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. We are looking for people to join our team.

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. We are not your regular radio station.

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 currently hiring for two positions:
News Director
All Things Considered Host & Journalist

Corporate Support Account Manager

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

We want our team to reflect the public we serve. We believe this is our job and that it is crucial to the vision of public media. Journalists of color and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.


News Director

The News Director of Marfa Public Radio will provide the vision and guidance for the station’s journalism. Together, with the Executive Director, the News Director will ensure that news coverage and offerings reflect the highest standards of journalistic ethics, audio production, and public service to Far West Texas. Our newsroom prioritizes relevance and engagement.

The News Director will oversee the day-to-day news operation. They are responsible for the efficiency in the workflow and distribution of journalism. The News Director will drive the daily reporting with a combination of energy and calm, creativity and consistency. A key component of this position is serving as an editor for the reporting team. The ideal candidate for this role has superior organizational skills and high journalistic standards.

Responsibilities
● Assign and edit reporters on a daily basis, overseeing the quality of news content from features and series to spots and breaking news
● Establish and managing deadlines for the reporting team
● Develop local news programming and enterprise stories
● Create, maintain and execute coverage plans for developing and breaking news
● Work with the ED developing and executing regular, meaningful, and engaging news events throughout the listening area including town halls, debates, community forums, listening sessions, etc…
● Represent the news division as required at board meetings and other presentations
● Attend major donor events, public events and regularly participate in on-air fundraising
● Direct development and maintenance of applicable web, and social media-based news content

Qualifications
● Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in broadcast journalism
● Five years’ experience in news or radio production, preferably in a public media environment
● Skills and experience in editing
● Demonstrated skills in interviewing, audio editing software, and writing for broadcast
● Good people skills, with previous supervisory experience desirable
● Strong sense of ethical standards and the value of public service media
● Willingness to work flexible hours as news stories require
● Bilingual preferred

Salary Range: $50,000-$60,000
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to work@marfapublicradio.org.


All Things Considered Host & Journalist

The All Things Considered host writes and delivers on-air newscasts and other show elements within the body of All Things Considered. The host is also responsible for the delivery of underwrites, weather and other station announcements within scheduled breaks. This position works closely with the Morning Edition host.

The All Things Considered host must be a responsible, productive, and enterprising individual possessing a passion for how global, national, and regional issues connect to the Marfa Public Radio listening area.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • 2 years experience of on-air hosting experience preferred.
  • Engaging and professional on-air presence and comfort with hosting a live program.
  • Demonstrated history of maintaining high journalistic standards of objectivity, balance, and fairness.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Efficient at multitasking.
  • Strong broadcast writing and reporting skills.
  • NPR quality anchoring and voicing skills
  • Ability to produce NPR quality features and spot news.
  • Ability to operate digital audio broadcast equipment, including ENCO and similar systems.
  • Experience operating a broadcast board.
  • Web posting experience.
  • Experience with Adobe Audition or other digital audio editing software preferred.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred, but not required

This is a full-time position
Salary Range: $38,000 – $42,000
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to work@marfapublicradio.org.


Corporate Support Account Manager

Do You Love Marfa Public Radio?

Marfa Public Radio is looking for an experienced media salesperson to lead their Corporate Support department.  Marfa Public Radio serves West Texas from the Big Bend to Midland/Odessa with NPR news and information along with an eclectic range of music programming.  With a strong audience in West Texas, Marfa Public Radio enjoys a national reputation for excellence in journalism and is listened to worldwide online.

Marfa Public Radio has handled Corporate Support internally for several years and has a steady group of sponsors.  The addition of this position represents a desire for growth in this under maximized revenue-generating area.  

The qualified person will have strong connections or have a strong ability to cultivate relationships, in the business and non-profit communities in the Permian Basin and the Big Bend. The position requires strong communication skills, lots of initiative, and the ability to work remotely from home or elsewhere.  

Scope
An account manager in public media is similar to that of a salesperson in commercial broadcasting or local print media. In this consultative sales role, you will make cold-calls to decision-makers at local businesses, meet with them to understand their marketing needs, and develop proposals that offer marketing solutions to help them grow their businesses. This is a full life cycle sales position in that you will prospect, conduct needs assessments, create and present proposals, close the deal, write copy, and service the account.   While managing an account list you will also focus on developing new business.

Qualifications

  • Passion for Marfa Public Radio and all that the station offers.  We are looking for a BIG fan!  
  • Smart – We are looking for someone who “gets it” and is able to think strategically to achieve station, client, and personal goals.
  • Relationship building – establishing relationships face-to-face and virtually to achieve business relationships that are credible and trustworthy.
  • Communication skills – thoughtful and persuasive verbal and written communications skills.  
  • Two plus years sales experience, broadcast and or digital preferred.  
  • Discipline- track record of securing new business by using a disciplined sales approach.  
  • Time and resource management skills – prioritize effectively to achieve/exceed goals.
  • Collaborative personality.  We are looking for a team member who values communicating with management and peers for feedback/insight.
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business or related field is preferred.

To Apply:  Email a cover letter explaining your interest and how your skills are aligned to this position and your resume to work@marfapublicradio.org. 

This is YOUR opportunity TO SELL us on being a qualified candidate for this position!

Compensation package is based on qualifications and experience.  The compensation model is a base salary plus commission with a target first-year income range of $50,000-$60,000. Position includes benefits.