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Temporary KUGS-FM Station Operations Manager

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Temporary KUGS-FM Station Operations Manager
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department We support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

As our Temporary KUGS-FM Station Operations Manager, you will serve in this role when the General Manager is on leave.  It is necessary to maintain the viability and the continuity of the station license by insuring the station is in compliance with the Rules and Regulations of the Federal Communications Commissions and other appropriate regulatory entities.  You will ensure that the station operates in a manner that maximizes the quality of service to the University and local community as a FCC licensed non-commercial radio station and as a student activity for the benefit of the WWU community.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Broadcast Practices/Legal Tasks
    • Act as Temporary Chief Operator to insure that FCC rules are enforced, including those related to the KUGS transmitter, EAS test, and obscenity/indecency, underwriting, and operating equipment parameters
  • Personnel Management/Program Advisement
    • Temporary supervisor for staff of student paraprofessionals by establishing priorities and directing the staff in the operations of the station
    • Supervise a staff of 70 - 100 volunteers in the day-to-day operation of the radio station
  • Equipment/Compliance
    • Maintain an awareness of broadcast equipment and troubleshoot technical needs
    • Coordinate repair and replacement of equipment with other staff
  • Management Tasks
    • Temporary senior authority at the station level for operational policies and procedures that result in an efficient operation consistent with the policies and goals of the ASWWU
  • Fiscal Management
    • Work with the Assistant Director of Student Activities regarding necessary purchases
  • Diversity/Cultural Competency (Core Value in Dean of Students Unit)
    • Engage in professional development opportunities to support the development of competence and effectiveness in the areas of inclusion, diversity, multicultural and cross-cultural proficiency, and other related topics
    • Manage the department in support of:
      • An inclusive environment for staff and students
      • Development of cultural competency skills
      • The delivery of programs that support diversity objective of the campus community
Required Qualifications
  • Education or experience in broadcasting or related field
  • Experience and commitment to goals of student operated radio
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to interact effectively with a diverse population in a positive and empowering manner
  • Up-to-date knowledge of broadcasting equipment and software at a level to serve as Temporary FCC Chief Operator
  • Significant knowledge of FCC rules that impact non-commercial licenses to a level that allows for interpretation/application of the rules to protect the status of the current license and prevent fines for violations
  • Radio on-air production knowledge at a level to provide training and operational direction to students/volunteers involved in the program
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in managing or working at a radio station affiliated with a university
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications 
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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