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Title: General Manager
Department: KPFK – Radio Station
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Employment Type: Full-Time
FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt
ABOUT PACIFICA FOUNDATION
The Pacifica Foundation is a non-profit agency providing educational services.
The Pacifica Foundation is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Pacifica Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, or sexual orientation. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
SUMMARY: KPFK Radio, 90.7 FM Los Angeles, seeks a General Manager with a proven track record of collaborative leadership and vision to provide innovative, highquality, free speech community-based non-commercial radio to a diverse audience in a major media market.
KPFK is licensed to the Pacifica Foundation Inc., founded in 1946 as a nonprofit mission-driven democratic media institution. KPFK was established in 1959 as the second listener-supported radio station in the Pacifica network. Historically, Pacifica invented listener-sponsored broadcasting.
Pacifica is dedicated to education, free speech, peace, social justice, and crosscultural understanding. Pacifica national and local boards include elected delegates of listener and staff members. For details, see https://pacifica.org/ about_mission.php.
KPFK is the strongest FM signal west of the Mississippi, broadcasting at 112,000 watts of power, serving most of Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego, webcasting at KPFK.org, with an eclectic mix of public affairs, talk, news, culture, music, and health and spirituality content, including some Spanish language programming.
The successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to build the station's audience, financial support, and vital role in public discourse, working with paid and volunteer staff, other volunteers, trainees, and democratic governance, to develop effective community engagement using terrestrial broadcasting along with a significant web presence, social media, podcasting, and multimedia production.
Reports To: Pacifica Foundation Executive Director
Collaborates With: Local Station Board
JOB SPECIFICATIONS Duties, Tasks, and Responsibilities:
The GM is hired and supervised by the Executive Director (ED) of Pacifica following a search process by the elected KPFK Local Station Board (LSB). This is a full-time exempt management position. The GM works with the KPFK LSB and Pacifica's ED in implementing the Pacifica Mission, and is subject to an annual evaluation by the LSB.
The General Manager is responsible and accountable for overall management and all station operations including programming; finance; budgeting; compliance with all necessary local, state, and Federal laws and regulations, especially FCC compliance; technical operations; facilities management; longterm planning; fund-raising; web and social media presence; public relations; and personnel, supervising a staff of more than 10 FTE employees and more than 200 volunteer staff members. Working with the paid and volunteer staff and a management team, the Local Station Board, and the community, the General Manager is responsible for monitoring and guiding the station.
KPFK GM - Job Description General Manager - Pacifica Radio Financial Accountability and Responsibilities
General Operations/Physical Plant
FCC, CPB, EEO, AG Reports
Other duties as assigned. Job descriptions are subject to change without notice based on the needs of the station and foundation.
Successful Candidates must demonstrate the following:
Understanding of and commitment to the Pacifica Mission. Bachelor's Degree or commensurate experience in related field. Five years of management experience in radio or related media, journalism or nonprofit management required, non-commercial radio preferred. Candidate shall possess excellent management skills and a proven ability to work collaboratively with paid and volunteer staff and governance, to prioritize and to delegate responsibilities appropriately and effectively. Candidate shall possess strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers. Turn around management experience would be a plus. Candidate must be committed to creating a diverse workplace and serving the needs of a diverse audience. Fund- raising experience required. Bilingual English-Spanish desirable.
Physical Abilities: Ability to lift up to 30 lbs., approximately three (3) times per week. Must be able to navigate stairs multiple times during each work shift.
Mental Abilities: Ability to think clearly and manage multiple changing priorities, and remain pleasant and positive. Requires critical thinking and ability to support people with difficult challenges. Requires good judgment.
Requirements: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the U.S., 21 years of age or older, verification of degree/credentials, satisfactory Background Check, agreeing to uphold all of the Pacifica Foundation Policies and Procedures, Confidentiality Agreement, Policy on Outside Employment, Policy on Prohibiting/Preventing Workplace Violence, Policy to Prohibit Harassment in the Workplace, Policy on Ethics, adhering to Drug-Free Workplace Policy, compliance with Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Policies, and compliance with HIPAA Rules and Regulations, (by signature).
Compensation: $70-80,000 per annum, DOE: Full Benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability as well as 403b Retirement Plan with Employer match.
The Pacifica Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, gender, age, disability, or sexuality.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail to:
KPFK GM Search Pacifica Foundation National Office
Attention: Grace Aaron, Search Committee Pro-tem Chair
3729 Cahuenga Boulevard West
Studio City CA 91604-3504
Please be prepared to provide letters of reference upon request.
You will receive an electronic confirmation of the receipt of your application.
The Pacifica Foundation and KPFK are Equal Opportunity Employers
The Pacifica Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, gender, age, disability, or sexuality