The General Manager is the executive position of Talkeetna Community Radio, Inc. (KTNA) and leads
a team of staff and volunteers to achieve KTNA’s mission to enrich and connect the communities of the
upper Susitna Valley. The General Manager (GM) ensures the financial and legal health of the
corporation; ensures sufficient funds are available for station operations; and maintains the station’s
broadcast equipment and facilities. The GM represents the station to the local community and seeks
opportunities for collaboration with other public radio stations and local non-profits. The GM reports to
a member-elected Board of Directors, prepares information necessary for their informed policy
decisions, and implements the board’s policies and strategic plan. The GM keeps KTNA up-to-date
with changes and trends in technology, media, and public broadcasting as the public media industry
continues to evolve.
Duties and Responsibilities
Financial management: The GM ensures the financial and legal health of the corporation and is
responsible for developing budgeting and budget tracking; oversight of bookkeeping and audits;
maintenance of records; grant tracking and reporting; and financial reporting to the Board of
Directors and grantors. Responsibilities include payables, receivables, and payroll.
Personnel management: The GM guides the work of a small staff and is responsible for hiring,
staff training, evaluations, benefits development, and implementing established personnel policies.
Fundraising: The GM ensures sufficient funds are available for station operations through grant
writing and reporting; maintaining relationships with granting agencies and organizations; donor
development; and overseeing the work of the station’s Development Coordinator.
Operations: The GM has overall responsibility for station programming, local program production,
direction of the station’s Program Coordinator and news producers, and compliance with FCC
regulations. The GM is responsible for the maintenance and operability of broadcast equipment and the maintenance of the station’s facilities (studio/office building in Talkeetna and a transmitter site in Trapper Creek). Operational needs require the GM to develop, implement, and oversee various service contracts. The GM has principal responsibility for the station’s IT infrastructure
and maintaining and developing the station’s website and streaming service. The GM keeps KTNA
up-to-date with changes and trends in technology, media, and public broadcasting.
Community Outreach: The GM represents the station to the local community and is responsible for
assuring KTNA is responsive to local community needs and concerns. The GM guides station
outreach to members, listeners, and the community at large. The GM proactively interacts with
local businesses, organizations, schools, government agencies, and institutions to articulate
KTNA’s mission, policies, and strategic direction, and to build collaborative relationships.
KTNA Board of Directors: In addition to preparing regular financial and station activity reports for
the KTNA Board of Directors, the GM prepares information necessary for informed policy
decisions by the board, advises the board on policy decisions, and implements the board’s
approved policies and strategic plan.
Agency and Other Networking: The GM serves as the primary communication link to other
agencies and organizations involved in public broadcasting; represents KTNA’s interests to those
agencies and organizations; and seeks opportunities for collaboration with other public radio
stations and local non-profits.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
Three to five years’ experience in radio station and/or non-profit management or equivalent
combination of experience, education, and/or training in related fields;
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide variety of people and interests;
incorporate many interests and opinions into decision-making; and devise successful
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage personnel;
Experience in non-profit financial management and ability to develop and manage a budget;
General technical skills applicable to working with radio technology and an ability to readily
learn and adapt to new media systems and technologies to meet KTNA’s mission;
Experience with non-profit organizations (as a manager or board member);
Strong writing, speaking, and public presentation skills necessary to represent KTNA
successfully to the community, grantors, regulatory agencies, and other collaborators;
Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task and switch priorities quickly when
unexpected situations or community emergencies arise.
Other Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Experience include:
Public broadcasting (preferred) or commercial broadcasting, including knowledge of FCC
Fundraising, including grant writing, managing donor and/or membership programs, cultivating
business support, and/or event coordination;
Radio broadcasting, audio production, radio engineering, and/or journalism;
Competence with computers, word-processing, spreadsheets, fundraising software, social media
communications, and network management;
Facility management (oversight of building maintenance, utilities, and work contracts);
Lived and worked in a rural setting.
KTNA offers generous paid leave benefits and a collaborative work environment. We also provide
professional development opportunities. KTNA values commitment to the community, diversity,
integrity in all interactions, and maintaining its independence. This is how the station achieves its
mission with the community and works with its staff.
KTNA values work-life balance in its employment practices:
8 paid holidays
10 vacation days the first year, with increases with tenure
12 personal leave days annually
Some flexible scheduling of work week
Professional development and training opportunities
Values-driven work — at KTNA, you hear your contribution daily!
SALARY AND DETAILS
Location: KTNA office in downtown Talkeetna (smoke-free workplace), local travel required
Classification: Full-time Salaried/Exempt Position
Salary: $45,000 to $55,000 based on experience
Sign-On Benefits: Moving stipend; and
Initial memberships: Denali Arts Council, Talkeetna Historical Society & Denali Nordic Ski Club