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Senior Producer, 1A (14553)

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 27, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Other Communications, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time
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Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work.

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About the Department/Unit

WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and DCist is our digital outlet for local news. We provide in-depth and enterprise reporting alongside essential daily news and information that aims to reflect and serve the diverse communities of our region. We believe in news as a public service and put our current and future audience at the center of our work.


The Senior Producer 1A, working with minimal supervision from the Executive Producer, generates ambitious short and long-term coverage plans, and builds strategic partnerships for a nationally distributed live news talk show with a presence across multiple digital media platforms. The Senior Producer oversees the research and assignment of a wide range of political, cultural, sport, literary, and social topics; and the conceptualization and shaping of compelling stories on air and online.

This position is part of WAMU’s Content division. The Senior Producer oversees 3-5 producers and a number of part-time producers.

Essential Functions
  1. Oversee the identification of issues and themes concerning modern Americans, and the production & scheduling of original news making content for broadcast and digital platforms. Manage the planning, shaping, and execution of segments related to national and international current events, with an eye towards creating compelling content that sparks vibrant conversations on air and online. Frame issues for debate; identify, contact, and interview potential guests under stringent time deadlines; and oversee and write scripts for the on-air host.
  2. Hire, train, supervise and evaluate FT and PT direct reports. Provide direction and coaching, and ensure that they are working towards a clear and shared vision for the show.
  3. Manage the development and implementation of multimedia content for non-broadcast platforms. This will include a combination of audio editing, photography, video production, and basic graphic design.
  4. Oversee the writing, review, editing and distribution of promotional descriptions of upcoming programming to be used on air and online by WAMU personnel, public information office at American University, and NPR stations which carry the program across the country. Serve as a representative of the show at conferences, in communications with member stations, and at public events.

Supervisory Responsibility
  • The Senior Producer will manage full and part time show producers.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full Time
  • Project Leader/Advisor A
  • Exempt
Required Education and Experience
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 5-8 years of relevant experience
Preferred Education and Experience
  • 6+ years of experience in journalism and media, with at least 5 years working at a national level.
  • 2-5 years’ experience managing a team
  • An established network of contacts with national and international newsmakers.
  • Experience managing and producing content for a live daily talk program.
  • Experience developing high-quality digital-only content.
  • Proven ability to establish and grow online audiences.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Extensive news experience working on tight deadlines.
  • Exceptional editorial judgment
  • Superb oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to identify trends and to generate and execute complex creative ideas.
  • Keen understanding of national and international current events, and excellent news and narrative judgment.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive .

AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

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Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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