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General Manager, WMMT, Whitesburg, KY

WMMT 88.7 FM — also known as Possum Radio, Real People Radio, Mountain Community Public Radio and the Non-Industrial Giant in the Mountains — is seeking a new General Manager to lead our vibrant and eclectic community radio station located in the central Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

Founded in 1985, WMMT is part of Appalashop, a non-profit media arts center, and broadcasts 24-hours a day online and locally at 88.7 FM. Our terrestrial broadcast covers a wide swathe of the Appalachian coalfields, reaching portions of Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Our broadcast schedule is anchored by a roster of 50 volunteer community DJs and a mix of public affairs programming and special projects, such as our world-renowned show Calls From Home that connects incarcerated listeners with their loved ones.

WMMT’s General Manager serves as the primary spokesperson for the station institutionally within Appalshop, regionally throughout our listening area, and on a national level through such networks as the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. WMMT’s mission is to be a 24-hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues, to provide broadcast space for creative expression and community involvement in making radio, and to be an active participant in discussion of public policy that will benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole.

Job Duties:

The General Manager provides leadership and coordination for all aspects of station activity, including fundraising, staff management, volunteer management, and government compliance. As the head of WMMT 88.7 FM, the GM works closely with Appalshop’s Executive Director, organizational managers, and other Program Directors to create a collaborative work environment. The GM also leads in developing and carrying out the station’s long-term vision.

Administration:

Lead station in strategic planning, collaborating with staff and community members to think creatively about the station’s future
Oversee station operations, responsible for station equipment, bills and memberships
Maintain relationship with Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other public and private funders and collaborators, including regional public radio stations
Make sure requirements of Appalshop governance are met and needs of WMMT met by Appalshop
Collaborate with Appalshop’s financial staff to:
Prepare an annual program plan and budget
Monitor budget, income and expenses
Ensure an annual audit is carried out
Track and complete required FCC and CPB reports
Fundraising:

Coordinate with WMMT and Appalshop staff, including the Development Director, to:
Create and implement a fundraising plan to include a mix of public and private grants as well as listener donations
Pursue new funding opportunities
Ensure that grant requirements are fulfilled and reports are timely
Participate in Appalshop development efforts and database oversight
Community Relations:

Serve as the primary spokesperson for WMMT in media, public functions, and fundraising efforts
Oversee WMMT communications in conjunction with Appalshop’s Communications Director: website, online stream, social media, newsletter, etc.
Facilitate and/or oversee meetings of WMMT’s Community Advisory Board
General Responsibilities:

Supervise WMMT staff including hiring/firing, onboarding, grievances, and regular staff check-ins
Advocate for WMMT and articulate the station’s mission locally and nationally
Lead weekly staff meetings
Coordinate with other Appalshop Program Directors
Ensure ongoing upkeep of equipment and technology in partnership with WMMT staff and the station’s contract engineer
Qualifications:

The candidate should have at least two years of non-profit management or fundraising experience, and be a fast-learner with great organizational, interpersonal, writing, and prioritization skills. WMMT seeks an applicant who understands the role of community-based radio and arts institutions, who can work independently and in teams, and who is ready to bring creativity to the position. Radio experience is preferred.

The WMMT General Manager is a year-round, full time position in Whitesburg, Kentucky in a salary range of $42-45,000 with full paid benefits.

Appalshop is an equal opportunity employer, and its employment policies and practices are applicable to all employees without regard to race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, creed, gender, disability or national origin.

To apply for this position: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to apply@appalshop.org.
Deadline 12/1 preferred, or 12/7 final

Development Coordinator, WMMT, Whitesburg, KY

WMMT 88.7 FM — also known as Possum Radio, Real People Radio, Mountain Community Public Radio and the Non-Industrial Giant in the Mountains — is seeking a Development Coordinator for our vibrant and eclectic community radio station located in the central Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

Founded in 1985, WMMT is part of Appalshop, a non-profit media arts center, and broadcasts 24-hours a day online and locally at 88.7 FM. Our terrestrial broadcast covers a wide swathe of the Appalachian coalfields, reaching portions of Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Our broadcast schedule is anchored by a roster of 50 volunteer community DJs and a mix of public affairs programming and special projects, such as our world-renowned show Calls From Home that connects incarcerated listeners with their loved ones.

WMMT’s mission is to be a 24-hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues, to provide broadcast space for creative expression and community involvement in making radio, and to be an active participant in discussion of public policy that will benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole.

