Hiring: Program Director

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KBOO Community Radio 

Department: Programming 
Job Title: Program Director
Reports to: Station Manager 
Employment Status: Non-Exempt 
Hours: 40 hrs. per week 
Positions supervised: Volunteers 


UPDATE: the email address previously listed to submit resumes was bouncing. Our apologies. We are extending the date to turn in resumes to Oct 7. 



***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?" Initial interviews will be held on Mon, Oct 12.***


General Description: 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


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.