WDET Seeks General Manager

Aug 13, 2019

WDET-FM in Detroit seeks a General Manager who will provide leadership for WDET team members and will direct, plan, develop and manage the overall operations of radio station WDET-FM to provide the highest possible quality programming service to the metropolitan area while promoting the University. This role has a strategic focus on audience and revenue growth, budget management as well as fundraising and stewardship for the station. Apply by September 8.

Essential Functions:

  • Strategic Leadership & Direction.
  • Personnel Management.
  • Fundraising & Business Development.
  • Programming & Audience Development.
  • Business & Financial Management.
  • External Relations & Strategic Partnerships.

NOTE: For more detail on the Essential Functions of the position, please visit the posting at http://liv.jobs/f27mg.

Experience: Expert (established subject matter expert, 7+ years-experience)

  • Significant senior leadership experience at a non-profit media organization or similarly relevant and competitive environment.
  • Considerable experience in developing and leading the implementation of strategies that have resulted in measurable growth and impact.
  • Direct fundraising experience, including personal experience developing proposals and securing major gifts and grants.
  • Experience reporting to, serving on, and managing both governing and advisory boards preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. (Hiring/building diverse teams and reaching/serving diverse audiences).
  • A track record of developing strategic partnerships and working collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders to achieve goals.
  • Public media experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong personnel management skills, particularly in the area of change management and performance management.
  • Proven ability to build, lead, mentor and coach diverse teams and build organizational alignment.
  • High level of business and financial management skills including forecasting, strategy development, budget planning, contract negotiation, and compliance management /ethical/transparency.
  • Highly adaptable, resourceful and entrepreneurial; creative, data-driven problem solver with well-developed analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, including an ability to adapt style to various audiences and build rapport with diverse stakeholders.
  • Understanding and appreciation of new and emerging technologies and their application in transforming services and business operations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission of public media. Passion for independent, community-based journalism and cultural programming strongly preferred.
  • Helpful to understand urban environments, particularly Detroit.
  • Ability to make connections with Detroit community and business leaders.


Wayne State University/WDET has retained Livingston Associates to assist in this search.  Inquiries are welcome with Livingston Associates. For consideration, please visit the full job posting and apply online at http://liv.jobs/f27mg.

Apply by Sept 8.

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Wayne State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer