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Community Producer, Pop-Up Magazine

Pop-Up Magazine is hiring a Community Producer to help us connect in a grassroots way with creative people and communities across the country—especially writers, photographers, radio producers, filmmakers, and fans of innovative storytelling.

Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine, a night of new, live-scored, multimedia stories performed by writers, radio producers, photographers, and filmmakers at large theaters across the country, like the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. We have also collaborated on live magazine performances with Beck, ESPN, and the TED Conference. And we publish The California Sunday Magazine, which produces deeply reported stories and beautiful photography from across California, the West, Asia, and Latin America. Launched in late 2014, California Sunday has been a finalist for seven National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year in 2017, and a winner three times, twice for photography.

In the last two years, Pop-Up Magazine has expanded from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Boston, Portland, Seattle, and Austin, and featured dozens of talented performers from across the country. We are excited to broaden and deepen our relationships with creative people and communities in cities where our shows are somewhat more established, as well as lay the groundwork for events in new places—and for new kinds of events.

The work of our Community Producer is a cross between community organizing, campaign work, and the talent-scouting aspects of an editorial job. You will learn the landscape of creative communities in cities across the country—who seems to know everyone in Seattle, who makes especially interesting things happen in Washington, DC?—and build relationships with potential collaborators and allies, both individuals and institutions. You will help us think through how to make a New York event, a Los Angeles event, and an Austin event special, reflecting the unique qualities of each place. And you will help us introduce ourselves to communities who aren't yet familiar with what we do. You should be both outgoing and organized, and good at making ambitious plans, setting goals, and following through. Some travel will be necessary. Traditional editorial experience is not necessarily required; and this is not primarily a social media role. You will work closely with Pop-Up Magazine’s story producers and social media editor to help us grow a community of friends, fans, future collaborators, and allies.

The position is full-time, based in San Francisco. In all our work, diversity is really important to us.

To apply, please send the following: 1) A resume. 2) A cover letter highlighting your community- or campaign-focused experience. 3) In the body of your cover letter, include a memo detailing specific ideas you would propose either (choose one) to establish Pop-Up Magazine in a new city of your choice, or to double the number of people who attend events in Los Angeles or New York.  

Salary will depend on experience. The Community Producer will receive equity in Pop-Up Magazine Productions, publisher of The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine, and health insurance.

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