Below are current career opportunities at Rhode Island Public Radio.  Scroll down for details.
  • Corporate and Foundation Grants Officer (CFGO)
  • Fill-In/PT On-Air Hosts (ongoing)
  • Audio Production Internships
  • Newsroom Internships
  • Other Volunteering Opportunities
  • FCC EEO Reports

Corporate and Foundation Grants Officer (CFGO):

Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy and Stewardship (DOPS) in the Progress Department, the grants officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and closing grants with current and new prospects. The CFGO works with the DOPS to develop and manages a growing file of foundation and corporate philanthropists who support Rhode Island Public Radio; maintains an active grants calendar, and builds a dynamic portfolio of prospects with whom relationships are built through personal visits and regular correspondence. The grants officer is responsible for writing and submitting giving proposals and producing results reports in a timely manner.

Core Responsibilities

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of prospects who contribute to RIPR’s annual, restricted, and special campaign initiatives. Develop prospect management strategies for new and previously identified corporate and foundation prospects, working in collaboration with the Progress team and the CEO.
  • Seek opportunities for future institutional growth and recognize the potential impact of the ambitions of our team and co-creators.
  • Deliver grant requests, results reports, and other materials as needed to corporate and foundation funders.
  • Possess an exceptional ability to internalize RIPR’s mission in order to craft meaningful giving proposals to existing and potential funders.
  • Develop project budgets and prepare annual goals. Participate with the Progress team in the annual goal setting and budgeting process.
  • Use database to track donor relationships and funding applications.
  • Work with the news director and journalism team to ensure we are complying with grant guidelines and to generate ideas for new funding opportunities.
  • Monitor and evaluate progress toward goals, provide statistical reports, and suggest/request appropriate research for individual/group, corporation and foundation prospects.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of three years’ experience in grant writing and management in a non-profit setting; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat
  • Database management skills (Raiser’s Edge preferred)
  • Demonstrated understanding of and passion for public media and its mission
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to relate to donor prospects, volunteers, and colleagues
  • Well-developed written, oral communication, and research skills
  • A self-starter who can drive initiatives and who works well  both independently and collaboratively
  • Possess high level of integrity and able to exercise confidentiality and discretion in handling funder information
  • Functions well in a fast-paced work environment where a strong sense of humor and a dedication to professional excellence are vital to success


This is a full-time salaried position with benefits including health, dental and vision, 401k, three weeks paid vacation, company paid iPhone, and more. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Application Process

Deadline:  September 8th, 2017
To Apply:  Please send a cover letter and resume and to careers@ripr.org with Grants Officer in the subject line.  No phone calls please.

RIPR service includes news networks, RIPR.org and mobile service. This position is based in our Providence studios. Rhode Island Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.            

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Fill-In / Part-Time On-Air Hosts

Rhode Island Public Radio has immediate openings for fill-in / part-time On-Air Hosts.

The successful candidate must demonstrate excellent vocal presentation, strong technical skills and meticulous attention to detail. RIPR is seeking warm and friendly hosts, with the flexibility and skill to fill a variety of live and pre-recorded shifts. Candidate should enjoy working independently and be comfortable adapting to changing technology.

Must be available to work either early mornings, weekends, afternoons and holidays at times. The hourly rate is depending on experience. A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years professional broadcast experience is required. Public radio experience is a plus. Must be proficient in digital audio editing software and comfortable with live board operation and automation. Must have experience preparing, writing, and delivering newscasts.

RIPR service includes news networks, RIPR.org and mobile service. This position is based in our Providence studios.

Apply online only to careers@ripr.org using “On Air Host” in the subject line with cover letter, resume and three work samples provided as attachments or URLs. No Phone Calls Please.

Audio Production Internships

We are not currently accepting applications; typically applications are sought at the beginning of the fall/spring academic semesters.  Below is the position description if you wish to familiarize yourself with the role.
The audio production intern will work one, three-hour shift per week on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for approximately 2 to 4 months. Duties include: editing music for use as background and buttons; editing promos for local features and events; editing national programming promos for local broadcast; assisting the Operations & Production Manager with other audio production tasks. Familiarity with digital audio or video editing software is preferred.  

Newsroom Internships

Rhode Island Public Radio is currently seeking interns for the newsroom internship. 
Interns will work two, four-hour shifts per week in the newsroom writing and producing stories for the daily newscasts. Duties include: researching, interviewing both in the newsroom and out in the field, editing audio, and writing news copy. Interns will also post their stories on the RIPR website and assist with other duties in the newsroom. This is a great opportunity to learn the core skills of broadcast journalism while working alongside experienced journalists. Internship shifts run from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM or Noon - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Elisabeth Harrison: eharrison@ripr.org.

To learn about volunteer opportunities, please visit the volunteering page.   

Rhode Island Public Radio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, or sexual orientation. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
In accordance with FCC guidelines, Rhode Island Public Radio is required to provide notification of full-time job vacancies to organizations involved in assisting job seekers upon request by such organization. As a public service, Rhode Island Public Radio Human Resources office will provide notification of jobs to interested organizations. To request notification, write:
Rhode Island Public Radio
1 Union Station
Providence, RI 02903
Diversity Statement:
Rhode Island Public Radio is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion to maintain a fair, unbiased work environment and to enhance its ability to effectively serve the public. RIPR values an environment is grounded in respect and inclusion, enriching the experience of listeners and readers, and supports a positive workplace that promotes excellence, and cultivates the intellectual and personal growth of the entire community.
RIPR supports nondiscrimination policies and commits to equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity.
RIPR’s Diversity Goals
  • To recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is representative of our service area.
  • To provide equal opportunity in employment.
  • To educate its management and staff in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons.
RIPR Diversity Practices and Initiatives
  • RIPR is committed to diversity and equal employment opportunity in every aspect of personnel policy and practice including: recruitment, selection, placement, training and advancement of employees.
  • Recruitment for employment opportunities at RIPR takes place through an open and fair process.
  • RIPR job postings are submitted to professional minority organizations consistent with its established FCC EEO program with the goal of attracting a diverse candidate pool. Special effort will be made by RIPR management and search committee members to recruit minority candidates.
  • RIPR management and other appropriate staff will attend training seminars or workshops in order to learn ways to create a more diverse workforce and to maintain a culture of respect and non-discrimination. RIPR management will review practices designed to fulfill RIPR’s commitment to diversity and to meet applicable FCC guidelines.
Diversity at RIPR
  • RIPR has 19 full time members of its public radio staff.
  • Women comprise a total of 47% of RIPR’s full time staff.  
  • RIPR’s staff generally reflects the demographic makeup of its listening area and we will continue to recruit diverse candidates for future open positions.
For our EEO Reports, please download the PDFs below.