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Head of Nonfiction Programming

New York, NY

Wanted: A person with loads of broadcast/production leadership experience, who knows that on-demand podcasting is NOT the same medium as linear radio. Someone who has deep experience creating and commissioning new programs; someone who likes taking risks and experimenting; someone with bold ideas (along with the ability to recognize other people’s bold ideas) and the skills to build them into programs; someone who's not constrained by what's worked in the past or what everyone else is doing. We’re looking for a nimble thinker who can recognize good programming concepts beyond her, his, or their own comfort zone, but who loves the challenge of creating something new and can turn those concepts into excellent shows with broad reach.

We want a compassionate manager who inspires and brings out the best in producers and talent, and someone who recognizes that diversity in all its forms helps create a better workplace and better programming that will reach more people than just those currently listening to podcasts.

And — this is very important — we want a good writer, someone who can spot the problems with a script, or knock out one from scratch, with a seasoned eye and a finely tuned ear.

If this describes you, apply now. You’ll help steer the future of on-demand audio.

This senior-level, full-time position reports directly to Andy Bowers, Panoply’s co-founder and CCO and is based in Panoply’s Brooklyn, NYC office.

About the Company

With more than a decade of award-winning podcasts and deep knowledge of the medium, the Slate Group launched Panoply, the premium podcast network of top publishers and thinkers. Panoply is a fast-paced, innovative podcasting company with two major focuses—(1) producing and monetizing compelling audio content like the #1 hits Revisionist History from Malcolm Gladwell and The Message from GE Podcast Theater and (2) Megaphone, the premier technology platform for spoken word audio and a complete end-to-end solution for the distribution and monetization needs of enterprise audio publishers.

Working at Panoply means flexible office hours, casual dress, full benefits, competitive salaries, and vibrant offices in downtown Brooklyn & Washington D.C. We have a friendly work environment, but coolness under pressure and comfort with short time horizons is a must.

Key Responsibilities

Program Development and Management
  • Identify and greenlight new podcasts, both internally and with outside partners
  • Oversee existing nonfiction podcasts
  • Oversee relationships with outside organizations and individual podcasters
  • Work with Panoply’s tech team to identify new kinds of programming tailored for emerging platforms
Personnel Management

Lead a growing team of more than 15 producers and podcasters currently located in New York, Washington, DC, and London
Identify ways to combine the skills and talents of the production staff to create new and innovative programming
Work with other editorial heads and the CCO to help steer Panoply’s programming strategy
Help new producers, especially those from radio, adapt to the different demands, nuances, eccentricities, and opportunities of on-demand audio

Be an Ambassador

The Head of Nonfiction Programming will represent Panoply to the public and share our vision and plans, when appropriate, in interviews with journalists and at conferences, as well as within the Graham Holdings Company.

Requirements and attributes of the ideal candidate:


  • Critical core competencies for successful performance in this role are:
  • Highly-developed communications skills (written/verbal) and strong interpersonal skills
  • An orientation toward action and achieving results
  • Organizational and political savvy; highly developed, sophisticated negotiation skills
  • An unquestionable personal code of ethics, integrity, and trustworthiness, and a commitment to diversity


The successful candidate will be knowledgeable, compassionate, strategic, proactive, highly organized, and committed to the vision and values of Panoply.

In addition, the following standards will generally define the successful candidate:

  • Minimum of 10 years working in news or other nonfiction/reality broadcast or on-demand programming
  • Minimum of five years management experience required; more preferred
  • Knowledge of the podcasting/on-demand audio landscape
  • Familiarity with Panoply’s programming a plus
  • Personable management style and a sense of humor highly valued
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university (or equivalent)
  • Willingness to travel
Application requirements

To apply please send a cover letter and a résumé to This position is based out of Panoply's Brooklyn office.

Panoply is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

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