Sound Designer, VICE Audio

  • VICE Media Group
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Jun 19, 2020
Full time Audiovisual Sound Design

Job Description

VICE x Team

  • Today there is an endless stream of stories from around the world that deserve our attention--VICE Audio uses the intimacy and urgency of narrative storytelling to explore the most important issues of our time. 
  • VICE Audio is responsible for the global production of VICE podcasts.
  • VICE Audio sound designers work as a team to tell immersive stories tied to a wide range of issues. We are audio-first, vérité focused, and borderless.  

Role x You

VICE Audio is bringing the cutting edge, award winning documentary reporting of VICE News to your ears. We are looking for seasoned audio designers who can work with a team and autonomously to record, mix and design for multi-part audio documentaries and our growing slate of podcasts. 

As a sound designer you will be tasked with creating captivating soundscape for a variety of podcast projects. You will be an integral part of editorial conversations about how we want a story to sound and the development of storytelling through audio. You will be encouraged to push the medium forward in new ways and come up with creative solutions to storytelling challenges. Ensure the delivery of high quality audio, and audio edit for continuity, content integrity, style, consistency, and structure. At a minimum you will be mixing and mastering episodes to industry standard. 

The Sound Designer will also need to maintain audio file management, adhere to naming conventions and data storage. Sound Designer will work in close collaboration with producers to conceptualize the audio first storytelling from conception to completion. Ability to do creative work under hard production deadlines expected. 


You have these:

  • At least 5 years experience as a professional audio engineer, mixer, or sound designer
  • Mastery of Pro Tools, fluency in Adobe Audition
  • Ability to set up and engineer voiceover sessions, remote interviews and multi person in studio sessions 
  • Ability to be creative in solving technical problems
  • Understanding of the podcast landscape and audio trends
  • Must be able to collaborate and brainstorm ideas with production partners
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once and work across geographically-dispersed teams and still meet deadlines

We’d love if you also had this:

  • Desire and ability to compose music a significant plus 

We want to find people who believe in our goals and feel inspired enough to grow while they’re here to fill the role, rather than someone who checks the boxes but isn’t invested. We encourage you to apply and show us what you’ve got. To learn more read the VICE Guide to VICE.

Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation.   The requirements and essential functions described above are not an exhaustive list and instead are meant to describe the general nature and level of work required of the job.  VICE reserves the right to modify the essential functions of this position where a legitimate business exists.

If you require reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process, please let us know.  We will work together to best meet your needs.

Working at VICE

VICE offers comprehensive benefits and compensation packages that are commensurate with experience and abilities. VICE production staff is represented by the Writer’s Guild of America East, a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media and broadcast news. Additional VICE benefits include but are not limited to trans-inclusive benefits, fertility benefits, and tuition reimbursement. We also have dog-friendly days, bagel Fridays, and the occasional drag show in our conveniently located Williamsburg office. Day-to-day you can enjoy a rooftop garden full of edible produce (in the summer), beverages, healthy snacks and the opportunity to make the work of a lifetime if you’re into that sort of thing, which we hope you are.

VICE prioritizes the ideas and people that other media companies miss. We believe that innovation is a direct result of diverse, inclusive cultures so we don’t just “tolerate” differences, we celebrate it and see it as essential to our staff, culture, and business.

Equal Employment Opportunities: VICE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that strives to create and maintain a workplace that celebrates inclusion and diversity.  At VICE, we understand that inclusion and diversity are major benefits to our employees, our readers and viewers, and our company culture.  We treat all applicants and employees fairly without regard to age, alienage or citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status and partnership status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion/creed, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, caregiver status, credit history, unemployment status, salary history, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, status as a veteran or active military service member, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

VICE requires that all employees have proper authorization to work in the U.S.  Should an applicant require employment sponsorship, VICE will determine, in its sole discretion, whether such sponsorship will be provided.

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the New York City Fair Chance Act or other applicable laws.

VICE Media Group is not partnering with agencies nor accepts unsolicited resumes and will not be responsible for any fees or expenses related to such unsolicited resumes and/or applicants.

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