Associate Producer

Position Summary

The Met’s Media Department produces close to 70 live radio broadcasts and 10 Live in HD transmissions each season between September and June for the Saturday Matinee Radio series, Live in HD series and SiriuxXM Met Opera radio channel.  The Associate Producer for Radio & Live in HD will be primarily responsible for the logistics and coordination of live segments for these broadcasts.  Met broadcasts are produced by a team of writers, editors, producers, and engineers, and the Associate Producer is an integral part of this team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties may be assigned as needed)

This is a full-time administrative position within the Media Department. The Associate Producer will work under the direction of the broadcast producers and report directly to the Senior Radio Producer and Director of Media. 

Preparation and Planning

  • The Associate Producer will work with the producers on planning and scheduling for the upcoming season:
    • Creation and maintenance of season schedules including repertoire and casting information
    • Research and planning for live broadcast guests and hosts

The Associate producer will be responsible for researching artist schedules and availability for potential live interviews and hosting for the broadcasts throughout the season and work with the producers in mapping out a general season plan of potential interviews and appearances for the broadcasts.

  • Research and organization of information for each opera in the broadcast schedule including:
    • Historic artist and role information; casting and bow orders; timings, formats and scripts from prior broadcasts
    • Preparation of program templates for each opera in the broadcast schedule including script and rundown

Broadcast Duties

  • The Associate Producer is responsible for the booking and logistics of all live and taped interviews, panels, and quizzes for the broadcast intermissions, working under the direction of the show producers.
  • This work includes:
    • Familiarity with the Met rehearsal and performance schedule and artists’ Met commitments and availability
    • Close coordination with the Met’s artistic, rehearsal and press departments on interview requests for Met artists and creative teams, ensuring that a broadcast booking does not conflict with an artist’s rehearsal and performance requirements at the Met, or any press/marketing commitments on behalf of the Met.
    • Outreach and booking of artists for live broadcast appearances and taped interviews. The Associate Producer will be the primary contact with artists and their management teams for coordinating the scheduling and logistics of broadcast intermission appearances.
    • Interview logistics include schedule confirmation and coordination with artists in the house to ensure they have all the details and assistance needed to fulfill the interview obligation at the appointed location and time.
    • Coordination across Met departments as needed to secure backstage interview locations including rehearsal space and dressing rooms; provide notice to departments if/when a live interview will be happening backstage and the parameters and needs for the interview to occur
    • Schedule management for the Met broadcast booth and radio engineers for taped interviews.
  • Live in HD specific responsibilities:
    • The Live in HD intermission segments take place on camera and backstage and carry additional responsibilities to the above including:
      • Research and familiarity with artist performance entrance and exits to plan timing and placement for live interviews during intermission
      • Coordination of on-camera backstage locations including booking, set dressing, and management of space constraints working closely with the Met performance and stage teams
      • Coordination of hair, make-up, wardrobe and transportation needs for the HD host and interview guests
      • Coordination with the rehearsal and artistic departments for any live rehearsal segments
    • Responsible for production documents related to the broadcasts including:
      • Coordination of scripts and rundowns

The Associate Producer is responsible for the coordination and assembly of final scripts and rundowns.  This process begins with providing the writers and producers with draft templates which include number and timing of intermissions and basic information for the operas.  The Associate Producer will manage the workflow to make sure that all stakeholders are inputting the necessary information to compile the script and segment elements for the broadcasts and be responsible for finalizing all broadcast-related documents for use on-air.  Once finalized, the Associate Producer is responsible for the distribution of the broadcast documents to those who need it within the company, the broadcast participants, and the Met’s external broadcast partners.

  • The Associate Producer will be responsible for maintaining accurate and updated documents for on-air use and for archive purposes, managing historical information for all intermission appearances and segments.
  • Live Broadcast Responsibilities include:
    • Pre-broadcast logistics including last minute updates, document distribution, food orders for broadcast team, etc.
    • Attendance during the broadcast to coordinate and accompany interview guests

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Associate Producer will work on additional Media activities and events including the Met’s annual Opening Night live relay to Times Square
  • The Associate Producer will work with department colleagues on the asset management of Met’s media activities
  • The Associate Producer must work with an understanding that they are representing the Metropolitan Opera – its mission and message - in their work with the Met’s company of artists and external broadcast partners. Professionalism, discretion and confidentiality are of the utmost importance and central to the responsibility of this role.

Required Qualifications

The education and/or experience requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required to successfully perform the essential duties of this position. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in live production work
  • Extensive knowledge of opera repertoire, artists, performances and history
  • Ability to read music
  • Facility with foreign languages a plus
  • Computer skills: Word, Outlook, Excel, databases, asset mgmt. systems
  • You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to be considered for an offer of employment. The Met will be a fully vaccinated house

Physical Demands / Work Environment

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must work well in a team environment
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines and under pressure
  • Excellent judgement and adaptability in a live situation
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as broadcast and event schedule requires
  • Initiative to work independently and proactively
  • Must be meticulous, accurate, and detail-oriented
  • Respect for institution
  • Respect for confidentiality and discretion

 

To Apply:

Please follow this link to submit your application materials: https://form.jotform.com/200134406236139

Internal candidates should please contact the Human Resources department directly to apply.

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