Radio Station Manager

Washington and Lee University/WLUR-FM (Lexington, Virginia)

Posted 2 days ago

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA

Job Description:
Reporting to the Department Head of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Radio Station Manager oversees the university’s Radio IQ (NPR and BBC) affiliate, WLUR-FM. Manages programming and serves as station announcer and program host. Oversees FCC compliance in all regulatory matters. Ensures proper maintenance of facilities, oversees the station operating budget, and develops new equipment requests. As an administrator with faculty rank, teaches 2-3 courses annually in podcasting and audio production.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective liberal arts college of about 1,800 undergraduate students located in Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley. The university affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. Our department is committed to contributing to an educational environment that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages the university’s Radio IQ (NPR and BBC) affiliate, WLUR-FM.  Complies with and enforces the various Federal Communications Commission’s Rules and Regulations for station operation for fully-licensed, fully operational FM radio.
  • Hires and trains students and other volunteers in the use of broadcast, remote, and PA equipment. Teaches skills on how to host and produce radio programs and live broadcasts, including full explanation of FCC and station policies.
  • Teaches one course per term as a non-tenure track Journalism and Mass Communications instructor in the field of audio. Potential topics include podcasting, audio production techniques, and studio production.
  • Determines programming schedule.  Assigns, allocates work, and generally oversees students and volunteers engaged in continuous station operations.
  • Promotes WLUR on campus and within the community.  Collaborates with students to produce live events such as open mic nights and concerts to increase campus and community involvement with and awareness of WLUR.
  • Manages the Station operating budget.  Coordinates with contracted engineers to assess technology needs and concerns.  Oversees maintenance of facilities and works with consultants on the purchase of necessary equipment. 
  • Serves as a station announcer and program host, while scheduling all other hosts.
  • Additional related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: The Radio Station Manager must have 3-5 years’ experience in radio broadcasting, including expertise with audio production. A master’s degree in mass communications or a related field, or the ability to complete a relevant master’s degree within 2-years of employment, is required.  Teaching experience at the college level is advantageous. Must possess thorough knowledge of broadcast production techniques and equipment and Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules and regulations. Experience in radio personnel and program management and an understanding of the higher education environment and student development is essential.  Must be committed to advancing diversity initiatives and be able to effectively mentor underrepresented minority students.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Resume, cover letter and three professional references are required. Please also include documentation of any FCC license held. You will be asked to provide contact information for professional references in the application questionnaire. 

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Physical Requirements:

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

Working Conditions: None

Types of Work: Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30-4:30, other hours as needed.
Benefit Eligible
FLSA: Exempt
Weekly Hours: 35
Minimum Pay: $50,005.00, Pay commensurate with experience.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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