5079 Director of News-Content Coordinator


TITLE Director of News - Content Coordinator




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Assistant General Manager, KSMU and Ozarks Public Television

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR General Manager, KSMU and Ozarks Public Television


The Director of News/Content Coordinator manages the KSMU news effort and the planning, scheduling, production, broadcast, and digital publication of local news programs and features which support the mission and direction of the station.  The Director of News/Content Coordinator is the primary staff member responsible for managing and coordinating the production of local news, features, programs, and announcements, ensuring they meet established standards for subject matter, length, and quality, and establishing the on-air sound for KSMU.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in journalism, media, or a related field is required. 

Experience: At least three years of experience in news reporting is required. Supervisory experience is preferred.

Skills: Management and supervisory skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: Travel as necessary to perform job duties is required; a valid driver’s license is required.


1.  Ensures that the University’s public radio station, KSMU, attracts, maintains, and increases its listening audience by planning, producing, coordinating, and scheduling quality programs approved for broadcast, maintaining the overall on-air sound for KSMU, and directing and scheduling on-air announcing shifts.

2. Supports the academic component of the University by supervising the program for news and on-air student internships by establishing a climate for effective student learning, including hands-on training and evaluation of work.

3. Develops a competent and effective staff of student news assistants and announcers with the technical competence to operate the radio station with little or no supervision by hiring qualified students interested in the field of broadcasting, scheduling student news assistants and announcers for on-air shifts as appropriate, and training students in the proper operation of each piece of broadcasting equipment in use at KSMU and how to resolve equipment problems.

4. Serves as the primary point of contact for communication with NPR regarding submission of news pieces of national importance.

5. Produces, writes, edits, and serves as on-air talent for radio and TV public affairs programming which may include newscasts, features, call-in programs, talk shows and newsmagazines.

6. Manages KSMU’s digital news efforts, including the digital publication of news on the station’s website and news-based social media postings.

7. Prevents institutional liability by ensuring that the radio station is capable of responding to weekly Emergency Alert System (EAS) tests and to announcements regarding national emergencies, (e.g., nuclear attack or war), local emergencies, (e.g., earthquakes, severe weather and tornado warnings) as well as helping to ensure proper checks of tower lights and other FCC regulations relating to on-air operations.

8. Promotes a positive image of the University through participation in community and professional organizations, representing the University at professional meetings and on community committees, and establishing and maintaining credible relations with local and area news media.

9. Supports KSMU annual fund raising by serving as an on-air spokesperson for the radio station, promoting the on-air pledge campaign throughout the period of the fund-raising program.

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

11. 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 Assistant General Manager, KSMU and Ozarks Public Television.

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


The Director of News/Content Coordinator is supervised by the Assistant General Manager, KSMU and Ozarks Public Television and supervises the the Morning Edition Host/Senior News Producer, Senior Fine Arts Producer, student interns, and other part-time and student employees involved in on-air announcing and news.




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 4 - 470 Points: Supervision of (a) a moderate number of operative, administrative support, or paraprofessional employees who do not exercise a full range of supervisory responsibilities over other full-time employees, (b) a small number of professional employees who exercise limited supervision of others, or (c) large numbers of student workers or graduate assistants, or some equivalent combination of the above. The incumbent performs a full range of supervisory responsibilities including performance reviews of subordinates. The incumbent is responsible for training, planning, and directing the work of permanent employees, and generally controls hiring decisions. Supervisory responsibilities consume moderate amounts of work time and may include general work planning tasks.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 4 - 500 Points: Interactions with others are somewhat unstructured. The purpose may be to influence or motivate others, to obtain information, or to control situations and resolve problems. Interactions may be with individuals or groups of co-workers, students, or the general public, may be moderately unstructured, and may involve persons who hold differing goals and objectives. Individuals at this level often act as a liaison between groups with a focus on solving particular unstructured problems. Interactions at this level require considerable interpersonal skill and the ability to resolve conflict.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.