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If you’re passionate about preserving and presenting our unique cultural heritage to a global audience, if you’re motivated by helping build a vital cultural community around the world to support New Orleans music, WWOZ is always looking for passionate and talented people to help the station grow and advance its mission.

Most station staff members began as volunteers and learned that they could fulfill their professional ambitions and do something they loved by working at WWOZ. Be sure to check out our Volunteer page to find out about volunteer opportunities.

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Job title: WWOZ Chief Operations Officer

Position: Full-time exempt

The Organization

WWOZ seeks a Chief Operations Officer (COO) to usher in a new phase of organizational rigor and continued audience expansion to a time-honored institution that has grown quickly in the most recent phase of its 35-year existence (including an annual operating budget that has nearly doubled in the last ten years). This iconoclastic public media service stands poised to take strategic advantage of vast potential. The ideal candidate will possess the leadership skills and attributes to grow audiences and diversify services while keeping the station true to its core service model – to provide, protect and celebrate the American roots music associated with the Crescent City.

On the terrestrial broadcast front, WWOZ has doubled the reach of – and potential broadcast audience for – its signal in the past six months by increasing in transmitter strength from 4,000 watts to 100,000 watts. The station has expanded its signal north and east of Lake Pontchartrain into Louisiana’s Northshore region, east into southern Alabama and Mississippi, and further south into the Louisiana delta.

Beyond broadcasting, WWOZ was one of public radio’s earliest adopters of online streaming. Currently, WWOZ serves 30,000 unique weekly listeners via its website and other digital platforms. More than 110,000 people have downloaded WWOZ’s mobile app. About 50 percent of WWOZ’s active supporting donors live outside of the terrestrial broadcast signal’s footprint.

WWOZ is a cherished cultural institution and resource at the heart of a resilient and vibrant New Orleans music scene. The station has one foot solidly in the best of community radio broadcasting tradition and another foot in radio’s digital destiny. In other words, WWOZ is committed to and actively pursuing advancing in the digital arena while optimizing the potential of our terrestrial broadcast signal.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to bring best practices, data-driven decision-making and increased departmental accountability to WWOZ while having the sensitivity to balance and blend that orientation with WWOZ’s relationship with its volunteers and community of New Orleans musicians and cultural shareholders who have always been and remain the institution’s most vital asset.

The Chief Operations Officer (COO) will report directly to WWOZ’s General Manager. The COO will be directly responsible for maintaining and advancing the overall sound, direction and health of WWOZ in both its broadcast and digital delivery manifestations. Digital services, engineering, programming, a nascent video services department, and volunteer relations will report directly to the COO. Lateral to the COO in WWOZ’s organizational structure will be a newly-hired Chief Development Officer as well as an established Chief Financial Officer. Ability to work effectively in tandem with these other two “C” level positions will be essential for the COO to advance WWOZ’s mission and growth.

WWOZ is a community public radio station powered by a unique and valued interaction between a full-time staff of 18 and a pool of 500 dedicated volunteers, 70 of whom contribute their time as the station’s on-air show hosts in coordination with paid staff in WWOZ’s programming department. Our mission is to serve listeners in greater New Orleans, the nation, and around the globe as the authentic voice, archivist and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.

WWOZ is located in the French Quarter, the heart of New Orleans, in the midst of the music, musicians and culture that inspire its work. A volunteer-powered, listener-supported, community public radio station, the station covers many events live in and around the city and across the globe. WWOZ’s broadcast license is held by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, resulting in a close relationship with both the foundation and the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, widely known as “Jazz Fest.”

Departmental Duties

Determine strategic course, create and manage budgets, set goals and maintain staff accountability for all departments/staff with a direct reporting line to the COO position. These include digital services, engineering, programming, video services and volunteer relations.

Specific Examples of Departmental Duties

  • Lead the programming department to grow audience, increase time spent listening and deepen listeners’ sense of WWOZ’s institutional value in the New Orleans metro market. Begin to accomplish the same in the recently expanded reach of the terrestrial signal (e.g., Northshore cities such as Slidell, Hammond, Mandeville, and Covington).
  • Lead the digital services department to grow audience and increase engagement with listeners who consume WWOZ from delivery systems outside the terrestrial broadcast signal (online streaming, WWOZ mobile apps, etc.)
  • Continue to grow the digital services department so that the most efficient and effective practices of both digital content and digital infrastructure are established and advanced.
  • Grow the nascent video services department so WWOZ can maximize the value of archived and ongoing acquired video content.
  • Work with engineering and operations to bring greater efficiencies and efficacy to established activities and take advantage of emerging opportunities.
  • Work with volunteer coordinator to strengthen and grow the program, including an internship program.

