Job Opportunity: Producer/Reporter

The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (“the R&R Network”) is seeking a self-starting, experienced Producer/Reporter for a limited series about the impact of California’s child care quality improvement system on child care providers, and what they would change about it. This producer will have the primary responsibility to craft the narrative for this show, conduct interviews, produce/mix the episodes, and host the show.

This is a two-month project that will wrap at the end of August 2021. The program will be produced remotely, with the possibility of some field recording in the San Francisco Bay Area. This producer will work alongside our project manager and child care experts to interview child care providers about their experiences with California’s quality rating system for child care programs. This is the first project of its kind for our organization, so we are seeking a producer whose podcasting expertise we can lean on and learn from.

The quality rating system is a standardized evaluation program that rates licensed child care programs on a scale of 1-5. We would like to hear about what aspects of this quality rating system child providers like, dislike, and what changes they would like to see. We hope that the producer will bring their own creativity and insight to shape the direction of this podcast series. We imagine the series will be 2-3 short episodes, depending on the creative direction.

Responsibilities

  • Read up on the background and history of quality ratings in child care in California (resources provided by R&R Network staff)
  • Assist with concept ideation and creative direction
  • Pre-interview and book guests. Research and prepare questions for interviews. Conduct remote interviews
  • Handle logistics and technical details for remote interviews
  • Occasional field recording
  • Edit recorded interviews for length, clarity, and entertainment
  • Write scripts and incorporate edits into further drafts
  • Write show descriptions and show notes

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Research: ability to gather background information on interview topics and fact check
  • Preparation: ability to write segment introductions, prepare interview questions, prepare follow-ups
  • Hosting: ability to interview guests, narrate introductions and transitions, explain history and research about series topic with nuance
  • Editing: ability to edit recorded interviews, music and story narration
  • Collaboration: ability to work with a diverse team of contributors to craft an engaging narrative
  • Technology: proficiency in location / field / remote audio recordings at professional quality. Track record editing shows on Audition, Audacity, or similar software is desired though not essential.
  • Flexibility: occasional out of hours and field work required.
  • Demonstrable past experience working within a similar / relevant subject matter (social justice / child care / education)
  • Parent or experience seeking child care a plus

Compensation and Time Commitment

This is a full-time two-month contract position for the months of July and August 2021. This is a contract position that will pay $1,000-$1,200 per week (commensurate with experience) and does not provide benefits.

Application Deadline

  • Monday, June 21, 2021
  • To apply, please email ghoward@rrnetwork.org with the subject: Podcast Producer Application.
  • Please attach your resume and provide a cover note that confirms:
    • Your availability during the required period
    • That you are based in the US (and what city/state)
    • Highlight any relevant work experience, as well as anything we should know about you that makes you the ideal candidate. Please provide your portfolio or show links as appropriate.
  • We are an anti-racist organization and reflect that value in our work. Diversity and inclusion are incredibly important to us. We encourage applications from under represented groups in the media.