Job Details

KALX Radio Station
  • Position Number: 4068048
  • Location: Berkeley, CA
  • Position Type: Business and Financial Management

General Manager (0403U), KALX Radio Station

About Berkeley
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Departmental Overview
KALX is a 500-watt, Class A FM radio station, licensed and regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on the Berkeley campus of the University of California. The station broadcasts alternative music and information programming, and serves the campus and the surrounding communities of the Greater San Francisco Bay area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year both over the broadcast airwaves and simulcast on the web. Students and community volunteers receive training at the station to enable them to participate in all aspects of the station's operation, including on-air announcing, program production, and station management. Between 200-250 volunteers participate in 11 departments, including news, sports, music, public affairs, publicity, and operations. Staff turnover is high due to the volunteer nature of participation at the station. Programming includes: alternative music programming, news, several hours of public affairs programs each week, and play-by-play of Cal sports. The station operates on a $325,000 budget with approximately 30% of the budget covered by private fundraising.

The KALX Station Manager has independent responsibility for the campus radio station including the development and management of content, planning, coordinating and administering programs, processes, and facilities in radio, including programming, production, scheduling, training, budget/accounting, and implementing station-related events including annual fundraising pledge drives.

Oversees and manages directly and through subordinates the campus radio spaces and operations for the KALX Radio, and Federal Communications Commission licensed and regulated FM radio broadcast station.
- Formulates approaches, policies, and procedures to address major station management, fiscal, and personnel issues.
- Motivates a highly diverse group of volunteers to work cooperatively on programmatic and fundraising projects and meets its operational /service commitments as a fully licensed radio operation.
- Provides staff oversight that may include station staff, student, campus employee, and community (non-campus) volunteers.
- Provides managerial/supervisory oversight of employees including recruiting, selecting, evaluating, and, as necessary, taking coaching and corrective action.
- Interprets FCC rulings and other radio related regulatory policies and initiates appropriate changes in station policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
- Responsible for ensuring station operating equipment is maintained including broadcast studios, IT broadcast tower and transmitter infrastructure equipment and media library.

Provides fiscal management, including developing an annual budget, allocating resources and making funding use decisions.
Ensures unit operates within budget constraints.
Provides reports on station operations, finances and programming as required.
- With approval from the Chief Academic Technology Officer, manages the fiscal operations of KALX radio station.
- Is responsible for oversight and growth of fundraising activities to increase budgetary foundations.
- Initiates and oversees identification, acquisition, and installation of broadcast equipment.

Represents the department and campus on internal and external boards and professional and trade organizations.
Provides leadership for programming and policy with the University and the college radio community.
Initiates and cultivates partnerships.
Expands upon RTL's partnership with the campus Discovery Initiative.
Provides staff leadership and coordinates the Chancellor's Radio Policy Advisory Board.
- May participate in developing emergency preparedness strategies.

Represents the Division of Undergraduate Education by ensuring issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice serves as foundational values for the radio station.
- With support from RTL staff, creates and implements planning to ensure issues associated with diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice are prioritized.
- Responds to and thinks creatively about the changing needs of volunteers and radio listeners.
- Works with RTL staff to ensure volunteers acquire appropriate on-boarding and training.

Required Qualifications
Demonstrated experience and knowledge of college radio station operations, including FCC and broadcast rules/regulations including radio station fundraising regulations.
Strong knowledge of programmatic, financial, and operational concepts, principles and best practices around non-profit fundraising.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
Political acumen and ability to navigate large organizations are a plus.

Salary & Benefits
This is a full-time (40 hours/week), career position, eligible for full UC benefits.
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $110,000.00 - $130,000.00.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Diversity Statement
Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that "every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive."

Other Information
The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to June 30, 2022.

Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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