The Live Events Producer is an experienced creative journalist, who has a passion for live storytelling and the exchange of ideas onstage.
The producer will play an integral role in expanding KQED’s profile as a convener of civic dialogue and a presenter of distinctive experiences that inform, inspire, and involve live audiences throughout the Bay Area. The producer works closely with KQED’s Director of Events, along with the Chief Content Officer, KQED News, Arts & Culture, and other content teams, to develop and implement live events programming with the highest editorial standards. The role is responsible for managing the entire production life-cycle of assigned events—from initial concepts, to myriad day-of-show details, to bringing live events series and one time programs to broadcast, in accordance with the highest editorial standards at KQED.
Drawing on rigorous reporting and research skills, extensive networks of relevant contacts, and versatility as a writer and content-creator, the producer books guests in consultation with the event host and shapes compelling onstage content, both for the live audience and for the broadcast audience, when relevant. The producer has a strong command of stagecraft for live in-person events of any scale and format — from intimate community forums and interactive workshops, to headline speaker engagements and complex scripted multimedia shows that play to 1,000+ capacity venues. They collaborate with reporters, writers, filmmakers, podcasters and on-air hosts, performers, photographers, and designers to incorporate team contributions creatively into the live event medium. In turn, the producer also exhibits thorough understanding of how to optimize event production for generating content across multiple platforms, broadcast or digital. They are masterful at coordinating multiple simultaneous projects at various stages of development with impeccable organization and editorial judgment.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate intellectual currency, practical expertise, and—above all—a deep understanding of what liveness offers as a medium for journalism.
- Work with Director of Events and Chief Content Officer to curate and plan long-range live events programming that complements the editorial strategies of KQED’s other content platforms and programs.
- Serve as a bridge between KQED News and Content departments and Public Events department, providing regular updates editorial priorities and sharing feedback, reports, insights, best practices they relate to live events.
- Create pipeline for development of individual event program pitches and assignments, with clearly defined quality and feasibility criteria for advancing toward production.
- Build a wide network of potential internal event contributors and community partners.
- Maintain KQED Live Events editorial calendar and production database on Airtable, keeping all producing documentation up-to-date and communicating progress widely to stakeholders across the organization.
- Work with Director of Events to design replicable standards and methods for producing individual live events and to train other engagement staff and program producers for future self-sufficiency in an events programming pipeline.
- Serve as project lead on a portfolio of select events from start to finish, including all aspects of event-planning from content development, promotions, vendor management, production and stage management, and overall creative direction.
- Research and pitch event concepts, including topics, formats, and prospective guests. When relevant, bring events series and one off programs to the broadcast audience, overseeing all aspects of production and post production in accordance with the highest editorial standards.
- Book relevant speakers, community representatives, performers, and other talent, guided by strong editorial planning. Create briefing materials to prepare them with logistics, content, and production details.
- Coordinate with KQED newsroom and studio operations to schedule reporters, producers, audio engineers, camera crews, and other personnel to support event execution and recording.
- Write onstage content, including event scripts, interview questions, other talking points and remarks as needed for presentation, in collaboration with hosts and editors.
- Create event editorial packages for onstage presentation, producing and assembling slide decks, video segments, sound and music cues, and other audio-visual graphics, along with detailed cue sheets.
- Manage and track individual event budgets.
- Create detailed production timelines and run-of-show documents.
- Work with the Events Audience Specialist, KQED Creative, KQED Marketing/Communications staff to prepare event promotions for multiple platforms, including production details, event description copy, artwork.
- Manage day-to-day communications with internal editorial staff and executives, as well as external partners.
- Coordinate the production and multiplatform distribution of livestream or recorded event-related content that consider the arc of audience engagement from first discovery, to post-event reflection.
- Work with KQED studio engineers, producers, editors and programming personnel, and digital content production—as well as external A/V vendors and venue production technicians—to ensure quality reproduction and timely distribution.
- Create individual pre-/post-event editorial content packages and pages for the web, including writing copy, producing and assembling photo slideshows, preparing video segments and audio-recordings, and interactive graphics.
- Coordinate with Events Audience Manager to ensure editorial quality control on event listings, web pages, social posts, and other communications.
Other Job Functions
- Occasionally supports other engagement staff producing events promoting original KQED content.
- Represents KQED at events.
- Assume other responsibilities as assigned.
- 2-5 years of experience as a live event producer, public programs manager, public affairs producer or relevant position with extensive background in booking and liaising with guests (headline speakers and interview subjects, expert panelists, community representatives, performers, etc.).
- Excellent news judgment and reporting skills, with thorough knowledge of journalistic principles, ethics and standards.
- Strong writing for event concept treatments and program notes, as well as speeches, interviews, and other onstage presentations.
- Demonstrated ability to cover a range of significant public affairs issues and subjects such as government and politics, the economy, education, health, immigration, legal affairs and the environment.
- Ability to interview and communicate with a variety of individuals.
- Ability to research and communicate through a variety of mobile and digital tools.
- Ability to work under deadline pressures.
- A deep affinity for and knowledge of KQED, and an appreciation for public media’s mission.
- Working knowledge of a range of significant regional and statewide public affairs issues and subjects such as government and politics, the economy, education, health, immigration, legal affairs and the environment preferred.
- Working knowledge of the 9-county Bay Area and the Sacramento region.
- Experience directing for theatrical, multimedia, television or radio broadcast, or other live storytelling media strongly desired.
- Comprehensive knowledge of best practices in complex event planning, including talent and venue bookings, logistics, contracts standards, basic technical production, vendor management, promotion and ticketing, front-of-house operations, and stage management.
- Some knowledge of best practices and platforms for virtual events and livestreaming, such as Zoom, YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitch, etc.
- Some production design experience or ability to offer creative direction to production designers a plus.
- Experience working in a demographically diverse news environment strongly desired.
- Non-English language skills (fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, or other languages with large California speaking populations) highly desired.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s preferred.
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 20 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) with employer match. 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 citizens 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.
We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services