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News Director

JOB DESCRIPTION:
KBBI has an immediate opening for a News Director. The position is open until filled. Inquiries are welcome and may be sent to Content Director Kathleen Gustafson, kathleen@kbbi.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The News Director is responsible for the overall management and operations of the News Department. This includes gathering and producing news and public affairs programming, and supervising other news staff at KBBI, including news interns, and public relations of the news department.

Reports to: Content Director
Supervises: Reporters and news interns/volunteers
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Compensation: Annual salary (based on experience); group health insurance, paid annual leave based on length of service, 10 paid holidays.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES

  1. Gathers local and state news
    a.         Ensures that news coverage is fair and accurate, and reflects the diversity of activities, events, people and organizations in all communities on the Kenai Peninsula.
    b.         Develops relationships with community members to enhance newsgathering.
    c.         Gathers and presents the news in a professional and ethical manner.
    d.         Files with the Alaska Public Radio Network, NPR, National Native News, and other news services where appropriate.
    e.         Is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to cover breaking news
  2. Works with the Content Director to develop schedules for newscasts, breaking news, and coordinating and implementing the stations emergency coverage strategy.
  3. Supervises KBBI reporter and intern/volunteer news producers. Provides guidance in story selection, production, editing and training.
  4. Acts as KBBI liaison with APRN, NPR, National Native News, and other news network agencies. Participates in APRN and other statewide news meetings and conferences.
  5. Collaborates with the Content Director in the scheduling, production and hosting of Coffee Table, KBBIs hour-long public affairs program.
  6. Prepares and hosts the daily KBBI evening newscast, prepares KBBI morning news for host.
  7. Supervises and creates news content on KBBIs website and social media accounts.
  8. Prepares reports on news department activities for the Content Director
  9. Periodically attends KBBI Board of Directors, and Community Advisory Board meetings
  10. Ensures that all News Department activities are within FCC regulations and station policies.
  11. Leads news staff meetings to determine coverage/assignments and conducts air-checks with Content Director.
  12. Maintains professional image of the news department in the community, on and off the air.
  13. Participates in professional development opportunities when available.
  14. Works with other station staff and volunteers to enhance the positive team efforts of KBBI.
  15. Participates in long-range planning and newsroom goals. Works with staff in developing and implementing appropriate new media opportunities. Develops special projects, coverage, series, and spots.
  16. Develops potential interns/volunteers in the news department, with help from the Content Director.
  17. Performs other duties as requested by the Content Director.

REQUIREMENTS:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  1. Three years news journalism experience, preferably in public radio. News Director experience is preferred.
  2. Excellent writing, announcing, and production skills.
  3. Excellent computer and digital editing skills.
  4. Self-motivated and able to work with little direct supervision.
  5. Able to work a varied schedule as needed.
  6. Must work with other staff and the public in a professional and cooperative manner.
  7. Must accept constructive criticism and strive to improve in needed areas.

HOW TO APPLY:

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please send cover letter, resume, and completed application form to Kathleen Gustafson, kathleen@kbbi.org. Application form can be found at www.kbbi.org
Application materials may also be submitted by mail to the following address:

Kathleen Gustafson KBBI Content Director 3913 Kachemak Way, Homer, AK 99603

Without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws, KBBI provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, and KBBI prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

 

STATION & COMMUNITY
Programming
KBBI is an Alaska 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation serving as a source of news, information and entertainment that is distributed through AM radio, as well as through digital and social media. To maintain the integrity of its noncommercial licenses and the trust of its listeners, donors and community, KBBI must operate in conformance with all applicable laws, including rules issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and in a manner that reinforces the trust that the community places in KBBI. The Board of Directors, staff, and the Community Advisory Board all play important, separate, and distinct roles in ensuring both compliance with applicable rules and in formulating, implementing, or evaluating KBBI’s programming policies. This summer, KBBI celebrates its 40th anniversary on the air.
Community
Homer, Alaska, known as the “halibut fishing capital of the world,” is located on the Kenai Peninsula, 233 road miles south of Anchorage. From the station’s facilities in downtown  Homer, KBBI serves listeners in more than 20 communities: To the east, Kachemak City, Fritz Creek, Voznesenka, Razdolna, Kachemak Selo; across Kachemak Bay to Halibut Cove, Bear Cove, Tutka Bay, Seldovia, Nanwalek, and Port Graham; and north to Anchor Point, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik, Clam Gulch, Cooper Landing, Moose Pass, and Seward. KBBI serves portions of Kodiak Island, as well as the Lake Clark area, and fish camps in areas such as Chinitna Bay and Tuxedni Bay. KBBI also provides technical and administrative support to KDLL public radio in Soldotna.
Through this service agreement, the entire Kenai Peninsula enjoys the benefits of public radio.
According to 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-year estimates published by the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the City of Homer is 5,510. The population of the surrounding communities is 7,464, for a total of 12,974 total residents of whom 9,909 are age18 or older. Approximately 87% of the population is Caucasian, with American Indians and Alaska Natives comprising the largest minority population at 6.7%, according to 2010 United States census data. English is the predominant language in the Homer area, with the exception of four predominantly Russian-speaking villages. Census data document a trend toward increasing numbers of residents aged 60 and older.
Homer is part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The local economy relies heavily on commercial fishing and tourism. Borough-wide, oil and gas is the fastest growing sector of the economy, followed by health care and construction. South Peninsula Hospital, Homer Electric Association, and the Kenai Peninsula School District are among Homer’s largest employers. Homer has also attracted numerous resident artists, writers, musicians, and entrepreneurs.
Known as “the halibut fishing capital of the world,” Recreational activities include wildlife viewing, kayaking, sport fishing, hiking, and skiing. Homer offers a lively arts and music community, as well as many fine restaurants, breweries, coffee roasters, and lots of friendly people. Education opportunities include an outstanding public school system, along with a branch campus of Kenai Peninsula College, which is part of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The community also offers excellent healthcare providers and facilities, including South Peninsula Hospital.

DEADLINE: 2019-06-24