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Full-Time: Senior Producer, Forum and Statewide Programming

  • 2021-05-07 12:05 PM
    Message # 10452138

    We’re looking for a dynamic leader with a vision for new and enterprising ways to grow engagement and public affairs programming, growing Forum’s two hours to cover the news and drive the conversation on radio and digital platforms, to help lead the team to embrace the tradition of Forum, but grow the show to reach and serve a younger and more diverse audience.

    The Senior Producer supervises strategic planning, expansion and growth, editorial planning and program production of KQED’s two flagship hours of programming, Forum, and supervises nearly a dozen employees, including two experienced hosts.

    Forum is one of the country’s most listened-to local radio shows. For more than three decades, it has helped lead the conversation in the Bay Area and California, and provided a unique opportunity for KQED to connect with and hear from our audience. Forum is not just any radio program. The show in its current form helps provide essential news and authentic conversations on the country’s most popular public radio station.

    We’re looking for a dynamic leader with a vision for new and enterprising ways to grow engagement and public affairs programming, growing Forum’s two hours to cover the news and drive the conversation on radio and digital platforms, to help lead the team to embrace the tradition of Forum, but grow the show to reach and serve a younger and more diverse audience.

    The Senior Producer is a key member of KQED’s senior editorial leadership team.

    One of our core beliefs at KQED is that we are better together, and that we commit to grow and improve each day, and hold ourselves accountable when we fall short of that commitment. And when we do not stick to our values, our actions marginalize people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage applicants from these communities.

    Essential Functions:

    1. Supervises editorial planning and live production, Monday – Friday, of both hours of Forum.
    2. As a member of the station-wide editorial leadership team, participates in station-wide editorial planning.
    3. Works with News Director, Director of Podcasts, Programming Director, and Managing Editor, Digital News, to grow Forum and KQED’s digital and on-demand products based on Forum content.
    4. With Executive Editor and live events team, and other senior editorial managers, plans and develops growth strategy for Forum audience engagement activities in new KQED studios.
    5. Supervises Forum’s hosts, producers, and staff.
    6. Manages in-studio production of Forum which includes two one-hour program segments per day, audio and text program promos, etc.
    7. Conducts editorial planning meetings and periodic program evaluations with staff.
    8. Manages special Forum editorial projects, as assigned.
    9. Conducts annual performance evaluations with Forum staff.
    10. Books guests and directs live Forum broadcasts, as necessary.
    11. Other duties as assigned.

    Knowledge/Experience Required


    B.A. or M.A. degree in Journalism, Broadcast Communications or equivalent experience/knowledge of journalism principles, standards and requirements.

    1. Excellent editorial, broadcast and production skills.
    2. Excellent writing and editing skills.
    3. Demonstrated knowledge of regional, state, national, and international issues.


    8 years as print or broadcast journalist as a reporter, editor, and/or producer. 


    Let us tell you more about our benefits:

    Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

    The mission that drives us:

    KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    

    Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

    KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    

    We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

    We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.

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