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Making Contact is a non-profit media organization that produces an award-winning, public radio program heard on over 151 radio stations, and via podcast, SoundCloud, and more.  

Making Contact produces radio stories that analyze critical issues and engage with social justice challenges and solutions.  Our weekly 29-minute documentary-style radio program explores issues ranging from workers rights to environmental justice, reproductive health to criminal justice. Programs explore the structural and systemic roots of issues — and highlight solutions, innovations, and organizing initiatives to give people hope and catalyze change.

MC is broadcast each week in 41 states, on 151+ radio stations in the US, Canada, and Australia — across NPR, Pacifica, PRX, university, and tribal networks. Information from radio stations’ statistics estimate 96,000 Making Contact broadcast listeners. Thousands more stream the Making Contact podcast.

Executive Director

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About the Position –

The Executive Director is responsible for leadership and direction of Making Contact at a pivotal moment in the organization’s history. Newly transformed into a fully remote newsroom, energized by the creativity of new and longstanding staff members, and eager to step into the next phase of who we are, Making Contact is poised for an exciting period of growth, change and development.

The incoming ED should be a person who relishes capacity building and organizational development, deeply committed to racial equity, who seeks to create equitable and sustainable organizational structures and practices, and who is excited to grow and change with the organization.

We recognize that the traditional Executive Director role asks too much of one person, so we seek to hire a second position in conjunction with this hire, either to take on the role of Senior Producer or that of Development Director, as aligns with the strengths of our selected candidate.

Strategic Direction

  • In partnership with the staff and board, define strategic direction for the organization
  • Develop work plans and organizational development goals to advance the organization’s strategic direction
  • Ensure that all programs, policies, and practices are in alignment with Making Contact’s values and direction

Racial Equity & Values

  • Lead Making Contact’s ongoing racial equity work
  • Articulate organizational values and goals related to racial equity in our coverage and within our organization
  • In collaboration with staff and board, define what it means for Making Contact to be an anti-racist organization

Organizational Development & Management

  • Ensure ongoing mission-centric programmatic excellence and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems
  • Cultivate, grow,  and support a strong Board of Directors
  • Work collaboratively with Making Contact’s small staff, providing staff with clear, regular evaluations; professional development opportunities; and a common sense of purpose
  • Review and refine data systems, ensuring Making Contact follows best practices around data privacy and data maintenance

Financial Management

  • Ensure fiscal health through long-term financial planning and ongoing budget analysis 
  • Ensure financial best practices are followed and realistic budgets are met
  • Develop and manage the annual budget
  • Oversee day-to-day financial operations

Fundraising [possibly in partnership with a Development Manager]

  • Develop and manage the annual fundraising plan
  • Expand and develop relationships with major donors, family foundations, and philanthropic foundations
  • Lead a team of staff and board in grassroots fundraising and major-donor expansion
  • Process donations and manage fundraising database

Production [possibly in partnership with a Senior Producer]

  • Act as story editor for in-depth stories [approx 1 per month]
  • In collaboration with production staff, set editorial priorities and manage calendar
  • Ensure timely production of grant-supported reporting projects

Communications

  • Communicate Making Contact’s mission and vision clearly to supporters and partners and to the journalism community at large
  • Actively engage and energize Making Contact’s board members, partnering organizations, funders, donors and staff
  • Grow the Making Contact community of listeners by maintaining current relationships with terrestrial radio; increasing digital listenership, and increasing social media presence
  • Work collaboratively with partner organizations to increase the impact of Making Contact’s journalism
  • Get creative around other ways to share Making Contact content through collaborations, partnerships, events, and other means

Skills & Aptitudes

The ED should be thoroughly committed to Making Contact’s mission, and the crucial role journalism can play in social movements. Candidates should have proven leadership experience and be excited about the opportunity to build capacity and develop the organization into its next phase.

Preferred Qualifications

We are a social justice organization with a commitment to an internal culture of support and growth. If this sounds like the job for you, and you have much but not all of the skill and experience described, please apply anyways.

  • Unwavering commitment to social justice, and especially to racial and gender equity and justice. 
  • Management experience with the ability to work collaboratively with staff, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a 400k budget.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise money; experience with major donors and/or foundations.
  • Experience building new revenue streams for any type of organization.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Media experience preferred. Radio/audio experience a plus, but not required.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Annual salary range: $80,000-$85,000
  • Salaried, full-time, exempt, remote – based anywhere in the US
  • 100% employer paid Silver level Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits
  • 3 weeks vacation to start
  • 10 paid holidays

Remote work requirements (stipend or Making Contact-owned equipment provided to bring your office setup into alignment with position requirements)

  • Computer (laptop/desktop)
  • Webcam or camera phone
  • Stable internet connection

Application Process – Executive Director

To apply, please email hiring@radioproject.org with a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please address:

  • What draws you to Making Contact? What do you think we could be doing better?
  • What do you think is the role of journalism in the US?
  • What do you think would be your biggest challenge as ED of this organization?
  • How would you describe yourself as a leader?

