Audio Producer
Seeking audio producer to conceive and create explanatory audio and podcasts for the next generation
Chicago, IL 
Posted 12 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is where your world and the world meet. The Council is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that empowers more people to help shape our global future. We are launching an editorial startup team to connect with the next generation of changemakers who want to create a more open and promising world for all. By informing them, inspiring them, and involving them in world affairs, we will support an inclusive community of globally conscious people who want to have a tangible impact. The Council celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2022. Do you want to help shape our next century?

The Role

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is seeking an audio producer to conceive and create explanatory audio and podcasts for the next generation of changemakers, across a range of topics.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for narrative, a love of storytelling with texture, tone, and clarity, and experience pitching, planning, and producing a range of material, from in-depth discussions to human interest stories.

You will be attuned to the most pressing global concerns, particularly related to climate, and able to spot ways to provide accessible, actionable information on them regularly. You anticipate questions about global affairs and want to produce authentic, original audio in response.
This is a collaborative, hands-on team looking for an audio storyteller who is impeccably accurate, relentlessly curious, and understands how to interest people in the important global events of the day.

The position is a hybrid role and requires occasional in-person attendance based on work activities and peak seasons at our Downtown Chicago location. The audio producer reports to the Supervising Producer.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Pitching, planning, producing, and editing audio that is timely and relevant.
  • Writing accurate, compelling scripts and briefing documents for podcast hosts.
  • Working quickly and collaboratively to produce engaging, accurate audio on deadline.
  • Using appropriate music, scoring, and sound design as an aspect of compelling storytelling.
  • Creating audiograms for social media promotion
  • Using data and analytics to help guide editorial and audience development.
  • Taking a forward-looking, lab-like approach to testing new content and engagement ideas intended to build a diverse audience.
  • Participating in the team’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies.
  • Fostering cross-team collaborations in support of the Council’s digital transformation objectives and goals.
  • Provide support for Council events (virtual, hybrid, or in-person), sometimes requiring early morning or evening hours. Examples may be production-related, registrations, ushering, greeting, monitoring social media channels, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred
  • At least three years of experience making great audio that reaches a significant regional or national audience
  • Proficiency with audio editing and publishing software
  • Comfort with scoring and sound design as an aspect of compelling storytelling
  • Sharp editorial instincts and skills
  • Familiar with interpreting native audio analytics, web analytics, and common platforms (e.g., Google Analytics, etc.) to adapt and improve audience engagement
  • Collaborative, with proactive and inclusive interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is a plus.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, handicap or disability, marital status, military service or veteran status, genetic information, or for any other reason prohibited by applicable law.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We are committed to weaving diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the fabric of the Council, and we believe people — their identities, experiences, beliefs, knowledge, and ideas — are critical to our success and to global affairs. We will elevate diverse voices and identities and a full range of perspectives, advance equitable and inclusive access to exploring and shaping ideas, and ensure our organization reflects the diversity of Chicago, our nation, and the world.

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Vaccination Statement 

For the safety and well-being of our staff, the Council requires that all prospective employees submit proof of an up-to-date COVID vaccination and booster record or seek a reasonable accommodation for a religious or medical reason prior to their first day of employment.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
There are many benefits to working at the Council, including a flexible remote/in-office work environment, half-day summer Fridays, paid parental leave, employer-subsidized medical/dental/vision insurance, generous paid time off, retirement match, mobile phone stipend, commuter accessible, fitness center membership, and more.
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 to 5 years
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