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PRX is Hiring a Software Engineer

This position has been filled.



PRX volunteer day at a local farm (click to enlarge)

PRX is hiring! We’re fun. You can see the details below and apply here.

What is the company?
At PRX you will find talented, passionate, and thoughtful people who create products that bring millions of listeners to shows created by public radio and podcast producers. We also work with top-tier shows like This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, and 99% Invisible.

We’ve been around for 10 years, yet still have the entrepreneurial energy and opportunities of a much younger company. We genuinely care about a healthy work-life balance (we feel gross using buzzwords, but 40 hour weeks and flexible hours really are the norm around here).

What is the Software Engineer job?
We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative software engineer with a passion for building robust, scalable applications with simple interfaces. You’ll have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and find your strengths across different technologies. We’re a small organization, so within a few weeks you’ll be expected take the lead and focus on a few projects while being comfortable with having an active support role for many of the other products we work on.

You’ll work closely with our other engineers, product managers, and employees on all phases of the development cycle including planning, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance. We don’t follow Agile with a capital “A”, but work on hitting the sweet spot, which means you’ll contribute to production code within a few days.

What do we build?
If you checkout our public GitHub repositories you’ll get a sense of the projects, team members, technologies and how we work: https://github.com/prx. Our core marketplace product http://www.prx.org is being upgraded to Angular.js and Rails 4 as an open source project. You can also see the iOS and Android apps we created and support https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/public-radio-exchange-prx/id312880534 and https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Public+Radio+Exchange.

Things we’re looking for

  • Relevant experience with frameworks like Rails, Sinatra, Django, Angular and/or a degree in Computer Science
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies/languages/platforms/APIs
  • Be a nice person
  • A design aesthetic and caring about how users interact with the things you build
  • Recommendations for public radio shows or podcasts that we might not have heard
  • Opinions you can back up are great. Opinions you want to experimentally verify are even better.

Key Information

  • Job title: Software Engineer
  • Location: Harvard Square – Cambridge, MA
  • Type of Position: Full-time with benefits
  • Start date: Immediately
  • Telecommute: No
  • Apply here: http://bit.ly/1hDA6ON

Seeking PRX Remix Assistant Producer

Job Description
PRX Remix Assistant Producer

This position has been filled

THE OPPORTUNITY

The PRX Remix Assistant Producer will seek, find, screen, and recommend great story-driven audio for use on PRX Remix. If you are a critical and even somewhat obsessive listener to public radio, podcasts, intriguing sound of various kinds, and can pick out the most compelling audio from the mediocre and mundane, your curatorial ears might be just the right fit for PRX Remix.


Working under the direction of PRX Remix Program Director Roman Mars, and coordinating with PRX editorial staff, you will also get your hands dirty writing, producing, recording, editing, voicing and interviewing to create short-form interstitial content for use on PRX Remix. You will be in frequent touch with producers and podcasters about using their work, and communicate closely with the PRX team.

Strong candidates should have:

  • Great ears and great taste – you’re open-minded but discerning, and in sync with the PRX Remix sensibility.
  • Great chops – you can quickly edit audio using your favorite tools of choice like ProTools, Hindenburg, and know your way around PRX.org and tools like Dropbox, SoundCloud.
  • Great writing – you can whip up short copy for promos and pieces, fire off well-composed emails to producers, collaborators, partners, and occasionally contribute to the PRX blog and social media presence.
  • Great personality – collaborative, enthusiastic, adventurous, with the maturity to work with minimal direct supervision and communicate across a busy team.
  • Great balls of fire!

We strongly prefer that the producer work out of our Cambridge, Mass. office. However, if you are interested and do not live here, you may still apply. This is a part-time opportunity with some flexibility in scheduling. Exact hours and days per week will be dependent on the chosen applicant.

To apply, upload your cover letter and resume here. Application deadline is 11:59 PM ET on Friday, August 16.

Please email jobs [at] prx [dot] org with any questions.

About PRX Remix

PRX Remix is for people who love to listen to great stories. We handpick the best short works from shows like The Moth, 99% Invisible, and Snap Judgment, from independent radio makers on PRX.org, and from podcasters everywhere. Then we mix it up in a never-ending stream. PRX Remix can be heard on XM 123, mobile apps, and stations around the country. Learn more.

Now Hiring: Director of the Public Media Accelerator

Please retweet and share and help us find someone great to join our team.

The full job description and link to online application is here on the Public Media Accelerator site.

And here’s what we’re looking for in brief:

Our ideal candidate is a current or recent technology/media entrepreneur, excited about if not directly experienced in public service media, with superb project and people management skills, and the ability to inspire and facilitate visionary, sustainable change. Previous involvement with startup accelerators is a big plus.

