Station Manager

WRVO Public Media

WRVO Public Media, serving an extensive geographical area of upstate New York including the cities of Syracuse, Oswego, Utica, and Watertown among others, seeks an accomplished radio professional to serve as Station Manager, a new position that is part of a succession plan at the General Manager level.  

Posting Date: January 7, 2014

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Salary: Commensurate with experience/prior accomplishments, $65,000 minimum. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time UUP staff, visit:

Date of Appointment: May 2014

Description of Responsibilities: Successful candidate will serve as chief administrator of programs and related projects, will be responsible for supervising on-air hosts and serving as administrative liaison with outside program producers and funders.  The Station Manager will supervise scheduling and promotion of daily programs and will work closely with the General Manager to administer all operational, journalistic, membership, and program underwriting initiatives.

  • Recruit and supervise staff for business and program operations including on-air assignments.
  • Assure professional quality of on-air, streaming and web product, including social media outreach.  
  • Work closely with on-air staff to produce and schedule regional public affairs programming and other in-house productions.
  • Step in as back-up on-air host and public affairs program moderator when necessary.
  • Serve as chief liaison with program distributors including NPR, APM, PRI, PRX.
  • Assist with development and fundraising as needed, including participating in events with donors, program underwriters and other stakeholders.
  • Administer program-related grants, seek and respond to calls-for-proposals for grant-funded radio projects; supervise preparation and administration of grant applications, recruit and organize project collaborators and production teams, and, where appropriate, arrange syndication of programs for broader distribution.
  • Oversee traffic and automation system operations; provide back-up to staff in these areas as needed.
  • Provide leadership for growth of WRVO Public Media's audience and other stakeholders with a creative, think-outside-the-box approach.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university; finalists will be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Five years radio experience.
  • Excellent demonstrated oral and written skills.
  • Experience in management and administration.
  • Ability to step in as needed as on-air host (audio samples required)
  • Ability to work effectively on deadline.

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, resume and names, affiliations, addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references.  All materials must be submitted electronically to:

Tom Livingston at Livingston Associates, LLC, Search Committee Chair

No phone calls will be accepted.

Official transcripts will be required prior to appointment.  

Description of Department:  WRVO Public Media, is a successful, top-ranked multi-station broadcast network licensed to the State University of New York (SUNY) serving central upstate New York and southern Ontario, Canada.  WRVO employs a staff of 14 operating on a budget of nearly $3 million.  The station is highly respected in the region as a primary source of award-winning, locally produced news and public affairs coverage.  WRVO reporters contribute regularly to NPR news and magazine programs, have received top honors including two Steve Flanders Awards for best news station in New York State from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association.  Offices and primary studios are located on the campus of the State University of New York College at Oswego.  Additional studio facilities are under construction in downtown Syracuse.

Description of SUNY Oswego:  Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse.  Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News America's Best Colleges in 2010 and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8300 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in business, teacher education, and the arts and sciences. The College's success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to liberal arts and sciences foundations, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities.  The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects are evidenced by Quest, a College-wide day spotlighting original student research, a Summer Scholars Program, which awards stipends to students engaged in independent research and creative work at the highest levels, and the Global Laboratory, a STEM based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

SUNY Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity.  SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from professionals of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.  In accordance with INS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States, per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing 

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