Employment

Below are current career opportunities at Rhode Island Public Radio.  Scroll down for details.
  • Executive Producer - Mosaic Project
  • Weekend Host
  • Fill-In/PT On-Air Hosts (ongoing)
  • Newsroom Internships
  • Other Volunteering Opportunities
  • FCC EEO Reports

Executive Producer - Mosaic Project

Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) seeks a skilled executive producer for a podcast about immigration. The project, Mosaic, will tell stories about the immigrant experience in all of its rich variety and scope.

What you should possess: a passion for audio; a keen ear for sound and storytelling; a community oriented and inclusive mindset; experience reporting on and/or working with immigrants and immigrant communities; the ability to deliver documentary-style production that gets inside a person’s life; excellent editorial judgment; a willingness to experiment; comfort with community events and social media platforms. The ability to speak a language other than English is a plus.

Mosaic is an effort to go beyond the stereotypes about immigrants and immigration that tend to frame their stories in the context of either heroes or villains. Instead, the project will embrace deeper, more personal and more complex narratives. The project will include a podcast series, radio segments, public events and audience engagement through technology.

Position Time Frame and Logistics:

  • Full-Time, September 2018 - January 2020

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the production process of thirty (30) podcast episodes and five public events;
  • Collaborate with the News Director and other members of RIPR’s newsroom to create broadcast appropriate segments;
  • Perform soup-to-nuts production tasks, including identifying and interviewing sources, booking, prepping hosts, writing scripts, researching and fact-checking, processing tape and making it come to life;
  • Recruit, manage and edit freelance contributors to the podcast;
  • Collaborate with a variety to stakeholders, including partner organizations, residents and citizens from diverse backgrounds;
  • Record in the field and in studio; travel may be required;
  • Communicate consistently and clearly with other members of the team at RIPR;
  • Manage programmatic budgets as they relate to the series’ production;
  • Guarantee the on-time, flawless delivery of audio to multiple platforms;
  • Conduct surveys of audience members, partner organizations, event participants and interviewees to track the success of the initiative and refine the project;
  • Invite audience conversations and participation online and on social media and oversee the moderation and tracking of those conversations;
  • Oversee the tracking of any spillover effect from the project on RIPR’s other news reports.

Qualifications:

  • At least three years of experience producing audio;
  • Demonstrated success in the creation of superb media content under pressure;
  • Demonstrated experience organizing in-person, community events in collaboration with other organizations;
  • Experience with research, reporting, interviewing, storytelling, documentary-style production, audio editing and sound design;
  • Skill at sparking conversations in-person, online and through social media;
  • Fluency in audio editing;
  • Top-notch organizational skills, attention to detail, deadlines and time-management;
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken;
  • Ability to multitask with flair;
  • An independent work ethic combined with a patience for collaborating with audiences and communities;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field;
  • Fluency in more than one language preferred.

About the Project:

Mosaic is an initiative of Rhode Island Public Radio. It seeks to focus on the human element of immigration, which is rich and diverse and, if explored, defies the stereotypes that too often dominate media coverage of this issue. The episodes will avoid the obvious narratives and instead seek connections with universal themes such as the search for the meaning of home and belonging. The series will confront larger questions related to how identity changes as a result of multi-culturalism, and how difference can become a source of strength, rather than strife.

We thank the Carnegie Corporation of New York for generously supporting this initiative.

About Rhode Island Public Radio:

  • Rhode Island Public Radio provides quality journalism and compelling storytelling that informs, educates, and inspires community. Rhode Island Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Process:

  • Applications are due prior to Monday, 8/28/2018.
  • Please send resume and cover letter to Elisabeth Harrison, news director, at careers@ripr.org. Please include 4 audio samples as part of your application. These examples can be a part of a longer form project.
  • Please, no phone call inquiries.

Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. RIPR does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.


Weekend Host

Studio A - the "air studio".
Credit Aaron Read RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio has an immediate opening for a Weekend Host.  

Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) is based in the historic Union Station building in the heart of beautiful Providence, RI. Home to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence has become a haven for artists and entertainers. Providence boasts an eclectic mix of galleries, theaters and  museums and has one of the most vibrant culinary scenes in the nation. Rhode Island is surrounded by beautiful beaches and is a short distance from both Boston and New York. 
 
The successful candidate for Weekend Host must demonstrate excellent vocal presentation, strong technical skills and meticulous attention to detail. RIPR is seeking a warm and friendly host for the Saturday and Sunday morning broadcasts of news, promotional, and underwriting content for the regional portions of “Weekend Edition” on Rhode Island Public Radio. The host must integrate network and RIPR content seamlessly. Candidates should enjoy working independently and be comfortable adapting to changing technology. Other duties include:
  1. Writes, records, and edits newscast items & interviews.
  2. Reports news and feature stories.
  3. Contributes to RIPR special projects.
  4. Represents RIPR to the community.
  5. Participates in Membership Drives.
  6. Other duties as assigned.
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and a minimum of two years broadcast experience is required. Public radio experience is preferred. Must be proficient in live board operation, broadcast automation and digital audio editing. Must have experience preparing, writing and delivering newscasts. 
 
