Afternoon Board Operator

Req #: 167197

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Posting Date: 05/13/2019

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Shift: Alternate Work Shift

KUOW, licensed to the University of Washington, is the Puget Sound Region’s NPR-affiliated public radio service delivering local, regional, national and international news, information and cultural programming. With an audience of over one million users each month, KUOW’s mission is to create and serve a more informed public. Our vision is to broaden conversations and deepen understanding. KUOW strives to be the finest possible provider of news—both from within our region and beyond. To help in this mission, KUOW has an outstanding opportunity for an Afternoon Board Operator. Reporting to the Senior Announcer, the Afternoon Board Operator is responsible for a daily board shift including board operation and automation.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serves as both technical and on-air engineer for assigned shift, managing broadcast board operation and making on-air announcements such as weather, time, emergency alerts, etc.
  • Operates multiple computers using software such as AudioVault and NewsBoss for use in broadcast.
  • Monitors KUOW communications and newswires, NPR and other sources for updates to programs, breaking news and technical issues.
  • Monitors social feeds, changing traffic and weather and offers updates to News Host.
  • Provides production support including, but not limited to, screening and connecting public audience calls for on-air interviews; assisting with on-air fundraising preparation.
  • Backs up other shifts when needed.
  • Assists with Public Radio Program Distribution system using Content Depot, PRX, FTP, in conjunction with AudioVault and NewsBoss.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received

Position reports to the Senior Announcer


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • A minimum of one year of professional broadcast experience with a background in production, engineering or on-air hosting.
  • Audio engineering skills and a knowledge of professional broadcast standards and practices.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Familiarity with tracking news and weather over various platforms.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed..