Job Description:

Marfa Public Radio aims to build more leadership opportunities within the organization and the public media system. The station is hiring a Station Manager to work with the Executive Director. Marfa Public Radio is at an exciting time of growth. In 2021 the station secured a permanent home by purchasing the building. The focus of 2022 will be reimagining how Marfa Public Radio’s vision and mission are rendered concrete in the building that houses it. The Station Manager is an essential role to ensure the effective day-to-day operation of the station. 


Position:          Station Manager

Reports to:      Executive Director

FLSA status:    Full time, Exempt

Department:    Administration



The Station Manager (SM) ensures the effective day-to-day operation of Marfa Public Radio. The SM directs, administers, and manages the overall operations of the station in accordance with policies, goals, and objectives established by the Executive Director (ED). The SM oversees the following functions with support from the Office Manager: programming, accounting, membership, operations, engineering, information systems, regulatory compliance and reporting, and human resources. This person works closely with the ED and the board of directors in the development and implementation of strategic plans and organizational policies and goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Oversees the effective and efficient execution of content and programming, as well as operational, administrative, and accounting functions to advance the mission, vision, values, strategies, and goals of the organization.

Provide a healthy, safe, and creative working environment for all staff and contractors. Schedule and prioritize work to ensure the highest quality and best use of resources. 

Day-to-day management of the facilities and directly oversees the following functional areas: Programming, Accounting, Engineering, Operations and IT, and Human Resources.

Administers all policies, rules, regulations and reporting requirements of Marfa Public Radio, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Federal Communications Commission and government entities.  

Communicates effectively and maintains a strong and supportive working relationship with the ED and the Board of Directors. 

Facilitates membership drives with Membership Coordinator and staff. 

Works closely with the Community Advisory Board to advance public service and ensure CPB compliance.

Provides outreach to the regional audience through strategic marketing, events, and in-person and online/digital engagement.

Assist development staff with fundraising strategies including identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospective and existing individual, institutional and business prospects, donors and underwriters.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Passion for Marfa Public Radio and public broadcasting and its case for support.

Strong independent managerial skills; able to work effectively with staff members, supporters and the public. 

Strong communications skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships in a non-partisan way.

Ability to be persistent, persuasive, and be a problem-solver. 

Project management experience.

Motivated, energetic, creative and organized self-starter and team player.   

Ability to think strategically to develop, plan, coordinate, report and execute projects, while taking a hands-on approach.

Ability to prioritize responsibilities and goals, communicate with precision and clarity, motivate and enlist others to meet goals while maintaining flexibility in a fast paced environment.

Results oriented and goal focused.  

Ability to participate in events, including occasional evenings and weekends, and trips involving travel.  

Required Education and Experience:

3-5 years of station management experience preferred

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

Minimum four years of supervisory and applicable experience, including community-relationship building and managing a variety of significant projects independently.

Experience in creating and managing events and partnerships.


Core Competencies: 

Change/Adaptability/Flexibility: Adapts to change that benefits Marfa Public Radio, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, adjusts plans to meet changing needs. 

Communication: Communicates well both verbally and in writing, promptly shares information and ideas with others throughout the organization as appropriate, has active listening skills, can negotiate and persuade as needed. 

Results Focus/Initiative: Targets and achieves results, sets challenging goals, prioritizes tasks, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability, sets high standards and takes responsibility, provides leadership/motivation. 

Collaboration: Working collaboratively with others to solve problems, achieve common goals and positive results. Listens to others and values opinions. Is open with other team members and expresses disagreement constructively. Seeks opportunities to work on teams as a means to develop experience and knowledge. 


Salary: $60,000-$70,000 DOE

To apply for this position please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Station Manager Application”.

Job Location: 
Marfa, TX
United States
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