R&D Technical Producer

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Job Description

Research & Development at The New York Times explores how emerging technologies can be applied in service of journalism. We collaborate with designers, developers, reporters, photographers and editors to bring new forms of storytelling to life, from prototyping to publishing.

As part of our ongoing efforts, we are looking for a producer to manage multi-disciplinary teams and guide the production of deliverables for our major projects. An ideal candidate will have a passion for the Times's mission and demonstrate leadership and the ability to thrive in relatively unstructured environments.

What you will do:
  • Work alongside R&D's strategy, engineering, and creative teams to define and execute on a roadmap for our experiments and initiatives
  • Ensure projects are managed to success; seek out and remove barriers for your team; build consensus to keep projects moving
  • Represent R&D's work to technical and non-technical audiences; develop options at key project points for feedback from stakeholders
  • Help identify problem areas where emerging technology could be a solution and conduct ongoing analysis of industry trends as inputs for R&D's research
  • Track project progress and report status, highlighting any risks as they arise; follow-up on risks and progress and identify mitigation plans
  • Write and manage key documentation for experiments, including technical briefs and public output for the R&D site
  • Mediate between competing interests and priorities to get alignment and drive work forward


What you'll bring
  • Enthusiasm for enabling a team to produce groundbreaking work
  • Technical curiosity and a high level of comfort managing technology projects
  • An orientation toward action and a talent for building consensus
  • An ability to translate between technical and non-technical audiences
  • Both curiosity about and skepticism of emerging technologies


Qualifications:
  • 5+ years of producing or product management experience, ideally working with emerging technologies (Machine Learning, 3D Web, AR/VR)
  • Demonstrable success managing diverse teams and delivering projects
  • Experience managing technical projects or technical background preferred
  • Experience at the intersection of technology and journalism preferred


This is a contract position expected to last 12 months

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