Job Duties:

The WMMT Development Coordinator provides leadership and coordination for multiple aspects of station development including underwriting sales, individual giving, community engagement and outreach, strategic relationship building, events, and major donor development. The Development Coordinator participates in long-range strategic planning to optimize financial growth and sustain community relationships, as well as helping to maintain WMMT’s daily operations.

General Development:

Works closely with WMMT General Manager, Appalshop Institutional Development Director, and Appalshop Development Associate to create development strategies, timelines, and budgets
Assists General Manager with development tasks, as needed
Assists with identifying foundation and federal support opportunities and grant proposal writing and reporting
Creates materials for WMMT’s different audiences (ads, listeners, foundations, etc)
Leads planning and production of WMMT community events and/or the participation of WMMT in community events
Organizes WMMT Community Advisory Board meetings and related reporting
Coordinates financial transactions and reporting needs with Appalshop’s Financial Director
Other duties as assigned by the General Manager
Donor Relations:

Primary manager of WMMT’s contacts within the NetworkForGood database, keeping all information up to date and running reports/analysis as necessary
Plans, coordinates and manages biannual on-air fund drives
Maintains and strengthens current donor relationships, meet and visit as needed
Is the primary contact for incoming calls and visitors
Underwriting:

Contacts local, regional and national businesses and solicits on-air cash underwriting and/or partnership opportunities
Solicits and administers advertising and underwriting trades with area print and broadcast media
Works with WMMT staff to write and schedule all on-air underwriting announcements
Invoices, collects, and maintains relationships with underwriting clients
Qualifications:

The candidate should have at least one to two years of development and sales experience or be a fast-learner with great organizational, interpersonal, writing, and prioritization skills. WMMT seeks an applicant who understands the role of community-based radio and arts institutions, can work independently and in teams, and is ready to bring creativity to the position.

The WMMT Development Coordinator is a year-round, full time position in Whitesburg, Kentucky in a salary range of $38-40,000 with full paid benefits.

Appalshop is an equal opportunity employer, and its employment policies and practices are applicable to all employees without regard to race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, creed, gender, disability or national origin.

To apply for this position: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to apply@appalshop.org

Looking for other positions at Appalshop? We’re also hiring a General Manager for WMMT.
Deadline 12/1 preferred, or 12/7 max

News Director, KVMR, Nevada City, CA

KVMR’s News Director will oversee news department by training, scheduling and managing all of KVMR’s news reporters and contributors. They will maintain the quality and accuracy of KVMR’s news and public affairs content.
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assign and edit reporters on a daily basis, overseeing the quality of KVMR’s news and public affairs content; short features, news spots, breaking news, top of the hour updates during emergencies, public affairs programs and interviews
• Establish and manage deadlines for the reporting team to create the content for half hour evening news magazine
• Develop local news programming and enterprise stories
• Create, maintain and execute coverage plans for developing and breaking news
• Work with community organizations to develop meaningful and engaging town halls and community forums (2 or more per year)
• Represent the news division as required at board meetings and other
presentations
• Attend major donor events, public events and regularly participate in on-air fundraising
• Direct development and maintenance of applicable web, and social media-based news content
Time Commitment
• Production and scheduling for weekday half hour local news program – 70 percent of job
• Training, engineering and oversight for KVMR’s volunteer hosted public affairs programs – 20 percent of job
• Scheduling and programming of special coverage, breaking news and emergency broadcasting – 10 percent of job
Necessary Skills and Experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in broadcast journalism
• Five years’ experience in news or radio production, preferably in a public media environment
• Skills and experience in editing
• Demonstrated skills in interviewing, audio editing software, and writing for broadcast
• Good people skills, with previous supervisory experience desirable
• Strong sense of ethical standards and the value of public service media
• Willingness to work flexible hours as news stories require
• Professional management experience
• Training as a reporter, writer, editor, photographer, or producer
• Familiarity with best practices for digital content and social media
• Demonstrated commitment to accuracy, ethics, and transparency
Reporting Relationship: General Manager Position Type: Non-exempt
Part Time: 25 hours per week
To Apply: Email KVMR General Manager Ali Lightfoot [gm@kvmr.org] with a letter of interest, resume, three professional references, and links to four examples of your reporting, editing, video and/or audio production work. Nevada City Community Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits harassment. All applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, family responsibility, disability status, protected veteran status, or religion.
Deadline Accepting Applications until December 1st, 2020.

Membership Director, WXPR, Rhinelander, WI

WXPR Public Radio is seeking creative, meticulous, and adventurous candidates for the position of Membership Director.

