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Saint Paul Minnesota United States 55101


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Sr. Producer, Midday Programming

Job ID: 4135
Job Views: 1083
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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Job Category: Radio
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 69200 per year
Posted: 01.27.2021

Job Description

Who We Are:

The mission of American Public Media Group (APMG) is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences and assisting them in strengthening their communities.  We aspire to be the leader in creating trusted and meaningful listening experiences with and for curious people, and we seek to create a diverse, inclusive culture focused on growth and outcomes to serve our audiences. 

APMG's primary operating divisions Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and American Public Media offer multi-regional FM broadcast channels, website, mobile and social media channels, live events, national content creation and distribution. Together, these divisions operate 49 public radio stations and 42 translators serving regional audiences in eight states from Minnesota, Michigan and the Upper Midwest to Idaho and California; distribute a portfolio of more than twenty national programs reaching nearly 20MM listeners weekly through 1,000 radio stations; serve rapidly growing audiences on digital, social and mobile platforms; and produce an increasing and diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, mental health, water, early brain development, business and investigative journalism. 

Your Role: 

MPR News is seeking a seasoned leader for our talk shows, with a particular focus on MPR News with Angela Davis. The ideal candidate has a passion for live radio, local news, building an audience, and leading a team.

You are a leader who has big goals and a big vision. You will find new ways to appeal to and reach new audiences on the radio and in the digital world for all our weekday programming. Listening habits are changing rapidly and you will be in charge of connecting with our audience where they are.

MPR News remains committed to local broadcasts and to providing a space for Minnesotans to gather and share their lives. We’re looking for a producer who is devoted to elevating local voices and local stories. You understand the urgent need to practice more equitable journalism and are committed to collaborating with the entire newsroom to do so.

You should be experienced in and committed to our strategic goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects our changing state. Minnesota is approaching 20 percent Black, Indigenous and People of Color and the Twin Cities metro area is approaching 30 percent BIPOC.

While some public radio stations move away from daily talk programs, MPR News is leaning into them. MPR News with Angela Davis has a growing audience, and we’re committed to connecting with even more new listeners in 2021 by bringing Minnesotans together and engaging them in lively and meaningful conversations. We’re tackling topics like Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities in areas such as education and health, and we’re giving listeners tools to live happier, healthier lives with conversations about family, relationships and work.

You are curious, collaborative, and creative. You have a willingness to try new things and the ability to give constructive consistent feedback.

Minimum compensation: $69,200 - $108,000 annually. Exact salary determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2021

Position Responsibilities:

  • Plan daily and long-term coverage goals for MPR News with Angela Davis, alongside the host
  • Direct and oversee the work of 2 associate producers and interns.
  • Maintain highest journalistic standards across all platforms.
  • Track diversity of sources and hold staff accountable to sourcing goals.
  • Communicate the vision of the program to the staff and collaborate with other newsroom colleagues to elevate MPR News editorial goals.
  • Ensure the program’s overall tone and balance.
  • Consistently assess the program’s content and priorities.
  • Supervise editing and post production.
  • Grow  on-demand audience and boost downloads of podcasts of all our daytime programming.
  • Grow the program’s social media presence.
  • Lead staff by:
    • Creating a culture of constructive performance coaching and regular, on-going feedback.
    • Encouraging creativity, invention and productivity.
    • Embracing diversity in staff make-up.
    • Creating and encouraging individualized development opportunities and plans for staff.
  • Originate story ideas for the program and produce segments.
  • Line produce live broadcast of the program.
  • Develop and produce special programs and remote broadcasts.
  • Collaborate with Membership during fund drives.
  • Assists with fundraising as appropriate.
  • Oversee archiving of the program.
  • Oversee production of promos.
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience in fast-paced, idea-driven broadcast journalism environments
  • Minimum 1 year experience managing the work of others.
  • Some experience working with on air talent
  • 3-5 years’ experience managing a show.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to produce programs that meet MPR News standards
  • Proven ability to contribute to a positive, diverse, creative, high-performance culture
  • Ability to advocate for program/resources/staff
  • Supervisory skills and ability to recruit, coach and develop talent
  • Leadership and personnel skills and ability to inspire and lead the staff
  • Ability to manage change
  • Ability to evaluate content/quality/sound and act decisively with sound management
  • Knowledge of new media applications for digital distribution, audience engagement and community networking

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Fluency in Spanish, Somali, Hmong or other languages commonly used in Minnesota

Reporting to this Position:


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to manage some work outside of standard office hours as needed.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

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