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Chief Content Officer

About KUOW

KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio is Seattle’s NPR news station. An independent, nonprofit news organization, KUOW is comprised of 130 staff members and maintains a $22M budget. Producing award-winning journalism, innovative podcasts, and engaging community events, KUOW serves listeners in Seattle and Western Washington, with a coverage area of 3.9 million people and more worldwide online.

KUOW is a self-sustaining service of the University of Washington. More than 90% of funding comes from individual contributors and local business supporters who share the belief that an informed public makes its community stronger.

The Position

The Chief Content Officer (CCO) will provide leadership and vision for all programming, podcasting, and journalism at KUOW. Reporting to the President & General Manager, Caryn Mathes, the CCO’s role is to enhance design and integrity of content, expand offerings and their impact, and provide overall editorial leadership, to increase consumption of and loyalty to KUOW content. As the highest-ranking content creation officer, the CCO leads a team of 62 professionals, and directly oversees four Directors, designing standards and procedures to hold accountable high-quality content-making and content delivery talent. They will collaborate with the Digital division in pursuit of optimal discoverability of KUOW’s content and a high-quality digital user experience. Also, they will serve as KUOW’s representative in collective bargaining (SAG-AFTRA), assisting UW Labor Relations.

The ideal candidate will bring at least five to seven years of senior-level journalism experience in a modern media environment and significant expertise guiding strategy and leading large teams. Experience with public media, digital content and programming, navigating a hybrid university/community radio licensee and union environment, and the opportunities and challenges of issues facing a disrupted and dis-intermediated media environment would be an advantage. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in telecommunications or related industry is required.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $195,000 - $276,036. For more information on benefits, explore this benefits summary.

Commitment to Diversity and Racial Equity

KUOW and the University of Washington are equal opportunity employers. KUOW is dedicated to building a culturally diverse staff and creating a working environment that promotes racial equity and inclusiveness. They believe attracting and retaining diverse staff is crucial to serving the community and fulfilling its mission. Women, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disability and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.


KUOW has retained Campbell & Company to conduct this search. To read the full position guide, please follow this link.