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Development Manager, KALW, San Francisco, CA

As the 0991 Development Manager you will report to KALW’s General Manager, and be a part of the KALW development department, and a district leader in fundraising.

We expect our 0991 Development Manager will:

Implement and oversee KALW fundraising activities
● Manage annual membership activity, including but not limited to: on-air campaigns, direct mail, special events, online and social networking campaigns
● Qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts to the station, in cooperation with the General Manager and other appropriate KALW staff
● Manage underwriting program
● Research, prepare, submit and monitor foundation grants
● Build KALW’s planned giving program

Develop and monitor KALW’s fundraising strategy
● Create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy in alignment with strategic priorities for KALW
● With the General Manager, set fundraising goals and appropriately communicate goals to staff
● Serve as a member of the KALW management team; participate in the implementation of the strategic plan and vision

Participate in KALW’s community relations and outreach
● Professionally represent KALW in the community by participating in community events, serving on appropriate committees and volunteer organizations and otherwise advancing the unique role and importance of KALW

Provide leadership
● Manage the Development team, including fostering a culture of professional growth
● Maintain and encourage positive relationships with other KALW team members
● Ensure that donations and donors are treated with the highest ethical standards

The strongest candidates will have:
● Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and management skills and high professional standards for work
● Interest in and enthusiasm for public radio
● Experience in public media
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Ability to maintain positive, professional, and friendly relationships with community members and partners
● Strong computer skills
● Experience with CRMs, and PCI Compliance or willingness and enthusiasm for learning these systems/standards
● Ability to prioritize assignments and work independently on complex communication tasks
● Public speaking experience

Minimum Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree (B.A. / B.S) from an accredited college or university or equivalent professional experience
● Two (2) years of professional-level experience in a donor-centric fundraising, annual fund, major gifts, campaign implementation or related activities

What We Offer
SFUSD offers a competitive salary of $98,416 – $134,433 annually, commensurate with experience in a similar position. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including dental and vision plans, a defined benefit pension plan, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.

How to Apply
● Visit and create a new account to begin your application.
● You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references and any applicable credentials or licenses
● Our Human Resources team will then review your entire application to determine your eligibility status and contact you directly should you move forward in the process

News and Public Affairs Director, WORT, Madison, WI

WORT-FM, a non-commercial, listener-sponsored, member-controlled community radio station in Madison, Wisconsin is looking for a news and public affairs director. This individual will be a driving force behind our mission to:

Provide a forum for both the discussion of public issues, and the expansion of musical and cultural experience, in order to promote greater communication, education, entertainment, and understanding.
Facilitate community expression and provide community access to share music, culture, news, and information.
Challenge the cultural and intellectual assumptions of our listeners through unique and diverse programming.
Include audiences and programmers under-represented by other media.

Responsibilities include:
Collaborate with colleagues on the staff collective on managing the station
Managing 20 hours per week of on-air news, talk and public affairs programming
Hiring, training and overseeing approximately 100 news volunteers
Ensure uninterrupted quality news and public affairs programming
Be an active part of programming decisions to satisfy current listenership as well as acquire new audiences
Assist with studio operations to ensure 24×7 broadcasting

Required qualifications:
A minimum of 3 years’ experience as a working journalist
A minimum of 2 years’ experience managing, coaching and/or mentoring others
Proven ability to work within a diverse volunteer, listener and donor community
Demonstrated problem-solving skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Proficiency with digital audio editing software as well as studio and field recording equipment
Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively in the face of multiple, competing and
emerging/ shifting priorities
Must possess or have access to a vehicle for travel to the site of emerging news
stories and/or to transport volunteers who don’t have cars.
Strong familiarity with social media platforms and podcasting to help our reach in developing our listener community

Please apply online before noon on November 4, 2019 at:
Deadline 11/4/2019

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.

Program Director, KWMR, Point Reyes Station, CA

The KWMR Program Director (PD) is responsible for the overall sound of the station. The Program Director has final decision for programming, and he/she will work with the Programming Committee in crafting the program schedule. The PD is responsible for the management of volunteer programmers. At present there are 90-95.

Terms of Employment
The Program Director position is a 32 hour/week, exempt staff position with benefits (medical/dental/vacation days/holidays), to be evaluated annually by the Station Manager/Executive Director. Salary based on experience.

Introductory Period
There is a ninety (90) day introductory period. This period is not to be construed as a contract. Employment can be terminated at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time during or after the introductory period, at the option of the organization or at the option of the employee. Benefits are available once the introductory period is complete.

•       4-year degree in media, public radio, or Associate Degree and at least 5 years in public radio.
•       Experience in program development.
•       Experience in supervision of personnel and volunteers.
•       Audio production skills and experience in training for both live hosting and basic production. [Pro Tools First, Audacity]
•       Ability to administer programming, including the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and preparation of reports.
•       Knowledge of a variety of musical styles and traditions.
•       Demonstrated excellence in live programming and production.
•       Skills working with a wide variety of people.
•       Proficiency with computer skills, including spreadsheets, preparing and editing documents, graphics, and using cloud-based platforms.
•       Ability to speak Spanish helpful.

Essential duties
•       Oversees the soliciting, recruitment, and evaluation of proposals for new programmers and pre-produced programs. Works with Station Manager/ED on budgets for nationally distributed programming.
•       Oversees development of program schedule, and is on-call to resolve problems affecting the station’s programming.
•       Oversees the development of on-air logs and public service announcements.
•       Is a key member of the staff emergency response team and reports to station when a situation warrants providing live updates to listeners.
•       Maintains broadcast and performance standards through monitoring programming and through formal reviews (see Programming Committee). As necessary, disciplines or discharges volunteers who violate Volunteer Agreement, FCC rules, or KWMR policy. Keeps abreast of changes in FCC rules, and other regulations concerning programming.
•       Schedules and coordinates monthly Programming Committee meetings. Schedules assignment of Committee members to review hosts and shows. Coordinates annual elections of Programmer Reps to Programming Committee and to Conflict Resolution Committee.
•       Schedules and facilitates training sessions for both on-air studio and production studio.
•       Coordinates on-air interviews with interested parties who contact KWMR.
•       Oversees schedule of KWMR’s community and public affairs series, “Epicenter.” Coordinates pitch meetings with Epicenter team to stay on top of emerging and ongoing issues.
•       Creates Pledge Drive schedules, and coordinates programmer participation during biannual drives.
•       Coordinates with Information Technology to schedule programs in automation As necessary, prepares programs for broadcast in production studio, and covers times without regular live host or regular pre-produced program.
•       Oversees all monthly updates to schedules, including website show pages, automation platform and reporting schedules.
•       Prepares weekly highlights for newspaper and e-newsletter.
•       Monitors Quarterly Issues, and prepares quarterly report for online FCC filing.
•       Submits quarterly streaming data and playlists to comply with Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
•       Attends weekly staff meetings, and participates with station staff in planning and monitoring of strategic objectives.
•       Attends fundraising and community engagement events along with other staff as necessary.
•       Attends board and advisory board meetings as necessary.

Application Process
Submit cover letter and resume by October 15, 2019 to (preferred) or mail to KWMR, Attn: Amanda Eichstaedt, P.O. Box 1262, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.

KWMR, West Marin Community Radio does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.
Deadline October 15, 2019

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