Job: Engagement Producer

We're looking for a smart, curious, and driven engagement journalist.

At Science Friday we’ve spent 28 years exploring everything from the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies. We’re great at broadcasting science. And we’ve always been digital innovatorswe created the first podcast in public media, and we streamed a radio show online way back in 1993. But we’re so much more than a radio show, and we’re looking for an outgoing, innovative, and organized Engagement Producer to involve and interact with our Science Friday communities across various platforms to facilitate conversation on more than just Friday.

This full-time position is based in New York City. Salary commensurate with experience.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain communities and engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms 
  • Facilitate monthly or regular discussions with scientists and experts from the Science Friday program on Reddit and other platforms as desired
  • Craft original, compelling content and stories for social platforms
  • Advocate for and creatively implement campaigns for new and emerging engagement tools like GroundSource 
  • In collaboration with the other program teams, create additional audience engagement strategies for live events, radio programming, education programming, fundraising, and conferences as needed
  • Live tweet during Friday radio program; identify, clarify, and communicate comments from multiple digital platforms that could feed back into the live radio program
  • Develop questions that invite our audience to actively shape and inform our coverage; disseminate them via social platforms, newsletter campaigns, and the Science Friday VoxPop app
  • Using our VoxPop App and social comments, work with radio producers to gather and package written and audio comments for us on air and online
  • Advocate for audience engagement stories and other opportunities at weekly pitch meetings.
  • Monitor special project email boxes for listener contributions; engage and interact with email audience; and when appropriate feed comments back to producers 
  • In collaboration with our fundraising team, track listener and audience comments for grant reports, applications, and other donor communication
  • Write, support, and disseminate Science Friday newsletters including writing the Weekly Radio newsletter 
  • Consider new audiences we aren’t reaching today and devise strategies to reach and engage them with our programming
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with other media partners for cross-audience engagement
  • Establish clear benchmarks for audience and community engagement, evaluating all campaign/project success and failure, and report findings at production meetings, all-staff meetings, and Board meetings
  • Share engagement insights and best practices with news producers and other teams across the organization to inform their work and future engagement strategies

Required Skills:

  • Fluent on social media platforms with demonstrated experience
  • Excellent collaboration skills and enthusiasm for working as part of a team
  • Strong interest in the science news and how science intersects with people and culture
  • Ace writing and editing skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple deadlines and pivot quickly as the newsroom requires
  • Demonstrated experience crafting original and compelling social engagements
  • Ability to adapt from project to project, platform to platform, team to team
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
  • Proficiency measuring and reporting on engagement through social and web analytics
  • Familiarity with the Adobe creative suite, and experience creating compelling visuals tailored to specific social media platforms
  • Confidence and experience navigating complex social issues, harassment, and complaints as well as audience requests, accolades, media partnerships, and general questions in a social media sphere

Preferred Skills:

  • Audio editing experience a plus
  • Expected to be available and be able to work occasional evenings and/or weekends as needed
  • Experience building communities of fans who eventually become supporters
  • Geeks who love science very strongly encouraged to apply

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. Please include the word “octopus” somewhere in your cover letter. Watch out for typos and grammatical errors. You’re applying to be part of a newsroom with a high standard for content. 

Application deadline November 30. Cover letters should be addressed to Christian Skotte and sent to engagementjob@sciencefriday.com