Careers

Marfa Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media serves a critical role in our region.

Marfa Public Radio is one of the most awarded small-market stations in the nation for excellence in journalism. MPR serves approximately 30,000 square miles of Far West Texas, plus an online streaming audience worldwide. In 2018, Marfa Public Radio won three National Murrow awards and 10 regional awards. This year, the station swept every category in the Texas and Oklahoma region. We believe the stories of Far West Texas are just as essential as stories from other parts of the country. We aim to be a model for public radio beyond our listening range.

The station has five core functions: serving as a lifeline, innovating in public media, being a beacon for local stories, providing the soundtrack of Far West Texas, and creating a place where the wide range can connect.

Marfa Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.


Job Postings

To apply for a position, please email a cover letter and resume to work@marfapublicradio.org


Operations Manager & Engineer

Marfa Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media serves a critical role in our region.

The Operations Engineer oversees, coordinates, and administers a range of operational and administrative activities in direct support of the delivery of 24-hour radio programming by the station. They apply their know-how, commitment to the community, and attention to detail to the implementation of operations and programming needs of our station.

Essential Functions

  • Oversees and coordinates the continuous, daily broadcast operations of the radio station, ensuring compliance with broadcast standards, and relevant federal and state laws and regulations
  • Monitors each frequency 
  • Oversees and maintains the ENCO automation software and the on-air computer system
  • Oversees the programming, scheduling, traffic, of all programs and files
  • Oversees production and programming of all in-house interstitials: underwriting, promos, liners, music beds
  • Maintains accurate schedules, records, discrepancy reports, and follow-through communications, and ensures that all on-air broadcast programming complies with FCC rules and regulations.
  • Serves as technical director for programming.
  • Oversee technical repair and maintenance of broadcast facilities and manage contract technician(s).
  • Provide personnel training and development in radio operations. 
  • Maintains and troubleshoots technical aspects of the station; office computer network, backup systems, phone system, broadcast equipment, studio equipment
  • The person who accepts this position would be designated as the chief operator and would be responsible for all associated reporting and logging relating to that position.
  • Collaborates with station team on pledge drives and station events
  • Other duties as necessary

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge and understanding of radio communications facilities and distribution systems
  • Knowledge of public radio organizational structures, workflows, systems, and operating procedures.
  • Knowledge of public radio principles, procedures, operations, and standards.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Knowledge of FCC and other federal, state and local broadcasting regulations.
  • Knowledge of on-air and remote broadcasting processes and procedures.
  • Skills in examining and developing station operations and procedures, formulating policy, and implementing organizational strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to oversee, coordinate, and support the execution of continuous broadcast schedules on a 24×7 basis.
  • Knowledge of current and developing trends in radio.
  • Skill in operating radio equipment.

This position reports to the Executive Director

Salary: $50,000-60,000

Benefits include paid vacation days, paid sick days, medical and dental benefits


Office Manager

Marfa Public Radio is hiring a full-time Office Manager. 

Position Overview: The Office Manager ensures the continuous, effective operation of our office. It is a detail-oriented position that requires anticipating the administrative needs of our station to function at its best. Because our station is a public service, the position requires people skills to interface with listeners, members, and our neighbors. 

Essential Functions include:

  1. Answering the station telephone and checking station voicemail
  2. Paying bills on time and entering transactions in Quickbooks
  3. Invoicing underwriters and receiving payment on time
  4. Creating and delivering bank deposits with supervision from ED
  5. Receive and distribute mail
  6. Maintain physical station through coordinating cleaning and maintenance as needed
  7. Work with the membership coordinator to maintain records and data for membership and business
  8. Paperwork and onboarding processes with new staff members
  9. Managing insurance policies
  10. Manage online store, as well as inventory and tracking purchases
  11. Provide administrative assistance to station departments including, but not limited to maintaining calendars, scheduling meetings, coordinating travel arrangements, and providing other clerical duties as assigned
  12. Serve as the main point of contact in the scheduling and coordination of Board of Directors, Community Advisory Board, and Committee meetings.
  13. Prepare board documents
  14. Manage/maintain/order office supply inventory
  15. Maintain Square POS and cash drawer
  16. Other duties as needed

Desired Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years office, secretary, or administrative experience with small businesses or nonprofits
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Google Drive and Gmail
  • Proficiency at web-posting
  • Understanding of Quickbooks
  • Experience with bookkeeping preferred
  • Bi-lingual candidates encouraged to apply

Required abilities:

  1. Detail-oriented and highly organized
  2. Prioritize/use an analytical thought process
  3. A team player, but able to work independently
  4. Reliable, responsible, and punctual
  5. Exceptional people skills; customer-service oriented
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  7. Positive attitude
  8. Passion for the vision of our station
  9. Flexibility
  10. Confidentiality
  11. An ambassador for the station at all times
  12. Willingness to learn & ask questions
  13. Able to respond to inquiries/concerns quickly and efficiently

Salary Range $45,000-$50,000. 

Benefits include medical, dental, paid vacation and paid sick days.

This position is located in Marfa, TX. Local residents encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to work@marfapublicradio.org.
For questions email elise@marfapublicradio.org.

Code of Ethics

Marfa Public Radio supports the values represented by the Public Media Code of Integrity. It is a family-friendly organization that offers healthcare benefits to its employees and an environmentally-conscious workspace that encourages recycling.

Code of Diversity

Marfa Public Radio knows that a diverse workforce, management team, governing body, and Community Advisory Board contribute greatly to our knowledge and understanding of the diverse communities in West Texas, and to our ability to deliver content and services that will help us attract, grow and engage audiences and help them to achieve their full potential. We endeavor to recruit from a broad pool of candidates enabling us to hire and promote qualified candidates with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, personal experiences and characteristics, and talents that reasonably reflect the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by KRTS, KXWT, and its repeaters.

Marfa Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.