(5 positions available in Berkeley, LA, Houston, D.C., and NYC)


About Pacifica Foundation

Pacifica Radio ( is the oldest network of independently operated, non-commercial, community-based, listener-supported radio stations in the United States. The five member stations are KPFA (Berkeley, CA), KPFK (Los Angeles, CA), KPFT (Houston, TX), WPFW (Washington, D.C.), and WBAI (New York, NY). It is the only listener-supported, independent media network in which both listener-members and staff-members (paid and unpaid) have the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process of the station's budget, programming and policies via the local station board.


About the Election Process

Each Local Station Board (LSB) is composed of 24 delegates and 12 are elected to serve on the board each election cycle. These 12 delegates are elected to the board through two simultaneous elections, one among listener-members (listeners elect 9 listener members) and one among staff-members (staff elect 3 staff delegates). Reporting to the National Elections Supervisor (NES), each Local Election Supervisor (LES) is responsible supervising and administering these two simultaneous elections.



Duration: October 1st–December 28th


Hours of work: The work schedule and time required per week will vary based on the project timelineincluding daytime, weekend, and evening hours at crunch times; the LES will be expected to meet certain deadlines and schedule their time accordingly while in close communication with the NES.


Compensation: $6,000 - $8,000 based on related experience payable twice per month upon receipt ofinvoice submitted by the LES with corresponding timesheet to the NES for approval.


Primary Responsibilities: Each LES will report directly to the National Election Supervisor (NES).Together they are responsible for the election being conducted in the fairest possible manner. The NES will train each LES and provide templates and guidelines to be used throughout the process. Please note that while there is a strict election timeline, each LES will need to be flexible and creative with respect to each task. The position has several distinct phases with various responsibilities.


Phase I: Nomination Period (Start date to Oct 24)

Raise general awareness about the election on-air, in the local station community and online. Respond to inquiries from interested members re how to nominate / be nominated and

administer the appropriate paperwork required for the applicant to meet a stated set of criteria. Inform both listener and staff members about how to become a candidate and the deadline to

renew their membership to be eligible to vote and/or run as a candidate.

Verify the eligibility of candidates, validate their submitted materials and the required petition signatures and finalize the list of eligible candidates.



Phase II: Campaign Period (Oct 25 – November 14)

Assist the NES with auditing and correcting the list of eligible staff and listener voters.

Working closely with the NES, assess applications as they are received and verify eligibility

against stated criteria towards finalizing the approved list of candidates to appear on the ballot Coordinate the recording of candidate on-air statements (in English and Spanish, if desired) and

ensure they are aired both regularly and fairly by radio station staff.

Organize and moderate on-air and in-person candidate forums and community meetings to give

voters opportunities to meet and hear from the candidates.

Enforce Pacifica’s Fair Campaign Policy, record/investigate allegations of violations, issue warnings, or more severe penalties up to and including revoking a candidate’s eligibility as instructed by the National Elections Supervisor



Phase III: Voting Period (November 15 – December 20)*

Continue the promotion of the election and encourage staff and listener members to vote. Continue coordination of on-air and in-person candidate forums and the enforcement of

Pacifica’s Fair Campaign Policy.

Process missing ballot requests, verify voter eligibility. Recruit and train volunteers for the ballot count.


Phase IV: Counting / Wrap Up (December 20 – December 28)

Assist as required by the NES to facilitate a timely and accurate count of ballots.

Submit a detailed final report to the NES chronicling the 2018 local election process.


*Please note, if quorum of ballots have not been returned by the required date the voting period may be extended for up to four (4) weeks. In this event, a major publicity campaign, both on-air and by phone may be needed to reach quorum thus extending the work period and corresponding compensation.


Skills & Experience

Previous experience in Pacifica or similar election administration processes is strongly desired; Excellent organizational skills and self-motivated with the ability to solve problems creatively

and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced, campaign work environment;

Strong communication skills (written and verbal) and positive attitude with service ethic

Excellent interpersonal skills and experience preparing and delivering public presentations;

ability to actively listen, clearly convey ideas and direction, and motivate others;

Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures; proven ability to work both

independently and in close coordination with a local and remote team

Proficient in standard computer applications, email, the ability to quickly learn and use various

online platforms and databases to complete tasks and submit reports.

Ability and willingness to be assertive to ensure that election policies are followed by paid and

unpaid, volunteer station staff.

Patience, perseverance, a sense of humor, and a thick skin.


Additional Beneficial Skills

Familiarity with “Single Transferable Vote” (STV) or “Choice Voting”

Media production (particularly audio)

Booking and event promotion

For KPFK in Los Angeles, Spanish-language proficiency is an asset


How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume/CV and a list of 3 references to the attention of Graeme Drew, National Elections Supervisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please indicate which station you are applying for and include “LES + four letter acronym of the appropriate station” in the subject line of your email.


Application Deadline: Interviews begin on September 25 and will continue until the positions are filled.



