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KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California, was established in 1949 as the first listener-supported radio station in the U.S. It is the flagship station of the Pacifica Network, which is a mission-driven organization dedicated to free speech, peace, social justice, and cross-cultural understanding. Broadcasting at 59,000 watts, KPFA serves much of Northern and Central California with an eclectic mix of arts, cultural, music, news and public affairs programming. The majority of KPFA's 200+ programmers are volunteers, but the station also has paid producers and program hosts.

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


The Program Director reports to the General Manager. The Program Director is the immediate supervisor of KPFA's programming Department Heads and oversees all programmers at the station.

• Ensure the  the smooth and orderly broadcasting of KPFA's programs (both regular programs and special broadcasts).

• Monitor the quality of KPFA's programming, and implement improvements (staff training, etc.) Supervise the programming Department Heads and evaluate their performance.

• Develop an overall plan for KPFA's programming.

• Participate in the planning and monitoring of on-air fund drives and other fundraising activities.

• Keep the Local Station Board updated regarding KPFA programming matters. Respond to requests for information from the Board about programming issues.

• Work with KPFA's Web producer and programmers to improve audience engagement through internet technologies and social media.

• Respond to listener inquiries about programming, meet with donors, and represent KPFA at public events.

• Stay informed about developments in community radio and other media.


Required Experience: A minimum of  5 years of experience in radio programming, including at least 2  years in community, college or public radio. Experience supervising staff (both paid and volunteer).

Helpful Experience: Experience in the planning and execution of fundraising activities. Familiarity with the technical aspects of broadcasting. Experience with online media.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Ability to work harmoniously with a large and diverse workforce, to achieve compromise among sharply differing points of view, and to motivate employees and volunteers.

• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

• Familiarity with FCC and CPB rules and regulations.

• Familiarity with audience-research tools (surveys, Arbitrons, etc.)

This is a full-time management position. Annual salary: DOE. Excellent benefits: medical, dental, 403(b) and generous vacation and holiday benefits.

Email your resume, letter of interest, and salary requirement to: pdhire@kpfa.org or mail to:

Attn: Program Director Search    

KPFA Business Office
1929 Martin Luther King, Jr Way
Berkeley, CA  94704

Applications will be held in confidence.

DEADLINE: Open until filled.

Pacifica/KPFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, gender, age, disability, or nationality.

Principals only – no agents, please.



 Internships: KPFA’s “UpFront”

The show

UpFront is a fast-paced magazine-format public affairs program covering local, state, national, and international news developments. It broadcasts on the San Francisco Bay Area’s KPFA-FM weekday mornings from 7:AM to 8:AM.


The work

Interns become a part of our production team: they contribute ideas during editorial meetings; conceptualize, research, and prepare segments; book guests, gather audio, and edit recorded material. We may also ask interns to help with web-postings and social media.


What you get

We train interns on some technical skills (line production, audio editing) on an as-needed basis. Aside from that, you’ll learn how a daily radio program gets put together—by actually doing it. We’re a small staff, so we give interns more responsibility than most organizations. We’re committed to the personal growth of our interns: we’ll give you regular feedback and advice on your work.

    KPFA’s training programs are well-respected at news organizations around the Bay Area, as this is where many of their staff started. This internship is also an excellent entrée to further work with KPFA.


What you don’t get 



What we require

Good writing skills, communication skills, and computer skills.


What we like

Some previous experience with journalism or radio production. If you have experience using field-recording equipment, we may send you out on assignment from time to time. If you’re primarily interested in field reporting, however, we encourage you to pursue the 6-month KPFA News Training Program.

    We are particularly interested in interns who will expand the breadth of UpFront’s coverage by bringing their own background knowledge and community contacts to editorial discussions.


What you commit to

At least three days per week (24 hours) for at least 10 weeks, or at least two days per week (16 hours) for at least four months. Most of our work happens during business hours. However, you may have to field returned calls and emails from sources after hours.

How to apply

Submit cover letter and résumé to upfront@kpfa.org.





KPFA Pacifica Foundation Radio is an EOE/AA Employer

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For internship opportunites at KPFA Radio see our Internship Page.

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