WRVO Director of News and Public Affairs

Oswego, New York
Jul 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

WRVO Public Media seeks a Director of News and Public Affairs to lead our award-winning News Department. While this position is located on the campus of SUNY Oswego, this is not a New York State position.

WRVO Public Media is the leading public radio station in the Syracuse, New York market.  Our 13-station network reaches approximately 20 counties in Central New York and Southern Ontario, and includes stations in Syracuse, Utica, Watertown, Oswego, Ithaca, Cortland, Hamilton, Norwich, Rome, Geneva and Clayton.  Our News Department is consistently honored by the Associated Press and other journalism organizations.  Our main studios are located on the campus of SUNY Oswego, with satellite studios in downtown Syracuse.

Posting Date: July 26, 2017

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, The Research Foundation for SUNY offers an excellent benefit package: https://portal.rfsuny.org/portal/page/portal/employee_benefits/benefits/Home

Date of Appointment: On/around September 18, 2017

Job Description:

The WRVO Director of News and Public Affairs will lead our award-winning News Department, serve as the editorial “voice” of our organization, and manage the day-to-day news operations.  The Director will work with the Program Director/Station Manager to set the editorial agenda for local and regional news coverage and supervise a team of full-time and freelance employees.  Additionally, will be responsible for the editorial planning, scheduling and editing of local news content for both broadcast and digital platforms; perform on-air functions as required, including fundraising, and participate in station activities and events.

Requirement Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or greater in Journalism or a related field;
  • At least four years of professional broadcast experience, preferably in a journalism-related capacity, and preferably in public media;
  • A strong commitment to public radio news standards, values and journalistic ethics;
  • Strong writing and editing skills;
  • Strong communication and management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop content for both broadcast and digital platforms;
  • Demonstrated experience in public radio-style production;
  • Willingness to work non-traditional hours as necessary to cover shifting news cycles.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter; resume; and names, affiliations, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references electronically to:


For a complete job description and application instructions, visit wrvo.org/employment.

Although the position will be on campus at SUNY Oswego, the appointment will be made through the Research Foundation for SUNY, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to Bill Drake at 315-312-1048 or wdrake@wrvo.org

For Campus Safety information, please see the Annual Security Report on the Human Resources Website: http://www.oswego.edu/administration/human_resources/SecurityandFireReport.html