Job Title: Producer
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Reports To: Senior Producer
Status: Full-Time, Regular
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Since 2003, over 100,000 participants have visited StoryCorps to record a 40-minute conversation with a loved one. To date, StoryCorps has collected over 60,000 stories from across the country, creating the largest oral history archive ever recorded.
Each week, a team of our producers takes one of those full conversations and shapes it into a 2-3 minute, highly crafted story for our Peabody award-winning weekly broadcast series on NPR.
The Producer works on a team led by the Senior Producer to produce high-quality, original stories for StoryCorps’ broadcast series, to air nationally on NPR. This position requires excellent research and reporting skills, and involves regular national travel to record StoryCorps interviews. The producer also creates other content to support the organization, including edited segments, promos, and audio for internal and external use, and is responsible for the digital components for broadcast stories including both text and visual content.
StoryCorps seeks to reflect and celebrate our nation’s diversity in our work and to amplify the voices of people not typically heard in mainstream media. You’ll be an ideal candidate for this role if you share our commitment to presenting these stories with authenticity and sensitivity, and have demonstrated experience producing content featuring diverse voices, for diverse audiences. StoryCorps is also committed to developing a staff that matches the diversity of the communities we serve, and strongly encourages applications from people of color and the LGBTQ community. Fluency in a language other than English is a plus; Spanish language fluency strongly preferred.
If you have a passion for telling stories with soul, working with smart people, and doing meaningful work in a mission-driven environment, this may be the role for you.
Here’s what you’ll do as a part of our team:
- Produce stories for StoryCorps’ national broadcasts on NPR, including audio edit, music selection, mix, writing host and web copy, and fact checking
- Research, pitch, and travel to record interviews at booths and in the field
- Research and produce visual components for story web posts
- Produce other content as necessary, including promos and edited segments for external or internal use by the organization
- Identify and track tape for potential production use from recording booths
- Train and edit tape with StoryCorps staff and interns
- 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:
- You have a minimum of 3 years of work experience in a fast-paced media production environment
- You have demonstrated research skills and journalistic instinct and a proven track record telling documentary-style stories
- You have expertise in digital editing with ProTools, including mixing music and audio
- You’re able to meet deadlines and work quickly and efficiently, often on time-sensitive projects
- You’re self-directed but also collaborative. You work well independently but also recognize the importance of editorial feedback and collaboration with your colleagues
- You’re flexible and adaptable. We move quickly at StoryCorps and need solutions-oriented problem solvers to help move our work forward
- You know how to communicate effectively – whether that’s by email, phone, or in person
- You are passionate about StoryCorps’ mission and thrive in a diverse workplace
How to Apply
Please send your cover letter, resume, and one or two relevant work samples (either links or excerpts are acceptable), to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your last name and the position title in the subject line: for example, “Jones –Producer.” Include your cover letter, resume, and a separate document with work samples as attachments titled “YourNameLetter” and “YourNameResume” and “YourNameWorkSamples.” 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.
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.