Scheduled hours from 6:00am – 12:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This is a part-time hourly position.
 
RIPR service includes news networks, RIPR.org and mobile service. This position is based in our Providence studios. Apply online only to careers@ripr.org by August 4, 2018 using “Weekend Host” in the subject line with cover letter, resume and three work samples provided as attachments or URLs. Work samples should include at least one audio sample. Please indicate how you learned about the job opening.  
 
No Phone Calls Please.   Rhode Island Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.

Fill-In / Part-Time On-Air Hosts

(updated June 2018)

Rhode Island Public Radio has immediate openings for part time On-Air Hosts. 
 
We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and detail-oriented people to join our growing news team. The successful candidates must demonstrate excellent vocal presentation, news writing and editorial judgement. Strong technical and production experience are also a necessity.  The on-air host is responsible for anchoring local news segments and continuity breaks. The candidate should be warm and friendly, with the flexibility and skill to fill a variety of live and pre-recorded breaks.  Candidates should embrace working under tight deadlines, working independently and as part of a team. Possible shifts include early mornings, weekends, afternoons and holidays. The hourly rate is depending on experience.
 
A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years professional broadcast experience is required.  Public radio experience is a plus.  Must be proficient in digital audio editing software and comfortable with live board operation and automation.  Must have experience preparing, writing, and delivering newscasts. 
This position is based in our Providence studios. 
 
Apply online only to careers@ripr.org using “On Air Host” in the subject line with cover letter, resume and three work samples provided as attachments or URLs. No Phone Calls Please.
 
Rhode Island Public Radio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, or sexual orientation. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
 

Newsroom Internships

 
Rhode Island Public Radio is currently seeking interns for the newsroom internship. 
 
Interns will work two, four-hour shifts per week in the newsroom writing and producing stories for the daily newscasts. Duties include: researching, interviewing both in the newsroom and out in the field, editing audio, and writing news copy. Interns will also post their stories on the RIPR website and assist with other duties in the newsroom. This is a great opportunity to learn the core skills of broadcast journalism while working alongside experienced journalists. Internship shifts run from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM or Noon - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
 
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Elisabeth Harrison: eharrison@ripr.org.
 

Volunteers
 
To learn about volunteer opportunities, please visit the volunteering page.   

 
RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC RADIO is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
 
Rhode Island Public Radio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, or sexual orientation. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
 
In accordance with FCC guidelines, Rhode Island Public Radio is required to provide notification of full-time job vacancies to organizations involved in assisting job seekers upon request by such organization. As a public service, Rhode Island Public Radio Human Resources office will provide notification of jobs to interested organizations. To request notification, write:
 
Rhode Island Public Radio
1 Union Station
Providence, RI 02903
 
Diversity Statement:
Rhode Island Public Radio is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion to maintain a fair, unbiased work environment and to enhance its ability to effectively serve the public. RIPR values an environment is grounded in respect and inclusion, enriching the experience of listeners and readers, and supports a positive workplace that promotes excellence, and cultivates the intellectual and personal growth of the entire community.
 
RIPR supports nondiscrimination policies and commits to equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity.
 
RIPR’s Diversity Goals
  • To recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is representative of our service area.
  • To provide equal opportunity in employment.
  • To educate its management and staff in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons.
RIPR Diversity Practices and Initiatives
  • RIPR is committed to diversity and equal employment opportunity in every aspect of personnel policy and practice including: recruitment, selection, placement, training and advancement of employees.
  • Recruitment for employment opportunities at RIPR takes place through an open and fair process.
  • RIPR job postings are submitted to professional minority organizations consistent with its established FCC EEO program with the goal of attracting a diverse candidate pool. Special effort will be made by RIPR management and search committee members to recruit minority candidates.
  • RIPR management and other appropriate staff will attend training seminars or workshops in order to learn ways to create a more diverse workforce and to maintain a culture of respect and non-discrimination. RIPR management will review practices designed to fulfill RIPR’s commitment to diversity and to meet applicable FCC guidelines.
Diversity at RIPR
  • RIPR has 19 full time members of its public radio staff.
  • Women comprise a total of 47% of RIPR’s full time staff.  
  • RIPR’s staff generally reflects the demographic makeup of its listening area and we will continue to recruit diverse candidates for future open positions.
 
For our EEO Reports, please download the PDFs below, or visit publicfiles.fcc.gov