5095 Senior News Producer Radio-TV and Student Training Coordinator


TITLE Senior News Producer Radio-TV and Student Training Coordinator




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of News/Content Coordinator

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Director of Broadcast Services


The Senior News Producer-Radio/TV and Student Training Coordinator employs invention, imagination, originality, and talent to assist in the operations of the KSMU News Department by producing news features and programs, writing, editing and presenting newscasts, and providing training and feedback to students involved in news reporting. The Senior Producer helps to ensure that KSMU is in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations regarding broadcast operations. The Senior News Producer assists in producing and hosting TV public affairs programs such as Sense of Community and Jeff City Journal.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required with an emphasis in Journalism, Electronic Media or a related field. A Master’s Degree in Media, Communications or related field is preferred.

Experience: At least three years work experience in journalism in the area of news/features reporting is required. At least one year work experience in TV news in the area of reporting/producing is required. Professional work experience with Sound Forge audio editing software is preferred. Experience in public broadcasting is preferred. Experience filing with a national network is preferred.

Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly in working with various publics are required. Radio production skills and the ability to operate technical audio broadcast equipment are required. The ability to train and work with students is required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and carry materials weighing between 5 to 25 pounds on a daily basis.

Other: The scope of this position requires availability to respond to emergencies.


1. Ensures that KSMU provides listeners with timely and useful news and information during local newscasts by producing material for newscasts and presenting newscasts and local content consistent with KSMU’s mission.

2. Produces and assists in production of news stories for newscasts and producing public affairs and special programs such as the League of Women Voters, Studio Live, and Sense of Community.

3. Helps to establish a climate for effective student learning by training and evaluating student workers involved in news gathering, writing, editing, on-air presentation, and production, assisting in identifying and recruiting qualified students for news positions and working toward retaining those students, developing a training plan for news students, and ensuring news students understand the station’s mission and their role in carrying out the mission.

4. Ensures that KSMU Radio Station is in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations regarding broadcast operations, thus protecting the license and financial resources of the station.

5. Assists National Public Radio (NPR) with its national news coverage by responding to requests for news coverage of stories of national interest, researching those stories and working with NPR producers in developing story concept and content from simple audio to complete production.

6. 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, serves as fill-in producer and host for Jeff City Journal, and books guests, selects topics and writes questions for Jeff City Journal.

7. 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.

8. Supports annual on-air fundraisers by serving as an on-air spokesperson during campaigns and promoting on-air pledge events.

9. 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.

10. Contributes to the overall success of Broadcast Services by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Senior News Producer-Radio/TV and Student Training Coordinator is supervised by the Director of News/Content Coordinator and supervises student interns and student employees involved in 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 2 - 130 Points: Regular, but limited, supervision, training, or directing the work assignments of (a) small numbers of student, part-time or temporary workers, or (b) one or more permanent, full-time employees. The nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day.

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.