The Membership Director will provide strategic leadership and planning to
develop and implement procedures and practices that will successfully seek and increase individual gifts and awareness of WXPR. This will be done through best practices including but not limited to direct contact solicitations, membership drives, direct mail, on-air campaigns social media marketing and more.

The ideal candidate is passionate about the mission and value of public media. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and collaborative self-starter with superior communication and interpersonal skills. This is a full-time exempt position.

Overview:
WXPR is an independent, community-licensed public radio station founded in 1983 and operated by White Pine Community Broadcasting, Inc. From studios in downtown Rhinelander, Wisconsin, WXPR can be heard in northern and central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Scores of volunteer on-air hosts produce and deliver 70 hours of unique music programming per week. In addition, WXPR is an NPR affiliate that airs national news and produces its own local news. WXPR aims to inform, entertain and engage the community with music and information.

Responsibilities:
Member Relations
 Develop and manage strategies that bring in additional members, move
members up in donation level, and show steady increase in membership
donations
 Ensure member communications are timely and professional
 Manage member database software by ensuring accuracy and regular
maintenance of membership database, as well as end of month reporting,
thank you correspondence, accounts payable, and bank deposits in
cooperation with the Finance Director and as required by financial auditors
 Set annual membership goals and monthly income projections
 Plan and manage three to four membership drives per year
 Follow best practices and new trends in membership drives

Marketing
 Oversee design and production of WXPR’s marketing materials including
newsletters, banners, posters, program guides, thank you gifts and other
materials
 Maintain and update the station website www.WXPR.org and social media accounts
 Work with other staff members and board members to produce fundraising and promotional events
On-Air
 Cohost pledge drive programs

Miscellaneous
 All other duties as apparent or as assigned by general manager
Qualifications
 Education or experience in fundraising
 Public radio listener
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills
 Ability to maintain positive, professional, and friendly relationships with
community members and partners
 Strong computer database and design skills-knowledge of Adobe Creative
Suite
 Ability to prioritize assignments and work independently on complex
communication tasks
 Ability to adhere to deadlines
 Meticulous attention to detail
 A high degree of confidentiality
 Highly organized and self-motivated team player who is professional,
creative, and takes ownership of responsibilities

Benefits
 Paid Holidays, vacation, and sick leave.
 Retirement plan
 Health, Life, and Disability Insurance

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you! Please send a cover letter and resume by to WXPR General Manager Jessie Dick: jessie@wxpr.org . Please detail how you heard about the job. Pay will be commensurate with experience. The position will remain open until filled.

Content Director, KSFR, Santa Fe, NM

The Northern New Mexico Radio Foundation—operator of KSFR, a public radio station broadcasting from Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico’s capital city—seeks to hire its first Content Director to bring high-quality local news and community media programming to listeners on multiple platforms. The Content Director is responsible for the vision, strategic development, and production of all content and its distribution on KSFR’s FM broadcast and digital platforms with the goal of engaging, retaining, growing, and diversifying KSFR’s audience in Northern New Mexico. The Content Director manages the creation and direction of KSFR’s locally-focused news, public affairs, and music content, as well as recruitment and training of volunteer, part-time, and full-time media producers.
Specific Duties Include:
• Lead a team of journalists and producers in creating meaningful and informative content for digital and broadcast platforms with a focus on local concerns and issues.
• Establish relationships with the diverse communities KSFR serves and create a plan to listen to community needs in order to inform content creation and engagement strategy.
• Reach new audiences through a variety of platforms with the goals of both increasing audience size and individual engagement with KSFR. Analyze audience data, trends and user habits to develop and evolve content and use of platforms.
• Design and implement a consistent brand identity over broadcast and digital platforms.
• Maintain firewall between editorial content creation and other departments and funders.
• Develop collaborations with independent producers, arts organizations, and civic organizations to produce innovative local content that aligns with KSFR’s core mission.
• Manage content production budget and provide direction for public and private grant requests and other special projects.
• Hire, train, supervise and evaluate staff and volunteer producers.
• Ensure that all content meets high standards for journalistic ethics and complies with applicable laws and regulations.
• Participate in KSFR’s on-air and digital fundraising activities.
• Foster a positive, creative, and collaborative work environment.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervise all volunteer, part-time, and full-time producers. Supervise News Department and News Director.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Programming experience with a successful news-formatted public or community radio station.
• Strong knowledge of digital marketing, web analytics, digital media and audio production.
• Demonstrated ability to learn and troubleshoot new technologies and web-based tools.
• Demonstrated ability to recruit, select, train, and supervise personnel.
• Understanding of local issues of importance in Northern New Mexico.
• Highly developed organizational, interpersonal communications, and time management skills.
• Experience and comfort with speaking on-air as needed.
• Multilingual skills are strongly preferred but not a prerequisite.