We’re hiring a Software Developer

You: Live on planet earth, are human, creative and a motivated developer.
Us: PRX – Public Radio Exchange (prx.org); a super cool public media company in Harvard Square.

Job posting: Web/Rails/iPhone/Android/Whatever-comes-next Developer
Location: Harvard Square – Cambridge, MA
Type of Position: Full-time with benefits
Start date: Immediately
Telecommute: No

PRX’s mission is to help diverse voices and audio stories reach and inform the public through our innovative digital platforms, applications and services. We are a small team (12 full-time and another half dozen on contract) with big ambitions (transform public media, save the world) and an amazing network of users, partners, supporters, and collaborators. We are looking to hire an additional developer to help us build our next generation of mobile and web applications.

Required education, experience and skills:

  • We are looking for people who can develop well-designed, shipped and working software. Some combination of education and experience is required, such as an MSCS, prior work experience, internships, GSoC, or personal projects that have seen the light of day and scrutiny of users.
  • Experience with Rails/iPhone/Android development is valued but not essential. Interest in learning these and more is required; we are ready to invest in, teach, and support the right person in gaining necessary skills.
  • Ever write code to make a binary WAV file a byte at a time? Do you know how to make ffmpeg sing? We live and breathe public media; experience with media (audio, images, video) manipulation, encoding, streaming, playing or recording is a plus.

What we expect, and what you can expect:

  • We’ll ask you for your opinion and expect you to have one.
  • You have the ability to pick up new technologies in days and weeks not months and years.
  • We’ll have you create software with the languages and tools that best match the job.
  • You’ll refactor and improve existing applications, and build new ones from scratch.
  • We’ve got great sysadmin support but if you can build packages from source all the better.
  • You’ll be invited to contribute ideas to our operations and strategies as a whole.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative person, a developer with a passion for building robust, scalable applications with deceptively simple interfaces, and who is comfortable working in a dynamic environment.

You’ll work closely with a great team of developers and staff on all phases of the development cycle including planning, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance. This position reports to the Technical Director, Andrew Kuklewicz.

What we build:

For our web applications and backing our mobile apps with APIs, we use Ruby on Rails with MySql and JQuery, deploy to passenger on apache, use either (Thinking)Sphinx or Solr for search, and OpenID and OAuth for authentication. We are an early adopter and heavy user of Amazon Web Services, especially S3, EC2, and SQS. We have more than half a dozen Rails apps in production, and expect to create at least a few more this year alone (That’s where you come in).

For mobile development, we build for the iPhone (iPod Touch/iPad) and Android platforms, creating apps used by millions of public media fans. We built and maintain the ‘Public Radio Player’ and ‘This American Life’ iPhone apps (2.5+ million downloads), and have many more in the pipeline (When can you start?).

Work environment:

  • The excitement of an internet startup with a mission that matters, and services our users love.
  • In the heart of Harvard Square; high ceilings, big windows, bright walls and exposed beams, and – of course – a foosball table.
  • Shared office space with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the fine folks at StopBadware.org
  • PRX received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions – the “genius” award for organizations. You’re a genius too!
  • PRX distributes The Moth, State of the Re:Union, Snap Judgment, Sound Opinions – and just about all the cool stuff in public radio.
  • We run REMIX, our own 24/7 channel on XM 136 , Internet and mobile stream, and on the air in Spokane, WA.
  • There are three accomplished cellists, a Korean rock star, semi-professional photographer, farmer, and a tap dancer on our staff.
  • If you’re into open source, audio, social software, public media, reinventing journalism, or all of the above, you are strongly encouraged to apply.

PRX has a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, and developers need to be adaptable, flexible and persistent, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and communicate with the team about timelines and development priorities. It requires a person who is able to successfully maintain a complex suite of web applications for high uptime and reliability. The position requires technical and organizational skills, a commitment to the vision and mission of the Public Radio Exchange, and an understanding of its dynamic role as an emerging service in the public media field.

To Apply for this Opportunity
Please fill out this short form and provide your resume here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHdzMWotTGlybDFlLWpSNVJpNmVBTEE6MQ

  • Job location is Cambridge, MA

PRX is an equal Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary based on experience.

Come on in!

PRX Director of Business Development – you?

We’re very excited to post a big new job opportunity with PRX. We’re at a critical moment of growth with major momentum across content, distribution and mobile and are looking for a very special someone to join our awesome team.

Please help forward this post far and wide, we want to cast a wide net for talented and experienced business development folks who are ready for a leadership position in public media at PRX.

