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


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. 

Position: Station manager
Reports to: Executive Director
FLSA status: Full time, Exempt
Department: Administration 

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, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • 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. 

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • 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.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • 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.

Salary: $60,000-$70,000 DOE

To apply for this position please send a cover letter and resume to work@marfapublicradio.org with the subject line “Station Manager Application”.


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.