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Community Radio for Northern Colorado (CRNC), the parent organization to both Northern Colorado’s NPR Station, KUNC, and the non-commercial music service, The Colorado Sound, aims to strengthen our communities by cultivating the mind and spirit - informing, inspiring and entertaining. To fully live up to this mission, we strive to include diverse voices and amplify those from groups that are rarely heard from in the media.

The KUNC News Team is a group of dedicated journalists, who are committed to telling the stories of our diverse communities, reflecting the people who live in those communities, and amplifying their voices. We operate with a team mentality, creating engaging and relevant content focusing on internal and external collaboration and experimenting in content styles and distribution. KUNC is a news and information staple within northern Colorado, serving numerous rural, mountain and city communities for over 50 years.

Our non-commercial music service, The Colorado Sound, offers unique and diverse music discovery programming. We are based in Northern Colorado but heard throughout the state, across the country, and around the world. The Colorado Sound brings the spirit and soul of Colorado to our listeners through a cross-genre mix of new music, familiar favorites, and regional standouts

Located in a pivotal location in one of the fastest-growing parts of the county on the front range of the incredible Rocky Mountains, you have day-access to world-class skiing, camping, biking, and hiking, as well as popular entertainment, educational and cultural institutions such as the Colorado Rockies and Denver Bronco games, the Denver Art Museum, and our beloved legendary music venues, including the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Nearby Fort Collins is a growing destination city with a major university, a strong, growing food and cultural scene, and easy access to rafting, hiking, biking, and exploring.

Current Opportunities


Chief Audience & Content Officer

(Full-time, Exempt)

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Salary Range: $90,000 - $110,000

Position Summary:

This brand-new position at Community Radio for Northern Colorado (CRNC) is a Senior Executive and the highest-ranking content creation/management officer who holds overall responsibility for all content creation by KUNC and The Colorado Sound, and leads the content distribution strategy for multiple platforms. Responsible for the design, integrity and success of content, as well as overall editorial leadership, planning, presentation and supervision.

Serving as the “quality control” officer for daily content production while delegating direct management of such the Chief Audience & Content Officer’s eye will be toward how the daily work rolls up to the larger, longer-term strategic picture while serving as the lead for maintaining editorial integrity and establishing appropriate “firewalls” against interference with and/or compromise of the content-making units. This position is charged with growing the media enterprise (e.g. content offerings, audience consumption and loyalty and impact) in alignment with CRNC’s Strategic Plan, and being opportunistic to the surrounding industry climate.

This position provides intra- and inter-departmental coordination of CRNC’s journalism (digital and broadcast, magazine and talk shows, special projects, podcasts, etc.) and music service, as well as creative and curated media products. The CACO will oversee recruitment, management and direction of local content staff of both KUNC and The Colorado Sound and is responsible for over-arching staff skill development, motivating high performance and team building.

Education, Training and Experience:

  • Minimum six years’ experience in radio media or a related industry.
  • Minimum five years’ increasingly responsible management/leadership experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Must reside in Colorado.
  • CRNC is requiring proof of COVID vaccination and boosters for all staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of programming principles, audience research, operational methods, FCC rules, and the opportunities and challenges of issues facing a disrupted and dis-intermediated media environment, particularly for public broadcasting.
  • Past track record of diversifying a content-making team toward greater inclusion/representation of the community served.
  • Have an understanding of the history and mission of public broadcasting, be attuned to its current defining differences and areas for improvement;
  • Triple A music experience helpful.

To Apply:
CRNC has retained Livingston Associates to assist in this search. For consideration, please submit a resume and a letter of introduction including your vision for the future of public media and CRNC and why you will be the ideal person to lead the organization in achieving that vision, including how you would put DEI concepts into programming practice.

Inquiries are welcome with Livingston Associates at (410) 243-1974.

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State Capitol Reporter

(Full-time, Exempt)

Reports to: Executive News Director/Managing Editor
Salary Range: $55,000 - $75,000 annually

Position Summary:

This position produces relevant and engaging content that’s primarily focused state government, politics, and state issues including the impact of legislative activities and elections. This position must possess a solid foundation of reporting skills and radio production, and a desire to work as part of a team with a can-do attitude for meeting expectations.

Education, Training and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, broadcast communication or similar field is preferred.
  • Three (3) years of prior experience reporting news is required.
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license and access to a dependable vehicle is required.
  • Must be located in Colorado coverage area for radio station.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

Skills:

  • On-air presentations, as well as interview, writing and production skills.
  • Editorial judgment, fair, accurate news writing, a sense of mission, and interviews and online work as required
  • Operating a personal computer with proficient skills in Excel, Outlook, Word and Dropbox.
  • Providing oversight and support to new reporters, including assisting with projects and giving guidance on reporting tools.
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital and social media concepts and tools and ability to think creatively about digital content.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, while utilizing proper grammar.
  • Perform work professionally, with ethics and integrity, and maintain confidentiality when required.
  • Comfortable with peer editing and guiding less-experienced colleagues who need support

Abilities:

  • Productive, responsible, and enterprising individual possessing a grasp of how global, national, and regional issues connect to the KUNC listening area.
  • Work with little supervision and exercise good independent judgment.
  • Maintain high journalistic standards of objectivity, balance, and fairness.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the community.
  • Think creatively about digital content.
  • Handle multiple priorities and simultaneous demands, organizing and completing tasks according to their importance.
  • Commit to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Consistently work well with others, demonstrating at all times respect for the diverse constituencies at KUNC and within the public broadcasting system.

To Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter to Pamela Kurtz at pamela.kurtz@kunc.org. This position is open until filled.

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