The full job description is below with a link to apply online:

Director of Business Development

PRX Public Radio Exchange

Cambridge MA

To apply for this position please fill out this short form and provide your resume.

Public Radio Exchange (PRX), a leading public media content and distribution company, seeks a dynamic and creative individual to drive growth, impact and revenue across PRX’s products and services.

PRX is an award-winning nonprofit based in Cambridge MA. Our mission is to harness technology to enable a diverse range of talented creators to bring significant stories to millions of people.

Our products and services include top iPhone apps such as This American Life and the Public Radio Player, our distribution platform PRX.org, unique content partnerships like The Moth Radio Hour, and REMIX – our 24/7 national channel on XM136 and beyond.

PRX is a center of innovation and a hotbed of new ideas. We’ve got a top-notch team, a creative culture, a real impact in the world, and have a remarkable opportunity for the right person to build out a new business domain for our organization.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Business Development is a member of the senior leadership team and has the following primary responsibilities:

  • Establish and execute a business development strategy that leverages PRX’s broadcast and digital content and distribution assets;
  • Lead a collaborative evaluation and planning process across existing efforts, coordinating with senior staff and other stakeholders;
  • Develop strategic growth plans, marketing, sales and revenue goals for each PRX product and service;
  • Develop, implement and manage sales processes, pricing and fee structures, tracking and analysis methods;
  • Identify and manage advertising, underwriting and sponsorship opportunities;
  • Build and manage long-term relationships with key partners and clients;
  • Negotiate and draft agreements, consulting with senior staff and outside counsel as needed;
  • Identify and evaluate new business opportunities; supervise related staff and contractors.

Areas of Focus

  • Mobile application development for internal products as well as for stations, producers and other clients;
  • Content licensing and syndication for broadcast and digital platforms.

PRX is a mission-driven entrepreneurial nonprofit, and the Director of Business Development will help define and employ criteria, values and metrics across all business activities in support of PRX’s public service goals, and with an emphasis on increasing shared revenue opportunities with stations, independent producers, and other partners.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Experienced business development and sales executive with six + years of experience in media distribution, licensing, product development;
  • Demonstrated success generating revenue across multiple products and services;
  • Extensive knowledge of media technology and business, with proven track record in structuring and negotiating successful long-term partnerships;
  • Some knowledge of public media sector;
  • Understanding of business implications of software and web application development processes;
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and build relationships with partner organizations;
  • Excellent communicator, with outstanding writing, analytical, and verbal presentation skills;
  • Willingness to travel on a regular basis, as needed.

Location:

Strong preference for position to be based at PRX HQ in Cambridge, MA.

PRX offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. PRX is an equal opportunity employer.

More About PRX

PRX operates public media’s largest open distribution marketplace http://www.prx.org – offering tens of thousands of audio programs for broadcast and digital use, clearing rights and managing royalties for over 2,400 independent producers and stations. Signature programs from PRX include The Moth Radio Hour, Sound Opinions, State of the Re:Union, and Snap Judgment.

PRX showcases creative stories from these programs and other top talent on REMIX – a new national channel available on XM 136 as well as through broadcast, HD, mobile, and Internet streams.

PRX connects content and distribution as the developer of the popular Public Radio Player iPhone app, and This American Life iPhone and Android apps. PRX also launched the WBUR Boston app, leading the rollout of PRX’s new mobile app platform, streamlining app development for a growing number of additional stations and producers.

In 2008, PRX received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. In June 2010 PRX was announced as a winner of the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge for Story Exchange, and in September 2010 PRX announced $2.7 million in support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Ford Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

To apply for this position please fill out this short form and provide your resume.

PRX is Hiring a Developer!

You: Live on planet earth, are human, creative, and a motivated developer.

Us: PRX – Public Radio Exchange (prx.org); a super cool public media company in Harvard Square.

Job posting: Web/Rails/iPhone/Android/Whatever-comes-next Developer

Location: Harvard Square – Cambridge, Mass.

Type of Position: Full-time with benefits

Start date: Immediately

Telecommute: No

To Apply for this Opportunity

Please fill out this short form and provide your resume.

PRX’s mission is to help diverse voices and audio stories reach and inform the public through our innovative digital platforms, applications and services. We are a small team (10 full-time and another half dozen on contract) with big ambitions (transform public media, save the world) and an amazing network of users, partners, supporters, and collaborators. We are looking to hire an additional developer to help us build our next generation of mobile and web applications.

