General Manager

General Manager

  • Full Time
  • Talkeetna
  • March 16, 2024

Website KTNA-FM

Description:

Talkeetna Community Radio, Inc. (KTNA) is seeking a General Manager with a passion for community radio to lead a team of staff and volunteers to achieve KTNA’s mission to enrich and connect the communities of the upper Susitna Valley.  For people who call the Susitna Valley home, even for a weekend, KTNA is the only media organization that provides local voice and perspective because our staff and volunteers live in and care about the communities we serve.  Join this hardworking, mission-driven team and work in a collaborative atmosphere to connect with people on-air, online, and face-to-face.

 

ABOUT KTNA

Talkeetna Community Radio (KTNA 88.9fm) provides a broad base of educational, cultural, and informative programming to enrich and connect the communities in the upper Susitna Valley in south-central Alaska. We meet that mission through radio, website (www.ktna.org), live streaming of our broadcast, a mobile app, social media, and podcasting. KTNA’s reach is both local through our broadcast and events, and worldwide with multiple online platforms.

KTNA presents a wide variety of programming twenty-four hours every day, drawing from National Public Radio, Alaska Public Radio Network, and other national and independent program distributors. Beyond national news and cultural programs, KTNA offers local news, educational and informative programming, music with local DJs, and emergency broadcast services. We have a dedicated corps of volunteers who produce music shows and anchor three newscasts each weekday. KTNA celebrated 30 years on-air in 2023.

KTNA is community-supported public radio for the upper Susitna Valley. The station is located in downtown Talkeetna near restaurants and shopping. The 2020 census counted more than 5,300 people living in the unincorporated communities of Willow, Talkeetna, and Trapper Creek.  The population swells substantially in the summer to support a vibrant tourist economy.  Residents enjoy a rural lifestyle with all the basic services, yet more than 70 miles from the nearest traffic jam. Local all-season trails, an active arts council, and a history museum contribute to a high quality of life. For more information about the area, visit www.TalkeetnaChamber.org/relocating, and www.TalkeetnaMuseum.org/History-and-museum/.

The focus of KTNA’s strategic plan is to tell community stories that engage current and new listeners.  KTNA will also enhance its emergency preparedness. KTNA’s vision is to be at the heart of the community by giving voice to the community’s unique identity, culture, and concerns, and being a trusted source for news and information essential to the civic fabric of our community.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The General Manager is the executive position of Talkeetna Community Radio, Inc. (KTNA) and leads a team of staff and volunteers to achieve KTNA’s mission to enrich and connect the communities of the upper Susitna Valley.  The General Manager (GM) ensures the financial and legal health of the corporation; ensures sufficient funds are available for station operations; and maintains the station’s broadcast equipment and facilities. The GM represents the station to the local community and seeks opportunities for collaboration with other public radio stations and local non-profits. The GM reports to a member-elected Board of Directors, prepares information necessary for their informed policy decisions, and implements the board’s policies and strategic plan.  The GM keeps KTNA up-to-date with changes and trends in technology, media, and public broadcasting as the public media industry continues to evolve.

Responsibilities:

The General Manager is the executive position of Talkeetna Community Radio, Inc. (KTNA) and leads a team of staff and volunteers to achieve KTNA’s mission to enrich and connect the communities of the upper Susitna Valley.  The General Manager (GM) ensures the financial and legal health of the corporation; ensures sufficient funds are available for station operations; and maintains the station’s broadcast equipment and facilities. The GM represents the station to the local community and seeks opportunities for collaboration with other public radio stations and local non-profits. The GM reports to a member-elected Board of Directors, prepares information necessary for their informed policy decisions, and implements the board's policies and strategic plan.  The GM keeps KTNA up-to-date with changes and trends in technology, media, and public broadcasting as the public media industry continues to evolve. Duties and Responsibilities •          Financial management: The GM ensures the financial and legal health of the corporation and is responsible for developing 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 grantors.  Responsibilities include payables, receivables, and payroll. •          Personnel management: The GM guides the work of a small staff and is responsible for hiring, staff training, evaluations, benefits development, and implementing established personnel policies. •          Fundraising: The GM ensures 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 station's Development Coordinator. •          Operations: The GM has overall responsibility for station programming, local program production, direction of the station's Program Coordinator and news producers, and compliance with FCC regulations. The GM is responsible for the maintenance and operability of broadcast equipment and the maintenance of the station's facilities (studio/office building in Talkeetna and a transmitter site in Trapper Creek). 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 streaming service. The GM keeps KTNA 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 KTNA 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, government agencies, and institutions to articulate KTNA's mission, policies, and strategic direction, and to build collaborative relationships. •          KTNA Board of Directors: In addition to preparing regular financial and station activity reports for the KTNA 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; represents KTNA's interests to those agencies and organizations; and seeks opportunities for collaboration with other public radio stations and local non-profits.  

Requirements:

Qualifications •          Three to five years’ experience in non-profit and/or small business management or equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training in related fields; •          Experience in financial management and ability to develop and manage a budget; •          Demonstrated ability to effectively manage personnel; •          Fundraising, including grant writing, managing donor and/or membership programs, cultivating business support, and/or event coordination; either through employment or as a volunteer •          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; •          General technical skills applicable to working with radio technology and an ability to readily learn and adapt to new media systems and technologies to meet KTNA’s mission; •          Strong writing, speaking, and public presentation skills necessary to represent KTNA successfully to the community, grantors, regulatory agencies, and other collaborators; •          Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task and switch priorities quickly when unexpected situations or community emergencies arise.   Other Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Experience include: •          Radio broadcasting, audio production, radio engineering, and/or journalism; •          Competence with computers, word-processing, spreadsheets, fundraising software, social media communications, and network management; •          Facility management (oversight of building maintenance, utilities, and work contracts); •          Lived and worked in a rural setting.

Contact:

GMsearch2024@ktna.org
TO APPLY To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to GMsearch2024@ktna.org.  Applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled. However, interviews will begin February 8th, and it is recommended that applications be submitted no later than February 15th.  Interested parties are encouraged to contact KTNA with questions at GMsearch2024@ktna.org. Talkeetna Community Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider

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