Job Description:

General Summary

The Deputy Director of Storytelling supports Connecticut Public’s original talk shows and podcasts by providing editorial direction, scripting, and audio and production support. They will have a hand in launching new shows and growing our flagship programs, and will support transition of CT Public programs to multiplatform. They act as back-up to Director of Storytelling in editorial capacities.

The Deputy Director will be based in the Fairfield County office, and have a strong sense of stories in the region.

The Deputy will follow journalistic ethics and understand the mission of CT Public. 

Essential Functions
The Deputy Director | Storytelling provides a wide range of services.  Applicants must have the ability to complete the following essential job functions:

  • In support of the Senior Director / Storytelling, the Deputy implements the creative strategy, processes, and editorial direction within the Storytelling department.
  • Supports talk show staff in the conceptualization, development and execution of original daily and weekly programs.
  • Directly mentors, trains, and develops the storytelling staff; assists with directing freelance/contract staff and interns.
  • Reviews and elevates the work of storytelling staff, pushing for excellence with clear direction, feedback and mentorship.
  • With the producer/host, produces our weekly politics roundtable, based in Fairfield County but covering the state of Connecticut.
  • Provides show ideas and context specifically in the region of Fairfield County, in the context of programs serving the Connecticut audience and region.
  • Supports creation of new programming and transition of existing programming to video streaming.
  • Supports live shows in the field, community conversations, remote broadcasts.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Responsibilities
The Reporter has many responsibilities.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Acts as an editor, host, producer, and reporter, when needed.
  • Additional duties may, at times, be required.
  • Carry out most responsibilities in the field or in the office, be readily available for collaboration and consultation within the newsroom and across the organization, and fill in with reporting needs as circumstances require.
  • Consistently produces high quality journalism.
  • Keeps up with, and dives deep into topic areas that are relevant to original programming.
  • Mentors and supports existing talk show teams. 
  • Oversees and posts digital content from the shows and projects.
  • Participates in community engagement activities such as live remotes, membership events, and fundraising drives.
  • Pitches story ideas, potential guests, and conversation topics.
  • Provides creative and editorial guidelines in order to enrich quality of programming.
  • Serve as a resource for talk shows, and appear occasionally on the air as a guest.
  • Serve as fill-in host and on-air fundraiser as needed.
  • Work to diversify voices in CT Public news coverage on air and online.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:

  • AP and NPR style.
  • Basic principles of narrative journalism, long form storytelling, and podcast production.
  • Leading large complex projects, working in a fast-paced environment and handling multiple and changing priorities simultaneously.
  • Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Smartsheets and Outlook.
  • Navigating complex organizations and making the right connections to drive work forward, while anticipating potential shifts in work.
  • News judgement and an understanding of how to write for radio about state and New England regional issues and current events.

Skill In:

  • Attention-to-detail, scheduling, and strong organizational skills.
  • Editing stories, in multiple formats IE; audio and text.
  • Mentoring reporters and producers giving constructive feedback.
  • Multi-tasking and able to work on multiple shows and timelines at once.
  • Recording and editing audio; producing and mixing content using audio equipment and digital editing software and compiling and editing material necessary for production while ensuring production adheres to format and procedural guidelines.
  • Sound board operation; working with Adobe Audition or similar programs; on-air presentation and strong editorial judgement.
  • Story creation and development.
  • Writing clearly with the ability to use language to grab listeners’ attention.

Ability to:

  • Be unwilling to settle for talking points, clichés, and platitudes.
  • Define problems, collect data, and establish facts in order to draw valid conclusions as a change agent.
  • Lead multiple projects concurrently while paying close attention to detail.
  • Maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness to CT Public and NPR in order to produce regional and national-quality broadcasting.
  • Possess a visceral distaste of office politics and gossip.
  • Possess initiative and self-motivation, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in diverse situations.
  • Take creative direction/feedback from a supervisor or colleague.
  • Work in fast-paced environment making smart, fast, solid editorial decisions under pressure under strict deadlines.
  • Work with editors and producers in environments that include remote offices.

Work Environment
The Deputy Director | Storytelling will most often be on-site, but could be working in the field and conducting in-person interviews throughout the state of Connecticut.  This position may be exposed to adverse environmental conditions, specifically during field work. Other job functions are performed under conditions such as those found in general office work. There is a potential some remote work, but the expectation of this position is to be on-site.   Travel within the state and to our geographically-separated offices will be required.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
The physical activities of this position may include frequent in-person interactions.  It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer workstation for prolonged periods, perform computer-related tasks, and create/maintain filing systems.  Must have close visual acuity to perform an activity, such as preparing and analyzing reports and information, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, or extensive reading.  The typical physical requirements are: light work—exerting up to 25lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 10lbs of force frequently and may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.  

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time, salary exempt position.  It is the nature of the position to experience non-standard working hours and be on-call when needed for story development or breaking news. Work is traditionally perform work Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., although weekend shifts or early-morning or evening shifts may be required.   Travel throughout the state is required.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or a similar field from an accredited university AND at least seven (7) years of direct and sustained professional journalism experience AND/OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Strong record of achievement in radio production is preferred. 

Job Location: 
Hartford, CT
United States
Job Category: 
Production/Programming
Job Type: 
Full time
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