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


PODCAST PRODUCER

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Podcast Producer will create audio content that engages with listeners by celebrating narratives of this place. Ideal candidates are driven to present compelling stories, embrace the ambiguity that comes with the creative process and bring curiosity, positivity and honesty when it comes to feedback and brainstorming.

If you’re excited to experiment with a broad range of creative ideas, the Podcast Producer position is a great fit for you! This position is based in Marfa.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with the Executive Director to develop new content;
  • Act as a key producer on a limited-run pilot; 
  • Help redevelop and produce interview show;
  • Gather sound, and conduct interviews in the field as assigned;
  • Edit tape;
  • Write scripts;
  • Mix audio pieces;
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

Required

  • Three years of experience in radio production and/or other audio editing and production with a public radio station and/or a podcast studio.
  • Track record of producing stories with impact.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with research, interviewing, storytelling, audio editing, and sound design.
  • Fluency in audio editing with ProTools or Audition.
  • Top-notch organizational skills, attention to detail, deadlines, and time management.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken.

Preferred

  • Knowledge of and/or experience living in Marfa and/or other communities in the broadcast range.

SUPERVISION

Position reports to the Executive Director.

SALARY

$48,000-$52,000 based on experience.
This is a full-time position with benefits.

To apply for this position, email a cover letter and resume to work@marfapublicradio.org with the subject line “Podcast Producer Application.” Deadline: June 15, 2022.

It is the policy of Marfa Public Radio to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons and not to discriminate in employment because of race, religion, gender, age, marital status,  veteran status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.


STATION MANAGER

Marfa Public Radio aims to build more leadership opportunities within the organization and the public media system. The station is hiring a Station Manager to work with the Executive Director. Marfa Public Radio is at an exciting time of growth. In 2021 the station secured a permanent home by purchasing the building. The focus of 2022 will be reimagining how Marfa Public Radio’s vision  and mission are rendered concrete in the building that houses it. The Station Manager is an  essential role to ensure the effective day-to-day operation of the station. 

Salary: $65,000-$85,000 Annual 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

• Oversees the effective and efficient execution of content and programming, as well as  operational, administrative, and accounting functions to advance the mission, vision,  values, strategies, and goals of the organization. 

• Provide a healthy, safe, and creative working environment for all staff and contractors.  Schedule and prioritize work to ensure the highest quality and best use of resources. • Day-to-day management of the facilities and directly oversees the following functional areas: Programming, Accounting, Engineering, Operations and IT, and Human  Resources. 

• Administers all policies, rules, regulations and reporting requirements of Marfa Public  Radio, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Federal Communications Commission  and government entities. 

• Communicates effectively and maintains a strong and supportive working relationship  with the ED and the Board of Directors. 

• Facilitates membership drives with Membership Coordinator and staff. • Works closely with the Community Advisory Board to advance public service and ensure  CPB compliance. 

• Provides outreach to the regional audience through strategic marketing, events, and in person and online/digital engagement. 

• Assist development staff with fundraising strategies including identification, cultivation  and solicitation of prospective and existing individual, institutional and business  prospects, donors and underwriters. 

• Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills: 

• Passion for Marfa Public Radio and public broadcasting and its case for support. • Strong independent managerial skills; able to work effectively with staff members,  supporters and the public. 

• Strong communications skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships in a  non-partisan way. 

• Ability to be persistent, persuasive, and be a problem-solver. 

• Project management experience. 

• Motivated, energetic, creative and organized self-starter and team player. • Ability to think strategically to develop, plan, coordinate, report and execute projects,  while taking a hands-on approach. 

• Ability to prioritize responsibilities and goals, communicate with precision and clarity,  motivate and enlist others to meet goals while maintaining flexibility in a fast paced  environment. 

• Results oriented and goal focused. 

• Ability to participate in events, including occasional evenings and weekends, and trips  involving travel. 

About You: 

• 3-5 years of station management experience preferred 

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. 

• Minimum four years of supervisory and applicable experience, including community relationship building and managing a variety of significant projects independently.

• Experience in creating and managing events and partnerships. 

Desired Candidate Attributes: 

Change/Adaptability/Flexibility: Adapts to change that benefits Marfa Public Radio, is  open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, adjusts plans to  meet changing needs. 

Communication: Communicates well both verbally and in writing, promptly shares  information and ideas with others throughout the organization as appropriate, has  active listening skills, can negotiate and persuade as needed. 

Results Focus/Initiative: Targets and achieves results, sets challenging goals, prioritizes  tasks, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability, sets high standards and takes  responsibility, provides leadership/motivation.

Collaboration: Working collaboratively with others to solve problems, achieve common  goals and positive results. Listens to others and values opinions. Is open with other team  members and expresses disagreement constructively. Seeks opportunities to work on  teams as a means to develop experience and knowledge. 

The Market and Our Public Service: 

Marfa Public Radio broadcasts from the border to the Permian Basin. The station reaches  across Far West Texas with five frequencies that air a mix of local and national news, stories,  and music. Listeners from across Texas, the country, and the world tune in online. 

Marfa is a small town with a big personality. There are many artists as well as art institutions.  Marfa Public Radio punch above its weight and believes in the OG mission of public radio to  solve local problems and lift the human spirit. We do that through experimentation and  creativity in the service of relevance. Marfa Public Radio is a truly essential service. In many  areas of the region, there are no other radio signals. Because our service is critical nearly half of  the station’s employees are journalists. While national personalities pass through town, the  heart and soul of the station is serving the residents and communities throughout the Big Bend.  The station is situated in the beautiful Chihuahuan desert, sixty miles from the border of  Mexico and Big Bend National Park. The Big Bend is ranch country, and many residents are  bilingual. Favorite station programs include Dos Horas Con Primo, Calo, Nature Notes, and Texas Music Hour of Power.  

How to Apply: 

Marfa Public Radio is being assisted in this search by Livingston Associates.  Applications may be submitted at liv.jobs/marfa.

As part of your application process, you are asked to also submit a resume and a letter of  introduction including your vision for the future of public media and how you will be the ideal person to lead Marfa Public Radio in achieving that vision. These documents should be uploaded when you apply. 

Date for full consideration: June 5th, 2022 

Inquiries are welcome with Livingston Associates at (410) 243-1974. 

It is the policy of Marfa Public Radio to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons and not to discriminate in employment because of race, religion, gender, age, marital status,  veteran status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.


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.