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Senior Audio Producer, The Gray Area, Vox.com

Vox Media

Vox Media

United States
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2024

The senior producer is the host’s key partner in producing the show week-to-week. As the sole producer on the show, this person must be self-directed and capable of leading a deadline-driven production. The ideal candidate should be equally skilled at managing a workflow and brainstorming creative episode ideas, finding and booking the perfect guest, researching and interview prep, scheduling and engineering recording sessions, cutting episodes, pulling clips, writing promos, and coaching the host.

The senior producer should have a background in ideas-driven audio journalism, the ability to manage a weekly production process, and a track record of producing in-depth interviews. You will know what makes a great conversation and how to push and shape ideas into their sharpest forms. A curious mind and an interest in exploring philosophy, culture, and the “gray areas” of life are must-have qualities.

Some sample episodes:

Taking anarchism seriously

Life is hard. Can philosophy help?

The chaplain who doesn’t believe in God

The american dream is a pyramid scheme

WHO WE ARE

The Gray Area is a deep-dive conversation podcast that takes a philosophy-minded look at culture, technology, politics, and the world of ideas. Each week, we invite a guest to explore a question or topic that really matters. From the history of capitalism, to the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, to the existence of free will, each episode looks for nuance and honesty in the important conversations of our time.

Vox candidly shepherds audiences through politics and policy, business and pop culture, food, science, and everything else that matters.

Vox is part of Vox Media, the leading modern media company. We guide our audience from discovery to obsession. We inspire essential conversations about what’s now, what’s next, and what’s possible.

As a community of journalists and storytellers, business professionals, creators and technologists, we believe it is a moral and business imperative to amplify voices: to cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization and media. This applies to our candidates, our teams, our storytelling, our creative work, and our platforms, products, and partnerships.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Pitch, produce, and edit episodes
  • Book guests, handling all scheduling and technical conversations, and getting books or relevant materials sent with plenty of time
  • Cut down and restructure a 90 minute interview into a 45 to 60 minute draft within about a day’s time
  • Research and prep for interviews in collaboration with the host, editor, and guest hosts
  • Maintain production calendars, workflow, and various projects. Be the ‘source of truth’ for scheduling and production.
  • Collaborate with fact checker to ensure accuracy of content, suggest edits where necessary
  • Work with the host and editor to frame individual episodes, and to expand the creative boundaries and ambitions of the show.
  • Work closely with engineer on final mixes of the show
  • Suggest interviews/excerpts to be featured on vox.com
  • Ensure shows meet Vox’s high journalistic and creative standards

WHO YOU ARE

  • Minimum of 5 years full time experience as an audio producer at a media organization working on a podcast or broadcast radio program
  • A strong interest or background in philosophy and ideas-driven journalism
  • Excitement and willingness to explore a variety of ideological topics
  • Strong collaborative skills, as well as the ability to prioritize effectively
  • Demonstrated experience coaching and prepping host talent
  • Proficiency in audio editing in ProTools, and the ability to quickly restructure, cut down, and assemble an hour-long interview
  • Effectiveness at multitasking; flexibility to adapt on short notice
  • A portfolio that demonstrates an ability to book and feature a wide range of diverse guests

If you think you have what it takes, but don't meet every single point in our job posting, please apply with a cover letter to let us know how you believe you can bring your unique skills to the Vox Media team or get in touch! We’ve hired chefs who became editors, DJs who became UX designers, and sommeliers who became writers.

WHERE YOU’LL WORK

This job is remote.

WHY VOX MEDIA?

WHAT WE OFFER

This is a permanent, full-time position. This job is benefits-eligible. We pride ourselves in providing comprehensive benefits to support all of our employees wherever they are in life. You can find more information about our benefits here.

This role is a part of the Vox Media Union, represented by the Writers Guild of America, East

OUR DEI+ COMMITMENT

Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone can show up as their authentic selves and create their best work. We recognize that great stories, platforms, products and services come from people with all manner of backgrounds and experiences. We recognize that our commitments require ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices. We keep our diversity data public for the sake of accountability, transparency and communication. Learn more about our values here, and our approach to corporate citizenship here.

Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law. Vox Media will also consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with applicable Fair Chance laws. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations as part of the application process to candidates with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact our People & Culture team (recruitment@voxmedia.com).

WHAT COMES NEXT

Our recruiting team will go through applications in a timely manner. Please note that our recruiting team will only contact you from @voxmedia.com email addresses, never via text message. Read more about how our recruiting team operates, and how to protect yourself from recruitment fraud, here.

PAY TRANSPARENCY

The salary range listed below represents the minimum and maximum base pay for this position at the time of this posting. Final salary offered to the candidate selected for the position will be based on factors including but not limited to the candidate's skills and experience.

Pay Range
$98,000$110,000 USD