American Public Media
  • SCPR, AirTalk/Senior Producer 29TA
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Full Time


Position Summary:

Airtalk with Larry Mantle is one of the longest running daily, public affair shows in California. The award-winning broadcast convenes, connects and informs an audience that is passionate about current events.

The ideal candidate is an ace producer and manager who can deliver the show's smart, engaging voice across all platforms. The position demands sharp editorial chops and the ability to elevate diverse viewpoints from communities across Southern California.

 As the Senior Producer, you will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of production and building audience across broadcast, social and on demand channels.


Position Responsibility:

  • Working alongside the host, plan daily and long term coverage goals.
  • Supervise producers, associate producers, news clerks and interns.
  • Maintain highest journalistic standards across all platforms.
  • Communicate the vision of the program to the staff and collaborates with other newsroom colleagues to elevate KPCC's editorial goals.
  • Ensure the program's overall tone and balance.
  • Consistently assess the program's content and priorities.
  • Supervise editing and post production.
  • Grow Airtalk's on demand audience and boost downloads of Film Week podcast.
  • Grow the program's social media presence.
  • Assist with managing the budget.
  • Hire and lead staff by:
    • Creating a culture of constructive performance coaching and regular, on-going feedback.
    • Encouraging creativity, invention and productivity.
    • Embracing diversity in staff make-up.
    • Creating and encouraging individualized development opportunities and plans for staff.
  • Originate story ideas for the program and produce segments.
  • Line produce live broadcast of the program.
  • Develop and produce special programs and remote broadcasts.
  • Collaborate with Membership during fund drives.
  • Assists with fundraising as appropriate
  • Oversee archiving of the program.
  • Oversee production of promos.
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of seven years' experience in fast-paced, idea-driven media environments (broadcast or related)
  • Experience working with on air talent
  • Experience in breaking news situations


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • 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
  • Supervisory skills and ability to recruit, coach and develop talent
  • Leadership and personnel skills and ability to inspire and lead the staff
  • Ability to manage change
  • Skill and experience in budget management
  • Ability to evaluate content/quality/sound and act decisively with sound management
  • Knowledge of new media applications for digital distribution, audience engagement and community networking
  • Ability to think and plan strategically
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships and represent program internally and externally
  • Ability to foster and maintain high journalistic and production standards under deadline pressure
  • Digital editing skills (ProTools or other)
  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to deal with a broad variety of complex projects and assignments that may have impact across divisions


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Fluency in Spanish preferred; Fluency in other languages desirable
  • Experience reporting in California
  • Experience growing social media audience
  • Experience with design thinking


Reporting To This Position:

  • Producers
  • Associate and Assistant Producers
  • Interns
  • News clerks


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
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