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Program Director, WFUV

WFUV (90.7 FM/wfuv.org) is seeking a creative, energetic Program Director to guide its next chapter as New York’s trusted source for music discovery.

WFUV is at the center of a strong and passionate community of music lovers, with listeners and donors in the New York City region and beyond. The station also enjoys robust relationships with the community of artists, the music industry, venues and cultural organizations.

Based in The Bronx, WFUV is approaching its 75th year as the public media service of Fordham University, the Jesuit university of New York. WFUV is an NPR member station with a rich history and a mission of high quality public service, as well as an educational role in cultivating the next generation of media professionals. WFUV’s culture and operation is steeped in its training mission. The Program Director will build on WFUV’s established strengths, to grow the station’s radio and digital presence, and expand and engage an increasingly diverse audience. The PD provides oversight for local programming on all platforms, leading the working group that manages daily operational details, through effective delegation and collaboration. The overall content team is composed of 26 professionals (14 full-time and 12 part-time team members, the latter primarily weekend specialty show hosts and subs), and includes the News and Sports department. Fordham students are also found in the Music, News and Sports areas, where they serve in long-term, compensated internships.

Reports to: General Manager
Direct reports:
Assistant Program Director
Music Director
Production Director
News Director
Digital Director

The successful candidate will demonstrate accomplishment in:

  • Leading, inspiring and motivating a team of broadcast and digital professionals in the creation of high quality, impactful programming
  • Planning and implementing programming strategy across platforms, building engagement and leading to audience growth, expanded audience diversity, and fundraising success
  • Growing an organization’s digital content, including planning, launching and evaluating podcasts
  • Expanding content partnerships, building on existing relationships and forging new collaborations
  • Planning and managing departmental budgets

Responsibilities

  • Oversee planning, strategy and implementation of all programming-related activities on 90.7 FM and digital, including streams, web site, video, podcasts, and social media
  • Lead the content team in the ongoing production, development, implementation, and assessment of programming designed to serve significant and diverse audiences
    • Oversee programming, in collaboration with and delegation to the content working group that manages the department’s daily operational details: the Assistant Program Director, Music Director, Production Director, News Director, and Digital Director
    • Build and manage a highly skilled, diverse and agile programming team that reflects New York City’s demographics, fostering a culture of respect and inclusion, attracting and retaining outstanding talent, and investing in their ongoing growth and career development
    • Reach outside WFUV’s existing core to engage new and diverse audiences on the air, through special programming initiatives across platforms, as well as community engagement and events
  • Provide air staff coaching and air checking to ensure improvement and individual growth, by way of the Assistant Program Director
  • Work closely with the News Director on news/sports content creation and coordination, including in matters of breaking news, special project development, and community engagement opportunities
  • Support and model a culture of collaboration within the content team and in its efforts across station departments
    • Work with WFUV leadership team members overall (General Manager, Finance and Administration, Membership, Development, Corporate Support, Marketing & Promotions, Music, News, Digital, Engineering & Operations)
    • Work closely with the Engineering and Operations team and Traffic Manager on the technical components of content delivery and scheduling
    • Manage programming resources, developing and monitoring budgets, working closely with Finance Director, General Manager, and Development Director
  • Work to support WFUV’s fundraising success
    • Lead programming team in fundraising best practices, working closely with Membership team, on-air drive producer and others, as needed
    • Work closely with Corporate Support and Promotions and Marketing to support potential sponsorship and NTR opportunities. Attend external meetings as appropriate
    • Work closely with Development, Membership, and General Manager to cultivate and steward relationships with major donors and advisory boards; attend board meetings
    • Work to secure talent for WFUV High Line Bash and Holiday Cheer for FUV, as well as donor cultivation events, in collaboration with Music Director, Promotions and Marketing, and Development team
  • Negotiate artist contracts, and share with necessary parties for payment, indemnification, rider requests, etc.
  • Work closely with Engineering and Operations team on production components of WFUV High Line Bash and Holiday Cheer for FUV; secure and coordinate with Producer
  • Secure music-related auction items, as relevant, working with Music Director and Development team
  • Work to develop and support WFUV’s external partnerships
    • Cultivate relationships with artists, labels, management, venues, festivals and promoters, to leverage content opportunities, in collaboration with Music Director, Promotions and Marketing, and Corporate Support team
    • Work closely with Promotions and Marketing, Corporate Support, Membership, Development, and other areas to develop external partnerships, such as venues for live performances and/or broadcasts, as needed
    • Help build strategic partnerships with local nonprofits, venues, promoters and like- minded organizations to raise awareness of WFUV
    • Work strategically to develop and grow community engagement, in collaboration with Promotions and Marketing and News
    • Oversee WFUV’s festival coverage
  • Includes budgeting, planning, curating, staffing, booking artists, and liaising with related external partners, working closely with Assistant Program Director, Music, Production, Digital, Finance, Promotions and Marketing, and Engineering and Operations
  • Oversee live broadcast and backstage programming elements
  • Work closely with Marketing and Promotions to support WFUV’s festival efforts on-site and on-air
    • Oversee content relationship with NPR Music, providing guidance to Assistant Program Director on operational aspects
  • Set programming standards and monitor content to ensure consistent quality and outstanding audience service
  • Work to ensure that programming is consistent with WFUV mission, goals and policies and in adherence with FCC guidelines
  • Review and interpret audience research, and develop a plan and strategy to retain and expand audience, collaborating with external consultants, as needed
  • Work to support WFUV’s training mission, developing and mentoring Fordham University students
  • Represent WFUV at events, industry conferences, and other occasions, as needed
  • Host interviews, Marquee shows and other events, where relevant
  • Provide written administrative reports, as required
  • Other responsibilities, as needed
     

Skills and Experience Required

  • Significant professional media experience, including in a leadership role in radio and/or digital audio media
  • Experience working in programming across all platforms: terrestrial, digital, social, podcasts, etc. Track record of success with podcast development and launch
  • Experience required in managing teams
  • A strong and effective collaborator, with the ability to cooperate with diverse stakeholders to achieve common goals
  • Knowledge of and, preferably, experience working in the Triple A music format
  • Excellent personal on-air fundraising skills
  • Strong relationships in the music community, including with artists, labels, management and venues
  • Demonstrated understanding of audience research methodologies and psychographic data, and facility with radio and digital audience analytics tools
  • Experience with Selector or comparable music scheduling software
  • Strong organizational skills, including ability to think and problem-solve creatively and collaboratively
  • A grasp of media industry trends and the ability to adapt to the rapidly changing digital environment
  • Demonstrated ability to host and produce radio programming
  • Excellent verbal and written personal communication skills, including written reports
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with competing deadlines
  • Flexible and open minded thinker
  • Ability to accept and respond to direction
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

How to Apply

Qualified individuals should submit a letter, resume and references to: pdsearch@wfuv.org
Deadline for applications is Monday, March 1, 2021
No phone calls or applications by snail mail, please


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories