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Development Director, WFHB, Bloomington, IN

Do you have a passion for Community Radio and want to share it? Do you like making connections and building community partnerships? If so, WFHB needs you!

General Duties and Responsibilities: The Development Director provides leadership for finding and acquiring sources of financial support for WFHB, both for operations and for capital expenditures. “Development” means outreach and marketing intended to acquire contributions, rather than more listeners or new volunteers. This is a part-time hourly position with 15-29 hours per week.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Identifies, contacts, solicits and negotiates with businesses for on-air underwriting, secures underwriting contracts.
Identifies, contacts, cultivates, and solicits individuals for multi-year annual gifts.
Works to identify, contact, cultivate, and solicit individuals for large individual gifts and/or planned gifts.
Coordinates all activities with Board of Directors as requested.
Coordinates all activities with staff and volunteers through the General Manager.
Develops marketing materials for underwriting, individual, and planned giving.
Identifies possible grant funding sources, develops ideas, and writes/submits grant applications.
Works with staff to coordinate outreach and marketing efforts intended to raise funds.
Maintains and updates database of contacts and agreements with businesses and individuals
Provides recognition for donors and stewardship over donor gifts.
Conducts follow-up assessments of funding appeals.
Assists the General Manager in developing, implementing, and tracking semi-annual fund drives.
Keeps the General Manager informed of progress, problems, and possible areas of improvement in fundraising.
Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree preferred, plus either one year work experience in fundraising or two years of experience in a related area;
or a combination of education and experience that provides the equivalent.

Candidate must possess:
broad knowledge, understanding, and well-developed skills in fundraising;
good computer literacy; Microsoft Office, Database software
proven ability to communicate effectively through oral presentation, written word, and graphic displays;
mature judgment in analyzing and interpreting financial potential and evaluating prospective donors;
the ability to effectively prioritize tasks;
the ability to accomplish objectives through both individual and cooperative efforts.

Supervisory Relationship:
Reports to and is supervised by the General Manager.
Reports to the Board of Directors when requested.
Serves on committees as requested (e.g., the Finance and Development Committees.)
Trains and manages volunteers engaged in development / fundraising activities.

Send inquiries to
Deadline March 31, 2020

Operations & Programming Manager, KRTS, Marfa, TX

Marfa Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media serves a critical role in our region.

The Operations Manager oversees, coordinates, and administers a range of operational and administrative activities in direct support of the delivery of 24-hour radio programming by the station. They apply their know-how, commitment to community, and attention to detail to the implementation of operations and programming needs of our station.

Essential Functions
Oversees and coordinates the continuous, daily broadcast operations of the radio station, ensuring compliance with broadcast standards, and relevant federal and state laws and regulations.
Monitors each frequency
Oversees and maintains the ENCO automation software and the on-air computer system
Oversees the programming, scheduling, traffic, of all programs and files
Oversees production and programming of all in-house interstitials: underwriting, promos, liners, music beds
Maintains accurate schedules, records, discrepancy reports, and follow-through communications, and ensures that all on-air broadcast programming complies with FCC rules and regulations.
Serves as technical director for programming.
Oversee technical repair and maintenance of broadcast facilities and manage contract technician(s).
Provide personnel training and development in radio operations.
Maintains and troubleshoots technical aspects of the station; office computer network, backup systems, phone system, broadcast equipment, studio equipment
The person who accepts this position would be designated as the chief operator and would be responsible for all associated reporting and logging relating to that position.
Collaborates with station team on pledge drives and station events
Other duties as necessary
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Knowledge and understanding of radio communications facilities and distribution systems
Knowledge of public radio organizational structures, workflows, systems, and operating procedures.
Knowledge of public radio principles, procedures, operations, and standards.
Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
Knowledge of FCC and other federal, state and local broadcasting regulations.
Knowledge of on-air and remote broadcasting processes and procedures.
Skills in examining and developing station operations and procedures, formulating policy, and implementing organizational strategies and procedures.
Ability to oversee, coordinate, and support the execution of continuous broadcast schedules on a 24×7 basis.
Knowledge of current and developing trends in radio.
Skill in operating radio equipment.

