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General Manager, KOPN, Columbia, MO

KOPN 89.5 FM, a listener-supported community radio station in Columbia, MO, seeks qualified candidates for the position of General Manager. Thanks to a supportive community, KOPN is financially stable in spite of these trying times. We are ready to begin raising funds for a move to an accessible building and expect to be successful. Our current GM, recently a new father, plans to return to his previous position as station operations director to have more time for family.

On air since 1973, KOPN provides diverse music, local news and talk, and syndicated programming from NPR and Pacifica. KOPN is a CPB-qualified, FCC-licensed station owned and operated by the New Wave Corporation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Broadcasting at 36,000 watts, KOPN serves an area of approximately 100 miles in diameter in Central Missouri. Columbia is home to the flagship campus of the University of Missouri, Columbia College, and Stephens College, and has a vibrant arts community that hosts film, art, and music festivals.

The General Manager reports to a member-elected board of directors and supervises a small paid staff and a large corps of volunteers. The General Manager is responsible and accountable for overall administration, finance, public relations and marketing, personnel, programming, and technical operations of the station. This involves, among other duties:
ensuring quality programming that meets community needs, generates listener support, and fulfills the mission of KOPN;
ensuring successful technical broadcast operations, delivery of programming, daily log maintenance, and publication of schedule;
devising and implementing plans for fundraising including business underwriting, on-air fund drives, in-person events, sustaining memberships, legacy giving, grants, and major campaigns;
ensuring effective, appropriate social media representation of the station;
facilitating staff development and ensuring that volunteer coordination is successful;
ensuring that all required reporting (financial and other) is done accurately and on time and that the station complies with all local, state, and federal laws and all other requirements;
developing budgets in collaboration with the Board and monitoring progress toward goals.

A Bachelor’s degree in a related field or significant professional experience in media, fundraising, or management; at least five years of relevant experience including budgeting and financial oversight; familiarity in some capacity with volunteer-powered organizations; interest in community radio.
Excellent oral and written communication, organizational skills, and computer literacy; creative and practical problem-solving abilities; demonstrated commitment to professional ethics and to meeting deadlines; ability to collaborate constructively both within and outside the organization.
A more detailed position description can be found at
Potential applicants should consult that document for more information about duties and required abilities.

Email cover letter, resumé or CV, and 3 relevant references with their current contact information to GMSearch [at] KOPN [dot] org
or mail/deliver to KOPN GM Search, 915 E. Broadway, Columbia MO 65201.

KOPN is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity.
Deadline Open until filled

Program Director, KBOO, Portland, OR

Provide leadership for all programming at KBOO. To assure quality radio programming that meets the goals of the KBOO Foundation. To implement the programming goals of the KBOO Board of Directors and the Programming Advisory Committee. This position is a member of and leads the Program Operating Team.


 Minimum of two years experience in community or public radio

 Experience in program development

 Experience in supervision of personnel

 Experience in training and/or production skills

 Ability to administer department including the development and implementation of policies, procedures, preparation of reports, etc.

 Knowledge of variety of musical styles and traditions, public affairs, and news

 Demonstrated excellence in live programming and production

 Ability to work with a wide variety of people in a multicultural organization

 Experience supervising volunteers and ability to articulate criticism and support

 Ability to speak Spanish helpful

 Computer skills

Essential Functions

 Identify and address institutional and individual acts of oppression at KBOO. Ensure there is interruption of the oppression, follow-up and support for those impacted as well as documentation/record keeping of the incident

 Oversee, coordinate and implement all KBOO programming

 Final decision authority for all programming working cooperatively with news and public affairs directors and with assistance from the Programming Advisory Committee

 Audition, initiation, scheduling, development and evaluation of programming and training of programmers in cooperation with the Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

 Ensure non-technical legal broadcast operation of KBOO, including logs, EBS, obscenity rulings, etc.

 To provide programming information for the program guide. the KBOO website/social media, newsletters, etc.

 Supervise scheduling of air shift operators including substitutions

 Oversee and approve programming changes (pre-emptions, remote broadcasts, etc.)

 Oversee KBOO remote broadcasts in collaboration with the engineering dept

 Manage the quality of the record music library and tape archives

 Supervise response to listener comments on programming

 Order programs from outside sources

 Provide direction and leadership to Public Affairs dept and News dept

 Work to implement KBOO’s Affirmative Action policy

 Attend and provide leadership for the PAC in developing new and innovative programming

 Make programming and scheduling changes with input from PAC

 Participate in volunteer training in cooperation with other staff

 Pre-empt scheduled programming for special public affairs and music programs (with input from news and public affairs directors) and provide adequate notice to affected individuals

 Request engineering and equipment repairs. Submit engineering and equipment repair orders, working closely with the engineer.

