General Manager at KPBT/Basin PBS General Manager

Job Description


Under general direction, serves as the general manager and chief executive officer of the Nonprofit, Permian Basin Public Telecommunications, Inc. television station for Midland and Odessa, Texas (Basin PBS) and associated activities including satellite, cable, and on-line station operations. Provides leadership and direction in the strategic development and funding programs and activities, and compliance with all rules and regulations governing public broadcasting entities. Works extensively in the community and with Federal, State, and local governments for the benefit of Basin PBS.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Represents Basin PBS at community and business meetings; presents information to state agencies, Congress, and/or Federal agencies on behalf of Basin PBS and its licensees.
  2. Serves as chief advocate on behalf of the station to potential donors, including foundations, corporations, capital campaign participants, program sponsors, underwriters, and individual givers; actively participates in strategic funding initiatives, and actively pursues contracts and grants from various agencies.
  3. As the only employee of the board, advises board on communications matters affecting public and educational broadcasting; participates in and provides leadership to national and regional professional organizations.
  4. Serves as principal liaison to station licensees' governing board; initiates and maintains cooperative relationships with other public broadcasting entities in the state and nation. Responsible for all FCC, CPB and PBS required station reporting.
  5. Coordinates and cooperates with appropriate community partners and leaders on matters relative to the mission of instructional and public television.
  6. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  7. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff.
  8. Oversees the development of annual operating budgets, as well as cost and productivity analyses.
  9. Oversees and manages the integrated day-to-day operations of the station, to include program development and production, outreach and education, marketing and funding, finance and human resources, broadcast engineering and operations, regulatory compliance, and reporting.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; with experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to utilize advertising and/or sales promotion techniques.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of marketing and development strategies, techniques, processes, and available resources.
  • Knowledge of contracts and grants development and management.
  • Knowledge of federal and state legislative and regulatory agency processes and practices, as applied to public and educational broadcasting.
  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policy as it applies to the broadcasting industry, including proposed spectrum auction and repacking, helpful.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all facets of state-of-the-art broadcasting and satellite operations, methods, techniques, facilities, and equipment, helpful.
  • Knowledge and understanding of developing technological, regulatory, and environmental issues and trends in public and educational broadcasting, helpful.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mission and goals of educational and public television broadcasting.
  • Knowledge of digital television technology and conversion strategies and processes, helpful.
  • Integrated knowledge of television broadcast operations, programming, production, and marketing helpful.

Conditions of Employment

Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.

How To Apply

Submit resume with references to Laurie Johnson at or mail to Nonprofit Management Center; c/o Laurie Johnson; 3500 North A Street, Ste. 2300; Midland, TX 79705

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