WORK @ KUT/KUTX
The KUT /KUTX staff is a group of dedicated and talented people who are committed to doing their best. They are also just a bunch of cool people who make working at KUT/KUTX rewarding and fun. Read the job listings below to see if we have any openings that fit your skills and interests. We’d love to work with you!
Executive Director of Media Operations and General Manager of KUT and KUTX: The Moody College of Communication and the University of Texas at Austin seek a visionary leader to serve as the Executive Director for Media Operations and General Manager of KUT and KUTX. S/he will ensure the station’s commitment to civic engagement and public service, both locally and nationally, by reinforcing KUT’s commitment to authenticity, craft, context and the unique power of the human voice in all its forms through intelligent explorations in local music, lifestyle, and culture reflective of the Austin experience. The Texas Standard, the Texas Station Collaborative, and KUT’s local coverage collectively make up one of the most well-respected public media news organizations in the country, and as such, the Executive Director will maintain the highest journalistic standards and editorial integrity to reinforce KUT’s commitment to being the news of record for Central Texas.
Reporting directly to Dean Jay Bernhardt of the Moody College, the Executive Director will also:
- Develop and execute a strategic plan that positions KUT's public media properties and content to take advantage of technology disruption and changing audience habits in the broadcast and digital mediums.
- Provide collaborative strategic leadership and support to the operation of the KUT / KUTX media enterprises, including oversight for the Cactus Cafe, KUT.org and KUTX.org
- Collaborate with KUT senior leadership to maintain departmental fiscal accountability and revenue performance.
- Increase engagement with and donations from the KUT community of listeners, members and donors, using live events, personal outreach, social media, and other digital communications. Along with the Associate General Manager for Development & Marketing, support and actively participate in fundraising and other revenue generating activities.
- Maintain KUT’s market position and quality of programming by developing new and innovative ways to generate revenue from its growing audience of listeners outside of Austin, e.g. creating new products/services to monetize. Expand and enhance KUT’s reputation internationally by marrying local content with globally delivered media platforms.
- Support the historical community service mission of KUT Public Media with an eye towards diverse programming and relevant community engagement.
- Embody and sustain KUT’s culture of collaboration and appreciation of individuality and difference engendered in its programming, which strives to deepen understanding and connect people; support the University’s mission to educate and foster a more civil society.
- Uphold the University’s commitment to diversity and equity by ensuring that KUT is an inclusive environment in which staff and students from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to excel within the standards established by its Diversity Statement and within the standards of the University of Texas at Austin.
- Ensure that KUT remains vibrant and competitive within the space of public broadcasting, while also engaging Moody College students, faculty, and staff in programmatic and operational activities that enhance the College’s curriculum and advance its academic mission.
- Serve as a member of the Moody College of Communication leadership team and participate in college and university initiatives while upholding UT Austin’s university administrative policies; review current practices for each functional area and implement changes where necessary to improve efficiency and effectiveness; review policies, procedures, and programs and make recommendations to revise, discontinue, or create.
- Provide collaborative professional advice and support as needed to the operation of Texas Student Media, including direct supervision of its Director.
QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative leader with excellent communication and collaboration skills and a passion for public media. S/he will, at a minimum, have a bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience in media leadership and management. While a background in public radio is preferred, candidates with executive experience in broadcast and other media, are also invited to apply.
Qualified candidates for this position will also have:
- A firm commitment to collaborative and participatory leadership and demonstrated experience in fostering collaboration and building consensus amongst diverse colleagues
- A track record of developing successful partnerships with industry and community organizations
- A history of generating external financial support and/or managing externally funded programs as well as developing plans to secure future funding
- A high standard for individual and enterprise performance
- The ability to illustrate his/her success with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in current or previous initiatives
- Prior leadership experience in academia and/or with student media is preferred, but not required
APPLICATION INFORMATION: The University of Texas at Austin and the Moody College of Communication have engaged Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support the recruitment of this position. Craig Smith, Partner, and Jennifer Rumain, Senior Associate, are managing the search. Applicants are invited to email a PDF containing a brief letter describing their interest and qualifications and a resume to email@example.com. Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should be sent to the same address.
Applications received by Sept. 15, 2018, will receive full consideration. UT policy requires that a background check be conducted on the selected candidate. All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process.
There are no part-time positions open at this time.
KUT and KUTX are accepting applications for radio and music internships. The station is interested in aspiring radio journalists and students who are familiar with public radio and would like to give it a try. All internships are unpaid but provide an excellent opportunity for credit and great work experience for your resume. To apply, review the details below.
Internships are available with:
- KUT News (on-air and online)
- Texas Standard (KUT's daily news show)
- KUT/X Multimedia
- KUTX Music
KUT NEWS INTERNSHIPS FOR JOURNALISM STUDENTS
KUT News is accepting applications for internships. The station is interested in aspiring journalists and students who are familiar with public radio and would like to give it a try. We have internships available in several areas: the newsroom, the daily news show "Texas Standard and the multimedia department. See below for a description of the different opportunities.
WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR: We seek third year, fourth year, or grad students in journalism who are self-motivated, eager to learn, web-savvy, and have a passion for news. This is not a "radio class." Previous training in news writing, digital/web work, and/or audio production is needed to get the most out of this internship. KUT newsroom interns must be enrolled in a college or university. An internship can be done for course credit, if needed.
WHAT YOU GET TO DO: Our interns will focus on research, interviews, writing, and reporting to produce ongoing resources (such as topic pages) for our online audience. Interns will also be asked to conduct interviews and gather tape via phone or in-person events for daily turnaround news stories as needed. Each intern will also pitch stories and be assigned a semester project. This will be a three minute story radio story that will include a web version. You will have access to our multimedia team to help create a good web post on the story.
WHEN YOU GET TO DO IT: KUT news interns are asked to put in at least 12 hours a week in the newsroom. We'd like you to do this in at least 3 hours chunks so you'll have time to start and finish your work. If selected, we will work out shifts and times that best fit your schedule. Interns keep the same weekly schedule for the entire semester.
WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR: We seek third year, fourth year, or grad students in journalism who are self-motivated, eager to learn, web-savvy, have a passion for news, and who love radio as a distinctive medium for introducing audiences to new and unusual ideas, voices and sounds. Previous training in news writing and audio production are a plus. An internship can be done for course credit, if needed.
WHAT YOU GET TO DO: Job duties for the internship are varied. We provide training on the basics of using recording equipment, digital editing, and posting stories online. Interns are often assigned to conduct phone interviews for news stories; assist reporters in research for stories; write news copy for on air scripts and web posts; update the website as necessary; and additional duties related to the production of a daily news show.
SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES
Applications are due no later than one month before the semester begins.
For a KUT News internship: Please email the following application materials to Senior Editor Ben Philpott (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Two clips/writing samples
- Two references
- A cover letter that answers the following questions: Why do you want to intern with KUT News? What aspects of radio or the web are more generally of interest to you?
- Suggest two locally relevant story ideas (no more than two sentences).
For a Texas Standard internship: Please email the following application materials to Laura Rice (email@example.com):
- Two clips/writing samples
- Two references
- A cover letter that answers the following questions: Why do you want to intern with Texas Standard? What aspects of radio or the web are more generally of interest to you? What makes you stand out from other candidates?
- Suggest two show segment ideas (no more than two sentences).
DESCRIPTION: The KUT/KUTX Multimedia internship gives prospective candidates the opportunity to work within a true multimedia environment. Working with the KUT/KUTX staff, interns are given assignments that range from photo coverage of news events to music videos shot all over Austin. Interns are encouraged to think "outside of the box" and find innovative ways to use current and future technologies, equipment, and media to tell journalistically sound stories.
The KUT/KUTX internship is a safe environment for students to experiment and push themselves to grow as multimedia journalists. Our staff is directly engaged with the interns and give regular feedback and critiques. Interns are expected to be self-motivated and pro-active participants in the internship.
REQUIREMENTS: Prospective interns must have a thorough understanding of what we do at KUT/KUTX and how they can benefit from the internship. Interns must also have some level of demonstrated experience with video and photo gear and software. DSLR cameras and lenses are not provided.
SCHEDULE: Unpaid internships are available on the following cycle:
Spring: January-May Application deadline: Dec 13, 2018
Summer: May-August Application Deadline: April 12, 2019
Fall: August-December Application Deadline: Aug. 12, 2018
Interested in a multimedia internship? Application materials (a cover letter, links to samples, and two references) can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
KUTX MUSIC INTERNSHIP
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: We seek applicants who are self-motivated, eager to learn and who love radio as a distinctive medium for introducing audiences to new and unusual arts, ideas, voices and sounds.
JOB DUTIES: To perform technical and clerical duties related to radio operations and productions. Set up green room for studio guests. Assist producer with post-production and duplications. Other duties as assigned.
INTERNSHIP CYCLE: September-December, January-May, June-August.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August (September), December (January), May (June).
HOW TO APPLY: To apply for an internship, please send us a resume, two references (with name and phone numbers) and a letter of application which answers the following questions:
- Why do you want to intern at KUTX Radio?
- In what areas of radio are you generally more interested?
- What makes you stand out from other applicants?
- Tell us about two “LIVE” music performances you heard on KUTX that you think were particularly successful.
- Tell us about two “LIVE” music performances you heard on KUTX Radio that you did not think were successful.
- What experience do you have working with computers, sound recording, and digital audio editing? (There are no prerequisites for KUTX “Live” music production internships, but we find it helpful to know something of your technical background.)
Send your resume, references and letter of application to Peter Babb, KUTX Events Coordinator.
Applications are due two months before each internship cycle when we begin to interview finalists. Interns are selected no later than one month before the start of the upcoming internship cycle.
For additional information about jobs at the University of Texas, please visit UT’s Human Resources Page.