Job Description:

The following is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This list of duties is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the functions and responsibilities performed.

Position Summary
Under general direction of the Director of Broadcasting, the FM News Director is responsible for preparing local and regional news and public affairs programming for KENW-FM.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide exceptional customer service in all interactions with students, staff, and the general public.
• Prepare and produce local and regional newscasts for KENW-FM.
• Supervise and help produce informational features with various Chambers of Commerce and other community organizations..
• Respond to questions and requests from listeners.
• Be knowledgeable and up-to-date about news events taking place that may impact upon our state, region, and/or various communities served by the KENW Public Radio Network.
• Perform interviews in the studio as well as in the field and know how to edit these into segments or features for broadcast.
• Assist in maintaining a “local news” presence on the KENW web pages.
• Be prepared to share news stories with either CNN or Associated Press (AP).
• Coordinate and assist in making news interviews and features available on the KENW web site.
• Be prepared to make live weather or other emergency announcements on the air.
• Assist KENW-TV with news or public affairs programming when needed as station trade-out for FM engineering services.
• Perform public relations duties for the Broadcast Center and KENW-FM.
• Keep up-to-date with FCC rules dealing with broadcasting and political candidates.
• Track, compile and submit required quarterly FCC Issues Reports and other required government documentation of KENW-FM news and public affairs coverage by deadline.
• Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in broadcasting, journalism, or a related field or equivalent life experiences in broadcasting and news reporting. Two years of experience in broadcast news is necessary. Knowledge of public broadcasting and radio operations is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of University policies and procedures and structures.
• Computer literacy, including programs such as AudioVault, Audio Editing Programs, and Office and Outlook.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
• Ability to maintain friendly customer service and professional demeanor with all constituencies.
• Project coordination and organizational skills and the ability to work as a team player.
• Ability to present a professional, pleasant, and cooperative attitude in coordinating communication between staff and the general public.

Physical Demand and Working Conditions:
• Work is generally performed during normal work hours. However, news gathering activities may sometimes require weekend and evening work.
• Work is sedentary in nature with 10 pounds frequently lifted and carried. Work requires reaching, handling, fingering and/or feeling, talking, hearing, and seeing.

Essential Functions: [As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, these include the following responsibilities, minimum job knowledge, skills, and abilities. This is not necessarily an all-inclusive listing.]

Job Location: 
Portales, NM
United States
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Full time
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