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California Institution for Women Producer

Posted: April 3, 2024

Position Summary

Working closely with Ear Hustle’s staff in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ear Hustle’s CIW Producer will support the development and operation of an audio production program at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Chino, California; and coordinate that program’s work with the rest of the Ear Hustle team. They will be a crucial part of Ear Hustle’s first attempt to develop a new prison-based training and production program since the show’s founding in San Quentin State Prison in 2017.

The producer will help train people incarcerated at CIW in the basics of audio production and storytelling, work as a producer and mentor as those people make their own stories, and work with the CIW team to support regular reporting trips from Ear Hustle’s co-hosts Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods. The program, and the training in particular, is a collaboration with the podcast training program “Uncuffed.” The producer will also participate remotely in general Ear Hustle production work. This position will begin as a part-time job with benefits as the program launches and will become a full-time position approximately six months after the start date. This position is grant funded, with funding guaranteed through 2025


Definition of Success

  • Trains the first cohorts of audio storytellers at the California Institute for Women
  • Facilitates the expansion of voices and stories of Ear Hustle's signature style to include CIW
  • Contributes stories to a mini-season of episodes created primarily by our incarcerated team members
  • Develops a collaborative, supportive, creatively ambitious, and rigorous audio production



CIW Training

  • Co-teach modules of Uncuffed and Ear Hustle’s audio storytelling curriculum 
  • Help staff media lab open hours
  • Coordinate production for the Ear Hustle CIW team
  • Co-produce interviews and stories with Ear Hustle’s CIW staff

Ear Hustle Producing

  • Coordinate between CIW and the rest of the EH team
  • Plan Earlonne and Nigel’s regular reporting trips to CIW, including working with CIW staff to identify and schedule interviews
  • Lead development of CIW-based story pitches from team in CIW
  • Complete as-needed general production for Ear Hustle podcast 


  • With the assistance of a technical lead and in collaboration with Uncuffed, help to build, equip, and maintain an audio studio in CIW
  • Complete California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) volunteer training, and Ear Hustle’s training, including several trips to the Bay Area for work in and outside of San Quentin
  • Coordinate Ear Hustle’s CIW work with prison’s public information officer, community resource manager, and other CDCR staff
  • Maintain strict adherence to all CDCR volunteer policies 


Skills & Requirements

  • Significant experience leading and producing interviews in studio and in the field
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work with a team with diverse backgrounds and life experiences
  • Ability to travel regularly to the California Institution for Women in Chino, California
  • Ability to work as a program provider in a California state prison


  • 5+ years of experience with ProTools
  • Significant experience producing nonfiction audio stories with a style and reach comparable to Ear Hustle
  • Experience leading and participating in group edits
  • Experience managing teams
  • Work experience focused on production, as opposed to on-air or reporting roles, a plus
  • Experience teaching audio production or other subjects a plus
  • Experience working in carceral settings a plus


PRX offers a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision benefits; group term life insurance; short- and long-term disability income replacement coverage; and the option to participate in savings accounts for uncovered medical expenses and related costs. These benefits are available on the first day of employment for employees working 32+ hours a week. PRX also offers a retirement plan (with employer contributions) that takes effect after 6 months of employment.

If you are interested in this role but are feeling unsure about applying for whatever reason, please reach out to us! We want our organization to reflect the wide diversity of America, and the population we tell stories with. Therefore, if you are unsure about applying we encourage you to talk to us by emailing [email protected]. We're committed to structuring our hiring process and company to welcome applicants of all backgrounds.

This position will begin as a part-time job with benefits as the program launches and will become a full-time position approximately six months after the start date.

The full-time salary range for this position is $87,830 - $100,000.
The introductory part-time salary will be $42.23/hr - 48.08/hr


Application Deadline: April 28, 2024

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