Required education, experience and skills:

  • We are looking for people who can develop well-designed, shipped and working software. Some combination of education and experience is required, such as an MSCS, prior work experience, internships, GSoC, or personal projects that have seen the light of day and scrutiny of users.
  • Experience with Rails/iPhone/Android development is valued but not essential. Interest in learning these and more is required; we are ready to invest in, teach, and support the right person in gaining necessary skills.
  • Ever write code to make a binary WAV file a byte at a time? Do you know how to make ffmpeg sing? We live and breathe public media; experience with media (audio, images, video) manipulation, encoding, streaming, playing or recording is a plus.

What we expect, and what you can expect:

  • We’ll ask you for your opinion and expect you to have one.
  • You have the ability to pick up new technologies in days and weeks not months and years.
  • We’ll have you create software with the languages and tools that best match the job.
  • You’ll refactor and improve existing applications, and build new ones from scratch.
  • We’ve got great sysadmin support, but if you can build packages from source, all the better.
  • You’ll be invited to contribute ideas to our operations and strategies as a whole.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative person, a developer with a passion for building robust, scalable applications with deceptively simple interfaces, and who is comfortable working in a dynamic environment.

You’ll work closely with a great team of developers and staff on all phases of the development cycle including planning, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance. This position reports to the Technical Director, Andrew Kuklewicz.

What we build:

For our web applications and backing our mobile apps with APIs, we use Ruby on Rails with MySql and JQuery, deploy to passenger on apache, use either (Thinking)Sphinx or Solr for search, and OpenID and OAuth for authentication. We are an early adopter and heavy user of Amazon Web Services, especially S3, EC2, and SQS. We have more than half a dozen Rails apps in production, and expect to create at least a few more this year alone (that’s where you come in).

For mobile development, we build for the iPhone (iPod Touch/iPad) and Android platforms, creating apps used by millions of public media fans. We built and maintain the ‘Public Radio Player’ and ‘This American Life’ iPhone apps (2.5+ million downloads), and have many more in the pipeline (when can you start?).

Work environment:

  • The excitement of an internet startup with a mission that matters, and services our users love.
  • In the heart of Harvard Square; high ceilings, big windows, bright walls and exposed beams, and — of course — a foosball table.
  • Shared office space with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the fine folks at StopBadware.org
  • PRX received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions — the “genius award” for organizations. You’re a genius too!
  • PRX distributes The Moth, State of the Re:Union, Snap Judgment, Sound Opinions, and just about all the cool stuff in public radio.
  • We run REMIX, our own 24/7 channel on XM 136, a public internet stream, and about to hit the air in Spokane, Wash.
  • There are three accomplished cellists, a Korean rock star, semi-professional photographer, farmer, and a tap dancer on our staff.
  • If you’re into open source, audio, social software, public media, reinventing journalism, or all of the above, you are strongly encouraged to apply.

PRX has a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, and developers need to be adaptable, flexible and persistent, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and communicate with the team about timelines and development priorities. It requires a person who is able to successfully maintain a complex suite of web applications for high uptime and reliability. The position requires technical and organizational skills, a commitment to the vision and mission of the Public Radio Exchange, and an understanding of its dynamic role as an emerging service in the public media field.

To Apply for this Opportunity

Please fill out this short form and provide your resume.

PRX is an equal Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary based on experience.

PRX is Hiring!

Does your techie geekdom overlap with your nerdy love of public radio?

Do you listen to Terry Gross while you code?

PRX is hiring a Digital Arts Service Corps member to develop and maintain the website for PRX's Public Radio Player iPhone application. This individual will work full-time for one year at our offices in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, and will receive a stipend and benefits through the Transmission Project and AmeriCorps VISTA.

Get the details and apply online!

About you:

The ideal service member would be extremely familiar with web technology. Experience with software applications for mobile devices is a plus. Demonstrated effective use of social media tools is also a key skill. PRX is a fast-paced environment, and the Corps member will need to be adaptable, able to manage multiple tasks, and good at communicating about timelines and priorities. The Corps member should have a a commitment to the vision and mission of public media.

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PRX Hiring: Junior Producer for Remix

This is a great opportunity to work with PRX as part of a collaboration with our friends at the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) on our Remix project.Black Public Media

Remix is our emerging channel showcasing new voices, exceptional stories and compelling content from the PRX catalog and beyond. It’s currently running nationwide on XM Satellite Radio Channel 136, and will soon be available as an Internet, mobile, HD and broadcast service for public radio.

Remix is also a place for PRX to explore new partnerships and collab
oration, and we’re excited to work with NBPC and their web venture Black Public Media. You can hear a sample hour on the Remix blog.

Here’s an excerpt of the job description, click for the full description and application. The position is based in Harlem, New York at the NBPC offices, with some visits to the PRX headquarters here in Cambridge, MA.

