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Assistant Project Manager
NPR in Washington, DC
Date Posted 03/10/2021
Nonprofit-Senior/Executive Management
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.

Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success.

Over the past couple of years, NPR has launched more than three dozen new podcast shows and seasons, radio programs, and smart speaker skills, including Up First, Code Switch, and the Wait Wait Quiz for voice activated devices. These require extensive cross-divisional coordination and planning, and we have more on the way. The Associate Project Manager for Programming will be responsible for providing operations and project management support for launches, audience development campaigns, and other projects on the Programming team. They will also be responsible for supporting the Programming division more widely with its operational support needs.


  • Work with team members across divisions to determine objectives, scope, timeline, and success metrics for new programming launches and other projects.
  • Facilitate post-launch handoff of new programs to managers responsible for their ongoing operation and support.
  • Assist the Senior Project Manager and work closely with them to iterate our processes, identify and clear roadblocks, and implement solutions.
  • Help develop regular communications to ensure staff transparency on initiatives.
  • Support Programming department operational projects including written, visual and in person communications.
  • Plan and facilitate meetings for audiences at multiple levels of seniority and/or technical proficiency.
  • Analyze and implement processes to meet organizational goals, while being flexible enough to accommodate diverse work styles.
  • Build consensus and foster an inclusive, collaborative work environment that empowers all project participants and supports team accountability and dedication to mission.
  • Contribute to the development of project management best practices at NPR.

Other duties as assigned.


EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in work experience


  • 2-4 years of relevant experience, including experience in a field related to project management.
  • Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail, with the ability to manage complexity and prioritize multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with project management and digital collaboration tools. Strong digital fluency and learning agility. Ability to understand technical concepts and to quickly develop proficiency with other programs as needed.
  • Complex problem solving skills and a proactive approach. If there is an issue, you are usually the first to flag it. If your team is stumped and you don’t have the answer yourself, you try to find it for them.
  • Excellent communication skills. You will be eager to share your team’s work and increase its visibility, over-communicate risks and dependencies to your team and management, and both give and accept constructive feedback.
  • Positive approach to embracing change, resiliency, and an ability to keep teams calm and focused during times of stress.
  • A hunger for learning challenging concepts and taking on new assignments.


  • Experience working in and/or knowledge of the podcast and/or public radio industry.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

Want more NPR? Explore the stories behind the stories on our NPR Extra blog. Get social with NPR Extra on Facebook and following @NPRExtra and #NPRLife on Twitter and Instagram. Find more career opportunities at and on Twitter at @NPRJobs.

NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive workplace that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, and reproductive health decisions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, gender non-conforming status, intersex status, sexual stereotypes, nationality, citizenship status, personal appearance, marital status, family status, family responsibilities, military status, veteran status, mental and physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, genetic characteristics of yourself or a family member, political views and affiliation, unemployment status, protective order status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

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