WDPR 88.1 FM — Voice of the Arts
Your Classical Public Radio Station in Dayton Ohio
Title: President & CEO
Mission of Classical 88.1
The Mission of Classical 88.1 is to provide classical music and fine arts programming that is entertaining, educational, informative and emotionally stimulating.
Vision of Classical 88.1
The vision of Classical 88.1 is to be recognized as the premier broadcaster of classical music and fine arts programming in the United States.
Classical 88.1 Scope of Operations
Classical 88.1 (WDPR) is a not‐for‐profit organization founded and staffed by people from Dayton, Ohio and surrounding communities. WDPR‐FM has been broadcasting a 24‐hour signal in Dayton Since June 1998, and serves 40,000 unduplicated listeners weekly. WDPG‐FM 89.9 extends our reach to areas north and west, including Lima, Ohio, and Fort Wayne and Richmond, Indiana, since November 1985. Additionally, Classical 88.1 streams online.
Classical 88.1 has become the voice for our region’s performing and fine arts organizations. The station now broadcasts performances of:
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Richmond Symphony Orchestra
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra
The Bach Society of Dayton, and
Chamber Music Yellow Springs
In addition, WDPR.FM 88.1 and WDPG‐FM 89.9 bring the rest of the world into the Miami Valley by broadcasting high quality programs from satellite feeds such as:
The Metropolitan Opera
The Chicago Symphony
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Classical 88.1 operates with an annual budget of over $800,000 and produces the majority of its daytime offerings beginning at 6:00 am weekdays and continuing through the afternoon and evening with a
variety of local hosts.
Classical 88.1’s current CEO is retiring, and it is seeking candidates for the Chief Executive Officer position.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities of the CEO:
Report to the Classical 88.1 Board of Trustees who owns the license, including implementing annual and long‐range strategies to meet the goals and priorities established by the Board.
Work closely with the Board Chair, the Executive Committee and Board Committees to
effectively utilize all resources and expertise available.
Aggressively pursue the Mission of Classical 88.1.
Assume responsibility for budget, operations, facilities, accreditations, quality, safety, media relations and resources (including financing, reimbursement strategies, and charitable giving) and results.
Provide the overall leadership and management for all Classical 88.1 stakeholders including referral sources, professional staff, non‐professional staff, and volunteers.
Ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws and industry best practices.
The CEO has the following specific duties:
• Legal and financial management:
The CEO is responsible for budgeting and budget tracking, oversight of bookkeeping and audits, maintenance of records, grant tracking and reporting,and financial reporting to the Board of Trustees and granting agencies.
The CEO is responsible for all legal requirements of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
• Personnel Management:
The CEO is responsible for guiding the work of a staff of full‐time and part‐time employees, staff hiring, staff training, evaluations, benefits development, and
implementing established WDPR personnel policies. The CEO should aggressively pursue succession planning and personnel development for the entire Classical 88.1 organization.
Staff include: Program Director, Development Director, Membership Manager, Production Manager, Music Director, Account Executive and part‐time hosts.
The CEO serves as the chief development and community relations officer and maintains high positive public visibility. The CEO is responsible for assuring sufficient funds are available for station operations through grant writing and reporting, maintaining relationships with granting agencies and organizations, donor development, and overseeing the work of the station’s Development Director which includes membership development, donor cultivation and recognition, and fundraising events.
The CEO has overall responsibility for station programming, local program production, and compliance with FCC regulations. The CEO is responsible for assuring maintenance and operability of broadcast equipment, and the maintenance and improvement of the station’s facilities which include a studio/office in Dayton and two transmitter sites, one in Greenville, OH and one in Dayton. Operational needs require the CEO to oversee development, implementation, and renewal of various service contracts. The CEO has principal responsibility for the station’s IT infrastructure. The CEO is responsible for
keeping WDPR up to date with changes and trends in technology, media, and public broadcasting.
• Community Outreach:
The CEO represents the station to the local community. The CEO guides station outreach to members, listeners, and the community at large. The CEO proactively interacts with local businesses, organizations, schools, and governmental agencies and institutions to articulate WDPR’s mission, policies, and strategic direction, and to build collaborative relationships with these entities.
• WDPR Board of Directors:
In addition to preparing regular financial and station activity reports for the WDPR Board of Directors, the GM prepares information necessary for informed policy decisions by the Board, advises the Board on policy decisions, and implements the Board’s approved policies and strategic.
• Agency and Other Networking:
The CEO serves as the primary communication link to other arts organizations, agencies and organizations involved in public broadcasting, representing WDPR’s interests to those agencies and organizations, and seeks opportunities for collaboration or utilizing shared resources.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide variety of people and interests, incorporate many interests and opinions into decision making, and devise successful collaborations;
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage personnel;
Experience/ability to understand and manage a budget and non‐profit accounting, including relevant software;
General technical skills applicable to working with radio technology and an ability to readily learn and adapt to new systems and technologies;
Strong writing, speaking, and public presentation skills necessary to represent WDPR
successfully to the community, grantors, regulatory agencies, and other collaborators
Other desirable knowledge, skills, and experience include:
Public broadcasting (preferred) or commercial broadcasting, including knowledge of FCC
Fundraising, including grant writing, donor/member program management, and/or event coordination;
Radio/audio program production and/or journalism;
Familiarity with PC computers/software and network management;
Utilization of new media technology for program development and/or organizational
communication and development
Facility management (oversight of building maintenance, utilities; contract management).
President and CEO Position Key Attributes
A successful candidate is likely to exhibit many of the following Key Attributes:
Enthusiasm and a can‐do attitude
Excellent communication and collaborative skills
Strong leadership and management skills and experience
Evidence of success in previous professional endeavors
Commitment to Classical 88.1’s Mission
HOW TO APPLY:
Classical 88.1 is being assisted in this search by Livingston Associates. For consideration, please submit the following at Livingston Associates’ online application system:
a. A letter outlining your fit for the position;
b. Resume; and
c. At least three professional references.
Please apply through Livingston Associates' online application system at
Date for full consideration: Monday, June 25, 2012
Classical 88.1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Inquiries are welcome with Livingston Associates at (410) 243‐1974.
Learn more about Classical 88.1 (Dayton Public Radio) at www.dpr.org.