Pacifica Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages

applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.






WPFW seeks a Program Director who is serious about innovative, high-quality, community-based programming to provide leadership and vision to growing station.

WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, D.C., was established in 1977 as a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station.  It is one of five stations of the Pacifica Network.  WPFW is a community radio station in the nation’s seventh-largest market, providing a distinctive media voice to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and beyond.  The station has earned a reputation among its listeners as a trusted progressive voice in the African-American community and across the District, Maryland and Virginia’s (DMV) broadly diverse spectrum of political, cultural and social groups, interests, and popular movements.

The Program Director (PD) reports to the General Manager (GM) and works collaboratively with other members of the management team and the Local Station Board (LSB), and in concert with the Pacifica Network.  The basic role of the PD is to produce and manage quality programming from a progressive perspective, i.e., a program schedule that is consistent with the station’s sound, promotes the Pacifica mission as well as that of the station, and serves the needs and interests of its various audiences as identified by the LSB.  A PD at WPFW will have a passion for promoting the various movements and cultures of working people, especially those of the demographic groups and geographic areas included in the station’s listening area; and for combining such cultures and movements through programming.


The PD provides direct supervision to over 100 volunteer programmers and producers.  The PD is expected to increase the membership of the station through good management skills and decision-making.  The PD will participate in weekly management team meetings.  


The PD must be aware of the public’s interest in order to create programming that expands WPFW’s visibility in the community and increases our membership base.

Duties and Responsibilities
WPFW seeks a PD to provide leadership and vision, who is serious about innovative, high-quality, community-based programming

1.    Works collaboratively with the LSB and its Programming Committee, as well as the Community Advisory Board (CAB) and under the direction of the GM, to ensure that station programming is responsive to the diverse needs of listeners and communities served by the station and otherwise meets the objectives of Pacifica’s and WPFW’s joint mission.   


2.    Ensures that station programming is responsive to the diverse needs of listeners and communities served by the station and otherwise meets the objectives of Pacifica’s and WPFW’s joint mission.


3.    Works collaboratively with the LSB and its Programming Committee, as well as the CAB, and under the direction of the GM, to develop and implement fair, collaborative and respectful systems for evaluating existing and new programs.  


4.    Stays up to date on audience research protocols and audience-building strategies.


5.    Reviews and approves program proposals.


6.    Coordinates programming with Pacifica National and other Pacifica stations and affiliates where appropriate.


7.    Supervises work of News, Public Affairs and Cultural Affairs departments and prepare periodic and annual job performance evaluations of department heads.


8.    Facilitates coaching and training of programmers, volunteers and interns/trainees.


9.    Together with GM, ensures program content complies with all necessary Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Pacifica rules and regulations.


10.    Maintains publication of programming schedules on the station’s web sites and in other appropriate venues and media.


11.    As part of the management team:

a.    Works closely with development personnel and the GM in the development of strategies and plans for on-air fundraising, in collaboration with staff to position WPFW program services for philanthropic support.

b.    Oversees special production projects including remote and on-location recording activity.

c.    Participates in budget preparation for programming area and the station overall.

d.    Represents the station at various public forums.

e.    Participates in the evaluation and approval of all premiums offered by the station.
f.    Meets with donors as needed.


12.    Provides a monthly programming report to the GM, LSB and CAB and, attends meetings when requested.


13.    Participates in investigating and resolving staff and volunteer grievances as needed, in conjunction with the union when appropriate.


14.    Works to achieve compromise among sharply differing points of view and to motivate employees and volunteers.


15.    Other assignments as required.


Have an informed interest in local, national and international news and public affairs from the point of view of the working class and the victims of racism, white supremacy and all forms of discrimination.  


Have a thorough knowledge and appreciation for jazz and the music and cultural heritage of communities served by the station; and have an interest in, and the ability to combine both music, news and public affairs.


1.    Demonstrates commitment to the Pacifica and WPFW Missions.


2.    Three to five years of media management experience, preferably in public broadcasting or related media.


3.    BS/BA degree preferably in public broadcasting and management, or commensurate experience in a related field.


4.    Be able to work a flexible schedule and be relied upon to respond in case of station emergency.


5.    Have substantial and up-to-date knowledge/experience of radio and media research tools, and developing and/or utilizing new and emerging media platforms.


6.    Experience with remote and location production and recording activity.


7.    Strong computer skills.


8.    Exceptional organizational skills.


9.    Must have exceptional knowledge of social media platforms.


This is a full-time, exempt and non-union position.  Salary to be negotiated.  Excellent benefits including medical, dental, disability; vacations and sick days (upon completion of introductory status).

TO APPLY:      Email resume, letter of interest and salary requirements to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DEADLINE:  Open until filled.  Pacifica/WPFW is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability or nationality.  Principals only – no agents please.


 Posted 7/20/18












Pacifica/WPFW is an Equal Opportunity Employer