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Director of Content - Journalism - KCUR 89.3


KCUR 89.3, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate, is looking for an experienced editorial leader to oversee the work of our accomplished news, talk show, programming, and collaboration teams. The Director of Content-Journalism primary responsibility is to ensure KCUR and its affiliates serve regional and local audiences with content that serves their needs and wants, while upholding the highest standards of public service in journalism and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The ideal candidate has an audience-centered mindset and is an experienced collaborator. They relish the work of management (projects and people), and have a keen editor’s eye, strategic sensibilities and expertise in data, broadcast, and digital platforms. We are seeking someone with a belief in KCUR’s potential to provide an authentic take on news and life in Kansas City and the Midwest region – and a vision for how public media journalists can build trust with diverse communities in complicated times.

It’s a big job, one that we hope will make a difference in Kansas City and for the future of journalism in our region.

Basic Function and Responsibility

Manage the editorial vision, strategy, and teams of KCUR and its collaborations, including the Midwest Newsroom, the Kansas News Service and Harvest Public Media.

Characteristic Duties

  • Work with leadership for news, talk shows, audience development and collaborations to create an integrated approach to content across departments that provides a clear, consistent editorial voice that guides decision-making and resource allocation.
  • Ensure the highest journalistic standards for editorial projects, newscasts, feature reporting, talk shows and digital content produced by KCUR or contributed by others to the station’s air and digital platforms.
  • Manage relationships with editorial partners, working to ensure a true collaborative give and take that values the needs and audiences of each.
  • Work with station leadership to develop projects, policy and processes aimed at making a difference in how KCUR covers and collaborates with BIPOC communities.
  • Make editorial connections with KCUR’s collaborations involving other organizations.
  • Work with the community engagement team to incorporate engagement principles into broadcast and digital content creation.
  • Oversee ongoing evaluations for all KCUR content and acquired programming.
  • Assess audience feedback on a regular basis and share findings with the content team. Also, regularly communicate with audiences about journalism practices and decisions.
  • Effectively represent KCUR and its collaborations at national, regional and local conferences and other gatherings that showcase the value of the work and/or learnings.
  • Oversee budget and administration of the journalism grants, the newsroom, collaborations and talk show.
  • Participate in appropriate fund-raising and outreach activities, on air and off.
  • Other duties as assigned.


This position reports to KCUR's General Manager.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Cultural competency and eagerness to build diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging into every facet of the organization.
  • Seven to ten years of work experience in an editorial leadership capacity in a media organization.
  • Strong leadership philosophy and ability to lead a team with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Experience working in public media or strong familiarity with NPR programming.
  • Digitally savvy with a commitment to and experience with serving audiences on a range of platforms.
  • Proven news judgment and journalistic integrity.
  • Enthusiasm for the role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain a wide range of partnerships. Experience collaborating with partners to create content.
  • Ability to plan, develop budgets and implement projects.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with both internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to manage change.
  • Ability to oversee numerous projects simultaneously in a fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.
  • A Master's degree in journalism, communications, education or a related field.

Full Time/Part Time

This is a full time, benefit eligible position.


Salary will commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline

Position will remain open until filled, with an application review date of April 11, 2021

KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an editorially independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. See for information about KCUR and Kansas City.

How to Apply

Apply online. Click on “Staff Positions,” then “View Jobs,” then “View All Jobs.”

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (800) 488-5288.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.