General Duties

  • Lead development of local, national and internationally directed programs, while keeping in mind the many cultural communities and geographic audiences served.
  • Work closely with General Manager. Translate the General Manager’s institutional vision into operational, net positive operations.
  • Assess ongoing operations and new entrepreneurial opportunities in terms of mission-fit and ROI. Establish processes whereby potential initiatives, projects, and opportunities are examined, analyzed, shared with staff, and brought to a “greenlight” or “no go” point.
  • Create, implement, maintain, measure and steadily improve station wide protocols and systems for prioritizing activities, information sharing, and communication with all staff.
  • Provide detailed information and support the General Manager in maintaining a positive relationship with WWOZ’s Board of Directors, a governance body consisting of appointees of the Board of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, WWOZ’s license holder, and Community Board Members.
  • Oversee and maintain communication and compliance with all regulatory entities, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and any Louisiana, state by state and/or Federal regulatory entities involved in WWOZ’s streaming presence in the United States and internationally.
  • Lead, manage and maintain the vital relationship WWOZ has with its corps of volunteer content curators and community representatives.

Supervision

This position reports directly to the General Manager of WWOZ, performs independently within departmental policies and procedures, and directly oversees six WWOZ employees.

Essential Experience

  • Five to ten years leading and managing multiple departments’ personnel through department heads with a multi-million dollar annual operating budget.
  • Five to ten years creating and managing departmental and discrete project budgets.
  • Familiarity with public radio, ideally community public radio, or equivalent experience with a similar non-profit organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years of experience in development for non-profits or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and thrive in a community with vibrantly deep and unique cultural traditions and norms.

Desired attributes

  • A passion for the potential of community public radio.
  • A commitment to cultural diversity and an ability to motivate a diverse group of employees.
  • Knowledge of or ability to quickly internalize an understanding, appreciation and respect for the unique cultural dimensions of the authentic New Orleans.
  • The same kind of orientation, energy, and inventiveness that a COO would bring to a start-up operation.
  • Knowledgeable about cutting edge digital platform best practices, business models and opportunities.
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and projects.
  • Ability to work effectively with constituents, external shareholders – particularly station volunteers – through influence rather than authority.
  • Flexibility and a healthy balance of the aspirational with the pragmatic.

Working Conditions

The Chief Operations Officer will work from the WWOZ headquarters located in New Orleans.

Education

An undergraduate degree is required. A postgraduate degree is preferred.

Compensation

WWOZ offers a competitive pay and benefits plan commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please send a detailed cover letter, resume, and references to:

Friends of WWOZ Inc.
PO Box 51840
New Orleans, LA 70151-1840
RE: Chief Operations Officer Position

Or by email to:

employment@wwoz.org

WWOZ is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with physical disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

 


 

Job title: WWOZ Chief Development Officer

Position: Full-time exempt

The Organization

WWOZ 90.7 FM seeks a Chief Development Officer (CDO) to lead the fundraising efforts of one of the nation’s most vibrant and authentic public radio stations. WWOZ is focused on bringing New Orleans music to the universe. With nearly half of its listeners and donors located out-of-state and an annual operating budget that has nearly doubled in the last ten years, WWOZ is uniquely positioned to grow into a one-of-a-kind, multi-platform international public media resource.

WWOZ is a community public radio station powered by a unique and valued interaction between a full-time staff of 18 and a pool of 500 dedicated volunteers—70 of whom contribute their time as the station’s on-air show hosts in coordination with paid staff in WWOZ’s programming department. Our mission is to serve listeners in greater New Orleans, the nation, and around the globe as the authentic voice, archivist and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.

The newly-created position of Chief Development Officer provides an exciting opportunity for a seasoned fundraising professional. Reporting to the General Manager, the CDO will be an integral part of the senior leadership team and will work closely with the GM, development staff and board to raise funds based on a vision-driven case for institutional support.

The CDO is in charge of leading a fundraising staff whose efforts bring in over $2.6 million in annual support from individuals and businesses through personal solicitations, direct mail, telemarketing, on-air and on-line fundraising, underwriting and special events, and also oversees the outreach and marketing efforts of the station. The CDO is also responsible for raising gifts of $25,000 or more, and maintaining a portfolio of prospects and donors through robust interactions that advance their relationships with WWOZ and lead to progressively larger gifts. As WWOZ is on the threshold of planning for a capital campaign, the CDO will be actively involved in engaging the General Manager in major donor work and helping the board of directors and volunteers take a more active role in fundraising.

