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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.

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Deadline March 31, 2020

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

General Manager, KFAI, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN

KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio is looking for an energetic and motivated leader for the position of General Manager. KFAI is a mission-driven, volunteer-based community radio station delivering information, arts, and entertainment programming to the Twin Cities of Minnesota since 1978. Always evolving, KFAI aims to provide access to underserved or marginalized populations by fostering relationship-building and meaningful, lasting partnerships between communities of diverse racial, social, and economic backgrounds while upholding values of democracy and social justice.

The General Manager leads a small hard-working staff and a community of creative and socially engaged volunteers who are committed to expanding the future of KFAI in an ever-changing media landscape. As an essential member of the Twin Cities radio community, KFAI’s new leader is powered by resilient curiosity, who finds great joy in collaboration and is committed to upholding the values and mission of the organization.

Thank you for your interest in employment at KFAI. The window to apply closes at 5:00 pm on April 15th, 2020. Please have your application materials (cover letter & resume) submitted before that time.

Our selection process: After careful evaluation of each applicant’s qualifications, we will reach out to schedule personal interviews. In most cases, if we have not contacted you within a month, your application is no longer under consideration. Because the first step of our selection process is a comparative review of application materials, it is not necessary to follow up with us.

We welcome you to share this posting with all your networks.

Here’s a link to the posting:

Send a cover letter and resume to Subject: Attention GM Search Committee.
Application materials must be submitted by 5:00 pm 4/15/2020.

KFAI Fresh Air Radio
1808 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Jacque Pokorney
Board President
KFAI Fresh Air Radio
Office Phone: 612-341-3144

General Manager
Full Time – Exempt Position
Reports to: Board of Directors

Direct reports: Full-time, part-time, and contract staff, and volunteers*. The full-time staff includes an Office Administrator, Content Manager/Underwriting Sales Manager, and Volunteer Coordinator/Event Manager. The contract staff consists of an accountant, a team of underwriting associates, and project engineers/programmers.
*KFAI volunteers perform a range of station functions, including programming, production, engineering, and special event support and coordination.

Station Mission
KFAI is a volunteer-based community radio station that exists to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for an audience of diverse racial, social, and economic backgrounds. By providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media, KFAI increases understanding between peoples and communities, while fostering the values of democracy and social justice.

Job Summary
The General Manager is responsible for the overall leadership of the station, including staff and volunteers, management, and significant fundraising efforts, while ensuring that all activities are in accordance with the station’s mission. Working with the Board of Directors, the General Manager provides strategic leadership by developing and implementing the station’s strategic plan and provides regular reports to the Board of Directors on the organizational status of the station. The General Manager serves as a station ambassador to the community. Work is performed in a broadcast station facility 24/7 and they must be willing and able to respond to emergencies during evening and weekend hours as needed.

Administrative Management
 Ensures that KFAI’s policies and procedures are followed organization-wide, including annual planning, staff and station evaluation, addressing community feedback, grievance procedures, and maintenance of station files.
 Leads staff and volunteers under the direction of the station’s policies and procedures manual.
 Ensures compliance with FCC, CPB, IRS regulations, and guidelines to meet industry standards.

 Oversees all fundraising activities, including on-air membership drives and campaigns, community development and outreach efforts, and public events.
 Cultivates relationships with local municipalities, community organizations, businesses, and individuals to maximize fundraising resources and expand KFAI’s community engagement across the Twin Cities Metro and surrounding locations.
 Creates an annual development plan which includes on-air pledge drives, fundraising events, grant writing, and statistical reporting.
 Leads donor cultivation efforts and creates lasting relationships across multiple community sectors.
 Cultivates database of potential donors and leads station’s efforts to solicit both restricted and non-restricted grants from individual, corporate, government, and foundation entities.

Staff Management
 Develops and maintains a collaborative, productive, engaged, and inclusive working environment.
 In cooperation with the Leadership Committee, takes responsibility for the hiring, development,
evaluation, and termination of the full-time, part-time, contract, and volunteer personnel according to the station policies and procedures manual.
 Facilitates staff participation in planning and executing station priorities like fundraising programming, event planning, and organizational development.
 Works in partnership with the Board of Directors to maintain administrative direction with staffing roles and responsibilities and developing improved regulatory systems.
 Maintains approachable and consistent communication styles with staff and volunteers that highlights collaboration and teamwork.

Community Engagement
 Actively participates in the community, speak publicly on behalf of KFAI, and serves as an official station representative.
 In partnership with the Board of Directors liaison, attends all meetings and takes primary responsibility for the Community Advisory Board.
 Oversees coordinated and consistent communications across all platforms, including internal and external communications.
 Conducts ongoing target audience and market research; develops and implements effective strategies for the retention and growth of KFAI’s currency and relevancy to the community.
Volunteer Engagement
 Actively engages with all volunteers on-site at the station and off-site at special events.
 Empowers the volunteer community by recognizing and leveraging their talents, connections, and initiative to advance station priorities.
 Consistently presents and participates in all-station meetings.
 Regular participation at Volunteer Committee meetings and outreach events.
 Facilitates and manages positive, collaborative, and inclusive staff to volunteer working relationships.

Financial Management
 In cooperation with the Board of Directors, prepares an annual budget.
 Regularly monitors the station’s operations activities to ensure compliance with the annual budget.
 Collaborates with the Board of Directors to ensure the ongoing financial health of the station.
 In cooperation with the Board of Directors, stays abreast of and ensures compliance with all applicable financial regulations and accounting principles for nonprofit corporations.

Broadcast Programming and Training
 Consults regularly with the Content Manager, Volunteer Coordinator/Event Manager, and Content Advisory Committee to ensure the design and implementation of programming that builds and sustains a diverse audience.
 Ensures broadcast programming and operations training is conducted on a regular basis.
 Maintains appropriate systems to ensure the highest level of professional mission-centered

Technical Management
 Oversees technical staff and technical priorities.
 In concert with the technical staff, provides useful information and recommendations to the Board regarding future technology and equipment requirements.

Required Skills
 High-quality leadership skills with the ability to work cooperatively with a wide range of individuals and community organizations.
 Possesses demonstrated evidence of ability to lead with the utmost respect for diversity, inclusion, and human rights.
 Understanding of financial management, including experience preparing and overseeing budgets.
 Experience overseeing, coordinating, and leading staff within the context of a large volunteer
community base.
 Ability to resolve problems and conflicts effectively.
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
 Demonstrated proficiency in office productivity software.

 Bachelor’s degree or higher in communications, nonprofit administration, or related field.
 Prior experience in broadcast media preferred.
 Ability and experience in fundraising and building community support and engagement.
 Experience managing a volunteer-driven nonprofit preferred.
• Salary based on qualifications and experience.
• Benefits include employer-paid health and dental insurance, PTO (vacation/sick), holiday pay, and 403b plan.

Send a cover letter and resume to Subject: Attention GM Search Committee. Please submit application materials by 4/15/2020.

KFAI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants for employment shall be considered without regard to race, color, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, political preference, marital status, sexual orientation, class, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, HIV status, family or parental status (including pregnancy). Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Deadline April 15, 2020

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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