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Executive Director, KOPN Community Radio

(This position replaces the position of General Manager.)

KOPN provides eclectic music, local news and talk, and syndicated programming from NPR, PRX, and Pacifica.  KOPN is a CPB-qualified, FCC-licensed station owned and operated by the New Wave Corporation, a local 501(c)(3) organization.  Broadcasting at 36,000 watts, KOPN serves an area of approximately 100 miles in diameter in central Missouri.

Through a successful capital campaign (still underway), we have purchased and are in the process of moving to an accessible building with the move to be complete by June 2022.  KOPN will have its 50th birthday in March 2023.  This would be a great time to join KOPN as we celebrate our remarkable history, work on plans for ensuring our continued value and importance to the community into the future, train new volunteers, and enjoy convenient modern space with our own ample parking for the first time in 49 years.

KOPN volunteers include all ages, locals and internationals, people from varied socioeconomic backgrounds, people who may disagree about many other things but who work well together to create community radio.  Per our mission, our radio signal both represents and serves the people of mid-Missouri.


Position Description:

The Executive Director will report to the New Wave Corporation Board of Directors and manage a small paid staff (operations manager, office manager, and part-time underwriting support) and a large corps of volunteers.  The Executive Director will be responsible (directly and, as appropriate, with staff support) and accountable for overall administration, finance, compliance with all relevant legal and other requirements, development and fundraising, personnel, programming, community engagement, and technical operations of the station.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Anticipated range:  $45,000 to $55,000

Benefits:  Paid time-off for vacation and sick leave

This is a full-time salaried, FSLA exempt position that requires schedule flexibility to accommodate occasional special station events and those infrequent but inevitable ill-timed emergencies.



The General Manager is responsible (directly and, as appropriate, with staff support) and accountable for the following:


Compliance with Legal and Funding Source Requirements

Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations

Ensure that all FCC requirements are met (including licensure, on-air restrictions, online records, reports, daily logs)

Ensure that Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other grant requirements are met (including programming requirements, fiscal requirements, and reporting)

Ensure that eligibility for 501(c)(3) non-profit status is maintained and that registration is current


Financial Management

Develop budgets that are adequate, realistic, and pertinent to the mission of the station

Monitor and report on progress toward budgetary goals

Ensure that all record keeping, including financial reporting, is correct and complete

Ensure that annual financial audits are done on time; work with auditor by providing all requested information

Facilitate financial oversight by providing complete, up-to-date financial information to the Board of Directors at monthly meetings and when requested otherwise

Ensure that accounts payable are paid on time



Ensure that KOPN fulfills its obligations as a community radio station and fulfills the mission of the New Wave Corporation

Coordinate with staff, the Programming Committee, the Community Advisory Committee, and the Board to ensure that programming meets community needs and generates listener support

Maintain and publish an up-to-date schedule

Maintain a transparent process for individuals to apply for air time on KOPN and for podcast opportunities


Community awareness

Maintain effective communication with members/donors

Maintain effective, appropriate social media representation of the station

Network throughout the listening area to develop relationships that enhance and promote the mission of the NWC



Raise a minimum of $300,000 in non-federal funds annually in combined cash donations, underwriting, non-federal grants, and in-kind donations

Plan and conduct successful fund drives and events

Pursue underwriting support and ensure that all UW announcements are aired as agreed and are in compliance with FCC requirements

Develop a program for legacy giving

Research and write successful proposals for grants that are appropriate to the mission of the NWC

Ensure that accounts receivable are billed and up to date

Ensure confidentiality of donor information



Coordinate with the operations manager and the engineering team to ensure dependability of on-air broadcast and online signal stability

Ensure that the building and equipment are maintained appropriately


Human Resources

Work with the Board to maintain an appropriate staffing plan; hire effective staff

Provide current and accurate job descriptions to staff

Ensure appropriate training of staff and of volunteer programmers

Complete fair, accurate, and timely performance appraisals of staff members

Recruit, train, and maintain a corps of capable, dependable volunteers

Ensure that volunteers are kept up to date on all station policies and requirements



Work closely with the Board of Directors, with staff, and with volunteers in a collegial and constructive relationship to ensure the success of KOPN in its role as a valuable community resource

Attend monthly meetings of the Board of Directors to provide current reports of finances and activities and to participate in planning

Attend, preside over, and provide an annual report at the annual members meeting of the New Wave Corporation



Degree in a related field or equivalent professional experience in media, non-profit fundraising, or management.

Five years of relevant professional experience that includes budgetary responsibility and financial oversight.

Supervisory experience and familiarity in some capacity with volunteer-powered organizations.

Excellent oral and written communication, organizational skills, and computer literacy.

Ability to collaborate constructively with professional and non-professional individuals and groups from a variety of backgrounds.

Interest in non-profit community radio.

Willingness and ability to learn pertinent technical skills.

Good problem-solving skills, both creative and practical.

Demonstrated commitment to professional ethics and to meeting deadlines.


The ability to read, write, understand, and speak Spanish would be advantageous.


Physical requirements:

Must be able (with or without a reasonable accommodation) to

            read, write, understand, and speak intelligibly in English

            communicate using a telephone

            perform activities requiring manual dexterity

            lift and carry a box or equipment weighing 25 pounds


To apply

Please submit the following to the Search Committee via email or mail (addresses below):

  1. cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for this position,

  2. current resumé or CV,

  3. three or more relevant professional references with their current contact information.

(References will be contacted only if the applicant is a finalist for the position and with prior notification provided to the applicant.)

Email application materials to  [email protected]

or mail/deliver to  KOPN GM Search, 915 E. Broadway, Columbia MO 65201.

Deadline:  Open until filled

KOPN is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity and mutual respect among all staff and volunteers.