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General Manager - Yellowstone Public Radio


Montana State University Billings is seeking an energetic visionary person for the General Manager position at Yellowstone Public Radio. 

About Billings –

Billings is located in the Yellowstone Valley surrounded by unique sand stone cliffs, with the Yellowstone River (the longest free flowing river in the United States) just a very short drive from anywhere in the city limits.  Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, with a growing population of 105,000+.  We are large enough to have all the amenities of a large metropolitan city, and small enough to still have that friendly community neighborhood feel.  Billings is one of the largest Medical Regional Hubs in a four-state area, with three hospitals and specialized clinics.

Hiking, biking, walking, boating, fishing, hunting, and skiing are all popular activities in the Billings area or within a 60-mile radius of Billings.  The community of Red Lodge is just a short 50 miles away in the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains.  With a variety of all-season activities, from skiing in the winter to driving up the Beartooth Highway in the summer, it is always a great destination drive!


Yellowstone Public Radio (YPR) is located on a beautiful tree-lined street on the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) university campus.  The YPR station has recently been remodeled inside and out, making it a most inviting work atmosphere for employees and providing a welcoming feel for donors and visitors.  The remodel included a new recording studio along with myriad of technical updates.

Yellowstone Public Radio (YPR) is a region-wide public radio service licensed to MSUB, broadcasting 24 hours daily to a large portion of central and Eastern Montana and northern Wyoming.  The primary signal originates at Joseph S. Sample Studios (KEMC-FM) in Billings, MT.  KEMC-FM repeats on KBMC-FM (Bozeman), KPRQ-FM (Sheridan, WY), KYPR-FM (Miles City), KYPC-FM (Colstrip), KYPF-FM (Stanford/Lewistown), and KYPW-FM (Wolf Point), as well as 26 translators in Montana and Northern Wyoming.

Position Summary

The General Manager of Yellowstone Public Radio Station is responsible for:

  •  Management and administration of a public radio network licensed to MSUB and the Montana University System.
  • Serving as station representative for the Board of Directors of the Friends of YPR.
  • Maintaining high-quality program service in accordance with public radio guidelines. 
  • The General Manager currently reports to the Chancellor through the Director of University Relations & Communications and is an employee of MSUB and the Montana University Systems.


Duties and Responsibilities

Manager of the public radio network originating in Billings, Montana.

  • Organizing and directing broadcasting staff in the operation of a public radio network that serves the second-largest land mass in the United States and is comprised of a diverse population of listeners and supporters throughout Montana and Wyoming.
  • Supervising areas including programming and digital services, engineering, news, development and underwriting as well as business.
  • Work with broadcast associations such as National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM)
  • Development and administration of annual and quarterly budgets, in conjunction with the MSUB Business Services and Friends of Yellowstone Public Radio, Inc.
  • Represent YPR as a part of MSUB and the Montana University System, including, but not limited to;
    • Participation in Board of Regents meetings;
    • Participation in other campus organizational committees as needed;
    • Participation in the formulation and assessment of MSUB’s Strategic Plan, Facilities Master Plan and Budget in conjunction with University Relations and Communications, the University Budget Committee and Chancellor’s Cabinet.
    • Participate in the efforts of continuous quality improvement for YPR, MSUB and the MUS.
  • Maintain integrity in the following key personnel practices
    • Position Descriptions
    • Employee classifications and salaries
    • Compliance with all matters related to personnel
    • Coordinate with University’s Human Resources Office on personnel matters
  • All regular reports of activities and outcomes will be provided to the Director of University Relations and Communications.
  • All required reports to be provide to the Chancellor and other University administrative officers with data regarding personnel, financial reports, fund raising activities, and other station activities as requested.


Minimum Qualifications

  •  Bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, management or related field.
  • Minimum five year’s management experience in public broadcasting.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in broadcasting, management of related field.

 Candidates selected for consideration will be those who have the following skill sets and personal characteristics:

 Industry Knowledge (radio, internet, news, etc.):

  • Knowledge of and experience with media, trends in technology and consumption of media, including digital transition, and:
  • A high level or understanding of dynamics, issues and trend in public radio - including the need to continue to develop YPR 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;
  • Deep commitment to knowledge of public radio with an emphasis on news content.
  • Is technologically competent, comfortable with and aware of digital and social media, able to keep abreast and current with all different platforms.


In conjunction with the News Director, provide clear guidance on YPR’s news and editorial policy that’s consistent with generally accepted public radio journalism and ethical standards including:

  • Comfortable with management of changing news landscape, particularly within public radio
  • Collaborate with region-wide media partners to create fair and balanced coverage of important issues.
  • Deep commitment to rural listeners who depend on YPR’s news service.


Fundraising knowledge with demonstrated track record of understanding the inherent needs of fundraising management including:

  • Comfortable with asking for money for support of YPR.
  • Strong as mission spokesperson
  • Possess a clear understanding of methods of fundraising strategies;
  • Effective with strategic collaboration and working with potential major donors.


In the context of the massive changes the Internet is having on availability and use of the media, display ability to project YPR needs out into the long-term future; see and understand future trends in media, in related fields and the works, and the impact on YPR operations and:

  • Is a big picture person;
  • Balances vision with doing;

 Strategic Focus:

Powerful understanding of use of strategy in organization life:

  • Highly developed skill at prioritizing, and accomplished at sequencing change;
  • Able to continuously develop, execute and evaluate strategic business plans, in concert with other stakeholders, and to champion strategic perspective.


An energetic person who is inspired by the direction and public service mission of YPR and:

  • Communicates commitment 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 YPR staff.  Engaged, experienced, respectful and 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;
  • Is comfortable addressing conflict in a diplomatic manner;
  • Has a high level of accountability and holds all in the organization to that same level of accountability;
    • Experienced and effective working with boards – able to work collaboratively with the YPR staff.



MSUB 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 and organize going forward, and contact information for a minimum of 3 professional references at Livingston Associates’ online application system: Livingston Associates


Qualified employees are encouraged to apply for this position by May 13, 2016

  • Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.

(In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.)

  • In accordance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the MSU Billings Crime Statistics of Specified Crimes is available for applicant review online at, or can be accessed in the Human Resources Office, McMullen Hall, Room-310.

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY BILLINGS IS AN ADA/AA/EEO EMPLOYER.  Qualified women, persons from minority groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with eligible veteran status are encouraged to apply.  Contact Human Resources Office, MSU Billings, for more information regarding preference or accommodation (406/657-2278/TTY).

DEADLINE: 2016-05-13