KCPT has the following open positions available:
  • Director of Major Giving
  • Managing Editor
  • Community Reporter (At-Will)
  • Radio Content & Database Manager.
Director of Major Giving
Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Major Giving will work closely with members of the senior leadership team to build and deliver a vision-driven case for the value of public media. Key metrics include high donor retention, donor engagement and increased cumulative giving.

A comprehensive understanding of the mission of Kansas City PBS is critical to the success of this individual, and tying the strategic objectives of the organization to donor’s philanthropic goals will be emphasized. The successful candidate will have direct responsibility for a portion of organizational fundraising goals and will work energetically with high-level prospects and donors.

The Director of Major Giving will serve as a primary gift solicitor, as well as someone who will strategically utilize the President/CEO, Chief Development Officer and other staff to top prospects and donors on a regular basis.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of five years successful major giving experience for the nonprofit community in the Kansas City region and a passion for community building. Excellent written and oral communication skills, outstanding social skills, instincts and judgment are a must as well as a documented track record of successfully soliciting and managing current and prospective benefactors at the principal and major gift level.

The ideal candidate will be an ambitious and motivated professional, who values a collaborative working environment and who will establish strong, interpersonal relationships with internal and external constituents alike.

  • Qualify and cultivate prospective donors.
  • Lead major and planned giving initiatives, as well as special campaign programs.
  • Establish relationships with existing and potential donors, identifying KCPT’s programs and services that best align with their interests.
  • Determine readiness of donors to progress toward a deeper engagement with KCPT.
  • Develop and implement strategies for solicitation of major gifts, including: determining ongoing relationships with prospect/donor; recommending specific purpose and level of gift; identifying those to be involved in cultivation and subsequent solicitation; assuring that solicitations are carried out.
  • Expand KCPT’s overall community support by strengthening relationships with high net-worth individuals and foundations.
  • Develop strategic engagement opportunities for shared experiences with donors.

  • Passion for KCPT mission and organizational values.
  • Undergraduate degree preferably in marketing, public administration or public relations.
  • Minimum five (5) years or more experience in major giving initiatives.
  • Initiative to achieve financial and non-financial objectives with adherence to ethical standards.
  • Knowledge of local and regional philanthropic market.
  • Proven ability to analyze, plan, initiate and complete donor initiatives in a strategic manner.
  • Superior public relations skills with experience working directly with donors and senior volunteers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to effectively and concisely communicate complex issues.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends.

To apply send resume and cover letter to humanresources@kcpt.org. Include salary requirements and how you learned of this position. KCPT is an E-Verify, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.
Managing Editor
Kansas City PBS is currently seeking a managing editor of content for its multiple platforms. The managing editor will work closely with editorial and production departments across one of Kansas City’s most trusted brands.

The ideal candidate will have experience managing an editorial staff, recruiting freelancers, conceiving and assigning stories, managing budgets and growing a digital audience. An understanding of video production is a plus.

Kansas City PBS is a dynamic public media company that includes a PBS affiliate television station, an NPR Music affiliate radio station, and a digital news magazine, Flatland.

  • Work across the station to edit, publish and promote digital content.
  • Grow and manage digital team, establish and report on measures of success.
  • Oversee the website’s production schedule, assign stories, top-edit all copy.
  • Assign and recruit writers, negotiate writer contracts.
  • Coordinate with various departments to maximize reach and audience (including but not limited to social media and audience engagement).
  • Identify potential legal problems with online content.
  • Maintain journalism standards and ethics.
  • Ensure all content is engaging and relevant to the audience.

  • 5+ years of editing experience, preferably for a digital publication, with experience in a management role and team-building.
  • Experience growing a digital audience across multiple platforms.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently across several teams.
  • Strong editorial judgment about content and its accuracy, tone and organization.
  • Strong judgment about visuals and photography.
  • Excellent editing skills.
  • Extremely organized, ability to set and enforce daily deadlines.
  • Strong, successful experience managing and meeting editorial budgets.
  • A working knowledge of basic content management systems (CMS) such as Wordpress. A fair knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop is preferable.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, or a related field.

If interested in this opportunity, send 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.
Community Reporter (At-Will)

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.
Radio Content & Database Manager

The Radio Content & Database Manager ensures effective technical planning and strategies are in place to deliver maximum value to listeners in the target audience, proper formats are followed for radio programming and announcements and programs are aired as scheduled. Generate radio content across platforms.

REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Radio Operations

  • Responsible for contract entry into traffic system, placement of announcements and underwriting spots, and daily export of traffic log to automation system.
  • Maintain accurate records and discrepancy reports of announcements and underwriting spots.
  • Ensures that scheduled announcements and advertising complies with FCC rules and regulations.
  • Act as liaison between programming, development, and business staff.
  • Submit invoices and affidavits to business office for billing.
  • Assist development staff with weekly reports on revenue projections, collections and aging.
  • Copy edit, proofread and format all content on Bridge website and app.
  • Collaborate with on-air team, development and underwriters to generate branding and marketing initiatives.
  • Develop consistent web and on-air copy to maximize relationships between station and external clients, and to deliver effective, timely information to members/listeners.
  • Curate web content to engage the local music community. Includes attending local concerts and events.
  • Assist in floor management for in-studio sessions, and generate post-session content.
  • Coordinate all promotional giveaways with Senior Director.
  • Performs other related duties as requested or assigned.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE REQUIRED (An equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered):
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or technical/professional school in Broadcasting, Communications, or related field.
  • Project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Public radio principles, procedures, operations, and standards.
  • Public radio organizational structures, workflows, systems, fundraising, and operating procedures.
  • FCC and other federal, state and local broadcasting regulations.
  • Experience with copy and feature writing.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Skilled in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to operate radio equipment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Competent ability in the use of personal computers, word processing, database and digital content management, presentation software and spreadsheet use and ability to learn specialized computer applications used by the department.

To apply, 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.