This position reports to the General Manager
Salary: $40,000

Marfa Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Code of Ethics
Marfa Public Radio supports the values represented by the Public Media Code of Integrity. It is a family-friendly organization that offers healthcare benefits to its employees and an environmentally-conscious workspace that encourages recycling.
Code of Diversity
Marfa Public Radio knows that a diverse workforce, management team, governing body, and Community Advisory Board contribute greatly to our knowledge and understanding of the diverse communities in West Texas, and to our ability to deliver content and services that will help us attract, grow and engage audiences and help them to achieve their full potential. We endeavor to recruit from a broad pool of candidates enabling us to hire and promote qualified candidates with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, personal experiences and characteristics, and talents that reasonably reflect the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by KRTS, KXWT, and its repeaters.
Deadline February 15, 2020

Production Director, KZYX, Philo, CA

-Coordinate schedule of music shows, find substitutes, assist in recruitment and training of new programmers in consultation with Program Director.
-Assist with programmer training, working with Program Director and Operations Director.
-With other staff, update and edit website.
-Support programming that reflects diverse community needs, including listeners who are underserved at the present time including youth, Latino, Native American and LGBTQ community.
-Manage social media related to music programming on KZYX.
-Oversee acquisition and integration of digital and CD music library.
-Develop and maintain relationships with record labels and acquire relevant new releases in a timely fashion.
-Manage and maintain the music library.
-Promote and air relevant new releases.
-Carry out quarterly reporting to Sound Exchange.
-Assist programmers with Spinitron.
-Assist in recording promos and underwriting.
-Edit and do post production on public affairs and music programs.
-Assist in organization and operation of fundraising drives.
-With Operations Director, conduct routine maintenance checks at radio tower sites.
-Support Operations Director and Program Director as needed: Act as backup to supervise DAD automation; Coordinate with both public affairs and music programmers; Serve as general support to both Operations Director and Program Director
-Assist in emergency situations, such as PSPS and fire and flood emergencies, including providing on-air hourly updates during disasters.
-Other duties as assigned by General Manager.

-Experience in producing live and recorded radio programs and announcements
-Proven commitment to noncommercial radio
-Proficiency in a range of technical radio applications, with ability and willingness to learn more
-Proven ability to work in harmony with a variety of people
-Proven ability to successfully juggle a number of tasks
-Excellent communication skills.

-Bilingual (Spanish-English)

Part-time hourly position. Please send letter of application plus resume to Marty Durlin, General Manager, at
Deadline January 31, 2020

Development Associate, KOPN, Columbia, MO

KOPN is seeking a development associate that will lead the expansion of our fundraising efforts by focusing on grant writing, cultivating individual gifts at major giving levels, and stewarding a Legacy Giving program. This position will work closely with the general manager to achieve fundraising goals in a manner that is sustainable and consistent with the station’s overall mission and values.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

– Responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of prospective and current donors; meeting donors in-person, over the phone, or during events to converse with them toward deepening their engagement and financial support.
– Assist in researching, developing, and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations.
– Steward a Legacy Giving program
– Actively engage with the KOPN community, and have a fluent understanding of KOPN’s mission, values, programming, and history.
– Advise the development team on fundraising tactics and practices for individual giving
– Assist with other fundraising initiatives and community outreach engagement.
– Participate in station meetings and inform strategic planning process
– Submit a monthly report of activities
– Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

– Demonstrated experience in fundraising and/or producing charitable contributions.
– Knowledgeable and passionate about community radio
– Demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money.
– Established relationships with local media, businesses, community groups and government.
– Strong written, phone, and conversation skills; ability to persuasively communicate KOPN’s mission and values to potential funders.
– Must be well-organized, fastidious, and timely about recording donor activity in Salesforce.
– Excellent ability to meet deadlines while also paying close attention to details and accuracy.
– Advanced computer skills, including Google Drive, Microsoft Office.
– Experience and excitement about working with diverse groups and communities.
– Flexibility, with a strong commitment to collaboration.
– Ability to maintain confidentiality and commitment to professional ethics.

Job Type: Part-time (20 hours/week)

Base Compensation: $1,500/mo (~$19/hr)

Work Location: Columbia, MO

Application process: Applications accepted until March 1. Please submit a cover letter, resumé/CV, and three references by email to or by mail to KOPN (attn: Tim Pilcher), 915 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201.

