Employment

Boise State Public Radio General Manager/Executive Director

Boise State University seeks a dynamic individual to become General Manager / Executive Director of Boise State Public Radio.
 
Vision, leadership, industry knowledge, fundraising ability, and passion are among the characteristics desired in candidates.  Other attractive qualities include a strong understanding of journalistic decision-making, involvement with station technology, and experience developing a positive and productive station/university relationship.
 
Boise State Public Radio reaches a majority of the population of Idaho with two channels of broadcast radio as well as emerging digital channels. It is the No. 1 station in its market (Fall 2015 Nielsen Radio Data.  It has an engaged and loyal audience of over 100,000 listeners per week and 10,500 annual contributors, including 40% ongoing sustainer members.  The station recently moved to beautiful new quarters.  Boise State Public Radio’s news team continues to grow in presence and significance in the region.  A challenge is a complex physical plant  (including many transmitters and translators) in mountainous geography and climate.
 
Why join Boise State University? Award-winning faculty, students, alumni and staff have put Boise State on the map with breakthrough research and records of achievement. Employees of Boise State enjoy working at Idaho’s metropolitan research university, located in the state’s capital city and population center — a hub of government, business, fine arts, regional health care, industry and technology, as well as access to sports and outdoor recreation. About the University.
 
Why move to Boise? The Boise area is a progressive place to live, work and visit! Whether the vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the mild climate, Boise and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. Good jobs, affordable housing and a safe, clean and vibrant downtown all add up to a great place to live. Hiking, biking and fishing are popular activities right in the metro area, accessed by miles of greenbelt along the Boise River. The foothills provide trails for hikers and bikers of all abilities. Nestled in the Treasure Valley against the majestic foothills, Boise is part of a thriving metropolitan area of over 550,000 people. Boise State community agrees with the national press that named Boise one of the healthiest cities in the nation, a “top-10” place to live and raise a family. Quality of life, low cost of doing business, an educated and motivated workforce, and the presence of numerous post-secondary educational institutions provide valley companies with a healthy environment in which to do business. The economy is a healthy mix of business, education, health care, retail, manufacturing, government and 
 
Together the BSPR staff, and BSPR Community Advisory Board, and administration of Boise State University have developed a profile of the next leader of Boise State Public Radio. Candidates selected for consideration will be those who most powerfully demonstrate the following skills and personal characteristics:
 
Leadership: We seek an experienced and collaborative individual with strong leadership and management abilities. The preferred candidate will have experience leading a university’s public radio station and will be knowledgeable about how to successfully leverage synergies between the institution and the station.  Our leader will keep the organization improving in effectiveness in serving listeners and at the same time keep us financially sound in this turbulent economic/technological time.  Other desirable qualities include:
 
  • Has an open style, but is also an effective decision-maker and change agent;
  • Is politically savvy and diplomatic.
  • Networks and develops relationships – with the staff, across the University, in the community and throughout the state; 
  • Provides direction and accountability for organizational and staff results, including clearly communicating strategy, goals and expectations;
  • Has great people skills including being able to flex style – comfortable and effective at dealing with a wide range of stakeholders – from our smallest communities to state-wide business and community leaders;
  • Is committed to and comfortable with diversity, both within the institution and in the community;
Industry Knowledge (radio, internet, etc): Knowledge of and experience with media, trends in technology and consumption of media, including the digital transition, and:
 
  • A high level of understanding of dynamics, issues and trends in public radio (including the need to continue to develop BSPR into an essential local institution) and ability to lead BSPR in this area;
  • Able to manage a complex physical plant (studios and our many transmitter sites), including managing the strategic and financial challenge of maintaining its effectiveness;
  • Understanding/experience with issues related to University licensed public media organizations;
  • Upholds quality for self and others; 
  • Deep commitment to and knowledge of public radio (listener, supporter); and
  • Is technologically competent, comfortable with and aware of digital and social media, able to keep us abreast and current with all different platforms.
Communication: Highly developed public and private interpersonal and communication skills, with an open, engaging style, including:
 
  • Comfort with and command of the range of communication channels, including speaking, writing and social media;
  • Being a skillful listener;
  • Is inspiring and respectful, connecting in a real way with people;
  • Is an effective spokesperson for the organization.
Fundraising: Excited about generating financial resources for Boise State Public Radio. Effective fundraiser with demonstrated track record (including with major giving), 
 
