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New York Times Supervising Producer, Serial in New York, New York

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The Serial team is the home to audio’s best and most successful long-form journalists and narrative storytellers, producing the hit podcasts Serial, S-Town and Nice White Parents. After joining the New York Times in the summer of 2020, Serial is now expanding its team to create more groundbreaking shows, more often. The success of Serial podcasts has always been rooted in its team, and the team’s commitment to high-quality, innovative and surprising storytelling. We’re looking for a creative and enthusiastic Supervising Producer to join our management group, dedicated to supporting reporters, producers and creators to make bold, gripping podcasts.

The Supervising Producer for Serial position is based out of Serial’s offices on 27th Street in New York City, where Serial shares workspace and collaborates editorially with the staff at This American Life.

You will work with the Executive Editor, Managing Editor and Executive Producer to organize the smooth planning, production, and release of Serial podcasts. You will oversee the process of making a podcast from early development through to final release, guiding senior producers/showrunners on budgeting and staffing at the early stages, to marketing and promotion at the end. Experience in producing podcasts is helpful, but candidates who have worked in other forms of production would do well in this position, too.

While you will work closely with the Serial editorial teams, this role is not particularly editorial-intensive. The Supervising Producer will focus more on operations, requiring a strong capacity for logistics and planning/scheduling, particularly in the early years as we grow our staff and develop new shows.Therefore, we’re looking for a high-level problem solver with exceptional organizational skills who takes pride and joy in their ability to keep multiple, complex projects humming right along. You will report into the Executive Editor, Serial Productions.

You will help to build, grow and support a new team of excited, opinionated, dynamic podcast producers, and encourage a culture of experimentation, mutual support and editorial excellence.

Responsibilities include:

  • Acting as deputy to Executive Editor for Serial operations and strategic planning

  • Coordinating with Managing Editor and senior producers on editorial and production needs for new show development

  • Recruiting and hiring an eclectic and innovative pool of audio producers, engineers, editors and researchers

  • Working with senior management at This American Life to coordinate employee-sharing, communication and workflow across Serial/TAL collaborations

  • Assisting in building an on-boarding system for new reporters and producers

  • Oversee training and skills development for employees on the Serial team

  • Developing communication, support and operations systems within and across show teams

  • Building (and rebuilding) editorial and production calendars, while communicating with reporters and producers on changing priorities and deadlines

  • With Managing Editor, coordinate with NYT marketing, audience development, and advertising teams for all Serial shows

Skills:

  • Dedication to fostering an inclusive, diverse, and innovative environment

  • Strong people management skills, with experience in racial and gender equity work

  • A passion for the making of podcasts and new forms of storytelling

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Familiarity with the processes of podcast production, including but not limited to studio and remote recording, writing for audio, and ProTools production

  • Collaborative spirit is a must

  • Empathy, both for subjects and co-workers; in these complicated times, schedules, homelife, family situations, and more are in constant flux. It’s important, within this supervisory capacity, to be flexible and understanding

Experience:

  • The ideal candidate has 8+ years of experience as a producer or senior-level manager in newsroom, audio, video or other multimedia production. Previous experience producing and launching podcasts preferred.

  • Passion for journalism, the mission of Serial and The Times, and a curiosity in the rapidly evolving media landscape

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred

  • Proficient at digital tools such as Google Sheet

  • Knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards

  • Experience hiring and managing a team

  • A portfolio of work or samples of previous projects

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

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