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!

Meet the New Intern: Susanna Bolle

A straight line may be the shortest path between two points, but the journey is infinitely more fun when you wander a bit from the straight and narrow — at least I like to think so.

Susanna BolleI’m Susanna Bolle, one of PRX’s newest interns. My path to PRX has been a circuitous one, though it feels like a natural thing. Over the years, I’ve done graduate studies in Russian cultural and intellectual history, worked as a freelance music journalist, and organized a concert series. I’ve always been a fan of radio, be it public, community, or something else altogether — just so long as the voice is independent and interesting. But I took to the airwaves myself only recently. At the behest of a friend, I started doing a weekly music show on one of the fringier of Boston’s college radio stations, WZBC. I was hooked from the start.

Now I’m finishing a Masters in Journalism at Boston University, focusing on radio, of course! I couldn’t be more pleased to be spending my summer at the Public Radio Exchange. Here at PRX I help spread the word about the innovative work done by PRX’s eclectic community of producers, focusing on the collection of PRX albums now available on iTunes. I get to be part of the future of radio and listen to great radio pieces all day at the office. What could be better?

In addition to my internship at PRX, this summer I’m working across the river at WGBH, staring down pixels as the web intern for the public television series, NOVA. I also do my best to get out of the house and onto my bike as often as possible.

Hello from Larissa!

New intern reporting for duties!

It’s been a month since I discovered that PRX lives down the street from me, and after a couple meetings and some emails, I’ve landed in one of the coolest public radio projects around. Not that I’m basing this off of a lot of experience, but I discover something cool about PRX every time I come to work. This blog, even, is super informative. I’ve spent most of my radio time in the dungeon-like (but still lovable!) abode of WHRB, Harvard’s radio station. I interned for the radio show “Pacific Time” at KQED, which was an eye-opening and awesome experience. I got to go to Ozzfest to interview the first Asian band to perform there. (You can also find my own stories in the PacTime archives)

I got hooked on public radio during high school and thought that it would be SO FUN to be on the other side, working for radio. My favorite shows include This American Life (of course), KCRW’s Good Food, WGBH’s On Point w/ Tom Ashbrook, Wait Wait!, Science Friday w/ Ira Flatow, The World (and its GeoQuiz), Car Talk (here’s my favorite Car Talk segment ever– too bad there’s no audio) the list goes on… I love the really quirky stories, the personal ones that can’t quite be stuffed into a category. I’m coming to discover that PRX is a great place to find these off-the-beaten path stories. The aural medium is so accessible that everyone would fall in love with producing their own stories if they gave it a try. I did.

So, I’m really looking forward to the upcoming months with PRX. I’ll be helping out with BallotVox and other campaign coverage, looking out especially for fresh youth voices. And I’ll also be pitching in with general PRX business. It’s great; I get paid to be immersed in something that I really love (in addition to cleaning the bathrooms and refilling parking meters, of course). Just kidding!

Hello, Hello!

My name is Carman, the one of the two new Public Radio Exchange interns this season.

During my very first day here, I was advised to stroll down the street to apply for a position with Car Talk, elsewhere in “our fair city.” Name puns aside, I’m happy to have my first public radio experience be at PRX. As an aspiring independent radio producer, I hope to help and absorb all I can. Much like the PRX site, everyone is full of curiosity and hidden talents.

Having spent eight months wandering and volunteering through Asia, meeting new friends that treated me like family, I love how good radio can teach me so much about our wide-world while holding me so close. I have fond memories of hearing short-wave broadcasts of the CBC or BBC at sunrise in dusty, remote villages. I appreciate Hearing Voices (plus blog) and Re:sound for the cross-border narratives they bring to my ears.

Other audio artists I enjoy include: Joe Frank, Benjamen Walker, Scott Carrier, Jake Wargo, Ben Adair, Mira Burt-Wintonick, Song and Memory (from Ann Heppermann, Rick Moody and Kara Oehler and c/o Weekend America)

I played a small part in the re-launch of Generation PRX, our youth-radio online community. Take a look and spread the word! Any radio newbies should check out the handy Guide to Peer Feedback that our own Johanna (Jones) Franzel created.

Explore, celebrate with a new podcasts or even sit down for some Buffalo Turkey Butt.

Feel free to e-mail me: carman at prx [dot] org

Hello, world!

I’m not sure whether to call this a rite of passage or an initiation ritual, but regardless, here it is: the requisite introductory blog post from a new PRX person.

I’m Chris, the new intern at PRX, and I’m thrilled to be here. I’m completely dedicated to the goal of re-democratizing public radio, by bringing diverse and unique radio to new audiences; and in my mind, the social-networking approach that PRX takes is a fantastic way of doing that. I am so dedicated, in fact, that I will make any number of photocopies and blog posts and soy lattes, so long as it seems to be helping.

I’ve been involved in public/community radio just over a year, during which time I’ve held about 5 different positions at Brown Student and Community Radio and one internship at my local NPR affiliate. You can hear the first radio piece I ever produced if you dig around in the archives of the local news show I used to contribute to. But I swear, I am a much more interesting person than the story (about an ugly building in Pawtucket, RI) would suggest.

PRX is a huge, potentially frightening place. At the moment I can tell you that I’m really into Benjamen Walker’s “Theory of Everything” series, WNYC’s “Radio Lab” (and pretty much anything with Robert Krulwich involved), the spastic piece “Stress Test“, and, being an indie-rock nerd, the initimable “Lord God Bird” by Long Haul Productions. Still, there is a simply overwhelming amount of audio here, and I’ve only just begun to look around. If you ask me in a month, I’ll probably have an entirely different set of favorites.

So I urge you: don’t be afraid to explore! Listen to new and unreviewed pieces! And please, If there’s anything I can do to make your time here with PRX more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to press the call button above your seat get in contact with us. We’re here to make PRX better, faster, stronger. (No, not harder.)

Thanks again and I wish you a pleasant journey.