Posted On: June 10, 2014
Media Organization: StoryCorps
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages.
We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.
In the coming years we will build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Reports To: Senior Producer
Status: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt
The Producer, Broadcast (Initiatives) works with the Senior Producer and the rest of the Production Department to produce content related to StoryCorps initiatives, to air regularly on NPR. The Producer also creates other audio content to promote the project, including promos and edited segments for internal and external use. Additionally, the Producer assists in the creation of production schedules and broadcast plans, researches, pitches, and records StoryCorps interviews, and manages and prioritizes tape coming in through various StoryCorps recording sites. Producers are also responsible for editing staff and interns.
StoryCorps tells stories from an inclusive range of American voices – with programs and initiatives including including OutLoud, a new initiative that collects the voices of the LGBTQ community, StoryCorps Griot to preserve stories of African Americans, StoryCorps Historias to collect the experiences of Latinos, and our National Teachers Initiative and Military Voices Initiative, focused on stories of America’s teachers and post-9/11 military, respectively. Candidates with knowledge of the histories and cultures of diverse communities are encouraged to apply. Experience producing content representative of diverse voices, for diverse audiences, is strongly preferred. The first initiative the Producer would be working on is OutLoud.
Excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, Employee Assistance Plan, pre-tax transit benefits, and paid time off (vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Produce stories for StoryCorps’ national initiative-related broadcasts on NPR, including fact checking and writing host copy
Produce other content as necessary, including promos and other edited segments for external or internal use by the organization
Train and edit staff and interns
Research, pitch, and record StoryCorps interviews for potential production use
Identify and track tape for potential production use from recording booths
Provide department with production and administrative support
Serve as an active, engaged member of the StoryCorps Production department, including participation in regular departmental meetings and interdepartmental project teams
Actively work to ensure that a diversity of stories and participants are selected for production, and that our content is relevant and accessible to diverse audiences
Perform other duties to support the production department, as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications
Minimum 3 years of work experience in producing audio for broadcast and the web
Demonstrated expertise in non-linear, narrative, digital editing, including mixing music and audio
Demonstrated research skills and journalistic instinct
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated experience working as part of a team in a deadline-oriented, fast-paced environment
Willingness and ability to travel nationally, at minimum 4 times per year
Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving activities within a growing, changing organization
Cultural competence/humility and the ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people
Belief and interest in the mission of StoryCorps
Experience producing for a national audience; a history of producing narratorless stories is also a plus
Experience producing content representative of diverse voices, for diverse audiences (strongly preferred)
Experience and familiarity with LGBTQ topics, issues and content strongly preferred
Experience editing with ProTools
Fluency in a language other than English; Spanish language fluency strongly preferred
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and work samples to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your last name and “Producer, Broadcast (Initiatives)” in the subject line.
Applications will not be reviewed unless at least one work sample is received. Work samples should be included as hyperlinks in the body of your email. Include your cover letter and resume as attachments entitled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume.”
In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity and whether you have applied for a position at StoryCorps in the past. The position will remain open until filled; please apply early. No calls please.
StoryCorps seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.
All positions at StoryCorps are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.