Senior Mixer — Serial and This American Life

This American Life // Serial Productions

New York, NY, USA

Full time

$70-100k (annually)

Sep 11

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Deadline

9/17/21

Serial Productions and This American Life are looking for an experienced audio professional to engineer and mix high-quality, narrative audio stories. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, creative, and detail-oriented with a strong background in audio storytelling.

Serial Productions and This American Life work in close collaboration out of shared offices in New York City. This role will work across both companies, with a focus on Serial Productions projects but with opportunities to work on all our shows. For Serial, you’ll lead audio production — shaping the sound of Serial shows, mixing podcast series, and providing technical support to the Serial Productions staff. For This American Life, you’ll mix stories for our show and assist the existing staff with weekly show releases, especially when Serial is not in active production.

We believe that having a diverse staff is the only way to effectively document the reality of life in this country with the proper nuance and perspective. A more diverse group of people working behind the scenes makes us better at every stage of our processes. So we strongly encourage people of all backgrounds, races, genders, and abilities to apply.

Some things you’ll do in this role:

  • Lead audio production for Serial Productions.
  • Mix and score podcast series for Serial Productions and stories for This American Life. Mixers are responsible for all aspects of audio production — levels, musical scoring, audio restoration, and mastering.
  • Work with producers to source and supervise original music for Serial Productions podcasts. Provide technical support to the Serial Productions team. This includes support for recording both in and outside the studio and assistance with Pro Tools and other audio software.
  • Assist with weekly show production for This American Life. Along with This American Life’s Technical Director and Production Manager, you’ll be responsible for meeting deadlines for weekly show releases each Friday.

Some things we’re looking for:

  • 7+ years of experience in audio engineering (or equivalent position). We are open to audio professionals from any discipline who have deep experience using audio to tell stories.
  • Expert in Pro Tools with experience in audio restoration (iZotope RX) and mastering for podcast and broadcast.
  • Expertise in recording techniques and equipment, both for studio settings and field recording.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and follow through on projects to completion.
  • Excellent attention to detail, with good organization and time management skills.
  • Collaborative attitude and strong communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex technical information to people with technical and non-technical backgrounds.

This American Life and Serial Productions are homes for narrative reporting. Our stories are organized around plot, with emotional arcs, strong central characters, surprising twists, funny moments, and original ideas. This American Life has been on the air since 1995, has won every major award for journalistic excellence, and is hugely popular, with 5 million radio listeners and podcast downloads each week. Serial Productions produced the hit podcasts SerialS-Townand Nice White Parents and is now expanding its team to create more groundbreaking shows, more often.

This position is based out of the Serial / This American Life offices in New York City. Remote employees (US only) will be considered; however, because this position is expected to provide in-studio support to the Serial team, a strong preference will be given to candidates who are based in New York.

Additional Application Instructions

TO APPLY: Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@thislife.org. Please put “Serial/TAL Mixer” and your name in the subject line. Please include links to three samples of narrative audio work in your cover letter, with a few sentences describing your role and responsibilities on each project. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 17th. If we decide to move forward with your application, we may ask you to have a phone call with a member of our audio staff or to prepare a short sample mix for us to review. The next step after that would be to meet with a few members of our team, including Serial’s Executive Editor, Julie Snyder.

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