 Recommend probationary loss of a programmers’ air time for just cause

 Remove a programmer from the air due to violations of rules

 Develop a programming budget and have input in equipment budgeting

 Assist with pledge drive as necessary

 Attend staff meetings

 Schedule promos for airplay

 Conduct program evaluations on a regular basis with assistance from the PAC

 Maintain on-air programmer contracts

 Other duties applicable to the programming department as assigned

This is a full-time position of 40 hrs a week with a starting salary of $15.56/hr. The employee shall be eligible for annual step increases subject to conditions in KBOO’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Probationary Period
Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the first six-months of employment are probationary.

Benefits include medical and dental coverage, disability and life insurance, and credit union eligibility. This position also offers paid vacation, sick leave, and 11 paid holidays per year, in accordance with KBOO’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. FSLA-exempt employees receive paid compensatory time off. Eligibility for the pension plan is one year after the date of hire.

Working Conditions
KBOO has 13 paid employees and over 300 volunteers. The Program Director interacts regularly with volunteer programmers and partners of KBOO. Ability to teach, listen, and create boundaries with a diverse group of people is a required part of maintaining an environment that supports the people both inside and outside of the station. As a radio station that is live 24 hrs a day, flexibity in hours may be required in order to address emergencies or pressing issues that must be handled immediately.

Workplace expectations at KBOO radio include: effective verbal and written communications; conflict de-escalation; skillful volunteer relations and utilization; capable project management; work-area organization; response to phone calls and correspondence; teamwork and cooperation with other employees, volunteers, and Board members; furtherance of KBOO mission, goals and values; meeting attendance and participation; capable departmental budgeting; and punctuality.

Equipment Used
Computer, voicemail, copier, microphones, soundboards, field recorders

Send resume and cover letter to pdhire2020 [at] kboo [dot] org​ by Saturday, Oct 3 by 11:59pm. REQUIRED: answer the following question in your cover letter, “How does community radio play a role in creating equity for society?”

Equal Employment and Affirmative Action
KBOO is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Our organization does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, creed, physical or mental disability.
Deadline October 3, 2020 by 11:59pm

News Director, Marfa Public Radio KRTS, Marfa, TX

Marfa Public Radio is one of the most awarded small-market stations in the nation for excellence in journalism. MPR serves approximately 30,000 square miles of Far West Texas, plus an online streaming audience worldwide. In 2018, Marfa Public Radio won three National Murrow awards. This year, the station swept every category in the Texas and Oklahoma region. We believe the stories of Far West Texas are just as essential as stories from other parts of the country. We aim to be a model for public radio beyond our listening range. We are not your regular radio station.

Marfa Public Radio has five core functions: serving as a lifeline, innovating in public media, being a beacon for local stories, providing the soundtrack of Far West Texas, and creating a place where the wide range can connect.

The News Director of Marfa Public Radio will provide the vision and guidance for the station’s journalism. Together, with the Executive Director, the News Director will ensure that news coverage and offerings reflect the highest standards of journalistic ethics, audio production, and public service to Far West Texas. Our newsroom prioritizes relevance and engagement.

The News Director will oversee the day-to-day news operation. The News Director is responsible for the efficiency in the workflow and distribution of journalism. The News Director will drive the daily reporting with a combination of energy and calm, creativity and consistency. A key component of this position is serving as an editor for the reporting team. The ideal candidate for this role has superior organizational skills and high journalistic standards.


* Assign and edit reporters on a daily basis, overseeing the quality of news content from features and series to spots and breaking news

* Establish and managing deadlines for the reporting team

* Develop local news programming and enterprise stories

* Create, maintain and execute coverage plans for developing and breaking news

* Work with the ED developing and executing regular, meaningful, and engaging news events throughout the listening area including town halls, debates, community forums, listening sessions, etc…

* 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


* 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

* Bilingual preferred

We want our team to reflect the public we serve. We believe this is our job and that it is crucial to the vision of public media. BIPOC candidates are encouraged to apply.

Salary Range: $50,000-$60,000

Deadline October 2, 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.

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.

Member Relations
 Develop and manage strategies that bring in additional members, move
members up in donation level, and show steady increase in membership
 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

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

 All other duties as apparent or as assigned by general manager
 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
 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

 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: . 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
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.


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.

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