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

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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

Membership Coordinator

The Membership Coordinator leads the implementation of membership efforts at Marfa Public Radio. Membership campaigns include: sustaining membership program, on-air fundraising, direct mail, and digital fundraising. 

The Membership Coordinator will work with the Executive Director to create and implement a fundraising plan and strategy that will meet our goal of increased engagement from membership.

The right candidate will have initiative, a strong work ethic, excellent people skills and judgement to coordinate and accomplish multiple detailed projects with competing priorities in a confidential, accurate, efficient, supportive, and professional manner. 

Job Duties

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Act as the primary point of contact for member needs and concerns, including in-person, phone, email and voicemail management and interaction, thank you gift program, and donor events.
  • Manage and sustain the membership program, including membership data such facilitating pledges into the station’s Etapestry database, revenue reconciliation, maintenance of the membership database and the integrity of donor data.
  • Coordinate and oversee annual membership activity, including annual appeals and end-of-year fundraising 
  • Coordinate regular communication with members, donors, and foundations via mail campaigns, email, and face-to-face relationships 
  • Serve a key role in pledge drives as assigned by the Chief Operating Officer
  • Assist with marketing efforts, including direct mail, digital marketing, social media coordination, and identifying marketing trends and opportunities for innovation
  • With Executive Director, set fundraising goals and appropriately communicate goals to staff 
  • Contribute to the overall success of the station’s membership services by performing other duties as assigned by Executive Director
  • Prepare and execute a comprehensive 3-year fundraising plan to reach new and current development goals & objectives 
  • Maintain a comprehensive development calendar for fiscal year 
  • Fulfill end-of-year tax requirements to donors 
  • Regularly report to the staff and board on fundraising activity 
  • Coordinate special fundraising events 
  • Publically represent Marfa Public Radio with professionalism, positivity, and genuine interest in the communities we serve 
  • Seek ongoing enrichment of relationships through networking, outreach to business, civic engagement, involvement with the arts and education communities, and through membership organizations

Minimum Qualifications

  • Highly organized and self-motivated team player who is professional, creative, and takes ownership of responsibilities
  • Education or experience in development, marketing, non-profit management, communications, business, accounting, public relations, event management, small business ownership, or entrepreneurship 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to maintain positive, professional, and friendly relationships with community members and partners 
  • Strong computer skills with a demonstrated familiarity of computer systems and ability to learn new development and radio specific programs as required 
  • Proficiency in computer word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations 
  • Proficiency in online platforms such as email, shared drives, mass communications, and databases; experience with eTapestry or other membership databases preferred 
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and work independently on complex communication tasks 
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines 
  • Meticulous attention to detail 
  • A high degree of confidentiality 
  • Grant-writing, grant-management and reporting experience 
  • Willing to periodically travel throughout West Texas, more broadly throughout the state, and some national travel 
  • Spanish conversation and writing skills a plus 

This position reports to the Executive Director.
Some travel required.

Salary: $50,000-60,000

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

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.