5102 Operations and Compliance Coordinator, KSMU and OPT


TITLE Operations and Compliance Coordinator, KSMU and OPT






The Operations & Compliance Coordinator is responsible for coordinating on-air announcing for the radio station, and ensuring overall regulatory compliance for Ozarks Public Broadcasting.  Responsibilities include supervising radio announcers, coordinating volunteer-produced content, ensuring ongoing regulatory compliance across the radio and television stations, executing required reporting to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and maintaining station public inspection files. 


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required.  A Bachelor’s degree in Media, Business, Communication, Technical Writing, or a related field is preferred.

Experience: Two years of experience in broadcasting, compliance, technical writing, business management, or a related field is required.  Experience in public media, radio broadcasting, and audio production is desirable.  

Skills: Effective interpersonal communication skills are required. Excellent written communication skills are required.  High personal responsibility and attention to detail are required.  Computer literacy is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. 


1. Develops and maintains a strong knowledge and understanding of legal and regulatory requirements, as determined and enforced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to ensure KSMU and OPT maintain legal compliance and funding eligibility.

2. Ensure KSMU’s on-air sound is professional and effective by hiring, training, scheduling, supervising, and coaching radio announcers. 

3. Ensures KSMU’s legal compliance by developing and maintaining a competent staff of announcers with the knowledge and skill to work independently; produce compliant and effective on-air breaks; execute legal and operational procedures, including Emergency Alert System (EAS) tests and announcements, broadcast tower light checks, and translator signal monitoring; troubleshoot and solve minor technical issues; and identify and communicate major issues to appropriate staff.

4. Works with volunteer content producers to ensure quality audio, effective content, and timely delivery of programs for broadcast.

5. Serves as on-air radio talent as needed by producing on-air announcements, providing board operation during live programming, and participating in on-air fundraising. 

6. Oversees required annual reporting to the FCC (e.g. EEO, station ownership, required legal disclosures), by maintaining records of ongoing compliance, coordinating staff participation in reporting, consulting with University and external legal counsel as required, and preparing reports. 

7. Ensures compliance with FCC EEO requirements, including vocational outreach at community job fairs and activities, annual OPT/KSMU job fair and open house, participation in statewide media scholarship program, and completion of required FCC EEO filings.

8. Maintains public inspection files for radio and television stations, including preparation and submission of required reports, coordination of staff participation in reporting, self-guided educational efforts to ensure strong understanding of current rules and requirements.

9. Remains knowledgeable and current on the requirements of the CPB General Provisions and Eligibility Criteria for public broadcasting stations, as well as the Communications Act.

10. Ensures federal funding eligibility by coordinating station response to required annual reporting, ensuring ongoing compliance to transparency and documentation requirements, and overseeing annual completion and documentation of required staff training.

11. Contributes to effective overall operations by working with station staff to facilitate successful execution of contracts and licenses, including health department applications, music licenses, and catering/liquor licenses.

12. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

13. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the General Manager, KSMU and Ozarks Public Television.

14. Contributes to the overall success of KSMU and OPT by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Operations & Compliance Coordinator is supervised by the General Manager, KSMU and OPT and supervises student announcers and volunteer producers.   


JUNE 2021