Minnesota Public Radio operates a 46-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching more than 1 million listeners each week, MPR and its three regional services' MPR News , Classical MPR and The Current 'produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences. MPR marks its first half century of public service in 2017 with a full year of new conversations, broadcast programming and special events on air, online and in person across the state. Details at MPR50.org . Programs produced by MPR's national programming division, American Public Media, reach more than 20 million listeners via 1,000 radio stations nationwide each week. APM is one of the largest producers and distributors of public radio programming in the world, with a portfolio that includes BBC World Service, Marketplace, and the leading classical music programming in the nation. APM also offers a diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, business and investigative journalism. 

Position Summary:
The Pitch Producer I is an integral part of on-air fundraising efforts during Member Drives. This role is responsible for building content-responsive pitch breaks from scripting, communicating with hosts and show producers, and ensuring the quality of on-air fundraising. This is a temporary or occasional part-time position (20-30 hours/week). 

Application deadline: January 23, 2018 

Position Responsibility:
Work with show producers and hosts to organize scripting that is compelling and responsive to content. Ensure quality and pacing of pitch breaks by actively listening to pitches in progress and providing feedback to hosts and show producers. Deliver feedback and other communications on behalf of the Membership team. Arrive on time and be punctual in duties throughout shift. Attend pre-drive trainings as needed. Maintain communication with Membership team for updates on scheduling, scripting and daily plans. Maintain an organized pitch producer working area in studios including script boxes and office supplies. 

Required Education and Experience:
1-2 years experience in public media or fundraising. 

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Effective oral and written communication skills. Strong organization and time-management skills. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a broad range of personalities and positions. Ability to multi-task in a deadline-driven environment, and to manage own time and schedules. Flexibility and ability to adapt to quickly-changing needs of the Membership team. Strong attention to detail. Demonstrated proficiency in Word, Excel, and internet-based software. Affinity for Public Radio/MPR Programming. Passion for and understanding of the MPR Mission, Vision & Values. 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of, or experience in, on-air fundraising.
  • Radio/audio production
Reporting To This Position: None 

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation Physical Demands: Required to walk, sit, and stand; reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch; Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping. Working Conditions: 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.

 

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