Maximum Fun Production Fellow, Early 2019-2020

Maximum Fun is a an independent podcast and radio production organization, based in Los Angeles. The network distributes over three dozen audio programs in the areas of comedy and culture, including the NPR radio show Bullseye with Jesse Thorn.

Audio shows produced in our Los Angeles office include Bullseye, Switchblade Sisters, International Waters, Jordan, Jesse, Go!, Judge John Hodgman, One Bad Mother, Pop Rocket, and the scripted comedy Bubble, which was named a best podcast of 2018 by Apple, Rolling Stone, and the Atlantic (to name a few).

We’re seeking candidates who are starting out in (or transitioning to) a career in audio production. The Production Fellow will work full-time out of our office near downtown Los Angeles.

If that’s you, apply today! Our application deadline is February 1st, 2019. The target start date is February 18.

Our Production Fellowship program will be a full-time position, and will focus on all aspects of production of our in-house programming, including assisting with writing scripts, research, booking, engineering recordings, editing audio, getting material broadcast and podcast-ready, writing content for our blog, and managing and curating social media for our shows. The Fellow will also assist with occasional live shows and events.

The ideal candidate is a podcast enthusiast who is deeply immersed in culture (pop or otherwise) and/or comedy. You should have an strong interest in audio and a curiosity about the world. Our job will be to train you in the skills needed for audio production.

The Fellow will split responsibilities across Bullseye with Jesse Thorn (distributed nationally by NPR) and other MaxFun projects. We take training and skill-building seriously, and expect the Fellow to advance existing skills and build many new skills over the course of the year. Our goal is that those completing the Fellowship are capable of comfortably handling all steps of the audio production process, from pre-production to publishing.

MaximumFun.org is an equal opportunity employer, and actively seeks applicants from a broad variety of backgrounds. Diversity of experience and perspective is essential to our business. We want interesting and distinctive candidates, not cultural homogeneity.

The Maximum Fun Production Fellowship is a one-year, full-time position. The fellow will receive an annual salary of $31,200, plus paid federal holidays and a benefits package that includes health insurance, sick time, personal time, YMCA membership, and more.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Will not be enrolled in an academic program throughout the duration of the program
  • Some experience with Adobe Audition, ProTools, Hindenburg, or similar digital editing software
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly and efficiently under pressure
  • Ability to multitask
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
  • Love of comedy and culture

Experiences that could be helpful (even if you've never cut tape):

  • Radio or podcast production (independent / college radio production is a-okay)
  • Journalism.
  • Social media marketing / brand management
  • Event coordination

We cannot accept submissions from international applicants who are not residents of the US. All applicants must be willing to relocate to Los Angeles if necessary before the start date of the position.

APPLICATION

To apply for the production fellowship, please send the following to fellowship@maximumfun.org:

  • A resume
  • The names, phone numbers and email addresses of two references we may contact, including at least one past employer
  • A work sample (i.e. an audio piece or journalistic work that you helped produce, including a description of your work on the project). No attachments, please. Download links to MP3, Soundcloud links OK.
  • Brief responses (no more than a paragraph each) to the following prompts:
    • Why do you want to work in public radio and/or podcast production
    • What previous experience (if any) do you have in journalism and/or radio or podcast production?
    • What previous experience (if any) do you have with audio editing?
    • What book, article, show, film, podcast, album, song or other cultural product that you consumed this week would you recommend to a friend? Why?
    • Pick a MaxFun show (maybe you already have a favorite) and review a recent episode. Let us know the show, episode title, what you liked and what you didn’t.

Note that a cover letter is not required.