KUER Station Manager
PostedJuly 7, 2021
The KUER Station Manager oversees all programming, operations, promotion and audience development at Utah’s statewide NPR affiliate. Recognized as one of the leading public radio stations in the country and located in beautiful Salt Lake City, KUER is committed to serving the people of Utah by reflecting all its diversity. Recent station leadership has prepared KUER for a post-pandemic burst of creativity and commitment. We’re looking for a leader to meet this moment with enthusiasm and optimism.
The Station Manager is responsible for protecting and advancing KUER’s mission to enhance the lives of its audience with a blend of news and information in an unbiased, non-commercial context. This leader will support the station’s broad goals to build a community of world citizens through story and art, discussion and debate, sound and creativity. This leader articulates the station’s content strategy and vision and maintains KUER’s ethics and standards. The Station Manager tirelessly advocates for diverse voices and lived experiences in our community that broaden perceptions and find common ground among our statewide audience.
The Station Manager oversees national programming and develops innovative approaches for the creation and promotion of new content on KUER’s multiple platforms. The Station Manager is responsible for innovating and creating in a cost-efficient manner, within budget, and when mutually beneficial, in a way that promotes collaboration with PBS Utah and other partners. The ideal candidate is an inclusive leader with the ability to build trust with the station staff and with the community as a whole.
This is a Category I position: Mandatory Required on Campus or at Health Care Facilities.
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•Establish metrics to track and evaluate KUER’s audience-building efforts for all programming.
•Develop and implement on-air and online promotional strategy, campaigns and assets that maximize listening and achieve audience targets for broadcast and digital properties (web, mobile, digital-only streams, podcasts, etc.)
•Advance public service, business goals and inclusive excellence. Support KUER’s aspiration to lead the community in innovative content.
•Lead by example in writing and producing, but also assigning and supervising the creation of promotional content.
•Oversee a $1 million national programming budget
•Serve as KUER’s first contact to national networks and content distributors ( NPR , APM , PRX , and others)
•Respond to press inquiries about programming.
•Oversee KUER web and mobile asset creation, harmonizing online and on-air content strategies.
•Oversee content creation teams for KUER News, RadioWest and podcasts, elevating engagement with existing and potential audiences in measurable ways and launching new programs as necessary.
•Partner with others in the organization to develop strategies and tactics that diversify, grow and engage audiences, especially audiences that have been traditionally underrepresented.
•Work with the development team on short- and long-term planning, as well as specific agendas for KUER fundraising and membership engagement.
•Participate in station fundraising activities, including working with membership and development staff in the creation of fundraising themes and messaging.
•Assist the newsroom with special coverage and program details.
This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.
Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, related area, or equivalency; nine years of progressively more responsible experience in public media, and/or the non-profit sector; demonstrated skills in leadership, management, financial oversight, quality improvement, and content creation; demonstrated ability to interpret audience ratings and audience data; and effective human relations and interpersonal communication skills required.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
Five years’ experience in public radio management; three years’ experience in program scheduling, production, or marketing; three years’ supervisory experience at a public radio station; demonstrated skill in budget management; three years’ experience in digital media and web-based content delivery; experience with FCC regulations and other federal and state requirements. Demonstrated cross-cultural communication skills and the ability and previous experience in engagement and/or storytelling efforts with traditionally underrepresented groups. An ideal candidate would have the ability to write and speak fluently in a second language.
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