Full Time Job

Production Assistant, Ted Radio Hour


Washington, DC 11-18-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Mid (2-5 years) Experience
Job Description

Across our organization, we're building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.

In each episode, host Manoush Zomorodi takes listeners on a narrative journey of big ideas through a series of TED Talks and originals interviews. We explore how great thinkers can uniquely help us answer the biggest questions of our time, leading with inspiration, curiosity and a growth mindset. The ideal candidate will share our enthusiasm for science communication, as well as our spirit of inquiry and inspiration that TED Radio Hour listeners have come to love. They will seek the stories that help audiences ''learn more about the world, our communities and ourselves'' and answer the ultimate question: ''What makes us human?''

TED Radio Hour is a highly-produced weekly narrative podcast. Each episode inspires and compels listeners to think about the world differently through a multitude of stories, voices, and perspectives. The Production Assistant position can be a remote position, but candidates will be expected to travel occasionally to Washington DC This role will report to the Senior Supervising Producer and Executive Producer of TED Radio Hour.

• Produces segments for broadcast and podcast which incorporates host interviews, TED talk audio, actualities, sound design and music with regular editorial supervision
• Where applicable, interviews supporting characters and voices as needed to supplement a story with regular editorial supervision
• Works with host, producers, and others in arranging for related elements to complete or supplement a piece
• Writes narrative copy to correspond with produced audio segments with regular editorial supervision
• Writes copy for and produces opens, returns, promos, billboards, midrolls, stations announcements and other related elements to supplement the program while working with host, editors, producers, and sponsorship team
• Writes initial draft copy for digital web builds to correspond to audio segments, including creating multimedia content, with regular editorial supervision
• Writes initial draft copy for social media engagement to correspond to audio segments with regular editorial supervision
• Writes and prepares additional materials as required
• Conducts basic research for stories, interviews, and fact-checking
• Conceptualizes ideas and pitches interviews, segments, and episodes with regular supervision
• Pre-interviews guests and prepares research material for host
• Books interviews, studios, and acquires transcripts for interviews
• Assists guests in all technical aspects of booking studios or guests recording themselves
• Works with partners to fulfill contractual obligations for photo, artwork, music rights with supervisor's support
• Trains new interns on tasks and serves as a resource to guide them
• Other duties as assigned


• Bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience

• At least 2 years audio editing and production experience, preferably some of it in long-form narrative; ability to edit audio confidently on deadline with minimal supervision
• At least 2 years experience in writing for audio: broadcast and/or podcast
• Passion and curiosity for exploring big ideas in the realms of science, humanities, technology, and human behavior
• Ability to effectively collaborate with others, demonstrating, at all times, respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and beyond
• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, under stringent timeframes and changing conditions; ability to prioritize, anticipate and communicate effectively
• Solid knowledge of research tools, including computer-access data banks
• Experience with and demonstrated commitment to fact checking
• Strong working knowledge of digital media, including proficiency in social media as a way to distribute content
• Highly supportive of cultivating and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
• Willingness to meet NPR's company goals including our DEI commitments
• Follows best practices and DEI in story development, sourcing, and booking
• Ability and willingness to work varied shifts

• Proficient in audio editing software
• Strong writing skills – especially writing for audio and radio
• Experience writing and producing narrative audio stories

This position is covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA. The minimum annualized salary for this position is $60,000.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-g3xeoq-54-211-101-93-42 in your application.

Company Profile

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