Supervising Producer, Opinion Audio

Job Description

Opinion Audio's mission is to tell stories and shape conversations that change the way people understand the world. If The Daily tells you what you need to know today, we help you consider what to think about it. We currently produce the podcasts Sway, the Ezra Klein Show, and The Argument, with more to come.

The success of our shows comes from our team and its commitment to rigorous journalism and showcasing unique, diverse and provocative voices and conversations. Our work brings to life points of view based in fact and knowledge, animated by expertise and life experience. We're looking for an organized and enthusiastic Supervising Producer to join our management group, dedicated to supporting managers, producers and creators.

The Supervising Producer is based out of The Times offices on 620 Eighth Avenue in New York City, where we share workspace with the Times Audio team.

You will work with the Executive Producer to organize the smooth planning, production, and release of Opinion podcasts. This person should be familiar with how to staff a show and a department, set up workflows and processes and supervise teams of producers and editors.

Experience in producing podcasts or live radio is encouraged, but candidates who have worked in other forms of production would do well in this position, too. Though our current slate of shows are weekly or twice-weekly, a metabolism for news and a sense of what's relevant to listeners is essential.

While you will work closely with the Opinion 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.

The Supervising Producer is helping to build and grow a new department and support a team of excited, opinionated, dynamic podcast producers, and encourage a culture of experimentation, mutual support and editorial excellence.

The right candidate will be excited by that opportunity and comfortable with the culture that comes with working in an enterprising, dynamic environment. You will report to the Executive Producer of Opinion Audio.

Responsibilities include:

  • Establishing production plans and processes for teams and shows
  • Making staffing recommendations to build a diverse and talented team
  • Helping showrunners set expectations and structure their staff
  • Coordinating with Executive Producer 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 across NYT Audio to coordinate back-filling, communication and workflow across departments
  • Assisting in building an on-boarding system for new hires, in collaboration with other NYT Audio teams
  • Oversee training and skills development for employees, also in collaboration with other NYT Audio teams
  • Developing communication, support and operations systems within and across show teams
  • With Executive Producer and NYT Audio Ops teams, coordinate with NYT marketing, audience development, and advertising teams for all Opinion shows

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 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
  • A metabolism for news and a sense of what's relevant to listeners is essential
  • 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

  • The ideal candidate has 7+ 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.
  • Experience in producing podcasts, live radio, or other forms of production
  • Passion for journalism, the mission of The Times, and a curiosity in the rapidly evolving media landscape
  • Proficient at digital tools such as Google Sheets, AirTable and CMS
  • Knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards
  • Experience hiring and managing a team

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.