Editor, Podcasts

San Francisco, CA

We’re looking for an audio story editor with the skills and appetite to edit a wide variety of podcasts – from daily news to produced interviews to long-form narrative. This person is a versatile storyteller, and can work across a range of shows as an editor, leader, and key collaborator within KQED. 

The editor will edit a slate of ongoing podcasts, managing and guiding podcast teams to develop storylines and determine focus for individual episodes and occasional series. They will oversee podcast teams in active production—giving edits and overall direction to the shows. The editor is responsible for the management and optimization of pre-production, production, and post-production workflows for KQED’s podcasts.

Salary range information will be provided to applicants who are contacted for an interview


One of our core values at KQED is that we are better together, and that we commit to learning, growth, and holding ourselves accountable. We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color,  people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

This role will work hybrid between working in KQED's newly renovated headquarters and working remotely.

KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Essential functions:

  • Oversee and provide timely and in-depth edits on story structure for scripts and mixes for a variety of podcasts, broadcast segments, and assist in writing when necessary.
  • Review scripts and rough mixes on both a big picture and a line-by-line basis, and occasionally oversee and develop special series, collaborations, and events for the podcast department.
  • Work collaboratively with teams to uphold best practices for fact-checking and audio accessibility 
  • Manage several podcast team members: providing oversight and guidance, coaching/mentoring as needed, and providing effective performance feedback 
  •  Manage multiple deadlines and clearly communicate those to hosts, editors, producers, and reporters
  • Coach podcast producers, hosts 
  •  Oversee creative communication with teams including hosts, production staff and researchers throughout development and production process
  • Maintain and adapt systems and production workflows that support deadline-driven creative work for individual shows.
  • Assist in the post production process by cutting tape, overseeing the assembly mixes and the scoring of episodes as needed
  •  Record in the studio and in the field as needed
  • Work collaboratively with a wide variety of teams, hosts, producers, and reporters
  • Assist the Director and Senior Producer of Podcasts with brainstorming, evaluating and shaping concepts for new shows 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Candidate qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of experience producing audio for radio or podcast. Experience with the skills and practice of editing highly preferred, but not required to have held a previous formal editor title
  • A journalism background highly preferred
  • An ability to listen to raw tape, and identify the perfect details, the need-to-know plot points, and the need-to-hear moments that make a story
  • Experience scripting and reviewing longform audio stories (15-20 min or longer)
  • Proficiency in creating assemblies in Audition or other DAW
  • An eye and ear for detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a variety of teams
  • Ability to remain calm in high-pressure time-sensitive situations with a variety of personalities
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and co-creating a work culture that upholds equity, solidarity and interdependence. 
  • Creative problem solving  

Other Job Functions:       

  • Production management experience
  • Familiar with best practices in marketing and distribution in the podcast industry.
  • Technical writing and process documentation development experience
  • Audio, photo, and video production skill

Let us tell you more about our benefits:

  • Whether you’re single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family-friendly workplace offering paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) plan. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition, we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

  • KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.    
  • Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.
  • KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    
  • We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

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