Audience Editor

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | Community & Design | Full-time | Allows remote

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The On Being Project is a nonprofit media and public life initiative pursuing deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together. This work is manifest externally through our integrated teams of Studios, Community & Design, and Civil Conversations and Social Healing. 

We are looking for someone to bring their voice and talents to executing an audience-first engagement strategy that serves our very active, counter-culturally broad, and growing community of listeners. The themes we've been pursuing across the years are converging with this global moment, which gives us a deep well of offerings to bring to the surface alongside a calling to accompany the healers, creatives, and changemakers who make up our community. The Audience Editor will be at the center of this work. 

The Audience Editor will reside within the Community & Design team, which creates useful, beautiful things that extend the reach and impact of what we make, connects our audiences to each other, and deepens their agency in the world. You’ll find our work on onbeing.org, social media (Instagram is our favorite), and in our newsletter, The Pause. As we grow, we’re developing new offerings like Tools for the Art of Living, rich poetry experiences, and Care Packages (a collaboration with our Civil Conversations and Social Healing team). 

A core focus of the Audience Editor will be to drive engagement around our public radio and podcast portfolio, including our flagship show — the Peabody award-winning On Being with Krista Tippett, which has been downloaded and played over 200 million times and was named by The New York Times as one of their recommended “8 Podcasts for the Spiritual Searcher.” Our newest podcast, Poetry Unbound, was played/downloaded over a million times in its first season this year. Season 2 is in production, as is a new season of This Movie Changed Me

The ideal candidate will bring a blend of digital engagement and audience development experience. They will have an instinctive feel for our unique voice and tone and a complementary voice of their own, know how to write inviting social copy, and have an applied understanding of what content to share on which platforms and why. We are looking for someone who can be both a practitioner and an innovator, and someone who can build our engagement muscle toward impact. You should be someone who recognizes how technology can be utilized to share ideas and build community, and has ideas on how to do so.

This is a full-time position that will report to the Executive Director of Community & Design, who's based in Washington D.C. This position may be remote. Relocation assistance is available.

What you’ll be doing: 

  • Manage communications across social platforms and help develop and execute an audience strategy

  • Work closely with editors and producers to write social copy for new podcast episodes and season launches, promote writings from the archives, announce upcoming events, and increase awareness of our other content offerings

  • Nurture our digital spaces as hospitable gathering places, by hosting and engaging in conversations, answering questions, responding to feedback and pitches, etc. 

  • Write and schedule social posts

  • Produce and schedule newsletters

  • Use social listening and analytics tools to track performance, analyze data, and identify trends to help inform our platform strategy

  • Collaborate with editors and producers on identifying audio selects and social teases 

  • Participate in brainstorming sessions for new initiatives and community-building efforts

  • Plan and carry out social campaigns

  • Look for new ways to engage with our community and create pathways to our content

  • Lead social media best practices for the organization

Your qualifications: 

  • Have a minimum of 5 years experience working in audience engagement (preferably at a media organization) or a robust portfolio that demonstrates this type of work 

  • Be familiar with On Being’s content and listen to podcasts regularly

  • Possess a love of language and excellent written communication skills

  • Hold a commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion

  • Be an organized self-starter who is able to successfully operate independently

  • Have a working knowledge of journalistic ethics and standards

  • Be able to successfully incorporate feedback and manage multiple points of view

  • Have deep experience with:

    • Creating innovative audience engagement initiatives 

    • Writing clear and engaging social copy

    • Social media publishing, newsletter, and analytics tools

    • Executing audience development strategies across platforms 

    • Leading conversations and presentations with stakeholders

  • Have at least some experience with: 

    • User-experience design principles 

    • Project management tools and CRM software

    • Wordpress

Note: Please consider applying if you meet 70 percent of the requirements above. 

Please apply here by Monday, June 8. You will be asked to submit a resume, references, and briefly respond to the prompts below (each in 250 words or fewer). We will review your answers before we look at your resume. 

  1. The Community & Design team blends the disciplines of audience engagement, content strategy and design. Using an episode from any of our podcasts as your anchor, what is one audience engagement idea you would want to explore if you were a part of our team?

  2. Write sample social media copy (a tweet, a Facebook post, and an Instagram post) that you might use to promote the On Being interview with writer Ocean Vuong.

  3. Tell us about a time you worked on a collaborative editorial project. How did you incorporate feedback and manage multiple points of view, even those that challenged your own? What did you learn from it? 

  4. What is something you’d like us to know about yourself that we wouldn’t ordinarily get from a resume?

About The On Being Project

The On Being Project is an independent, nonprofit media and public life initiative. We strive to be an ambitious, high-performing, and yet human-centered organization. Our service to our audience, community, and the world is the focus of our work together.

The On Being is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion/spiritual beliefs, ancestry, citizenship status, age, cognitive/physical abilities, sex (this includes sexual orientation, gender identity or expression), marital status, military service, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.