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Jefferson Exchange Producer

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

You will be required to provide a writing sample and audio sample of your voice, preferably one from your work as a professional broadcaster. You can either provide a link on your resume or if you are selected to move forward in the interview process you will be asked to submit an audio sample by email.

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number A00285
Job Title Jefferson Exchange Producer

Administrator candidates hired for a position that requires a post-secondary degree shall provide copies of transcripts prior to start of employment to Human Resources.

Special Instructions to Applicants

You will be required to provide a writing sample and audio sample of your voice, preferably one from your work as a professional broadcaster. You can either provide a link on your resume or if you are selected to move forward in the interview process you will be asked to submit an audio sample by email.

FTE 1.0
Department Jefferson Public Radio
Job Location Ashland (15 A)
Other Job Location
Salary/Rate $38,000-$42,000 (1.0FTE, non-reduced)
Benefits Eligible Yes
Administrative Appointment Type Renewable
Position Type Regular
Position Summary

Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) is Southern Oregon University’s network of public radio stations. JPR extends the University’s regional outreach and educational mission by facilitating life-long learning, fostering the arts, strengthening citizen participation in the democratic process and promoting the University’s programs. The producer creates, hosts and manages programming material that fulfills the educational mission of JPR and the University. The producer will produce the Jefferson Exchange program, JPR’s two-hour news/discussion public radio public affairs program. The program is broadcast weekday mornings over JPR’s News and Information Service network of 9 stations located in Oregon and California. The producer is responsible for overall editorial planning for the Jefferson Exchange, booking of guests including pre-interviewing, providing background material on guests to the host, call screening during the program and preparation of Jefferson Exchange promotional materials. The producer is also responsible for supervising and coordinating the work of other producers, including volunteers and SOU students, who assist in the Jefferson Exchange’s production.

Diversity Statement

Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

Minimum Classification Qualifications

1. 1 year experience as a professional journalist.
2. Demonstrated possession of both innate curiosity and solid journalistic instincts.
3. Excellent demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
4. Excellent demonstrated organizational and computer skills.
5. Pleasant speaking voice.
6. Prior experience operating broadcast equipment.
7. Commitment to established journalistic standards including JPR’s Journalistic Code of Ethics & Practices.

Preferred Qualifications

1. BA/BS degree or equivalent.
2. Prior experience in public radio.
3. Prior experience as a public radio talk show producer.
4. Prior experience and proficiency using digital editing software.
5. Prior experience posting website content using a content management system.
6. Demonstrated understanding of Oregon and California regional issues and/or demonstrated ability to quickly become familiar with topics of concern in that region.
7. Demonstrated ability to serve as substitute host.
8. Previous experience participating in on-air public radio or television fundraising drives.

This position must possess and maintain a current, valid Driver License. Yes
This position is designated as a critical, security-sensitive or safety-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal Background Check. No
Supervisory Responsibilities, if applicable
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner.
• Ability to work with a high level of productivity and accuracy/attention to detail.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills.
• Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
• Ability to adapt to and work effectively in a heavily bureaucratic environment which requires regular interaction with a number of levels within the organization.
• Working knowledge, or ability to quickly learn, university infrastructure, policies and procedures.

Special Conditions
•Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
•Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
•This position classification has been defined as “exempt” and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
•The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

Physical Demands

Ability to sit for extended periods of time.

Posting Date 03/03/2017
Application must be received by:
for priority consideration
Closing Date
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 07/01/2017
Work Hours
Contact Name for Applicant Questions Human Resource Services
Contact Email
Quicklink for Posting

Job Duties


Identify topics and civic issues of regional interest to citizens of Southern Oregon and Northern California and book guests for the Jefferson Exchange who can illuminate JPR listeners and provide relevant facts about those issues and topics. Coordinate all logistics related to guest appearances on the program. Write and prepare background information for Jefferson Exchange host.

Percent of total time 88

Oversee and schedule board operators. Fill in when necessary.

Percent of total time 5

Produce announcements as needed and post web content.

Percent of total time 5

Participate in on-air fund drives.

Percent of total time 2

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Ed
    • Craigslist
    • Listserve
    • Oregon Employment Department
    • The Oregonian
    • Personal Referral
    • Saludos
    • SOU Website
    • Women in Higher Ed
    • CUPA HR
    • Monster
    • Mail Tribune
    • Latinos in Higher Ed
    • Simply Hired
    • None of the above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Document
Optional Documents