KIYU-FM, General Manager

Posted by Alaska Broadcasters Association

Galena, AK
Posted: 2019-05-20


Job Opening-

KIYU General Manager

Position Type:                   Full- time Exempt

Pay Range:                         Salary in commensurate with experience

Benefits:                             Health Insurance, paid leave

Deadline for application July 1, 2019

Job Description

Big River Public Broad Casting Radio Inc (KIYU) is located in Galena, Alaska, announces an opening for the position of General Manager. KIYU is a community – supported public radio station primarily serving the Western Koyukuk Region, including Galena, Ruby, Koyukuk, Nulato, Kaltag, & Huslia. With a core purpose of “Connecting Communities through Radio, KIYU was founded in 1983 and provides locally produced and syndicated programming. The General Manager is the executive position at the station, reporting to a community – elected Board of Directors and supervising a staff of two and a large cadre of volunteers.


Specific Duties

The specific duties of the position include the following.

Financial management. The GM is responsible for budgeting and budget tracking, oversight of bookkeeping and audits, maintenance of records, grant tracking and reporting, and financial reporting to the Board of Directors and granting agencies.
Personnel management.  The GM is responsible for guiding the work of a staff of 3 full –and part time employees, staff hiring, staff training, evaluations, benefits development, and implementing established KIYU personnel policies. Staff includes bookkeeper, program manager/volunteer coordinators and news producers.
Fundraising. The GM is responsible for assuring sufficient funds are available for station operations through grant writing and reporting, maintaining relationships with granting agencies and organizations, donor development and overseeing the work of the  program manager which includes membership development, donor cultivation and recognition, and fundraising events.
Operations. The GM has overall responsibility for station programming local program production, direction of the stations one news producer, and compliance with FCC regulations. The GM is responsible for assuring maintenance and operability of broadcasting equipment, and the maintenance and improvement of the stations facilities which include a studio / office building and transmitter site. Operational needs require the GM to develop, implement and oversee various service contracts. The GM has principal responsibility for the station’s IT infrastructure and maintaining and developing the station’s website and other “new media”. The GM is responsible for keeping KIYU up-to-date with changes and trends in technology, media, and public broadcasting.
Community Outreach. The GM represents the station to the local community and is responsible for assuring KIYU is responsive to local community needs and concerns. The GM guides station outreach to members, listeners, and the community at large. The GM proactively interacts with local businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies and institutions to articulate KIYU mission, policies, and strategic direction, and to build collaborative relationships with these entities.
KIYU Board of Directors. In addition to preparing regular financial and station activity reports for the KIYU Board of Directors, the GM prepares information necessary for informed policy decisions by the board, advises the board on policy decisions, and implements the board’s approved policies and strategic plan.
Agency and Other Networking. The GM serves as the primary communication link to other agencies and organizations involved in public broadcasting, represent KIYU’s interests to those agencies and organizations, and seek opportunities for collaboration or utilizing shared resources.



General Manager Candidates must have the following skills and experience:
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide variety of people and interests, incorporate many interests and opinions into decision-making, and devise successful collaborations.
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage personnel.
Experience/ability to understand and manage a budget and nonprofit accounting, including relevant software.
General technical skills applicable to working with radio technology and an ability to readily learn and adapt to new systems and technologies.
Strong writing, speaking and public presentation skills   necessary to represent KIYU successfully to the community, grantors, regulatory agencies, and other collaborators.

Other desirable knowledge, skills, and experience include
Public broadcasting (preferred) or commercial broadcasting, including knowledge of FCC regulations;
Non – profit management;
Fundraising, including grant writing donor/member program management, and/or event coordination;
Radio/ audio program production and /or journalism;
Radio engineering;
Familiarity with Quick Books software and network management ;
Utilization of new media technology for program development and /or organizational communication and development.
Facility management (oversight of building maintenance, utilities, contract management);
Lived and worked in rural setting.


How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and references to

               KIYU Board of Directors,

               c/o Board Chairperson Russ Sweetsir

               P.O. Box 165

               Galena, Alaska 99741

Or submit electronically to

Questions about the position should be directed to one of the following:

Russ Sweetsir                    (909) 656-1245

Suise Sam                           (907) 656-1711

KIYU us an equal opportunity employer.

Job posted by an Equal Opportunity Employer