Below are current career opportunities at Rhode Island Public Radio.  Scroll down for details.
  • Chief Progress Officer
  • Part-Time On-Air Host
  • Audio Production Internships
  • Newsroom Internships
  • Other Volunteering Opportunities
  • FCC EEO Reports

Chief Progress Officer

The Institution:
Founded in 1997, RIPR’s mission is to provide quality journalism on-air, online, and in-person throughout the state. Our content and services provide wide-ranging discovery, and help create a disposition to participation among constituents.  Our role is to support the ongoing, evolving public conversation. Rhode Island Public Radio is devoted to being the keeper of an inclusive commons, which creates opportunities for factual public discussion, discourse, debate and deliberation covering all aspects of Rhode Island’s pluralistic society. Rhode Island Public Radio sees difference as a resource for social solutions and believes compelling storytelling is a pathway to shared understanding.

The Position:

RIPR, with our strong reputation, exceptional public service journalism, award-winning staff and board of Rhode Island’s most influential civic leaders, is looking for a Chief Progress Officer to help us build our vision for vital growth in services and impact, generate substantial revenues from traditional and emerging sources, and maximize our position in the philanthropic community, corporate sponsorship circles and among local, national, and international foundations.

Reporting to the President/CEO, Mr. Torey Malatia, in partnership with the Board of Directors, the Chief Progress Officer will spearhead all entrepreneurial and traditional revenue production efforts as RIPR continues on its steep growth path. he CPO will be responsible for overseeing the Director of Philanthropy and Stewardship, Membership Manager, Underwriting Manager (who oversees one Account Executive) and the Database Manager.

The Long View:
The CPO impacts RIPR’s institutional growth and its progress on numerous fronts. The CPO is co-architect and primary driver of the implementation plan that insures the successful attainment of institutional milestones. This position also communicates progress internally to staff and board, to stakeholders, and to the public.

Daily Role and Responsibilities:

•    The CPO is responsible for the business development of RIPR. This includes identifying and assessing partnerships for public programs, production collaborations and measuring viability for these non-traditional pilot projects on an ongoing basis.
•    Seek opportunities for future growth and recognize the potential impact of the ambitions of our teams and co-creators.
•    Oversee all revenue operations and initiatives, including traditional giving streams, fee-for-service ancillary revenues, corporate underwriting, a capital campaign, online advertising, and micro-giving.
•    Develop RIPR’s annual revenue plan and supporting budget.
•    Oversee metadata analysis and exploitation of intelligence extracted.
•    Cultivate opportunities.
•    Manage maintenance and mining of Raiser’s Edge and/or any future CRM infrastructure.
•    Create and execute strategies that innovate the next phase of membership attraction and retention, beyond mail, e-mail, sustainer programs, and enticements.
•    Build a sophisticated multi-option planned giving program.
•    Oversee all events and cultivation/stewardship activities.
•    Advocate and support philanthropic giving and involvement of the Board of Directors.
•    Analyze and report on all development results to RIPR leadership.
•    At their core, the CPO must be a powerful fundraiser, with demonstrated success developing relationships and generating major gifts, as well as strategic knowledge of/hands on experience with public media’s other revenue sources including foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, membership, underwriting, micro donations, Kickstarter-type pilot funding, mobile ad sales, and other digital revenue processes and procedures.

•    Passion for public media and its role in a civil society.
•    Customer service focus, both internally and with external constituents.
•    Energetic, focused and goal oriented, including setting staff targets, managing others, mentoring, innovating in teams and creative risk-taking.
•    People person, including strong emotional intelligence.
•    Comfortable with and able to develop and maintain peer-level relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, from individual members to major donors, and to make solicitations across that spectrum.
•    Strategic/Metrics and Goal Driven/Entrepreneurial, including helping develop and drive existing as well as identify and build new fundraising efforts.
•    Flexible – maintain equanimity and energy level in a changing, sometimes stressful, fast-paced and growing organization.
•    Integrity – Our most important asset is the trust our audiences have in us.

Minimum Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
•    Public media consumer and contributor.
•    3-5 years’ experience in revenue generation for non-profits.
•    Demonstrated experience in personal major giving solicitation, direct mail, grant writing and staff management.
•    Raiser’s Edge or other CRM experience that goes beyond use and includes deep analysis of data patterns and giving capacities.

RIPR offers a competitive compensation plan and benefits including health, dental, life and LTD insurance, and 401k.

TO APPLY, submit a letter, resume and at least three professional references at liv.jobs no later than March 31 for full consideration. RIPR is an EEO/AA employer.

Questions about the position can be addressed to Livingston Associates at 410.243.1974



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Part-Time On-Air Host

Rhode Island Public Radio has immediate openings for 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
The next internship period for audio production will be for Summer 2016. The application period will be May 1 - May 15, 2016.
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 42% 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.