Job Description:

Who We Are: 

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network whose mission is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service on air at 89.3 KPCC, online at and through KPCC In Person. Since our founding in 1999, SCPR has been a fast growing, innovative, multi-platform public service newsroom. Every day, our staff helps audiences catch up on the latest headlines, solve the complexities of life in Southern California, and connect curious communities to one another.


Position Summary:

The political system is changing in front of us. Democracy can be messy, and figuring out how to participate in civic life can be just as confusing. SCPR is seeking a temporary Engagement Producer - Civics and Democracy that will provide a guide to anyone wants to more fully participate in civic life—or is at least considering it.


We want to know what Angelenos care about and what keeps them up at night. What are the hurdles to getting involved in civic life? What are the issues at stake? We are less interested in who won a debate than we are how this election matters for our region. The Engagement Producer will keep up with the news and be able to appear as a regular expert guest on our SCPR shows or events.


Ideal candidates for the temporary Engagement Producer will based in Los Angeles and will work across KPCC and LAist platforms — broadcast, web/mobile, social media, and events. They will collaborate with colleagues on all platforms, offer ideas, and help shape coverage to serve and inform audiences effectively. Through high-quality coverage and engagement, the producer helps SCPR amplify issues and memorable stories in Los Angeles, Orange County and Southern California.


This temporary assignment is four-five months in duration.


Compensation:  The pay rate for this opportunity will be $33.82 per hour. 


Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as liaison between KPCC’s newsroom, community organizations, and academic community.
  • Work with the senior editor for community engagement, other editors, and civics and democracy reporter to produce content, including but not limited to digital and printed content and live events (convenings). 
  • Facilitate community engagement and partnerships with community organizations. 
  • Collaborate with the social media team to build engagement.
  • Use engagement tools like Hearken and Reach.
  • Effectively navigate and interpret social science research, Pew research, government data and other sources of relevant data.
  • Responsible for high standards of journalistic integrity, accuracy and timeliness.
  • Pitch, report and produce occasional news stories.
  • Write and edit copy as required.
  • Keep up-to-date on current events (local, national and international).
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Five or more years of professional journalism experience.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Experience in social media and content production.
  • Interest in social networking, content aggregation and new trends in digital media.
  • Familiarity with data analysis.
  • Strong news judgment.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues in multiple departments/divisions.
  • Strong interest in local and regional news and general depth of knowledge about issues and current events.
  • Ability to work with changing deadlines and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on short and long-term projects.
  • Familiarity w/digital and mobile content management systems.
  • Proven ability to contribute to a positive, diverse, creative, high performance culture.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Fluency in Spanish preferred. Fluency in other languages desirable.


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • May travel at times.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • 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.
  • Moderate noise level.
  • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.


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.

Job Location: 
Pasadena, CA
United States
Job Category: 
Project Management
Job Type: 
Full time
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