Hiring: Swamp Ward & Inner Harbour History Project Audio Producer

Do you have a deep appreciation for the human voice and how people remember and talk about their lives? Do you have the technical chops to work with oral history material and transform it into aesthetically compelling and historically rich audio documentary? We’re looking for a person like that! Consider applying for this job.  

Submit cover letter and resume with a sample of work to swihhp@cfrc.ca

Deadline for applications: Friday, May 20, 2016

CFRC Radio 101.9fm is collaborating with the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project (SWIHHP) on an initiative made possible through the City of Kingston Heritage Fund. SWIHHP aims to document the twentieth-century history of two contiguous neighbourhoods of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Until the early 1970s, the Inner Harbour was a vital industrial area of the city, complete with railroads, factories, and docks; the Swamp Ward, adjacent to it, was where workers and their families lived, went to school, went to church, shopped, and played. Through archival research and oral history, SWIHHP will bring people, time periods, spaces, and issues into Kingston’s story that have usually stood in the shadow of nineteenth-century limestone buildings and illustrious politicians.

In this short-term, part-time, grant-funded position, the Audio Producer will work closely with the SWIHHP Director and Oral History Coordinator to develop innovative and professional audio documentary materials to engage a range of listeners in Kingston and beyond. The Audio Producer will produce 6-10 half-hour segments for broadcast and podcast, as well as shorter segments as needed. The Audio Producer will also assist in extending community capacity via training of community members in the audio elements of oral history.

Responsibilities include:

  • Training community members and researchers in field recording practices and techniques
  • Liaising with Director, Oral History Coordinator, CFRC, and community participants on goals and materials
  • Reviewing audio materials and documentary models to identify themes & possibilities
  • Designing a concept and proposal for the style, format, and scope of audio documentaries
  • Producing the agreed-upon material in an innovative, professional, and timely manner

Qualifications

  • Experience with audio editing software and equipment
  • Excellent audio recording and editing skills
  • Experience editing spoken word and/or oral history recordings to create audio documentaries
  • Knowledge of a range of approaches and trends in audio documentaries and podcasting
  • Experience teaching or supporting others in using audio technology
  • Commitment to making Kingston history interesting to audiences elsewhere
  • Superb work ethic and project planning skills

Terms of Work

200 hours between June 15 and September 15, 2016 at a wage of $25 per hour. The bulk of the production work is likely to be done in August and September, but we also require some degree of technical assistance, planning, workshop participation, and consultation earlier in the summer.

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