Job Description:

A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide. 

Weekend All Things Considered is NPR’s influential, agenda-setting weekend evening news magazine. Each broadcast offers stories and reports from NPR correspondents based throughout the United States and the world.  The host interviews newsmakers and contributes reporting of their own. 

As head of this vibrant news magazine program, you will produce a show where ideas matter and smart content is the goal. You will lead and inspire a talented team of journalists creating unique and unforgettable stories, not only for the radio but for all of NPR’s platforms.

The ideal candidate for this position combines superlative journalism, extensive experience leading and programming a broadcast news show, with an ability to think creatively about the role of audio storytelling in a rapidly changing digital universe. 

This role reports directly to the Vice President, News Programming and Operations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervise planning and production for morning news magazine and podcast.

  • Establish editorial vision for Weekend All Things Considered.  
  • Lead by example; inspire staff to produce consistently compelling, engaging and creative programming.
  • She or he should develop a digital social strategy that uses Weekend All Things Considered staff, journalism and audience to drive NPR news strategy. 
  • Ensure that all material aired meets NPR standards and practices, including standards of fairness, completeness, independence and impartiality.
  • Create and monitor efficiency of production schedules.
  • Partner with other NPR departments, including editorial desks, Marketing, Member Partnership, Legal, Development, Sponsorship and Human Resources.
  • Build editorial connections with NPR Member Station newsrooms.
  • Manage and monitor annual budgets for radio program.

Hire and supervise the staff of Weekend All Things Considered.

  • Develop staff via performance management including: goal setting, annual appraisals, regular coaching and performance discussions.
  • Ensure that show staffing, story content, and sources reflect diversity goals of NPR.
  • Establish chain of responsibility to distribute duties and establish accountability for all phases of Weekend All Things Considered production.
  • Hire, coach, and develop the talent on best in class competencies and skillsets to meet the goals of the organization.
  • Maintain working knowledge of NPR policies and provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreement. Work with appropriate resources to address personnel and union issues.

Monitor Weekend All Things Considered, providing verbal and written critiques.

  • Lead critical discussions about Weekend All Things Considered with show staff and Senior News Leadership team.
  • Understand the program’s performance on Member Stations, the program’s current and potential audiences, and NPR’s competitive environment.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in work experience

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Minimum of 8 years’ national broadcast journalism experience, in roles of increasing responsibility.
  • Deep understanding of NPR programming across platforms and commitment to the mission of NPR.
  • 5-7 years of experience supervising editors and producers.
  • Considerable knowledge of basic and advanced principles of broadcast and digital media.
  • Experience overseeing work in social media and multimedia.
  • Proven success managing within a union environment.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system.

 

PREFERRED COMPETENCIES & SKILLS:

  • An interpersonal style that empowers and builds collaboration among diverse teams, and supports participation, accountability and support of NPR’s mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to focus collaborative efforts on the achievement of agreed outcomes within finite timeframes and budgets.
  • A positive approach to embracing change; uses flexibility, creativity, and a good sense of humor to influence appropriately.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with diverse personalities in a high-stress environment.
  • Results-oriented with the ability to balance other business initiatives and projects.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. 

NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.

NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirmatively seeks to hire veterans and people with disabilities.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.


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Job Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
Job Category: 
Production/Programming
Job Type: 
Full time
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