Date Submitted: April 8, 2022
Job Title: Producer (half time with full benefits)
Station: Making Contact
Location: Oakland, CA (remote)
Deadline to Apply: Open Until Filled
Salary Range: $26-31 per hour plus medical, dental, and vision benefits
Making Contact is hiring!
We are looking for two half-time producers to join our team
Making Contact is a non-profit media organization that produces an award-winning, public radio program heard on over 151 radio stations, and via podcast, SoundCloud, and more.
Making Contact produces radio stories that analyze critical issues and engage with social justice challenges and solutions. Our weekly 29-minute documentary-style radio program explores issues ranging from workers rights to environmental justice, reproductive health to criminal justice. Programs explore the structural and systemic roots of issues — and highlight solutions, innovations, and organizing initiatives to give people hope and catalyze change.
MC is broadcast each week in 41 states, on 151+ radio stations in the US, Canada, and Australia — across NPR, Pacifica, PRX, university, and tribal networks. Information from radio stations’ statistics estimate 96,000 Making Contact broadcast listeners. Thousands more stream the Making Contact podcast.
About the Position
We are a small nonprofit newsroom that operates remotely. Currently all staff are based in the Pacific time zone, but new producers may be based anywhere in the United States. This is a half-time (20 hours per week) remote position with full medical, vision, and dental benefits.
Hourly pay range is $26-$31 per hour.
Benefits include 100% employer paid silver level health plan, vision and dental coverage, as well as vacation, holiday, and wellness time.
We believe representation is critical to achieving our mission, and seek to hire producers who reflect the diversity of our audience and the stories we produce. Making Contact actively and enthusiastically supports applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and members of other groups historically underrepresented in the media.
As a Producer at Making Contact, you will work with a team of staff and freelance producers to create, edit and mix episodes of our weekly 29 minute public radio show. Shows can include original reporting, commissioned freelancer produced segments and adaptation of others’ work. You will manage multiple episodes from ideation to completion; applying journalistic standards of fairness, accuracy, due diligence in reporting and fact-checking. You will communicate and strategize with organization staff regarding online distribution/audience engagement, marketing and fundraising/development. The position is fully remote. Producers are expected to produce 1 show per month, including 2-3 enterprise pieces per year. The position reports to Making Contact’s Executive Director.
Duties and Responsibilities
Create episodes of Making Contact
- Execute all aspects of podcast/audio production: scripting, recording (remotely, in the field, and in a studio when necessary and/or available), editing, mixing, and mastering.
- Research, pitch, plan and develop ideas for original reporting.
- Generate shows that meet funding requirements for desks including environment, prison, women democracy and civic engagement.
- Distribution: upload files to NPR, Pacifica, PRX networks and to our website’s station page. Prepare podcast version and send it to our web and digital editor.
Manage freelance pitches/contributions
- Review pitches, commission, manage and edit freelancers’ work.
- Budget and approve freelancers’ timeline for completion of freelance show/segment(s).
Communicate regularly with the MC team
- Attend weekly production and team meetings to discuss editorial plans, review shows, and discuss organizational business with other remote producers and the Executive Director.
- Participate in fundraising activities and organizational initiatives.
- Respond to emails and all other forms of communication in a timely manner.
- Meet one on one with the executive director as needed/requested.
Remote work requirements (stipend or Making Contact-owned equipment provided to bring your office setup into alignment with position requirements)
- Computer (laptop/desktop)
- Webcam or camera phone
- Good recording environment
- Stable internet connection
- Audio equipment including recorder, headphones, etc.
Additional required skills and experience
- Highly organized and communicative
- Writing and script editing skills
- Audio editing and multitrack sound-mixing skills
- Track record of delivering pieces on deadline
- Experience managing, coaching and editing freelance reporters is a plus
- Strong voice-craft skills and experience
- Track record of journalistic work; dedicated to fairness, accuracy and fact-checking
- Ability to read and synthesize research
- Familiarity with key issues of our times and timeless issues
- Commitment to building Making Contact as a whole, and participating in a team process
- Ability to work on collaborative productions and promotions with other media and groups
- Enthusiastic about participating in fundraising and audience engagement
*Key job performance metrics are quality of your shows, communications and teamwork.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and three work samples to email@example.com.
We are a social justice organization with a commitment to an internal culture of support and growth. If this sounds like the job for you, and you have much but not all of the skill and experience listed above, please apply anyways.
Application and hiring timeline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
Deadline for priority consideration: Monday April 18
Deadline for this hiring round: Monday May 2
We expect to hire multiple producer positions in the coming months, and these positions will remain open until filled.
Making Contact is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, disability, or economic status. We actively recruit applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ folks and people with disabilities.
Send required application materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org