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Podcast Producer - Production Support Services

Washington, D.C.
Job Description:
The U.S. Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Bureau seeks a Podcast Producer to provide comprehensive podcast production services to support ECA’s podcast 22.33 and other audio related initiatives.
The primary mission of 22.33 is to highlight to a general public audience how the Department of State’s international exchange programs improve foreign relations, strengthen national security, and provide a broad range of domestic benefits, while having profound and positive impacts on participants and audiences.  

Clearance Requirement: MRPT (with eventual Secret clearance for on-site support)


Production Support for 22.33
Oversee the production of 22.33 from start to finish, in coordination and consultation with the Collaboratory team.
Provide support to the following typical tasks using the government provided Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and with adherence to the government provided Master Production Schedule: 
  • Coordinate with offices in ECA and offices in other parts of the US government and/or participants to inform, schedule, and/or prepare people for interviews.
  • Coordinate interview logistics, including managing interview locations, recording equipment.
  • Conduct interviews.
  • Oversee logistics and recording and work with Collaboratory colleagues to plan content for 22.33 live events. (Live events are podcasts recorded in front of an audience).
  • Follow-up with interview participants at various stages, including:  
    • Follow-up with interviewees to receive and catalogue their photographs;
    • Allow interviewees to preview episodes for mistakes or sensitive material;
    • Provide timely communication about precise episode launch date; and continued communication as needed.
Conduct the recording, editing, mastering, and all post-production work for all 22.33 episodes in accordance with the government’s SOPs and Master Production Schedule.  This shall include:
  • Provide an Audio File Archive & Management Recommendation Report to provide recommendations on the most effective and efficient approach for improving the organization of the existing and future audio files.
  • Create a robust archive of 22.33 audio files using “Box” (DOS’s cloud file sharing application) and maintain the archive moving forward.
  • Oversee and perform editing.
  • Conduct script writing.
  • Master and organize finished files.
  • Produce and conduct quality control of provided transcripts.
  • Upload podcast material onto the ECA webpage.
  • Upload episodes to the podcast platform.
  • Perform all post production communication with relevant ECA offices, implementing partners, and interviewees.
  • Maintain the Master Production Schedule of all episodes.
  • Curate the legal music for 22.33.
Data Analytics Support
Collect and summarize data in a meaningful way in support of 22.33. Design and submit a Monthly Data Analytics Report summarizing data such as downloads, program offices, regional areas, impact stories, innovation case studies. 
Typical tasks included in the collection and communication of data include:    
  • Track relevant 22.33 data from “anchor.fm” (ECA’s current hosting platform) on a weekly basis, including downloads, locality demographics, etc.
  • Track and communicate 22.33 statistics, including episode regions, countries, themes, programs, gender; key audiences, etc.
  • Collect and communicate as thoroughly as possible how 22.33 is being utilized in American Spaces, overseas English language programs, foreign and domestic classroom, and other venues.
  • Collect and communicate feedback from ECA staff and leadership and from the audience.  
Marketing and Communication
Work with the Collaboratory and other ECA colleagues, including the office of Public Affairs and Strategic Communications (PASC), to promote as wide distribution as possible and facilitate podcast usage among relevant stakeholders, including State Department offices, bureaus, posts, other USG offices, and educational settings.  

Develop a 22.33 Communication Plan & Schedule, in coordination with the Collaboratory and the PASC office. The plan shall advise on communication strategy; identify communication objectives; target audiences; identify communication vehicles; and establish timelines for specific communication activities.  The communication plan shall address relevant upcoming 22.33 episodes with stakeholder ECA offices, overseas missions; implementing partners; State offices/bureaus; USG agencies; outside organizations; educational institutions; etc.

The following are typical tasks included in supporting communications and shall be included in the Communications Plan: 
  • Advise on social media strategies for 22.33.
  • Send “Next 10: episode” alerts to the government identified audiences groups, i.e., entire ECA Bureau, as episodes become available;
  • Using relevant events, initiatives, commemorative dates, etc., to craft social media postings highlighting relevant 22.33 episodes.
  • Maintain and promote 22.33_stories on the Instagram page.
  • Maintain communication with other podcast producers; ECA, State, and USG offices with similar products or goals; relevant contacts in international exchange, travel, education, or other sectors that overlap with 22.33 themes.
  • Write blogs, articles, etc. promoting 22.33 as a public diplomacy and/or educational tool.
Develop a Training Plan & Schedule to identify learning needs and facilitate learning opportunities for Bureau employees and partner offices to understand and create podcasts.
The following are typical tasks included in supporting podcast training and shall be included in the Training Plan: 
  • Advise on trends within podcasting, audio events, storytelling, etc.
  • Update and maintain current Podcasting Toolkit and determine learning objectives, course content, and instructional plans to teach the content of the podcasting toolkit to others.
  • Train Bureau employees and partner offices on both technical and strategic podcasting production and interviewing techniques.
  • Appear on podcast-related panels or attend government identified podcast-related programs or trainings.
Develop a Recommendation Report for Maintaining a Podcasting Web Platform to Host 22.33.  At the direction of the Collaboratory, explore the development of the “22.33x” model, where successful ECA-related podcasts can be linked and cross-promoted.
Required Skills
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft office suite software;
  • Advanced knowledge of audio editing software (such as GarageBand, Audacity, Audition, or comparable)
  • Advanced knowledge of audio recording equipment (Zoom H4, H6), microphones, and basic mixing boards;
  • Knowledge of iTunes;
  • Knowledge of media data base management;
  • Experience with content creation and management of social media;
  • Demonstrated experience with interviewing or crafting narrative stories;
  • Experience in podcasting or audio production;

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