- Job Title: Lead Producer
- Department: Production
- Reports to: VP, Production Services
- Revision Date: September 2023
- Employment Type: Regular Full-Time
- Pay Type: Salary
- Classification: Exempt
- Office Location: Remote
The Podglomerate is a leading firm for podcast production, marketing/audience development, and monetization. We bring curiosity to life through critically-acclaimed and award-winning podcasts ranging from narrative-driven stories and sound-rich dramas to branded series and interview shows. Since its start in 2015, The Podglomerate has grown to represent more than 70 podcasts accounting for more than 30 million monthly downloads, with our shows topping the podcast charts and receiving features on every major podcast distribution app with national coverage across print, digital, radio, and television. Our high-profile list of podcast clients includes Freakonomics Radio, NPR, PBS, A+E, Lifetime, History Channel, Harvard Business School, MIT, Stanford, Lit Hub Radio, NPR stations (including KPCC/LAist, NHPR, WHYY, WUNC, VPM, WPM, GBH), WNET, Substack, Magnificent Noise, Expedia, Optum, CVS Health, Hubspot, and Hoff Studios, among many others.
This position supports The Podglomerate’s Production department, for both internal and external stakeholders. This position reports directly to our senior-most production team member, the Vice President of Production Services, who in-turn reports to the CEO. You may regularly interact with other members of The Podglomerate ecosystem, including but not limited to: full-time staff, part-time staff, contract-based contributors, vendors, sponsors, clients, and talent.
This position is integral to the short & long-term success of The Podglomerate’s Production department. We are building an exciting slate of new podcasts – both original and white label – and we need a creative spirit with a mindset built for juggling multiple projects. A swiss-army knife Producer/Editor who is able to go from coordinating interviews to cutting narrative episodes to optimizing production workflows.
The Lead Producer will lead the nuts and bolts production of multiple podcast episodes for external service contracts (Production Services), and internal owned & operated properties (Podglomerate Productions). This includes a wide range of responsibilities, including: handling schedules and deadlines, managing contractors, booking and coordinating recording sessions, editing assemblies, audio edits, thinking through story arcs, maintaining organized project files as well as seeing each production all the way through delivery of the final episodes. You will work closely with the VP of Production to keep an efficient workflow and hit deadlines. The right candidate is an engaged, creative thinker who is excited to craft sonic worlds, dive into passionate interviews, engage with respected brands, and produce pristine audio.
Salary: target range of $60-85k/year, depending primarily on demonstrated success in the “Qualifications/Requirements” section below.
Bonus: target 10% of salary, contingent upon a combination of (1) overall business performance, (2) department performance, (3) and individual performance. Bonus amount paid could be less-than, equal-to, or greater-than the stated target.
Phantom Equity; accrue “phantom equity points” in The Podglomerate LLC after 1 year of service. Points represent an employee’s pro-rata share in the financial upside of the business. Further details to be provided during the interview process.
401k Plan; employer gift of 3% of W2 compensation to employee, plus profit-sharing eligibility. No employee contribution required to receive 3% gift, or be eligible for profit-sharing. Further details to be provided during the interview process.
100% employer-sponsored premiums for employee:
Medical; Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; PPO/HMO depending on employee legal residence. Optional HSA account available.
Dental; Delta Dental
Vision; Delta Vision
Short-term disability; SunLife
Long-term disability; SunLife
Life Insurance; SunLife
Additional perks: Biennial $600 technology stipend. $1,000 annual food & beverage reimbursement for industry events & networking
Time off: Unlimited PTO, with manager approval
Volunteer Days: one (1) per quarter
We are always open to discussing new and evolving roles with team members.
Should the employee wish to grow into a new role, there are a number of opportunities for growth and development. Presently, we have identified the future growth opportunities. In all likelihood, a future role will likely encompass a combination of the below opportunities and roles.
(1) Executive Producer, Production Services Manager, Podglomerate Productions Manager. The success of this business line will create more opportunities within the company–especially since we’re also creating internal production efforts. As we better-understand market demand, we will likely need more people to (1) manage service contracts, and (2) contribute to internal properties. As the team grows, there will likely be a point where the Service and Internal production roles are separated into different departments and/or workflows. Within that shift, there will likely be an opportunity to focus wholly on either Services or Internal properties, Creative, or as someone who supervises both sub-groups of Production work.
(2) Staff Management. Once independently proficient, you could formally manage teams of junior production employees, and operate more strictly in a supervisory capacity–accountable for the success of each campaign, but with your team executing the majority of the production labor.
(3) Internal Workflow Management. The company software and workflow management systems have recently been retooled, but we are always looking for better efficiencies.
(4) Mentorship. Our intent is to keep adding and building strong production professionals in this space. We will need someone to oversee their growth and development alongside a workload of successful campaign execution.
Essential Job Functions
Handle day-to-day production tasks on two current Podglomerate Productions and two Production Services contracts with the possibility of adding more, including (but not limited to):
Set deadlines, clearly communicate those deadlines and keep the team on track
Outline, produce, and assemble episodes throughout all stages of production
Direct hosts and talent while providing guidance, support, and best practices to ensure a high quality final product will be produced
Edit episodes, with an ear toward story crafting, structure, and exciting sound design.
Using: Adobe Audition, RX Plugins, Descript, Adobe Media Encoder
Ensure editorial, production, and technical quality of programming
Project-manage production schedules, workflow, roles, and responsibilities
Select clips for audio and video sharing on social media platforms
Review episode transcripts for any errors or updates prior to publishing
Review audio and video deliverables prior to publishing
Work alongside multiple internal partners, stakeholders, executives, external partners and outside agencies
Perpetually remain up-to-speed on the latest news in the entertainment, technology and podcasting space
Work with the VP and Executive Producer to set editorial agendas and goals for shows.
Work with internal and external production teams to provide notes on the engineering, editing, and mixing of productions
Manage a team of junior editors, guiding and supporting their growth, assessing their performance
Help guide the pre-production process in collaboration with host, clients, and producers.
A demonstrated history of successfully-executing podcast production campaigns in the last 2 years
4+ years experience in digital media, audio production and general video production
2+ years experience working with brands and branded content
2+ years experience managing internal employees and contractors
Exceptional communication skills; written and verbal
Keen eye and ear for quality control on pre-published episodes
Demonstrated ability to provide actionable constructive feedback objectively and with diplomacy
Strong ability to structure a compelling and unique audio story, both editorially and technically
Experience working on a tight production schedule and translating ideas into action
Experience and familiarity conducting interviews on a wide-variety of talent and topics
Full understanding of audio production
Desire to find inventive approaches to audio production
Preference for working with a highly collaborative team
Strong ability to keep open lines of communication on a team
A knack for delivering clear, conscientious feedback on both stories and performance
Creative and motivated self-starter with a hands-on attitude
Excellent writing, organizational and presentation skills
Advanced knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Audition editing experience
Riverside remote engineering experience
Bonus: Airtable organizational experience
The employee may be required to report to a different local office as a normal, contemplated, and mandated incident of their employment
Flexible schedule required
Remote work – employee controls working environment
Labor is akin to that of an “office environment”, with frequent, computer, mouse, keyboard use
Hearing, talking, reaching, grasping
Please send a resume to listen [at] thepodglomerate.com to apply for this role. Please also write a few sentences about why you’re interested in the role and your qualifications.
Note: This job description is not intended to be all inclusive or exclusive. At any time, employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization and participate in additional trainings.
The Podglomerate LLC follows Equal Opportunity Employment Commission guidelines. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.