Current Openings: Chief Operating Officer (COO); Senior Director, Radio Operations; Community Reporter

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

JOB TITLE: Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will assist the CEO in defining the overall mission of Kansas City PBS as well as well as working toward creating a more collaborative, can do culture across departments. The COO organizes and oversees the organization’s strategic planning process, and works with senior leaders to develop operational plans for achieving strategic initiatives. In addition, the COO is responsible for managing online, TV, radio, social, promotions, engagement and education teams. The COO will balance best practices, innovation and risk taking to enhance all of Kansas City PBS offerings in order to capture the imagination of current and new audiences, and to drive incremental engagement, frequency of interaction and growth.

  • Meet regularly with CEO to define overall mission of KCPT, The Bridge, and Flatland.
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keep the CEO fully informed of all critical issues.
  • Organize and oversee the organization’s strategic planning process.
  • Create and track operational plans to ensure successful execution of strategic initiatives.
  • Organize and oversee organization’s budget process.
  • Meet regularly with CFO to monitor financial health of the organization.
  • Create innovative new ways to leverage KCPT’s content across platforms, in partnership with the CEO and senior managers of TV, radio and online.
  • Negotiate partnerships and contracts for the organization.
  • Institute and maintain a culture of communication and operational transparency.
  • Regularly evaluate staffing needs and ensure that organization has the right balance of skill sets.
  • Partner with the CEO in essential internal leadership activities (program operations, financial management, human resources, administration, and organizational planning); identify best practices to manage policies, procedures and standards.
  • Work to ensure that digital media practices are being adopted throughout the organization.
  • Promote a culture of high performance with attention to continuous and rigorous improvement.
  • Provide inspiring and intentional leadership to all staff through strong day-to-day leadership presence; support an open-door policy among all staff.
  • Develop and implement training programs and retreats to expand the capacity of all staff.
  • Regularly attend board meetings to assist CEO in updating trustees about operational matters.
  • Oversee senior management team that includes: TV, Radio, Marketing, and Online.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the CEO.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE REQUIRED (an equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered):
  • Undergraduate Bachelors’ degree.
  • Non-profit management experience preferred.
  • 7+ years’ experience working for a media company.
  • Operational knowledge of media business required: television, radio, digital, social media.
  • Experience in program budgeting and fiscal management.
  • Ability to point to specific examples of leading organizational transformation projects.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution.
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change in a growing organization.
  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise.
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance, program operations and administration initiatives.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, board of directors, staff and external partners.
  • Passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to humanresources@kcpt.org. Please include in your cover letter how you found out about this position. KCPT is an E-Verify, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

Senior Director, Radio Operations

REPORTS TO: Chief Operating Officer
JOB SUMMARY: Manages the day to day business functions of The Bridge and responsible for ensuring that the station meets all regulations set forth by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and FCC, ensuring that The Bridge stays 'on the air.
  • On-air radio host.
  • Manages Radio Station personnel.
  • Manage the addition of new music to the playlist with Music Director.
  • Manage execution of radio pledge drives, mail campaigns, and all other membership efforts alongside development team.
  • Develop and execute on air stunts.
  • Seek and develop potential / new on air talent.
  • Implement training programs for ongoing staff development.
  • Work with marketing team to ensure consistency in brand /voice and ongoing promotional efforts.
  • Create station and membership branding to enhance the listeners experience and engagement.
  • Manage radio budget.
  • Work with digital and social team to better connect on air product with online and social.
  • Actively pursues major giving leads with CDO.
  • Client development with sales team to maximize revenue opportunities.
  • Responsible for execution of strategic plan for The Bridge to help build audience and increase community support through programming and outreach.
  • Commitment to always advancing the Radio Station and representing our interests in and out of the office.
  • Manages daily office functions and resolves issues and discrepancies.
  • Generates reports and tracks information for required CPB (SAS-Radio) and FCC reports.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the COO.

(An equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered):
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with radio broadcast management.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with a federal regulatory entity.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with radio on-air and productions.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience with non-profit fundraising preferred.
  • Working knowledge of broadcast technical infrastructure and operations
  • Business administration capabilities and best practices when dealing with sensitive information.
  • Aptitude and ability to quickly learn and apply in-depth federal regulations from CPB and FCC.
  • Ability to work in a team oriented environment.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficient computer skills.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Highly developed analytical abilities with a strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to position responsibilities preferred.
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please send resume, references and cover letter to humanresources@kcpt.org. Include in your cover letter your salary requirement, how you found out about this position and previous experience that would be beneficial for this role. KCPT is an E-Verify, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

Community Reporter (At-Will)

Job Summary:
Love local? Here at Flatland, the digital magazine of Kansas City PBS, we’re looking for a community reporter to be part of that important link between us and our community. You’ll ideally have 3-5 years of experience in multimedia reporting, both in long-form investigative stories and shorter turnarounds. You’ll be ready to use our public-powered reporting initiative, curiousKC, to engage with the public, and your own enterprise wits for long form in-depth cover stories. You may be a video journalist or a data reporting whiz — tell us how you tell your stories, why you do it the way you do, and what you can bring to the team and the community.

You can be from right here or just about anywhere, because we know you’ll love our city as much as we do.
This opportunity is an at-will employment position for one (1) year and includes health benefits.

Role Functions:
  • Reporting on topics important to our community and station
  • Produce shorter turnaround pieces and longer form deep dives
  • Expand the scope and audience of reporting through use of multimedia tools
  • Experiment with social media and developing new ways to reach audiences
  • Participate in weekly editorial and team meetings
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, solid editorial judgment and the ability to write quickly and cleanly

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE REQUIRED (An equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered):
A journalist with an undergraduate degree in journalism or a related field from an accredited college or university; at least three years of professional experience; and proven research, writing, and reporting skills.

Experience with one or more of the following: multimedia production, innovative audio or video storytelling

Send resume and cover letter to humanresources@kcpt.org. Please include in your cover letter how you found out about this position. KCPT is an E-Verify, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.