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The On Being Project strives to be an ambitious, high-performing and yet human-centered organization. Our service to our audience, community, and the world is the focus of our work together.

Our team has grown to represent a beautiful cross-section of talent and humanity. We don’t always have job openings, but when we do, they will be listed here.

Note: We plan to resume our summer internship program in 2020. Subscribe to The Pause newsletter to get an update when applications are open again.

 

Open Positions

Senior Producer

The On Being Project is looking for a senior producer to help produce two of our podcasts (On Being with Krista Tippett — which averages 50 million plays annually — and This Movie Changed Me), in addition to expanding our growing podcast portfolio. 

The senior producer will be a leader within our On Being Studios team, which is made up of audio producers and engineers. The team’s mission is to create audio content that meets our audience where they are for how they long to be. We are a collaborative team that embraces experimentation and iteration. Our motto when it comes to our team culture is: “Working to help each other succeed.”

The ideal candidate for this role is a collaborative and curious leader who loves learning. They lead by example through both the quality of their work and their direct communication style. They are a seasoned audio editor who understands what makes a good story and how to identify themes and emblematic moments in an interview. They love the editorial and technical challenge of editing audio to craft a compelling, insightful conversation. And they are independent and organized enough to tackle projects on their own, but still enjoy working as a team. 

This is a full-time position that will report to the executive producer of On Being Studios. The position must be based out of our main offices in Minneapolis. Relocation assistance is available. 

What you’ll be doing:  

  • Produce the weekly On Being radio show and podcast, including editing audio, booking guests and studios, creating prep packets for the host, and managing the day-to-day and weekly deliverables for public radio stations and our podcast feed (e.g. fundraising shows, prepend podcast ads, etc.).
  • Lead the seasonal production for This Movie Changed Me, including editing audio, mixing, managing the production calendar, booking guests and studio spaces, and creating prep packets for the host.
  • Travel as necessary for in-person interviews and live events related to This Movie Changed Me.
  • Research and pitch possible guests for This Movie Changed Me
  • Serve as back-up to the Executive Producer when they are out of office or otherwise unavailable.

Your qualifications: 

  • Have a minimum of 6-10 years demonstrated experience working at a high-level in the fields of radio, audio production, or video production. 
  • Have strong editorial judgment and skills. 
  • Have strong understanding of principles of journalism and ethics.
  • Have extensive experience editing audio with knowledge of ProTools preferred or comparable audio or video editing software.
  • Have experience as a mentor. 
  • Be familiar with On Being’s content and listen to podcasts regularly.
  • Be able to handle tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Be flexible and organized, with an ability to respond to changing priorities.
  • Be a humble, collaborative, organized leader who is authoritative in their domain.

Note: Please consider applying if you meet 70 percent of the requirements above. 

Application instructions

Please apply here by September 20, 2019. You will be asked to submit a resume, references, and briefly respond to the prompts below (each in 250 words or fewer). We will review your question answers before we look at your resume. 

  1. Listen to the Teju Cole episode of On Being with Krista Tippett and describe the central idea that you’d like the audience to take away. Pull out quotes from the transcript that support your idea.  
  2. Describe a time when you were part of a team that didn’t function so well. What do you think was getting in the way? What did you try to do to change it?
  3. Describe an audio project you produced that taught you something new — about yourself, your skills, the content, or something else. 
  4. What is something you’d like us to know about you that we wouldn’t ordinarily get from a resume?

Managing Editor

The On Being Project is looking for a Managing Editor to execute an audience-centered digital content strategy, lead us in metrics and measurement across platforms, and supervise a small team.

The Managing Editor will be a leader within our Community & Design team, which is made up of designers, editors and project managers. The team’s mission is to create useful, beautiful things that extend the reach and impact of our content, connect our audiences to us and each other, and deepen their agency in the world. You’ll find our work on this website (onbeing.org), social media (Instagram is our favorite), and in our newsletter, The Pause.

The ideal candidate for this role is a collaborative leader and an advocate for audiences who is only satisfied when they’re experimenting and iterating. They relish the work of management (of both projects and people), have a keen editor’s eye, strategic sensibilities and an expertise in spotting trends and stories in numbers.

This is a full-time position that will report to the Executive Director of Community & Design. The position must be based out of our main offices in Minneapolis. Relocation assistance is available.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Manage The On Being Project’s digital editorial operation on a day-to-day basis, including: oversight of the editorial calendar and content promotion schedule, along with writing and editing content
  • Lead the organization in turning insights (qualitative and quantitative) into editorial actions by analyzing various inputs across platforms (audio, site, social media, and our CRM), conducting user research and providing strategic recommendations
  • Supervise editors and project managers on the Community & Design team, manage their individual goals and attend to their career growth
  • Apply strategic muscle and structure to our experiments so we can learn and grow deliberately
  • Oversee daily/monthly/quarterly analytics reporting for onbeing.org, social media, newsletters and audio platforms
  • Develop and lead audience research and surveys
  • Manage rights and permissions for written material on onbeing.org

Your qualifications:

  • Have a minimum of 6-8 years experience as a content strategist, audience editor, or similar role in a journalism, media or communications context
  • Possess a love of language, solid journalistic foundation and mastery of AP Style
  • Be familiar with On Being’s content and listen to podcasts regularly
  • Be a humble, collaborative, organized leader who is authoritative in their domain
  • Have deep experience with:
    • Writing and editing (and training/mentoring people in both)
    • Analytics and audience measurement tools (like Google Analytics)
    • Content strategy and SEO
    • Social media and newsletter platforms
  • Have at least some experience with:
    • Team building and shaping workflows to encourage coordination and support
    • Design thinking and iterative development methods (like Agile)
    • User experience design principles
    • Project management tools (like Trello) and CRM products (like Salesforce and NationBuilder)
    • WordPress

Note: Please consider applying if you meet 70 percent of the requirements above.

Application details

Please apply here by September 1, 2019. You will be asked to submit a resume, references, and briefly answer the questions below (each in 250 words or fewer). We will review your question answers before we look at your resume.

  1. Our team blends the disciplines of audience engagement, content strategy and design. Using an episode from any of our podcasts as your anchor, what is one content idea (video, audience callout, or otherwise) you would want to explore if you were a part of our team? You can write or make something — it’s up to you!
  2. Describe a time when you supervised the work of a cross-disciplinary group of people (writers, editors, designers, etc.) on a project. What worked well? What didn’t? What did you learn?
  3. Who (person, brand, media organization, etc.) has a content or audience engagement strategy that you admire? Why do you like it? What are they doing right? What would you improve or adjust, if anything?
  4. What is something you’d like us to know about yourself that we wouldn’t ordinarily get from a resume?

About The On Being Project

The On Being Project is an independent, non-profit media and public life initiative. We strive to be an ambitious, high-performing and yet human-centered organization. Our service to our audience, community, and the world is the focus of our work together.

The On Being is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion/spiritual beliefs, ancestry, citizenship status, age, cognitive/physical abilities, sex (this includes sexual orientation, gender identity or expression), marital status, military service, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.