RadioActive Youth Media Program Manager

Req #: 159387

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Posting Date: 08/17/2018

Closing Info: Open until filled

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

Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. 

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.  

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 a Radioactive Youth Media Program Manager. Reporting to the Community Engagement Director, the Program Manager administers and manages KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media program to ensure its ongoing success in introducing youth to public radio journalism; provides editorial oversight for youth produced content on all of KUOW's public facing platforms. 


• Program administration and management: Responsible for ensuring RadioActive priorities and programs are implemented in a teamwork environment. Set goals and work tasks for team members, convene regular team meetings, and assess team progress towards goals. Exercise independent judgment and decision making in identifying and implementing RadioActive program priorities on an ongoing basis. Ensures RadioActive program activities conform to KUOW, University, ethical and legal standards. (20%) 

• Editorial Direction: Oversees the editorial process and assigns youth-produced content for publication on all of KUOW's public facing platforms (including broadcast, online, mobile, and social). Ensures that all RadioActive content meet KUOW's editorial, ethical and technical standards. Recruits qualified editors to work with youth, ensures established youth development practices are followed, and provides functional oversight of their work with youth. (20%) 

• Supervision: Supervises full-time permanent staff and part-time temporary staff. Works with staff to set goals, provides professional development and assesses performance. Recruits diverse candidates to open positions and ensures hiring process follows all KUOW, UW and legal requirements. Supervises and provides ongoing mentorship for youth volunteers in Advanced Programs. (15%) 

• Strategic leadership: Coordinates and facilitates yearly strategic planning sessions for the RadioActive program involving RadioActive staff, KUOW staff and youth participants in order to identify strategic orientation and priorities. On an ongoing basis, identifies areas for increased service, improved resource management and improved organizational performance. (5%) 

• Financial management: Develops the annual RadioActive budget in compliance with KUOW policies and procedures and manages RadioActive spending throughout the year. Ensures correct payments to youth contributors. (5%) 

• Curriculum Development: Draws on youth development and journalism knowledge in order to write curricula for RadioActive Intro to Journalism workshops. Ensures that workshops meet Youth Program Quality standards. (20%) 

• Instruction: Presents and facilitates workshops for youth on journalism, storytelling and technical broadcast skills. (10%) 

• Fundraising support: Provides case building narratives, documentation and statistics to staff responsible for RadioActive fundraising efforts. Produces live fundraising broadcast segments. (2%) 

• External relationships: Public presentations about RadioActive and KUOW. Identifies and builds collaboration opportunities in the youth development and public media sectors. (2%) 

• Supports station-wide efforts to improve organizational diversity. (1%) 

• Supervises RadioActive Program Producer, RadioActive Associate Producer, and hourly staff which may include minors. 

Requirements include: 

Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts or related field 

Two years of professional broadcast journalism experience, preferably in audio, radio or podcasting, with increasing responsibilities, and a track record of producing stories with impact. 

Experience working with youth (ideally in a youth media environment or other youth development field as a teacher, social worker, or similar). 

Experience in program management and administration 

Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team that includes youth in lead roles. 

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated facilitation and presentation skills in a wide variety of settings. 

Demonstrated organizational and leadership abilities.  

Ability to both see the big picture and pay close attention to detail. 

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


Master’s in public or nonprofit administration, education, social work, or a related field. 

Experience working with youth ages 15-21. 

Cultural competence and ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people, including people of color, LGBTQ people, financially insecure people, immigrants, religious minorities, and others whose perspectives are underrepresented in the media. 

Ability to be flexible and adaptable in order to contribute to problem-solving activities within a growing, changing organization. 

A willingness to engage in personal and organizational reflection, critical dialogue and growth around issues of race and other oppressions. 

Strong conflict negotiation and collaborative skills.