The National Black Programming Consortium and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) currently have a position open for a junior producer who will primarily be in charge of producing audio segments published online and on the public spectrum of the XM Satellite stream managed by PRX known as Remix Radio.

This is a one-year contract part-time position based in Harlem, New York at the NBPC offices but involving responsibilities and deliverables both to NBPC and PRX via telecommute/virtual collaboration. The position also involves limited travel to some locations for training and partnership building purposes.

The right candidate for this position should have a Bachelor’s in Communications, Journalism, or film and audio production, and be available for at least 20 hours of weekly commitment.

The following are some of the responsibilities of this position:

• Producing twelve (12) original, national distribution quality audio pieces based on NBPC content. (Cut, Edit, and Mix on Pro Tools).
• Develop editorial criteria for the episodes.
• Create sound rich PRX: Remix Radio station IDs and promos.
• Search and audition pieces in the PRX catalog for potential inclusion in episodes.
• Identify and evaluate pieces for broadcast and negotiate licensing terms with content producers.
• Write intros and outros for pieces that require announcing or additional context.
• Convert and edit pieces as needed to fit Remix Radio/XM Satellite format.
• Upload and update server with new pieces and the latest episodes. (Also update the PRX.org and BlackPublicMedia.org websites with new episodes).
• Maintain rotation priorities and manage playlists on XM server.
• Update the BlackPublicMedia.org and remixradio.org blog.
• Organize regular check-ins and updates between PRX and NBPC.
• Additional tasks as assigned by the PRX and NBPC project supervisors.

PRX is Hiring

It turns out that the more we do (i.e. rewriting prx.org, creating the next version of the Public Radio Tuner iPhone app, managing top notch podcasts, audio streams, and a satellite radio channel), the more help we need.

I know, I’m as surprised as you are; I thought we would just drink more coffee (or maybe stronger coffee?).
Instead, we’re looking to hire another full-time technologist to make PRX go whiz bang.

If you think PRX might be right for you, consult your physician, or just send a resume or CV to prxdeveloperjob AT prx DOT org. Not right for you? Maybe next time, but please pass this along.

Here’s the full job description:



You: Live on planet earth, are human, creative and a motivated developer.
Us: Super cool nonprofit public media company in Harvard Square. Yes – we said super cool AND public media.

Job posting: Web/Rails Application Developer
Location: Harvard Square – Cambridge, MA
Type of Position: Full-time with benefits
Start date: Immediately
Telecommute: No

Required Education, Experience and Skills

  • BSCS (or equivalent experience) hands-on software engineering experience required.
  • We’ll ask you for your opinion and expect you to have one.
  • You have the ability to pick up new technologies in days and weeks not months and years.

  • We’ll have you write code with the language that best matches the job.
  • You’ll query and tune databases with millions of records.
  • We’ve got great sysadmin support, but if you can build packages from source, all the better.
  • Occasionally the phone will ring, you’ll pick it up and talk to our users in a calm and sensitive manner.
  • Contribute ideas, suggestions, observations to operations and strategies as a whole.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative engineer with a passion for building robust, scalable applications with simple, powerful interfaces, and who is comfortable working in a dynamic, changing environment.

You’ll work closely with our other developers and staff on all phases of the development cycle including planning, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance.
This position reports to the Technical Director, Andrew Kuklewicz.

Our development stack

We work with Ruby on Rails (ActiveMessaging, acts_as_solr), develop and drive the #2 application in the iTunes App Store (Public Radio Tuner), PHP (WordPress), and a smattering of Java running on dedicated and cloud hardware.

Environment

  • Think internet start up but without annoying buzz words and we actually have a service our users love.
  • We have high ceilings, large windows, bright walls and exposed wood beams, now mix in public radio and oh yeah a foosball table.
  • We share office space with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • PRX received the 2008 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions – the “genius” award for organizations
  • There are three accomplished cellists in the office.
  • We host cool parties like Information Superhighway 1..3
  • Candidates with interest and experience in open source, audio engineering, social software, public media, and community sites are encouraged to apply.

To Apply for this Opportunity

Please email a resume and cover letter to prxdeveloperjob AT prx DOT org.

  • Job location is Cambridge, MA
  • The Public Radio Exchange (PRX) is a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, and the Web Application Developer will need to be adaptable, flexible and persistent, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and communicate with the team about timelines and development priorities. It requires a person who is able to successfully maintain a complex suite of web applications for high uptime and reliability. The position requires technical and organizational skills, a commitment to the vision and mission of the Public Radio Exchange, and an understanding of its dynamic role as an emerging service in the public media field.

    PRX is an equal Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary based on experience.