WWOZ is located in the French Quarter, the heart of New Orleans, in the midst of the music, musicians and culture that inspire its work. A volunteer-powered, listener-supported, community public radio station, the station covers many events live in and around the city and across the globe. WWOZ’s broadcast license is held by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, resulting in a close relationship with both the foundation and the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, widely known as “Jazz Fest.” The station is well poised to grow its audience and diversify its services while staying true to its core service model to provide, protect and celebrate the American roots music associated with the Crescent City.

Examples of Duties

  1. Ensure that WWOZ has the financial resources needed to fulfill its mission and organizational goals. (70%)

  • Oversee the implementation and ongoing assessment of the strategic plan for the development department and for the station, with specific focus on setting short- and long-term goals for annual, project and capital fundraising.

  • Plan, supervise, and regularly evaluate a comprehensive annual fundraising program that includes personal solicitations, direct mail, telemarketing, on-air fundraising, online fund raising, underwriting and special events. Create and maintain the annual calendar for all of these activities.

  • Plan, supervise, and regularly evaluate a comprehensive major giving program including capital and project fundraising that integrates personal solicitations to individuals and businesses, direct mail, telemarketing and on-line fund raising.

  • Cultivate, steward and solicit donor gifts for the station.

  • Coordinate targeted fundraising campaigns around WWOZ’s annual live broadcast of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, including online, direct mail, on-air and major donor appeals offering WWOZ's “Brass Passes,” which provide daily access to all seven days of Jazz Fest and the WWOZ Hospitality Tent.

  • Manage the overall operations of the WWOZ Swamp Shop, the source for WWOZ clothing and gear, located inside the Louisiana Music Factory, with day-to-day oversight provided by an on-site manager.

  • Effectively utilize the resources of and collaborate with development staff, station managers, volunteers and the board of directors.

  • Assist the General Manager with the cultivation of individuals for the WWOZ Board of Directors. Oversee the coordination and stewardship of the development committee.

  • Research, write and apply for station grants as appropriate.

  1. Increase WWOZ’s visibility and reputation among its internal and external audiences through innovative and cost-effective marketing, communications and public relations. (20%)

  • Plan, supervise and regularly evaluate outreach and marketing efforts.

  • Ensure the production and completion of major communications and public relations pieces.

  • Oversee website content as it relates to fundraising activities.

  • Supervise the process of responding to letters, e-mail and telephone calls from contributors and listeners.

  • Represent WWOZ in the community.

  1. Support the effective administration of the radio station. (10%)

  • Serve as a member of senior management.

  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate the performance of the development department staff.

  • Administer the budget for the development department.

  • Provide and deliver fundraising reports to the board.

Supervision

This position reports directly to the General Manager of WWOZ, performs independently within departmental policies and procedures, and directly oversees six WWOZ employees.

Essential Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of seven years of experience in development for non-profits or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to work and thrive in a community with vibrantly deep and unique cultural traditions and norms.

  • Demonstrated fiscal management and supervisory experience, including the ability to retain high-performing staff and work with diverse populations to achieve goals through collaboration and teamwork.

  • Documented track record of successfully soliciting and managing current and prospective benefactors at the major gift level.

  • Ambitious and motivated professional who values an entrepreneurial and collaborative working environment and who will be able to establish strong, interpersonal relationships with WWOZ’s leaders.

  • Demonstrated and highly sophisticated understanding of all aspects of the cultivation and solicitation process, whether utilizing staff, senior management, the General Manager, board members, volunteers or making successful solicitations him/herself.

  • Superior communication skills: verbal, written and presentation. Must be adept at building and maintaining strong donor relationships and able to represent the station effectively with both internal and external audiences

  • Must be well-organized and attentive to detail, able to work as part of a management team and manage multiple deadlines and respond quickly and effectively to unexpected opportunities and challenges.

  • Computer literacy and experience working with applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel along with familiarity using donor databases such as MemSys and Blackbaud Illuminate.

  • Candidates must be comfortable with traveling and be able to accommodate a flexible work schedule, including considerable evening and weekend work.

Working Conditions

The Chief Development Officer will work from the WWOZ headquarters located in New Orleans.

Education

An undergraduate degree is required.

Compensation

WWOZ offers a competitive pay and benefits plan commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Submit application by July 24, 2015. Please e-mail resume, list of three references, and letter of interest detailing applicable qualifications and salary history to Londak@majorgiving.com with the subject Chief Development Officer. Additional information on this position and WWOZ is available at www.wwoz.org. A pre-employment background investigation will be required.

WWOZ is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with physical disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.