KGOU has the following professional full time position open for applications.

KGOU General Manager (Media Specialist III)

Minimum Requirements: A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Marketing, Communications or related field, and four years of professional experience in broadcasting,

Departmental Preferences: Ten plus years of related experience with increasing levels of responsibility, (including supervising a staff) and a minimum of a BS Degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a concentration in Journalism, Communications, Business Administration Non-Profit Management or other related field. Alternatively, the minimum requirement of five years plus of related experience with increasing levels of responsibility (including supervising a staff) and a minimum of a Master's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a concentration in Journalism, Communications, Business Administration Non-Profit Management or other related field.


Industry Knowledge (radio, internet, etc.): Knowledge of media and trends in technology and consumption of media, including:

  • A high level of understanding of the dynamics, issues and trends in public radio (including the need to continue to develop KGOU into an essential local institution);
  • Have experience dealing with programming and content sharing providers (NPR, PRI, etc.);
  • An understanding of/experience with managing a journalistic organization, including issues such as operating within an institutional setting (it will be extremely helpful if the GM is able to and qualified to teach at the University level and has a Masters Degree);
  • Able to manage a complex physical plant, including managing the strategic and financial challenge of maintaining KGOU’s studio, transmitter and digital technological effectiveness;
  • Is dedicated to the heritage of public radio, but is also willing to look ahead. If coming from outside public radio, deep commitment to and knowledge of public radio (listener, supporter); and
  • Is technologically competent, comfortable with/aware of digital and social media, able to keep us abreast and current with all different platforms.

Integrity Our most important asset is the trust our listeners and the community have in our programming and in KGOU as an institution. The KGOU General Manager will:

  • Have clear, high standards for (him or her) self and others;
  • Be both trustworthy and know when and how to be trusting;
  • Be an honest, sincere, courageous, ethical person of substance, with a strong awareness and sense of self; and
  • Demonstrate a record of being able to identify, confront, analyze and resolve ethically ambiguous issues and potential or real conflicts of interest, both for (her or him) self and others in the organization.

Public Presence: Our expectation is the next KGOU General Manager will be an effective and enthusiastic “face of KGOU”, representing us to the University and throughout the community. The leader we seek will:

  • Significantly grow KGOU’s presence in the University and throughout the region, have personal qualities the University and community can connect with, and over a short period of time become an active participant and recognized leader in the University and our region;
  • Not be afraid to be visible;
  • Have a high level of energy for the travel involved, as well as authentic enthusiasm for our region in its geographic and demographic diversity, from Norman and Oklahoma City to the farthest reaches of our service area;
  • Be comfortable and effective with wide range of people, including at high levels (and being seen as a peer) of civic leadership in the region.
  • Demonstrate a record of community engagement and collaboration, and of developing partnerships with individuals and organizations.

Leadership: A strongly mission driven and externally focused people person, with an  engaging personality who will help KGOU grow its service and significance to the people of our region, and:

  • Is energetic and adaptable;
  • Is detail oriented and organized – able to ensure our continued compliance with the many areas of KGOU including required PCI, CPB, OU and FCC regulations;
  • Has a warm, powerful presence;
  • Provides direction and accountability for organizational results.

Problem solving and decision making: Expert decision-maker, who:

  • Has the ability to prioritize and determine significance of a particular issue, understands who to include in the problem solving process, and knows what and how much information is needed;
  • Is able to effectively analyze and use data in the decision-making process, and will make decisions in a timely matter; 
  • Is good at follow-through - clearly communicates decisions, designs and administers effective execution, with appropriate pre-determined success measures and time-posts; and
  • Has level of personal strength to stick by decisions and/or know when a change of direction is needed.

Teamwork: Highly effective team member and team leader, who can work effectively within the greater University of Oklahoma environment as well as build on the current friendly, open, committed culture of KGOU and:

  • Adjusts his or her style as needed, collaborating, enrolling, delegating and directing as required by the situation;
  • Has a proven ability to effectively attract, develop and get the most out of staff;
  • Searches for consensus rather than issuing edicts, elicits input widely, then able to make and communicate decisions based on the input;
  • Is engaged, but not a micro-manager. Hires the right people and then trusts them to do their work;
  • Effective coach/mentor, with a strong commitment to developing our staff.

Strategic Focus: Proactive, data-driven individual with powerful understanding of and use of strategy in organizational life, who:

  • Is knowledgeable of the dynamics affecting current and future environment of KGOU and effective at maximizing the organization in response to these dynamics;
  • Is knowledgeable of population, technology and media consumption trends in our service area and beyond;
  • Helps identify, use and share critical metrics needed to measure and improve organizational effectiveness and accountability;
  • Has understanding and makes use of networking with and benchmarking of other organizations to increase KGOU effectiveness; 
  • Is able to continuously develop, execute and evaluate strategic plans, in concert with other stakeholders, and to champion strategic perspectives.

Communication: Highly developed public and private interpersonal and communication skills, with an open, engaging style, including:

  • Comfort with and command of the range of communication channels, including speaking, writing and social media;
  • Being a skillful listener;
  • Is inspiring and respectful, connecting in a real way with people;
  • Is an effective spokesperson for KGOU.

Entrepreneurial Focus: Through a combination of knowledge and insights about KGOU and the context it operates in, is able to generate significant organizational improvements in terms of improved or new services, ways to generate new sources of revenue and/or improved internal processes, and:

  • Has the desire, persistence and resourcefulness to make things happen;
  • Has a focus on growing the organization through leveraging our brand and good name, seeking new ways to serve our audience and generate revenues;
  • Is an agile, out-of-the-box thinker with a focus on innovative models and conquering challenges, who sees possibilities even in the face of severe difficulties;
  • Is personally creative and able to act on that creativity.  Is a good learner, and is not risk-averse (though also knows when to stop an unsuccessful venture);
  • Helps develop and maintain a culture within KGOU that encourages innovation, including allowing room for occasional failures.

Relationship Development – Institutional and Community The GM of KGOU leads and coordinates a growing, dynamic, complex set of internal and external relationships, with staff, OU and throughout the community. Our leader will:

  • Have a confident, open presence;
  • Has the diplomacy to operate effectively within a major research and teaching institution with a complex set of stakeholder relationships;
  • Demonstrate a record of community and institutional engagement and collaboration, and of developing partnerships with individuals and organizations; and

Fundraising: Excited about generating financial resources for KGOU. Effective fundraiser, knowledgeable of and expert at the General Manager role in fundraising and resource development, who:

  • Is comfortable with asking for money for KGOU;
  • Is strong as mission spokesperson and in relationship management aspects of fundraising (both individual and institutional);
  • Has a comprehensive understanding of fundraising strategies and methods in public media (membership, underwriting, and major and planned giving) and beyond;
  • Is able to develop KGOU’s organizational fundraising capacity, and effective at moving us beyond our reliance on transactional membership-based revenues into philanthropic fundraising, including identifying and dealing with any internal cultural and operational blocks to success with major donor and planned giving efforts.

The position is open until filled, but for full consideration, applications should be submitted by Wednesday, August 15, 20156. For consideration, please submit the application here, including a resume, letter of introduction including how you will be the ideal person to lead the organization going forward, and contact information for a minimum of 3 professional references.

KGOU also provides internship opportunities for students at the University of Oklahoma.

Thank you for your interest. KGOU supports equal employment opportunities and works against discrimination in employment. KGOU operates within the principles outlined in the University of Oklahoma’s Office of Equal Opportunity.

2015 University of Oklahoma Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

KGOU Radio at The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.