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent experience in journalism, media or content creation, including managing journalists or producers.
• Excellent knowledge of journalistic principles and ethics.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Excellent administrative and managerial skills.
• Extensive experience in public or community media. Previous experience in a nonprofit setting preferred.
• Experience in audio production, digital media production, and/or digital publishing. Proficiency in Adobe Audition is preferred.
• Work is performed in a broadcast station facility 24-7. Must be able to respond to emergency situations during evening and weekend hours.
Position open until filled.

KSFR is an equal opportunity employer without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family or parental status (including pregnancy).

Send resume and cover letter to:

Tazbah McCullah
General Manager
tmccullah@ksfr.org
Deadline Open Until Filled

Managing Producer, BirdNote, Seattle, WA

BirdNote seeks a skilled Managing Producer (MP) who has proven experience managing innovative media programming for a wide range of audiences on radio and multimedia platforms. 

This position is key to BirdNote’s mission: to create sound-rich stories in a variety of formats that will inspire a growing audience to care about birds and the natural world. The MP will have a primary role in helping the organization reach its strategic goals of expanding and diversifying the audio-listening audience, while ramping up BirdNote’s digital production to meet the demands of mobile consumers.

The MP will oversee production of the daily show, provide program direction, and manage an experienced production team with an assistant producer and 8-10 professional contractors. The MP will ensure that the distribution of programs meets deadlines and goals across multiple channels on public radio and digital media.

Job Duties

The Managing Producer will:
• Have primary production responsibility and decision making for the BirdNote two-minute daily program, meeting monthly deadlines and fostering a collaborative team environment that encourages feedback and review of audience data to refine content. 
• Manage and work in concert with a with an experienced and growing team that includes production staff, up to 10 contractors, including professional writers, editors, producers and narrators, science advisors, and other staff, as required.
• Direct and manage new content, which includes actively pursuing collaborations with skilled independent producers for longer/shorter broadcast stories, extended podcasts and some video production; collaborate with staff and contractors on related content under BirdNote’s brand. 
• Set production goals and targets to align with BirdNote’s strategic goals and measure against results.
• Ensure an audience/customer focus with data-driven analytics and metrics, including target audiences defined for growth and expansion. 
• Foster an expanding digital focus that includes use of social media tools to advance BirdNote’s audience goals, following standards and industry best practices.
• Ensure that all facets of programming adhere to and advance BirdNote’s mission, strategic goals, business strategies, standards of quality, and scientific accuracy. 

Approximately 37% of MP’s time will be devoted to the two-minute daily shows, 38% to the development of new content and 25% to team collaboration, management, and administration.

Required qualifications:
• BA or BS in journalism, communications, or related field; or equivalent experience;
• Proven experience in leadership, managing staff, and building an effective team;
• 3-5 year’s experience producing on-air and digital content with strong storytelling skills;
• 1-2 years of proven success developing material in multiple formats across multiple platforms;
• Knowledge of and experience with digital and social media;
• Experience and enthusiasm for building audiences and relationships with external stakeholders;
• Positive, self-motivated, responsible, results-oriented – a team player;
• Excellent written and interpersonal communications.

Desired qualifications
• Interest in and knowledge of birds and nature;
• Passion to help BirdNote realize strategic goals of expanding and diversifying the audience;
• Enthusiasm to work with a dedicated team that places high value on quality, a work ethic that ensures the job is done well and on time, and willingness to go beyond the call of duty when opportunities arise;
• Ability to experiment and learn from experience;
• A collaborative spirit and a good sense of humor;
• Ability to work evening and weekend hours (with advance notice);
• Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.

Hire contingent upon passing a background check.

Compensation:

Salary range: $65,000 – $68,000 FT, DOE
Benefits: includes a generous benefit package including a $5,000 moving/housing allowance, paid time off, medical, dental, disability and life plans, plus retirement.

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis. The position is open until filled. To apply, please send your resume with a cover letter that explains how your skills, experience and interests align with this position to jobs@birdnote.org.  Include your salary requirements and at least 3 links to sample audio stories. 

Location: Seattle, WA
BirdNote staff and contractors work virtually from home and communicate electronically on a regular basis, coming together for meetings and planning via Skype, BlueJeans, and Seattle-based coffee houses.  

BirdNote is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

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