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General Manager, WVTF

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: General Manager, WVTF
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0180015
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The General Manager will lead a successful NPR member public radio enterprise with service covering over half of the Commonwealth of Virginia. WVTF operates two full-time networks of all news (RADIO IQ) and all music (WVTF Music) covering a population of over 2 million with 26 signals across the state include Roanoke, Richmond, Charlottesville, Blacksburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, and more. See for more coverage details.

The station’s annual budget of $3.55 million is supported by over $2 million in individual gifts.

The primary program focus is news and information. Roanoke is the main studio with a satellite studio located in Charlottesville. National award-winning (SPJ, Murrow, AP) full-time journalists are stationed in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Blacksburg, as well as numerous contract reporters throughout the state who contribute on a regular basis.

WVTF is licensed to the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc., and managed for the foundation by Virginia Tech, a state university.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President of University Relations, the General Manager provides leadership and oversees comprehensive functions for WVTF public radio, providing direction for developing its programming and its talents. The General Manager works in close collaboration with the community, economic development entities, colleges, programs, and faculty members to encourage, coordinate and manage the identification, funding, and delivery of programs and activities.

The General Manager will:

- Develop and implement comprehensive annual and long-range plans encompassing the priorities of the radio station, the university and the community. Plans are to identify goals, annual objectives, performance measures and specific opportunities that may be available. Ensure coordination of activities within the university community as appropriate.

- Oversee the station’s programming, ensuring that on-air talent and activities contribute to the desired sound and tone of the station.

- Work closely with the radio station’s promotions department to devise and execute station events and remote broadcasts.

- Oversee all revenue strategies in an effort to maximize the station’s income.

- Work closely with outside groups to fulfill the station’s commitment to community service and the public interest.

- Participate as a member of the senior management team and provide consultation to the Senior Associate Vice President for University Relations on all WVTF issues.

- Provide oversight for daily operations; oversee recruitment, training, supervision, professional development and evaluation of assigned staff and volunteers; manage annual budgets. Perform periodic cost and goal attainment analyses; implement changes required for improvement.

- Ensure compliance with the University, state, and federal laws, policies, and regulations.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience or Master’s degree.

- Demonstrated experience in broadcasting.

- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of constituents.

- Demonstrated ability to identify, strategize, implement, and deliver programs and activities that result in positive and financially supportive relationships.

- Outstanding leadership capabilities.

- Excellent communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills.

- Ability to motivate volunteers and donors, be self-motivated, and embrace the concept and attitude of teamwork in a complex organization.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Public radio experience.

- Extensive experience with live radio hosting and news delivery.

- Familiarity with WVTF/RADIO IQ broadcast area/Virginia.

- Multimedia production experience.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check, Must have an acceptable and safe driving record
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Interested candidates must apply online at and search for posting AP0180015. Include with the faculty application, a cover letter, resume, and list of five references. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process please notify the Human Resources Service Center, 540-231-9331, A review of applications will begin after February 19, 2018.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: TBD by Dept
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Roanoke
Department: University Relations
Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke, VA
Location Zip Code: 24014
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F + As Needed
Job Posting Date: 01/22/2018
Review Begin Date: 02/19/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  3. List of References
Optional Documents