Application Timeline

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Deadline for priority consideration: Monday June 20, 2022
  • We are currently working with an Interim ED who will support training and onboarding.
  • Position will remain open until filled.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Making Contact is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, disability, or economic status. We actively recruit applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ folks and people with disabilities. If you need accommodations to support your participation in this application process, please email us at hiring@radioproject.org.

Half Time Producer

About the Position –

We are a small nonprofit newsroom that operates remotely. Currently all staff are based in the Pacific time zone, but new producers may be based anywhere in the United States. This is a half-time (20 hours per week) remote position with full medical, vision, and dental benefits.

Hourly pay range is $26-$31 per hour.

Benefits include 100% employer paid silver level health plan, vision and dental coverage, as well as vacation, holiday, and wellness time.

We believe representation is critical to achieving our mission, and seek to hire producers who reflect the diversity of our audience and the stories we produce. Making Contact actively and enthusiastically supports applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and members of other groups historically underrepresented in the media. 

As a Producer at Making Contact, you will work with a team of staff and freelance producers to create, edit and mix episodes of our weekly 29 minute public radio show. Shows can include original reporting, commissioned freelancer produced segments and adaptation of others’ work. You will manage multiple episodes from ideation to completion; applying journalistic standards of fairness, accuracy, due diligence in reporting and fact-checking.  You will communicate and strategize with organization staff regarding online distribution/audience engagement, marketing and fundraising/development. The position is fully remote. Producers are expected to produce 1 show per month, including 2-3 enterprise pieces per year. The position reports to Making Contact’s Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

Create episodes of Making Contact

  • Execute all aspects of podcast/audio production: scripting, recording (remotely, in the field, and in a studio when necessary and/or available), editing, mixing, and mastering.
  • Research, pitch, plan and develop ideas for original reporting.
  • Generate shows that meet funding requirements for desks including environment, prison, women democracy and civic engagement.
  • Distribution: upload files to NPR, Pacifica, PRX networks and to our website’s station page. Prepare podcast version and send it to our web and digital editor.

Manage freelance pitches/contributions

  • Review pitches, commission, manage and edit freelancers’ work.
  • Budget and approve freelancers’ timeline for completion of freelance show/segment(s).

Communicate regularly with the MC team

  • Attend weekly production and team meetings to discuss editorial plans, review shows, and discuss organizational business with other remote producers and the Executive Director.
  • Participate in fundraising activities and organizational initiatives.
  • Respond to emails and all other forms of communication in a timely manner.
  • Meet one on one with the executive director as needed/requested.

Remote work requirements (stipend or Making Contact-owned equipment provided to bring your office setup into alignment with position requirements)

  • Computer (laptop/desktop)
  • Webcam or camera phone
  • Good recording environment
  • Stable internet connection
  • Audio equipment including recorder, headphones, etc.

Additional required skills and experience

  • Highly organized and communicative
  • Writing and script editing skills
  • Audio editing and multitrack sound-mixing skills
  • Track record of delivering pieces on deadline
  • Experience managing, coaching and editing freelance reporters is a plus
  • Strong voice-craft skills and experience
  • Track record of journalistic work; dedicated to fairness, accuracy and fact-checking
  • Ability to read and synthesize research
  • Familiarity with key issues of our times and timeless issues
  • Commitment to building Making Contact as a whole, and participating in a team process
  • Ability to work on collaborative productions and promotions with other media and groups
  • Enthusiastic about participating in fundraising and audience engagement

*Key job performance metrics are quality of your shows, communications and teamwork.

To Apply – Producer position

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three work samples to hiring@radioproject.org

We are a social justice organization with a commitment to an internal culture of support and growth. If this sounds like the job for you, and you have much but not all of the skill and experience listed above, please apply anyways.

Application and hiring timeline

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Deadline for priority consideration: Monday April 18
  • Deadline for this hiring round: Monday May 2
  • We expect to hire multiple producer positions in the coming months, and these positions will remain open until filled.

Making Contact is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, disability, or economic status. We actively recruit applications from women, people of color, LGBTQ folks and people with disabilities.

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