate in the production of pilot projects, from development to execution.
  • Liaise as appropriate with KPCC underwriting, membership and development to strengthen the distribution and marketing of the podcast.
  • Work with other stakeholders within the organization to ensure that our content will have audience and sponsor appeal.
  • Perform soup-to-nuts production tasks, including identifying and interviewing sources, booking, prepping hosts, writing scripts, researching, fact-checking, processing tape and making it sing, and managing talent.
  • Collaborate with outside contributors and other talent.
  • Record in the field and in studio.
  • With engineers and other staff, imagine and execute sound design concepts.
  • Communicate constantly and clearly with other members of the newsroom.
  • Manage multiple projects, deadlines and responsibilities at once, keeping editors, hosts, producers and others updated.
  • With social media, video, digital and marketing teams, create audio assets for web, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to help reach big and diverse audiences.
  • Hire, supervise, train, and manage direct staff through providing work direction, constructive performance coaching, mentorship, performance meetings, and on-going feedback.
  • Foster a creative and productive work environment. Create development opportunities and individualized development plans for staff and training to enhance skills and foster growth.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree OR equivalent work experience.
  • 10+ years' total work experience, including 1 year experience managing the work of others, and 3-5+ years of experience managing a show. Total work experience should include: 5+ years' experience in content development and production for: podcast, terrestrial or satellite radio, or similar audio medium.
  • Experience with news writing, interviewing, and editing.
  • Experience working collaboratively with creative and editorial talent.
  • Experience with research, reporting, interviewing, storytelling, audio editing and sound design.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Understanding of emerging, digital-first media models.
  • Fluency in audio editing with ProTools, and knowledge of DAVID, CMS, and other systems for broadcast and digital delivery of audio.
  • Top-notch organizational skills, attention to detail, deadlines and time-management.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • An independent work ethic combined with a love for and patience with the collaborative process.
  • Ability to produce programs that meet SCPR standards.
  • Proven ability to contribute to a positive, diverse, creative, high performance culture.
  • Ability to advocate for program/resources/staff.
  • Knowledge of budget management and ability to be fiscally responsible.
  • Ability to evaluate content/quality/sound and act decisively with sound judgment.
  • Knowledge of new media applications for digital distribution, audience engagement and community networking.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience using ENPS or equivalent.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin or other languages desired.

Reporting to This Position: Associate Producer (SPCR On Demand)

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to travel as required.
  • Physical Demands:
    • Required to move about in an office environment
    • 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
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