5101 Senior Fine Arts Producer


TITLE Senior Fine Arts Producer




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISORDirector of News-Content Coordinator

MAJOR ADMINISTRATORDirector, Broadcast Services


The Senior Fine Arts Producer is responsible for producing, selecting, and/or assisting in the production of KSMU programming relating to the creative arts (music, dance, theatre, the visual arts, film) with particular emphasis on featuring local arts and performing organizations. The Senior Fine Arts Producer establishes and helps to maintain the lively, informed, and professional creative arts environment of the radio station’s air sound by hosting or producing various air shifts, locally produced programs and features as required, and maintains a wide-ranging record library of quality music on compact discs and related media.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Mass Communications, Music, or a related field is required.

Experience: At least two years experience as a radio announcer, news reporter, or producer is required; public radio announcing and news experience is preferred. A broad knowledge of classical and jazz music as well as foreign languages is preferred. A broad knowledge of the visual and performing arts is preferred.

Skills: The ability to operate broadcast equipment is required. Familiarity with digital editing and production techniques is required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and carry materials weighing between five and twenty-five pounds.

Other: The scope of the position requires the Senior Fine Arts Producer to be available to respond to on-air emergencies around-the-clock.


1. Ensures that the University’s public radio station, KSMU, attracts, maintains, and increases its listening audience by establishing the creative arts environment or tone of the radio station’s air sound by producing or assisting in the production of programs and features pertaining to the creative arts and working with KSMU’s volunteer and independent program producers in production and post-production of their regular musical programs in various genres.

2. Ensures that KSMU is able to offer musical programming consistent with its stated goals by maintaining a wide-ranging library of quality music by making purchase recommendations, receiving, cataloging, and storing music on tapes, records, and compact discs, and applying personal knowledge of classical and jazz styles, forms, composers, and performers to the selection and scheduling of locally-produced musical programs.

3. Promotes a lively, informed, and professional air sound by assisting in training student announcers and hosting/producing various air shifts and locally produced programs as required.

4. Promotes a positive image of the station and the University in the community through participation in community and professional organizations, representing the University at professional meetings and on community committees, producing programs featuring local arts and performing organizations, and establishing and maintaining credible relations with local and area arts community representatives.

5. Provides support and publicity for local arts and performing organizations by producing a weekly on-air “arts calendar” and maintaining an online text version of same.

6. Supports fund-raising efforts by participating as an on-air personality during pledge drives conducted by KSMU Radio Station.

7. 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 Director of News-Content Coordinator.

8. Contributes to the overall success of KSMU Radio Station by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Senior Fine Arts Producer is supervised by the Director of News-Content Coordinator and may supervise student employees.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 3 - 1500 Points: Entry-level knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of an administrative, managerial, technical, or professional specialty. Knowledge permits employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in professional or technical areas including accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, law, engineering, science, or medicine, while gaining familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices, and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project, or to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out recurring tasks and routine assignments requiring moderate experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with a moderate level of additional related work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with some related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 400 Points: Work involves services including collecting, processing, and disseminating information and providing advice to others. Work activities may be complex and likely affect the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services to the extent that others rely on the advice given in order to make decisions. Work activities typically affect the efficiency of the department but have relatively minor effects on operations within the cost center. Individuals in jobs at this level are often responsible for actively documenting, monitoring, and controlling expenditures. Incumbents may recommend minor expenditures, but have no substantive authority over budgets.