President and CEO

The Board of Directors of WRKF 89.3 FM in Baton Rouge, La., seeks a President and CEO. The successful candidate for this position will be an experienced, visionary leader eager to grow the station’s membership and listening audience while serving as the public face of the station throughout the region. 

The President and CEO will provide leadership to the staff in all aspects of public radio, which include programming, marketing and fundraising; build and strengthen ties with the station's constituent groups, listeners, members, major donors, underwriters and other organizations in the region; maintain a positive, productive attitude among the station’s employees; and inspire staff members to achieve their full potential.

Requirements for the position include:
• A bachelor’s degree in mass media communications, business administration, finance, or related field preferred (or equivalent in public radio experience).
• Familiarity with Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding and financial reporting requirements for foundation grantors.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Professional managerial and organizational competencies.
• Proven soft skills building coalitions and negotiating issues with regional corporate management and with diverse members of the broader community.
• Experience engaging in a variety of forms of fundraising.
• Willingness and ability to serve as the public face of the station in the community.

About WRKF
WRKF 89.3 FM is Baton Rouge's independent nonprofit National Public Radio station, informing and entertaining the community since 1980 with support from underwriters and supporter donors who value original coverage of Louisiana news and politics and national and international news coverage from NPR news. WRKF's varied programming consists of primarily news/talk with a diverse mix of music and cultural programming like “American Routes” with Nick Spitzer, theater of the mind programs like “This American Life” with Ira Glass and variety programs like “Wait, Wait, Don't Me” with Peter Sagal. Overnight WRKF retransmits the BBC World Service. WRKF streams live on the web at www.wrkf.org and through the WRKF app available for both Apple and Android devices.

How to apply
Apply at this link by September 9, 2016 (applicants are encouraged to include their salary requirements).

WRKF is an equal opportunity employer.


WRKF offers newsroom internships to foster passion for public radio and develop local talent.

Interns work alongside the station's experienced journalists, researching stories, writing broadcast copy, gathering sound, and producing pieces for air.

WRKF's internships are open to college students, recent graduates, and members of the community.

Internships are part-time, unpaid opportunities.

View the internship application for more details and instructions for applying.

Listen to some of the feature stories produced by WRKF interns.

Scholarships in Broadcast Journalism

WRKF offers scholarships to college students. The scholarships have been created by donors to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Scholarships are primarily awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, and good citizenship.

The WRKF scholarship was created to promote the study of broadcast journalism at LSU and Southern University. The scholarship award is to be used toward the following, in order of priority:

  1. tuition and fees
  2. room and board
  3. books and supplies
  4. commuting expenses.

The recipients are to be selected by an independent selection and review committee.

To apply for the scholarship, please review the guidelines, determine your eligibility, and submit the scholarship application and supporting materials. The foundation staff will review all of the applications, schedule any necessary interviews, and submit materials to the foundation board for review and final decision.

For more information including scholarship amounts and application deadlines visit BRAF.org.

To make a donation to the scholarship fund, contact the Baton Rouge Area Foundation at 225-387-6126 or 877-387-6126.

WRKF Diversity Statement

WRKF does not discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a person's race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.