Events are a critical component of Kansas City Public Media’s
effort to cultivate and bring diverse audiences together and
encourage face-to-face discussion and dialogue.
Kansas City Public Media (KCUR & Classical KC) is seeking a
full time Manager of Live Events to work with staff and external
partners to develop, plan and manage live experiences; produce
in-person events aligned with KCUR’s newsroom, Classical KC,
community engagement, development and collaborations; and create
much-needed “spaces” for civic engagement throughout the Kansas
City metropolitan area.
This person will have an enthusiastic and collaborative approach to
producing events. Must have the ability to multi-task and work on
diverse projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented
environment; remain calm during the demands of events; a
demonstrated ability to take direction and work collaboratively
with various departments and personalities; and enthusiasm for the
role of public media in a changing journalism environment.
KCUR 89.3 is the NPR affiliate in Kansas City and is an
editorially-independent community service of the University of
Classical KC 91.9 champions music as a vital community resource by
sharing programming that reflects and illuminates our broader
Initiate, market, manage and execute the production of live
events that are consistent with KCUR and Classical KC’s mission,
with specific focus on content initiatives, collaborations, and
community engagement activities.
Work with reporters, editors, talk show hosts and producers to
translate KCUR content into compelling live experiences. Develop
strategies to connect to new audiences through new KCUR
Maintain calendar, coordinate and support all events across the
organization, including KCUR’s newsroom, talk shows, music
programs, and Classical KC’s programming, and also development and
Develop and implement marketing plans for all events, including
RadioActive, major donor and membership events.
Support implementation of other KCUR and Classical KC marketing
Manage Generation Listen KC, KCUR’s young friends group.
Work with hosts, reporters and producers to create audio and
text promos for events.
Work with Director of Community Engagement to cultivate
relationships with individual, community, and organizational
partners through live events.
Work with KCUR and Classical KC’s development department to
manage donor events.
Coordinate volunteer participation in membership drives and
Contribute event-related content to the websites and social
media platforms for both stations, including audio, text, extended
interviews, photos, etc.
Recruit potential sources and guests through KCUR and Classical
Participate in all assigned fund-raising and outreach
activities, on air and off.
May oversee the work of interns.
Other duties as assigned.
This position reports to the Director of Programming and Community
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and
experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable
knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
Two to three years’ experience in large-scale events,
perferably within public media
Successful candidates will have previous experience with
volunteer management, as well as proven management of large-scale
Excellent interpersonal communication skills
Ability to take imitative and work with minimal supervision and
to lead in a team setting.
Experience with virtual event platforms such as Zoom
Full Time/Part Time
This is a full time, benefit eligible position.
Salary range starts at $47,476, and is commensurate with
experience, education, and internal equity.
KCUR offers competitive benefits and a flexible work environment,
and participates in the UMKC’s Total Reward program. Benefits
include health, dental and vision insurance with generous paid
vacation, personal and sick time.
Open until filled, review of applications to begin
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resume, and list of five references with contact information) into
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Statement on Diversity at KCUR/Classical KC
KCUR and Classical KC are committed to ensuring that our workforce,
community advisory board, and audience reflect the diversity found
in the communities we serve. Central to KCUR’s mission, vision and
values is maintaining a workplace environment that recognizes and
celebrates diversity in all forms. For more information on our
policies and governance, visit https://www.kcur.org/governance .
See KCUR.org for information
about KCUR, Classical KC, and Kansas City.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and
applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated
ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis
of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex,
pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status
protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not
be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of
religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military
organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of
Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more
information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If
you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or
functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative
Action at (816) 235-1323.
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Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as
an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse
city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish,
Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and
Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our
thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and
the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which
is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the
Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball
Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum,
Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are
a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.
For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes
our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and
inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff,
students and community to position themselves as global citizens
who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity.
UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED)
Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity
and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching,
service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our
commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly
understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.
Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in
diversity, equity and inclusion .
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