Underwriting Associate, KOPN, Columbia, MO

The underwriting associate will lead KOPN’s underwriting and sponsorship program, growing new and existing local support by initiating cold calls, setting appointments, presenting and proposing marketing solutions, and closing sales with owners and decision makers. This position will work collaboratively with the general manager to drive future growth in a manner that is consistent with the station’s overall mission and values while maximizing KOPN’s underwriting sales revenues, in-kind trades, and donations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
– Implement the overall strategy for underwriting and sponsorship.
– Play a hands-on role cultivating new and existing accounts and relationships, researching accounts, developing proposals, and closing new business.
– Effectively communicate KOPN’s mission and values to prospective underwriters and donors.
– Demonstrate a thorough understanding of FCC and station rules regarding underwriting, and adhere to best practices and guidelines regarding copy approval, deadlines, and accounts receivable and collections
– Bring creativity to the packaging, positioning, and pricing of integrated programs that enhance the attraction of KOPN sponsorship.
– Send invoices and track payments, keeping complete, accurate files on each account including contract information, scripts, contact history, correspondence, etc.
– Support KOPN staff in identifying and partnering on high-level opportunities with individual donors, major accounts, and foundations.
– Participate in station events and meetings and inform strategic planning process.
– Submit a monthly report of activities.
– Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

– Knowledge of local market, including decision makers, philanthropists, and key accounts.
– Knowledgeable and passionate about community radio
– Proven fundraising and/or media sales management experience
– Strong written, phone, and conversation skills; ability to persuasively communicate KOPN’s mission, values, and value to potential funders.
– Ability to accurately calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, commissions, percentages, etc
– Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables.
– Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office and Google Drive. Ability to learn new software including traffic management systems and Salesforce.

Job Type: Part-time (20 hours/week)

Base Compensation: $1,000/mo (~$13/hr)

Underwriting Commission: 15% for new accounts, 10% for renewals

Work Location: Columbia, MO

Application process: Submit a cover letter, resumé/CV, and three references by email to or by mail to KOPN (attn: Tim Pilcher), 915 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201 by March 1. Please identify the position(s) for which you are applying. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Executive Director, KAFM, Grand Junction, CO

KAFM is seeking an energetic, creative, and highly motivated Executive Director to lead and inspire our team of employees and volunteers dedicated to excellence and diversity in musical, cultural and public service programming. The ED is responsible for ensuring the overall health, growth, and long-term viability of the station. Key responsibilities include growing community visibility and involvement; continuously improving programming quality and listenership; building an active and engaged group of volunteers; and growing our membership, underwriting, grant writing, and other revenue-producing programs. KAFM is a CPB-qualified, FCC licensed 501c(3) corporation, non-profit public radio station with 300 watts of power serving Western Colorado at 88.1 mhz. KAFM also maintains a web presence and streams music and community programming live 24/7 at KAFM is member-supported and fills a vital role in the Grand Valley as an accessible forum for the presentation of music, arts, culture, and information by and for the local community.

This is a full-time position, with the need to attend evening and weekend events periodically. KAFM offers a total compensation opportunity of $45K – $55K annually (commensurate with experience), three weeks of paid vacation and nine paid holidays per year.

If you feel you have what it takes to help us grow, please submit your resume and a cover letter to or by mail to 1310 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501.  

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.


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  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.

Development Director, WXPR, Rhinelander, WI

WXPR Public Radio is seeking creative, adventurous candidates for the position of Development Director.

The Development Director will create and implement fundraising activities to fulfill the mission of WXPR. Development areas include, but are not limited to, underwriting, grant funding, planned giving, and major giving.

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.

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.


•       Renew underwriters in a timely fashion. Upgrade where possible.
•       Research and approach new underwriting prospects.
•       Develop underwriting scripts according to FCC guidelines.
•       Schedule underwriting using underwriting software.
•       Send invoices and track payments.
•       Keep complete, accurate files on each underwriter including contract information, scripts, contact history, correspondence, etc.

•       Work with Membership Director to plan and carry out membership drives.
Grant funding
•       Seek granting opportunities for programming, operating expenses, and other special and capital projects.
•       Write and submit grant proposals.
•       Report on grants received as required by the grantor.
Major donor and planned giving programs
•       Develop and oversee these programs including identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects.
•       Plan major donor receptions.

Promotional and fundraising events
•       Work with other staff members and board members to produce fundraising and promotional events.
•       Hosting news programming
•       Cohost pledge drive programs
•       All other duties as apparent or as assigned by general manager.

Please send a cover letter and resume by to WXPR General Manager Jessie Dick:

The position will remain open until filled.

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