Senior Research Editor, Audio

New York, NY
Full Time

Basic functions/key differentiators

The Senior Research Editor, Audio will work closely with the Director of Research to ensure a smooth pipeline of TEDAudio and direct to camera content from conception through release. This role requires the ability to work independently, exercise strong editorial and research judgment, have excellent interpersonal skills, work well across teams and remain highly organized in the face of a high volume of content and shifting deadlines.

The editor will also be required to independently assign, supervise and manage a team of contractors, manage fact-check processes related to podcasts and plan ahead for managing conflicting deadlines. The role will require strong communication skills and collaboration skills to work under narrow deadlines with producers, TED staff, and hosts in a clear, calm and steady manner.

Critical skills:


  • 3-5 years of academic research, data gathering and analysis experience.
  • Strong subject-matter expertise with interest in outside subjects.
  • Strong project management or organizational skills, and experience with managing or supervising people.



  • Work closely with TEDAudio team, third-party podcast producers and Research Director to ensure a smooth pipeline for podcasts, direct to camera video series, and audio collections.
  • Update real-time status of fact check deadline and status via Airtable and Google Drive, communicating when deadlines need to be moved or additional resources need to be brought in to fulfill the deadline.
  • Review fact check conclusions to catch any missing or incomplete work and provide feedback to support quality work in the future, as covered by TED’s fact checking standards.
  • Track multiple script revisions, source responses from guests and hosts.
  • Independently make judgment calls and offer producers real-time language alternatives for any inaccurate or misleading content included in scripts.
  • Triage competing deadlines for projects across TED Audio, and exercise systemic thinking on how to improve efficiency in face of shifting conditions.
  • Volunteer ideas for best practices to customize fact checking pipeline to best support unique needs of each new project.
  • Maintain an organized archive of completed fact checking work in Dropbox and Google Drive for future reference.


Degree/Certification Requirements:

College Degree or equivalent years of work experience


Years of experience:

3-5 years



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