Production Assistant, How I Built This

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Application Deadline of Monday, August 21st at 5PM EST.

NPR’s How I Built This is looking for a Production Assistant to join our highly collaborative and creative team. The ideal candidate is already very familiar with the program, has professional experience working in long-form audio, and a solid understanding of how to write, frame and edit a complex narrative. An academic background in business is not required but a passion for business—and specifically, entrepreneurship—is expected.  On this show, we are fascinated by what makes founders tick, about what they were like before their brands became household names, about their fears, failures, triumphs and insights. The ideal candidate will share our enthusiasm, as well as the spirit of optimism and inspiration that How I Built This listeners have come to love and look forward to.

How I Built This is a twice-weekly, interview-based podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders and problem-solvers, sharing the powerful stories of how they built some of the world’s best-known brands. Hosted by Guy Raz, the show is a narrative journey marked by success, failure, serendipity and grit. The podcast is produced by NPR and distributed by Wondery, an Amazon-owned podcast publisher.  In addition to the podcast, NPR also produces an hour-long HIBT/Planet Money radio program that’s broadcast on hundreds of NPR member stations across the country. 

From week to week, the Production Assistant will rotate through a series of assignments, ranging from audio production to intensive research on guests, with other duties as assigned. The position can be a remote position, but candidates would ideally be located near a major U.S. airport as they will be expected to travel occasionally to Washington D.C.  This role will report to the Supervising Producer/Editor of How I Built This.

Collective Bargaining Agreement Statement (only use for union represented roles): This is a union represented role covered under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with SAG-AFTRA

The deadline to apply to this position is 5:00pm ET on Monday, August 21st, 2023. 


  • Prepare extensive research material for the host, including comprehensive summaries of guest backgrounds and business growth trajectories — this research often requires pre-interviews and press calls.
  • Generate and pitch ideas for the show.
  • Edit, write, score and mix individual episodes of the podcast, from raw interview to fully-produced project.
  • As needed, coordinate interview bookings, including technical support before and during the interview.
  • Write, record and produce advertising and promotional material.
  • As needed, produce NPR’s HIBT/Planet Money radio show.
  • As needed, assist with the production of digital media content.

The above duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of required responsibilities, duties and skills. Other duties may be assigned, and this job description can be modified at any time.


  • At least 1 year audio editing and production experience, preferably in long-form narrative.
  • Ability to edit audio confidently on deadline with minimal supervision.
  • At least 1 year experience researching and writing for audio: broadcast and/or podcast.
  • Solid knowledge of research tools, including computer-access data banks.
  • Experience with and demonstrated commitment to fact checking.
  • A passion for and knowledge of business and entrepreneurship.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with others, demonstrating, at all times, respect for the diverse constituencies at NPR and beyond.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, under stringent deadlines  and changing conditions; ability to prioritize, anticipate and communicate effectively.
  • Strong working knowledge of digital media, including proficiency in social media as a way to distribute content.
  • Highly supportive of cultivating and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in work experience


  • Remote Permitted: This is a remote permitted role. This role is based out of our Washington, DC office but the employee may choose to work on a remote basis from a location that NPR approves.


  • This is a full time, non exempt position.


Salary Range: The U.S. based anticipated salary range for this opportunity is $65,000.00-$75,000.00 plus benefits. The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salaries NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.

Benefits: NPR offers access to comprehensive benefits for employees and dependents. Regular, full-time employees scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week are eligible to enroll in NPR’s benefits options. Benefits include access to health and wellness, paid time off, and financial well-being. Plan options include medical, dental, vision, life/ accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, short-term disability, and voluntary retirement savings to all eligible NPR employees. 

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The range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum salaries NPR expects to provide for new hires for the position across all US locations.

NPR Pay Range

$65,000—$75,000 USD