Position Description

Lead Producer, Podcast for Black Women
Location Chicago
Job Code 518
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is home to WBEZ , Chicago’s NPR news source and one of the largest and most respected public media stations in the country, as well as urban alternative music station, Vocalo . The organization serves the community with fact-based, objective news and information. WBEZ’s award-winning journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers and expose truths that spark change and foster understanding. In addition to its local and national news programming, WBEZ Chicago is home to a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including the “Making” series of Making Beyoncé, Making Obama and Making Oprah; an investigative podcast series, Motive; 16 Shots: A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald; Nerdette; and Curious City. WBEZ Chicago has a legacy of innovation as the birthplace of nationally acclaimed programs such as This American Life and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.

Chicago Public Media has recently acquired the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the Chicago’s two major daily newspapers and among the most storied dailies in the nation.  With the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ, Chicago Public Media is now home to one of the largest teams of journalists of any local news organization in the nation. Under the banner of Chicago Public Media, WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times will reach more than 2 million people a week in the Chicago area across broadcast, print, and digital channels. Backed by a significant philanthropic commitment, Chicago Public Media plans to substantially increase its investment in local journalism by hiring additional reporters, producers and newsroom personnel in the months and years ahead. 


The Opportunity

Chicago Public Media, the parent organization of WBEZ 91.5 FM, seeks a Producer to lead the creation and weekly production of a new podcast, targeting Black women in Chicago ages 25 and older.  The show format is in development, but topics of interest include personal finance, arts and culture (music, books, theater, travel, food, comedy), relationships, workplace (leadership, careers), mental health, economics/money, current events and history. This is not a news podcast. It is more of a conversation about lifestyle topics, including topics in the news and those issues affecting the everyday lives of Black women.  The podcast will be conversational, sometimes around deep, hard-to-talk about topics (gun violence, racism, abortion, mental health, microaggressions). It will meld perspectives of the host(s) and guests. The podcast will lean into the “magic” of Black women. It’s uplifting, affirming, joyful, funny, insightful and reflective.  Filled with lessons and conversations that help other women. 

If this sounds like a show you want a leading role in, we want to hear from you.  We are looking for a Producer who has a passion for creative collaboration, an eye for a good story, and the proven ability to develop, edit and produce professional-quality audio shows and stories.  We are looking for a producer with good ideas about audio concepts that would appeal to Black women.  We’re looking for someone who believes in the power of audio to connect, inspire, and transform.   

Creativity is key and the best candidate will bring great ideas to the table and will take joy in shaping ideas with others.   The best candidate will have an appetite for adventure and fun -- and the courage to try things that might not work out. They will have strong journalistic skills and ethical sensibilities.    

The right Producer will be great at time management, able to consistently hit deadlines.  You will love working closely with other producers on the team, and will contribute to a supportive, innovative team environment.  They will also work with colleagues in marketing, development, digital, legal, and corporate underwriting to ensure our work has maximum impact.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who appreciate the importance and have experience of utilizing social media to build a word-of-mouth connection between an audience. 


General Responsibilities

  • Be the lead producer on a team making a podcast for Black women.
  • Be a key player in the fine tuning and development of the show.
  • Produce, edit and publish the podcast to weekly deadline.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization to maintain the highest editorial standards and maximize audience impact.
  • Support and enhance audience development strategies to ensure the success of our podcast.
  • Contribute to a team culture of collaboration, inclusivity, and editorial and creative excellence.




  • At least 2 years experience in audio production, preferably in podcasting.
  • Ability to work in an editorially collaborative way – to articulate your own ideas precisely and concisely, and to recognize and build on strong ideas that come from others.
  • Skilled at juggling a variety of daily tasks, with demonstrated expertise in effective project management.
  • Multi-media storytelling abilities, including social media account management and knowledge of emerging platforms is preferred.
  • Excellent writing, editing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Experience working effectively and supporting podcast host talent.
  • Experience leading a team is preferred.
  • Knowledge of current trends in on-demand content and podcasting, particularly relating to this target audience.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for podcasting and the opportunities it offers for reaching diverse audiences.
  • Video experience an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Chicago region’s rich diversity of stories, sectors and communities is helpful.



Working at Chicago Public Media

At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing, and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact.  Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged.  We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences, and talents to our dynamic workplace.

Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work.  We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience, and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come.

Our benefits include:

 6 weeks fully paid family leave

 High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost

 A 403(b)retirement plan with a company match

Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days.

The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM). The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.

Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we actively seek and welcome people from all backgrounds, orientations, and life experiences to join our team.

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