Futuro Media Group seeks a highly experienced Senior Podcast Producer to join our team in creating a multimedia project for our special productions department, Futuro Unidad Hinojosa.  This is a grant supported contract position that is estimated to begin mid-December and end by June or July of 2021.

We are looking for someone with senior-level podcast series producing experience to help shape and drive our storytelling towards a deeper understanding of race, culture, solidarity and equity. Someone with strong editorial judgment, a passion for storytelling about issues of racial equity, ability to work in a deadline-oriented environment, and experience producing narrative audio journalism as well as engaging fictional storytelling. 

The Senior Podcast Producer will play a vital role in the evolution of a highly creative podcast series while supervising and driving its narrative, operations, and production staffing. You will oversee/ensure execution and delivery of episodes, work closely with the project’s senior staff to craft the editorial arc of each episode, and direct junior producers in the sound gathering, script writing and tape editing needed to produce each episode. Thus, strong journalistic and audio storytelling skills, clear leadership, communication and organizational skills will be necessary to oversee this series that we hope will engage audiences in the issues of racial inequity in our communities during this critical time. 

Essentially, this role will serve as a leading editorial voice for the podcast portion of our multimedia project along with digital and video teams. The Senior Podcast Producer will be able to develop and shape a concept into a compelling and nuanced story alongside the full editorial team and craft both larger narratives arcs of the project in total and to drive the creation of a truly dynamic and innovative podcast series. 

As we are a small shop, we are looking for a true team leader and player—somebody who is capable of creative and critical thinking, have the ability to see the “big picture” when planning, as well as someone who can roll up their sleeves and do all types of podcast production-related tasks and working in conjunction with the project’s other teams, outside vendors, and partners.

The Senior Podcast Producer for this special project will  report to the Senior Supervising Producer and Executive Producers. 

How To Apply

The start date for the position will be December 16. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to UH_Contractors@futuromediagroup.org by December 13th. 

The Futuro Media Group:

The Futuro Media Group is an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Based in Harlem and founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media is committed to telling stories often overlooked by mainstream media. Futuro Media produces Peabody Award winning Latino USA, the longest running national Latino news and cultural public radio program; In The Thick, a political podcast from the perspective of journalists of color; Latino Rebels, a pioneering digital news outlet founded by Julio Ricardo Varela that reaches millions through its website, radio programming, and podcasts; and Futuro Studios, Futuro Media’s newest creative division, focusing on original podcasts and programming. Formerly, Futuro Media also produced PBS’s America By The Numbers and Humanizing America.

Main Job Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain high editorial and production standards for a highly creative podcast series that is part of a large multimedia production
  • Along with our Senior Supervising Producer and Executive Producers recruit and manage  a top-notch creative podcast production team 
  • Outline and maintain the production schedule while maintaining budget 
  • Collaborate/brainstorm with senior staff to ideate and develop content
  • Work with the full team, as well as with outside vendors and partners to deliver all the elements of the main podcast series as well as marketing/digital materials related to the podcast
  • Guide shape, feel and sound of all podcast episodes
  • Work closely with more junior producers to delegate production tasks, write and edit scripts and edit sound and structure of episodes
  • Collaborate with editorial team to develop ideas, refine scripts and successfully execute interviews
  • Willing to work on all aspects of audio production including recording, finding clips, editing, mixing, and publication

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience as the editorial/creative lead for a successful podcast or broadcast program
  • A portfolio that demonstrates an ear for great tape and inventive approaches to audio storytelling
  • Natural leadership and motivational ability to inspire your team towards excellence
  • Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills
  • The candidate should also have extensive experience in Pro-Tools 
  • Enthusiasm for working with editorial teams of varied skill sets and diverse experience in audio
  • Strong collaborative skills, as well as the ability to delegate and prioritize effectively
  • Proficiency in audio mixing
  • Some operational knowledge of camera and audio equipment
  • Interest in and familiarity with issues surrounding solidarity, racial equity and intersectionality
  • Knowledge of public media and media in general
  • Passion for the work and mission of FMG
  • Proven sound editorial judgment
  • Familiarity with nonprofit grants and development
  • Flexibility and ability to anticipate problems and proactively seek solutions
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Good attitude about lending a hand as needed in the high workload environment of an ambitious media start-up