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

Underwriting Account Executive

Rhode Island Public Radio has an immediate opening for an Underwriting Account Executive.

Rhode Island Public Radio offers a unique opportunity for a motivated and creative sales professional. In a highly visible outside position, this motivated sales representative will act as one of the station’s ambassadors to the business community. Following a consultative sales approach, the account executive will develop and grow new and existing local and regional support by targeting markets, initiating cold calls, setting appointments, presenting, proposing marketing solutions and closing sales with owners, decision makers, advertising agencies and media buyers. Primary responsibilities include securing media buys for public radio broadcast programming, website, and special events.

Duties and Essential Job Functions

- Achieve sales goals working within a team-based collaborative department.
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with clients and prospects.
- Schedule on premise sales calls with both current and prospective clients.
- Submit a weekly report of sales activities.
- Identify prospective clients and compile information on competitive products.
- Facilitate accurate broadcast scheduling and airing.
- Represent organization at community networking events and organization’s community outreach and fundraising events.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Experience

This position will be evaluated based on demonstrating the following knowledge, skills and abilities in carrying out the duties assigned above:

- Strong communication and organizational skills required.
 Must be computer proficient—particularly in Excel and Word, and able to learn traffic software.
- A 3-5 year strong track record of sales in a business to business category is preferred.
- Ability to identify, cultivate and maintain immediate and long-term business relationships with a large number of clients.
- Ability to actively contribute as a team member of the underwriting staff.
- Familiarity with and appreciation for public radio programming is a plus but not a requirement.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.


Salary and commission based compensation commensurate with experience, and a benefits package that includes partially subsidized health and dental insurance and parking, fully paid life, LTD insurance, company paid iPhone, a FSA and a 401k plan.

Application Process

Deadline:  February 19, 2016
To Apply: Send a cover letter stating interest, salary/wage history and source where you learned of the open position; and include your resume and three professional and/or educational references to careers@ripr.org with Account Executive in the subject line.

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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.