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Part-Time Sub Host, 1A

American University
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 4, 2024

Job Details

American University is a student-centered research institution located in Washington, DC, with highly-ranked schools and colleges, internationally-renowned faculty, and a reputation for creating meaningful change in the world. Learn more about American University



Time Type:

Part time

Work Modality:


Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)

This position is part of a collective bargaining unit represented by the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).This position is part of a collective bargaining unit represented by the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

Job Description:


The 1A Sub Host plans, prepares and presents a two-hour nationally broadcast live daily talk show. There are additional duties to serve on-demand and time shifted audiences.

The candidate should have good political, cultural, literary and sport knowledge. The sub host of the program complements the main Host as one of the voices and personality of the program across all broadcast and digital platforms.

The Sub Host, 1A is a visible and prominent personality associated with WAMU. As such, the host must maintain an exemplary public profile exhibiting professionalism, civility and respect. The individual plays a key role conveying the station’s highest journalistic standards, creative sensibility and must adhere to NPR’s code of ethics.

Candidates will be supported by the production team and able to conduct their own research on current topics before appearing on air. The sub host will maintain and develop a strong online presence, allowing them to promote the show and better engage with the audience.

The Sub Host is responsible for maintaining a professional and positive workplace culture.

This position reports directly to the Executive Producer and is part of WAMU’s Content division.

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Prepares for daily broadcast and digital presence through an ongoing diet of print and digital media sources, social media channels, books, magazines, and any other relevant media sources. Prepares program scripts, including introductions, interview outlines. As required records needed digital content and promotional requests from member stations. Makes reasonable efforts post the live program to record interviews, attend meetings and meets visitors.

  • Host two-hour daily call-in talk show with a goal of bringing smart analysis and insights to light around the day’s news and the nation’s top thought leaders. Exhibits authenticity, empathy, credibility, and curiosity. Earns the trust and loyalty of listeners, respects and supports the production team and is courteous to guests who are the best known and most respected people in their fields.

  • Represents WAMU and NPR publicly at events for marketing and fundraising purposes, to include moderating or hosting outside events to bring greater visibility to the show. Serves as a highly visible representative of WAMU to the Washington community and the public radio system.

  • Evaluating and Implementing Ideas.

  • Developing Plans.

  • Making Accurate Judgments and Decisions.

  • Building and Supporting Teams.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
  • Part-Time/On an as needed basis. Max 20 hours a week.

  • This is a union-eligible position.

Salary Range:
  • Minimum salary is $71.40 per hour, commensurate with experience.

Required Education
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Required Experience
  • 7+ years’ experience as an on-air host in radio, TV or online video.

Preferred Experience
  • 8-10 years of relevant experience in journalism or a related field.

Travel Required:
  • Yes.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications:
  • Dedicated online following on social media.

  • Must have the ability to convey warmth, curiosity, credibility, and intelligence.

  • Must be able to shift nimbly between disparate topics while maintaining energy and interest.

  • Must be able to remain calm and compelling under pressure and within the context of breaking news events.

  • Must be able to handle controversial topics with intelligence, balance and tact — without being perceived as an advocate.

  • Insatiable appetite for national and international current events—across all topic areas.

  • Must have a genuine talent for entertaining conversation, immense curiosity, and the ability to handle a tremendous breadth of subject matter, from history to politics to economics to literature to science to religion to the arts.

  • Must be comfortable interviewing individuals from all walks of life, including some extraordinarily prominent people.

  • Must be curious, creative, compelling, passionate, highly intelligent and willing and able to embrace a fast-paced program that will evolve daily to embrace new platforms, topics and opportunities.

  • Must have a passion for public media journalism.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

Other Details
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.

  • Employees in staff positions at American University must deliver their services to the university from either the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, or perform work on-site at the university.

  • Please note this job announcement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

  • American University is an E-Verify employer.

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.


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