Community Radio WRFI | 88.1 FM Ithaca, 91.9 FM Watkins Glen

Hiring: WRFI News Director – Apply by April 15, 2019

Hiring: WRFI News Director (Part-Time)

WRFI is seeking to hire a part-time news director who will oversee and develop news programming at the station and who will train and direct volunteers and interns within the news department. The station is also currently accepting proposals for news content collaborations.

While this is a temporary hire to cover for the current news director’s maternity leave, depending on the applicant's strengths and their interest in working for WRFI afterwards, the station will consider longer-term employment.

WRFI is a volunteer-driven, community radio station for Ithaca and Watkins Glen, NY. We are a living wage employer and employ three part-time staff members. We broadcast a mix of local and syndicated, news, public affairs and music programming and are committed to airing local and underrepresented perspectives in keeping with the following values: peace, justice, sustainability, freedom of expression, cultural diversity, integrity and joy.

WRFI strongly prefers a candidate possessing the following attributes:

  • A degree in journalism and/or three years of professional experience in journalism, preferably in a multi-platform news environment, including radio or other audio production. Candidates with other relevant backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with independent and community media news programming standards and values preferred.
  • Broad knowledge of local and regional issues and their connections to national and international issues.
  • Must have the ability to work within a live program environment.
  • Experience in broadcast production, web content, news writing, news editing and on-air hosting are strongly preferred.
  • Must possess effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Other preferred skills include online research, multimedia production, word and spreadsheet processing and operation of light office equipment. A successful candidate must have an excellent memory for details, make cold calls and “knock on doors,” be able to meet daily deadlines under potentially stressful conditions and deal effectively with multiple competing tasks.

WRFI is committed to being an inclusive workplace and encourages applicants of all identities to apply, including all races, religions, colors, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, ages, and veteran and disability statuses.

Please submit a cover letter and resume by Monday, April 15, 2019 to (preferred) or mail to Personnel Committee, WRFI Community Radio, 103 W Seneca St #305, Ithaca, NY 14850


WRFI News Director Job Description


The Community News Director (ND) leads and manages the planning, production and presentation of news for WRFI Community Radio. The ND supervises the news department staff. The ND reports to the general manager and works in cooperation with station leadership and staff to support the station mission.

The ND has responsibility for news planning, reporting, editing and production within the context of WRFI’s collaborative community radio news team. The ND helps define and maintain ethical, editorial, artistic and technical standards for broadcast news programs. The ND assists with news programming decisions and news operations. The ND, as the station’s top news authority, is responsible for the journalistic integrity of all station news activities and platforms. The ND is not responsible for content of syndicated news programming but may advise programming staff therein.


Editorial Planning, Scheduling, Editing (40%)

The ND directs the activities of the volunteer news staff to develop story ideas, track issues and events, select reporters for coverage, schedule stories for publication, book interviews and schedule time for interviewing, writing and editing.

The ND serves as a primary editor to ensure news reports are produced in an effective, timely and responsible manner.

The ND acts as a proactive liaison to various internal and external constituencies to advance and source the station’s news programming. These may include volunteers, station staff and other local and national news organizations.

Reporting, Anchoring (20%)

The ND is part of the news team and contributes content on a regular basis. The ND or designee anchors schedules newscasts, hosts talk programs, appears as a program guest, and produces various spots, features, special programs, web content, etc.

Administration of Personnel, Budget, Technology (30%)

The ND helps set goals and monitor performance of volunteer news personnel, including college interns and contributors. Personnel management includes recruitment and training in collaboration with other station staff. The ND manages the news department budget — including annual planning, monthly monitoring and routine handling. The ND helps maintain equipment and information systems vital to news planning, news gathering, news production and news presentation.

Community Relations and Support (10%)

The ND seeks opportunities to promote public contact to help ascertain public needs, build community engagement and bolster station success. The ND participates in station events and fundraising activities as appropriate.


The ND adheres to deadlines and makes timely and effective decisions in situations requiring prompt attention. The ND is the news department's primary leader during crisis response.