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Supervising Senior Producer/Editor, Code Switch more...
Location:Washington, DC
Company:National Public Radio (NPR)
First posted:May 26, 2017

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Role Summary

The Supervising Senior Producer/Editor is the editorial leader of NPR's Code Switch team supervising the content, integrity and quality of coverage focusing on race and identity related issues.

This position serves in a key leadership role in the newsroom through editorial planning, directing the assignment process and coordinating daily assignments with other editors in digital, broadcast and the podcast for Code Switch. From its inception, Code Switch was created with audience interaction, primarily through social channels, at its core and the Supervising Senior Producer/Editor must be a strong advocate for audience participation and social engagement. Has a supervisory responsibility for delivering high-impact web-original content and taking best possible advantage of digital and mobile platforms in producing stories and graphics, and sparking innovation. Supervises shifts as assigned. Monitors and evaluates staff performance; recommends new hires and provides administrative support to the Deputy Managing Editor as needed.


  • Work in conjunction with station and NPR editors in making assignments and providing editorial guidance, and in identifying and coordinating coverage opportunities and themes.
  • Ensure that all materials produced meet NPR program standards and practices, including standards of accuracy, fairness, honesty and impartiality.
  • Oversee and guide audience engagement efforts.
  • Generate story ideas, review story pitches, help determine the best approach to storytelling, including making suggestions for interviews and establishing contacts, and guiding coverage.
  • Work with participating stations to help define and develop coverage at the local level.
  • Manage digital-first editorial projects comprising data and multimedia efforts, and working with a range of partners.
  • Conceptualize and pitch news and enterprise stories to host and editorial team.
  • Maintain robust daily communication and coordination with news magazines.
  • Have regular discussions with staff about their coverage ideas.
  • Suggests stories and specific areas of inquiry.
  • Helps shape the content and scope of web coverage, providing guidance on approach, length and style of stories.
  • Makes daily and long-term assignments to staff and freelancers.
  • Assists staff in establishing contacts.
  • Monitors progress of assigned stories to ensure that they are of the highest quality and that reasonable production schedules are maintained.
  • Cultivates trains, assigns and edits freelancers as needed.
  • Supervises shifts as assigned.
  • Authorizes overtime.
  • Authorizes payments to freelancers.
  • Prepares performance reviews of reporting staff members under his or her supervision.
  • Makes hiring recommendations for staff under his or her supervision.
  • Recommends salary levels of staff under his or her supervision.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.

Required Skills:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in daily news (radio, print broadcast or Web).
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in editorial decision-making, preferably managing online projects and/or newsroom staffs. 
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience producing and editing news stories at the national and local level.
  • Solid, independent news judgment with demonstrated excellence in editing, news writing, copy-editing and headline-writing. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including line- and copy-editing experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate and execute complex creative ideas and to assimilate and organize large amounts of information.
  • Thorough knowledge and familiarity with news sources on the web and on mobile platforms.
  • Familiarity with race and identity issues in social, cultural or political spheres.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure; incumbent must be able to edit breaking news stories for immediate posting and have experience coordinating and assigning staff on breaking news. 
  • Ability and willingness to work nights and/or weekends and to work varied shifts. 
  • Must demonstrate team collaboration and strong leadership skills.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and within the public radio system. 
  • Ability and willingness to relocate; in the future, NPR may choose to transfer employees to other geographic locations. 

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with intellectual property issues involved in publications generally and Web publishing in particular. 
  • Familiarity with a variety of computer systems and software applications.
  • Thorough knowledge of online writing and audio production.
  • Experience and skill with web publishing software.
  • Experience producing on digital audio workstations.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.  All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development. NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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