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General Manager for WONC

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Position Information

Posting Number S000321
Position Title General Manager for WONC
Department WONC-FM
Division Academic Affairs
Supervisor Title Chair of Communication and Media Studies
Status Full Time Regular
Position Summary

North Central College invites applications for a General Manager to oversee and supervise WONC 89.1 FM, its award-winning student-run campus radio station. The position will begin June 18. Applicants should submit a letter of application outlining their skills and experience, a complete resume and the names and contact information for four references. Review of applications will begin on March 8, 2018.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this spring, WONC is the only FM radio station broadcasting from Naperville, IL. Known for its professionalism, its outstanding music programming and its tradition of training students for careers in radio, the station has accumulated an impressive collection of awards for excellence in radio broadcasting stretching back to the mid-1990s. WONC has won 20 College Radio Marconi awards, more than any other college or university radio station in the country. In 2015, the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System named WONC the best college radio station in the country.

North Central College founded in 1861, North Central College is a selective, comprehensive liberal arts institution of about 3000 students, located 28 miles west of Chicago in Naperville. The college is within walking distance of the Naperville Metra station and is next to downtown Naperville. The Naperville area is home to many excellent school districts and Naperville, IL has been ranked as one of the best places to live by Money magazine.
For more information, please visit: http://www.noctrl.edu.

Description of Key Responsibilities

The General Manager is responsible for overall leadership and supervision of the day-to-day operations of the station. The GM will be expected to:

• Plan for future station needs and opportunities based upon industry trends, technological developments and student and public input.

• Ensure quality music, sports, news and public affairs programming. Assist students in the development of innovative programming. Train students to use radio ratings data, public and campus community feedback and other data on audience engagement to improve the listenership and programming of the station.

• Recruit, mentor and manage the student staff of the station (approximately 100-125 per year). Provide regular training in relevant production skills and feedback to students on their performance in a variety of programming genres (music radio, sports play-by-play, talk radio, radio journalism, public affairs). Oversee weekly staff meetings.

• Select the station manager and then help the station manager select the rest of the student leadership team.

• Advise students on marketing and promotions for the station. Assist with planning regular promotional events. Ensure maintenance of a professional-quality station website and an active social media presence.

• Maintain and manage facilities and equipment, including studios, offices, computers, transmitter, and any other technology needed to broadcast programming on a 24-hour basis.

• Ensure station compliance with the terms of its FCC license and adherence to best practices in media ethics.

• Manage the station budget.

• Oversee station fundraising and underwriting efforts, including cultivating major donations, writing grants and planning underwriting solicitation campaigns.

• Coordinate with the advisers of the student newspaper and the student video production practicum to create a convergent, multimedia portal for all North Central College student media.

• Coordinate with the chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies to ensure that the radio station functions as a vibrant co-curricular activity for the Department’s Broadcast and Journalism majors.

• Teach the radio performance practicum course and/or additional courses as assigned by the Chairperson of the Department of Communication and Media Studies.

• Develop good relationships with students, listeners, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, members of the board of trustees, and the broader Naperville community.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting, Communication, Journalism or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.

• Five years experience in radio with at least three years at the senior management level.

• Knowledge of college radio and a commitment to its educational mission is an absolute necessity.

• Experience managing a college, public or community radio station highly preferred.

• Experience training and overseeing radio journalists would be a plus as would experience fundraising for college, public or community radio stations.

Distinguishing Characteristics
Education/Training

• Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting, Communication, Journalism or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience

• Five years experience in radio with at least three years at the senior management level.

• Knowledge of college radio and a commitment to its educational mission is an absolute necessity.

• Experience managing a college, public or community radio station highly preferred.

• Experience training and overseeing radio journalists would be a plus as would experience fundraising for college, public or community radio stations.

Licenses or Certifications
Is This a Temporary Position? No
Employment Conditions

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the College’s background screening process.

Number of Vacancies 1

Posting Detail Information

EEO Statement

North Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. NCC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  3. The names and contact information for (4) four references
Optional Documents