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Company/Organization Name

North Carolina Public Radio WUNC, Chapel Hill

Job Title

Program Director

Job Description

The Program Director will report to the General Manager for North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC. The program director is responsible for directing many aspect’s of WUNC’s programming, primarily news, digital programming content and hosts. In consultation with the President and General Manager, the program director will design and implement WUNC’s programming policies to conform with goals outlines in the station’s strategic plan. These goals include providing comprehensive coverage of North Carolina news and issues for an audience that is inspired about public life and culture.


  • Recruit, hire, and supervise the station’s on-air news programming staff
  • Receive reports from the news director, operations/traffic team, on-air full-time hosts of Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and weekend hosts
  • Work with assistant mangers to provide guidance to reporters/anchors, program hosts and broadcast producers
  • Oversee creation and direction of original news and information programming
  • Oversee WUNC Music with the Music Director
  • Supervise selection and scheduling of locally produced and nationally acquired programming
  • Work with development director to assure fundraising goals are met
  • Serve as a member of WUNC’s senior staff
  • Participate in strategic planning for the station
  • Attend all WUNC Public Radio LLC Board of Directors meetings
  • Prepare programming department budgets in consultation with COO
  • Assist in responding to questions regarding libel, fair use, community standards, and EEO
  • Supervise, conduct, and interpret research about station audience to enhance WUNC programming
  • Oversee online content and new media endeavors to include smartphone apps, streaming, and HD radio

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field, with a master’s degree preferred

Qualifications and Experience

This position requires demonstrated ability in management and exceptional broadcast journalism and production skills, including experience with news reporting and feature production, and live talk/interview programs. The program director will have a minimum of five years of experience in news and information programming, and experience supervising a news-gathering or broadcast production staff. professional broadcast journalism experience as a full-time news and information station or news network is highly preferred.

The program director will have strong research and communications skill and understand the importance of disseminating research findings to a broad and diverse listening audience. Leading candidates will have:

  • 10 years of experience as a journalist or broadcast producer (will consider an equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • Management and supervisory experience with increasing responsibility in each successive position
  • Experience with supervising public radio programming
  • Considerable knowledge of radio broadcasting equipment , including digital editing, broadcast operating boards, phone screening systems, and portable recording devices
  • Knowledge of music discovery and the Triple-A format
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Familiarity with North Carolina, national and international issues is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and meet deadlines, working with materials from a variety of sources and collaborators
  • Experience with planning and executing on-air pledge drives
  • Ability to interact effectively with colleagues
  • Audience research and interpretation skills

Application Deadline

March 19, 2020

Application Process

Interested candidates must apply online at

Be prepared to attach a current CV/resume and cover letter.

Job Type

This is a paid position.