Full-Time Positions

Managing Editor, Radio (Mountain West News Bureau)


Job Summary/Purpose

This position serves to manage reporters from multiple stations across multiple states, the editor will manage content from member stations around the Mountain West.

Level Scope

Spends the majority of time (50% or more) achieving organizational objectives through the coordinated achievements of subordinate staff. Manages experienced professionals who exercise latitude and independence in assignments. Establishes departmental goals and objectives, functions with autonomy. Manages the accountability and stewardship of human, financial, and often physical resources in compliance with departmental and campus wide goals and objectives. Ensures subordinate supervisors and professionals adhere to defined internal controls with a focus on policy and strategy implementation. Manages systems and procedures to protect departmental assets and requires practical knowledge in leading and managing the execution of processes, projects and tactics within one area.

Essential Functions

60% of Time the Managing Editor, Radio must:

● Generates and approves story ideas that focus on a wide range of issues throughout the mountain west. Work with reporters to create strong regional angles that are relevant to all the member stations.

● Assigns and edits stories, coordinates coverage, for radio and web for a team of reporters from several states, some of whom will rotate. Overseeing social media accounts and posts.

● Works with managing editors from several public media stations to ensure timely delivery of content, including audio, digital and, on occasion, multimedia content and other content.

● Coordinates coverage among related partners at other public media stations and news outlets.

● Keeps reporters on track, meeting their content expectations. Holds weekly conference calls with the reporting team.

● Serves as a resource for talk shows, including identifying sources and opportunities for additional coverage, conducting two-ways and interviews, and appearing as a guest.

● May oversee the work of interns.

● Participates in assigned fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off. Participates in and helps create community engagement events.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

● Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.

● Ability to create and enforce deadlines

● Knowledge of supervisory practices

● Familiarity with public radio news programming.

● Broad knowledge of local, regional, national and international political, legislative, economic, scientific, ars and cultural affairs.

● Demonstrated experience in broadcast production, writing, and editing

● Excellent memory for details, be able to meet daily deadlines, often under stressful conditions, and deal effectively with a multiplicity of tasks simultaneously.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, and 5 years’ experience including 1-year managerial experience

Background Check Requirements

Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.

Additional Job Duties (35%)

The Mountain West News Bureau - a Regional Journalism Center (RJC) covering the issues of the Mountain West - seeks a Managing Editor to lead its team of 6 reporters across 6 states. With continued funding from CPB, this is a partnership of five public radio stations: KUNC in Colorado, KUNR in northern Nevada, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, Wyoming Public Media, KNPR in southern Nevada, and KUNM in New Mexico. The Managing Editor assigns, edits, and guides the editorial process for the RJC. The ideal candidate must be committed to strengthening editorial partnerships, both across the region and with public radio distributors nationally. This position is based at Boise State Public Radio, in beautiful Boise, Idaho, with 200 miles of trails in the foothills above the city, a vibrant downtown scene, and access to 33-million acres of public lands.







Newsroom Internships 

Hey, college students! Have a passion for storytelling, journalism and local news? Apply to our internship program. Boise State Public Radio accepts interns on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to Boise State University students for fall and spring semesters. Questions? Send them our way: sasawoodruff@boisestate.edu.


Based in the state capitol, Boise State Public Radio is the premier NPR affiliate in Idaho. Through 18 transmitters and translators, it reaches 2/3rds of the state's population. Its headquarters, situated along the Boise River, feature all-digital studios and some of the most loyal listeners in the market. The city of Boise is ranked as one of the "most livable" cities in America. 

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