Producer Job at @Making_Contact, location flexible, job open until filled (ideally end of April)

Part time producer job at Making Contact. Details below! NOTE – they regularly accept freelance pitches and while they prefer the producer be located in the Bay Area, they are open to other options. Focus on community storytelling. These are good folks!



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FT  32 hrs/ 80%  based in Oakland/Bay Area –Remote work possible for right person

Pay is $48,000 a year, as 80% of $60,000.

Do you love to produce and edit audio, to highlight voices and stories of progressive social change, justice and liberation? Are you interested in doing your own reporting, as well as working with freelancers or curating existing audio material and podcasts? Would you like to team-up with Making Contact producers, freelancers or community members to create radio stories that have impact?  If so, apply to join our core team of producers. Tell us what you’ve done, what you know and how you want to grow.

Making Contact, seeks a radio and podcast producer with a passion for what non-commercial public media could be. We amplify the voices of community members who are seeking solutions and taking collective action. We skill-share with our community storytelling fellows whose stories show “the personal is political,” and is about power. We cover issues of racial,economic, gender, environmental and social justice– globally and locally.

We seek an energetic, passionate, well-organized team-player. The candidate should understand the craft of long-format feature radio production and the art of a good in-depth interview. Strong audio editing and sound mixing skills preferred.

The main role of producer is to produce and mix editions of Making Contact.

Approx. 80% of their time is spent producing episodes of Making Contact and managing multiple projects, 20% of their time is dedicated to communicating and strategizing with organization staff regarding online distribution/audience engagement, marketing, and fundraising/development. You will be responsible for 10 episodes a year, four enterprised episodes and six simpler ones. This position reports to Making Contact’s executive director.

We are looking for someone who is highly productive and enjoys contributing to many facets of community journalism including fostering collaborations with other media outlets and community groups, helping to experiment with our digital delivery methods and podcasts, and engaging our listeners. Great post for someone who’s as adept at managing their own time and projects — and asking for help when they need it. Our work is not a solo sprint but a relay race to put out great episodes each week.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Produce original radio content and adapt others’ work

Edit and mix segments and shows

  • Apply journalistic standards of fairness, accuracy, due diligence in reporting and fact-checking

  • Invite input from community members to help identify topics and conceptualize pieces that inform, inspire, and move people to take action

  • Upload the radio show/podcast

  • Review pitches, commission, manage and edit freelancers’ work

  • Meet with the production team once a week, and the whole team 2 to 3 times a month to discuss editorial plans and strategize about organizational initiatives

  • Participate in show review/evaluation, and work-in-progress listening sessions

Producers rotate the roles of reviewing pitches and planning and facilitating of weekly production meetings and updating our Podio project management system. Key job performance metrics are quality of your 10 shows, and communications and teamwork.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Writing and script editing skills

  • Audio editing and multitrack sound-mixing skills

  • Track record of delivering pieces on deadline

  • Experience managing, coaching and editing freelance reporters is a plus

  • Strong voice-craft skills and experience

  • Track record of journalistic work; dedicated to fairness, accuracy and fact-checking

  • Ability to read and synthesize research

  • Familiarity with key issues of our times and timeless issues

  • Highly organized and communicative

  • Commitment to building Making Contact as a whole, and participating in a team process

  • Ability to work on collaborative productions and promotions with other media and groups

  • Enthusiastic about participating in fundraising and audience engagement

Tell us about any additional skills such as:

  • Multimedia experience: video, photography, radio-plus-print packages

  • Experience with online distribution methods and audience engagement

  • Experience working with social movements and community groups

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit

  • Energetic and able to think on your feet

  • Sense of humor

  • Can work well under pressure/deadlines

Making Contact is an affirmative action employer. We actively recruit applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ folks, and disabled people.

Position open until filled. Aiming for start date in late April. Job location is flexible, but Oakland/Bay Area is preferred. {freelance story pitches accepted ongoingly}

Please email resume, cover letter, writing sample (radio script preferred) and links to several radio work samples to


More info

Our podcasts are a blend of evocative storytelling with analysis, and explore the power and relationships between individuals, groups and systems. Our weekly radio programs alternate between storytelling and hot speeches or unique film adaptations. We’re looking for someone committed to our greater social justice mission and who wants to strengthen Making Contact's non-profit organization as a whole.

Our high quality public-affairs and documentary radio programs are broadcast on 141 radio stations in the U.S., Canada, and Australia; thousands more listen via our website and podcasts. Our award-winning work has repeatedly been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter, among others.

Making Contact has produced a nationally broadcast, weekly radio series for over 20 years; its form and content continue to evolve — and that’s where you come in!

Lisa Rudman, Executive Director, Making Contact 

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