  • Comfortable with asking for money for BSPR;
  • Strong as mission spokesperson and in relationship management ;
  • Has a comprehensive understanding of fundraising strategies and methods in public media (membership, underwriting, and major and planned giving) and beyond;
  • Able to develop BSPR organizational (staff and Community Advisory Board) fundraising capacity, and effective at moving us beyond our major reliance on transactional membership-based revenues further into philanthropic fundraising, including identifying and dealing with any operational blocks to success with major donor and planned giving efforts;
  • Effective with strategic collaboration with the University Advancement in identifying and working with potential major donors.
Vision: In the context of the massive changes the Internet is having on availability and use of media, display ability to project BSPR’s needs out into the long-term future; see and understand future trends in media, in related fields and the world, and the impact on BSPR’s operations and; 
 
  • Is a big picture person;
  • Has a learning orientation, including demonstrated methods for gathering, assimilating and making meaning out of information about the changing media, technology and demographic landscape;
  • Balances vision with doing.
  •  Is able to enroll others in working together to execute vision;
Integrity: Our most important asset is the trust our audience and the people of Idaho have in our programming and in BSPR as an institution. The BSPR General Manager will:
 
  • Be an ethical person of substance with strong self-awareness;
  • Have clear, high standards for him or herself and others; 
  • Be honest with him or herself and others;
  • Understand and practice confidentiality when necessary as well as organizational and financial transparency;
  • Has personal characteristics and presence that generates trust;
  • Understand and have commitment to journalistic independence, integrity, and ethics.

Strategic Focus: Powerful understanding of and use of strategy in organizational life:

  • Highly developed skill at prioritizing, and accomplished at sequencing change; 
  • Is data driven: networks with and benchmarks against other organizations to increase BSPR effectiveness;
  • Able to steer organizational resources toward strategically identified focus areas;
  • Able to continuously develop, execute and evaluate strategic and business plans, in concert with other stakeholders, and to champion strategic perspectives.
 

Problem solving and decision making: Expert decision-maker, who:

  • Has the ability to prioritize and determine significance of a particular issue, understands who to include in the problem solving process, and knows what and how much information is needed;
  • Is able to effectively analyze and use data in the decision-making process, and will make decisions in a timely matter;  
  • Is good at follow-through - clearly communicates decision, designs and administers effective execution, with appropriate pre-determined success measures and time-posts; and
  • Has level of personal strength to stick by decisions and/or know when a change of direction is needed.

Passion: A highly energetic person who is inspired by the direction and public service mission of Boise State Public Radio and:

  • Has authentic enthusiasm for and commitment to the heritage and future of BSPR, public media’s potential and future, including as a source for local content, and for developing and deploying new and innovative service delivery mechanisms; 
  • Communicates passion in a way that engages others and generates action by staff, the Board and the community, including potential funders.
Team/Internal Management: Committed and effective manager of people, including supervising, developing and mentoring the BSPR staff. Highly engaged, experienced, respectful, results-oriented individual with a full set of business skills including:
 
  • Mindset of an effective manager, including attention to detail;
  • Have combination of personal characteristics such as comfort with self, warmth and strength necessary to continue to grow the alignment, effectiveness and enthusiasm of the group; 
  • Though engaged, not a micromanager;
  • Is comfortable addressing conflict in a diplomatic manner
  • Holds him or herself to a high level of accountability and holds all in the organization to that same level of accountability 
  • Financial Acumen: Experience with business aspects of managing a public media organization including developing and managing budgets, cash flow and facilities management; 
  • Experienced and effective working with boards – able to work collaboratively with the BSPR CAB to grow its effectiveness and engagement; 
 
TO APPLY: Boise State University is being assisted in this search by Livingston Associates. For consideration, please submit a resume, letter of introduction including how you will be the ideal person to lead the organization going forward, and contact information for a minimum of 3 professional references at Livingston Associates’ online application system.
 
Date for full consideration: Friday, March 11, 2016
 
 
Inquiries are welcome with Livingston Associates at (410) 243-1974.
 
Boise State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.