Full Time Job

Senior Supervising Producer / Editor For Interviews and Special Coverage


Washington, DC 08-23-2021
  • 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.

The Senior Supervising Producer/Editor for Interviews is a new role at NPR, reporting to the VP for News Programming. This supervisor will collaborate closely with news leaders, desks, shows and digital colleagues to set priorities for strands of coverage that will distinguish NPR, leading their team toward conversations that will complement and augment our original reporting and cross-platform journalism.

This leadership role will build processes and manage a team to deliver interviews in three key areas: bringing in high-value newsmakers for live and, taped interviews, directing and coordinating efforts to secure key voices in breaking news scenarios, and focusing on reaching existing and future audiences on platforms where they are.

• Works with news leaders to define key areas of breaking and continuing coverage in a timely manner, laying out plans for interviews that augment our original journalism through successive news cycles.
• Initiates and leads cross platform strategy around network priority interviews, cultivating sources, and working closely and collaboratively with stakeholders from inception to completion of process.
• Builds best editorial and workflow practices and across the network, coordinating with news leaders to share experience and basic training materials.
• Works with stakeholders inside and beyond NPR to create a production and rollout plan that will showcase our best original content across all platforms, thereby reaching and growing new audiences.
• Builds and nourishes strong relationships and workflows at all levels inside NPR.
• Represents NPR externally to the network's credit.
• Supervise at least two direct reports, including preparing their regular performance reviews, and making effective recommendations regarding any hiring, promotion, and discipline for these positions.
• Supervise larger teams of journalists during breaking news and special events coverage, in collaboration with supervisors across the organization.
• Cultivate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

EDUCATION: Minimum education experience, required or preferred. (Ex: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in work experience)

• At least 3 years' experience as a supervisor.
• At least 8 years' experience as a reporter, editor or producer.
• Demonstrable news judgement – specifically, the ability to identify significant stories quickly, gather stakeholders, define strands of coverage across successive news cycles, and help lead an evolving process.
• Demonstrated ability to build networks of contacts from a key area of news coverage (e.g., politics, foreign affairs, business, culture).
• Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully, taking into account multiple perspectives, while plotting a clear course forward.
• Demonstrated ability to generate and execute complex creative ideas, to assimilate and organize large amounts of information, to deliver multi-pronged projects.
• Proven track record in working well inside large teams in pressurized environments.
• Proven track record in setting editorial priorities, and managing a team to deliver newsmaker interviews.
• Demonstrated experience working with and managing highly creative talent.
• Excellent ability to train, coach and develop staff.
• Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision, even in complex situations.

• Experience in working in cross-platform media
• Quality Decision Making
• Manages Complexity
• Balances Stakeholders

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rvkkjw-3-235-175-15-42 in your application.

Company Profile

NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. Every day, NPR connects with millions of Americans on the air, online, and in person to explore the news, ideas, and what it means to be human.