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General Manager of KPBS

KPBS seeks a dynamic, forward-looking leader.  We invite applications for the position of General Manager of KPBS, which includes KPBS TV (four channels), Radio 89.5 and 97.7 and digital platforms.


With its commitment to trusted news, entertainment, information and storytelling, KPBS is poised and ready to head into the future: Service and Content Report.  KPBS is a service of San Diego State University, a part of the California State University system and the oldest higher education institution in San Diego.  As the nation’s eighth most populous city, San Diego’s prime location on the Pacific Coast and its proximity to the U.S.- Mexico border have contributed to its growth and rich history. 

Through management of staff to achieve strategic objectives, the General Manager is responsible for maintaining KPBS’ sound financial stature through strong fundraising performance and successful stewardship of resources. By establishing and stewarding relationships with local and national government officials, the value and appreciation of KPBS are enhanced. The General Manager also initiates and guides work that maximizes the collaborative efforts between KPBS and content partners across the region, within the University and beyond. Leadership efforts are significantly focused on building organizational capacity and leveraging emerging opportunities through work with external and prospective partners including diverse educational, not-for-profit and civic organizations. The General Manager engages with the KPBS Community Advisory Board. Leading and assessing KPBS diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are key objectives, reflected in recruitment and retention of staff and programming and outreach to diverse communities and community partners.

Overseeing a unit of approximately 200 staff, including six direct reports, the General Manager reports to the SDSU President, Adela de la Torre, Ph.D., and is responsive to the Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs for day-to-day supervision.  

With leadership responsibility for operating and capital budgets of more than $37M from multiple and variable revenue sources, the General Manager oversees University, state and federal government funding; audience support; major and planned giving; grants, business sponsorships, special events; and sales of goods and services. The General Manager secures funding  for capital projects, news and programming, and other station-wide priorities. The General Manager also leads annual and ongoing advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels. Additional responsibilities include leadership of staff development, performance and compensation design, diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, and envisioning and pursuing future services.

Application Process

Applications must include: (1) a cover letter describing how the candidate’s specific education, training, and experience meet or exceed the listed skill sets and job responsibilities, (2) a detailed professional resume, (3) a diversity statement detailing the candidate’s commitment and/or contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, and (4) a list of five professional references who have worked directly with or for the applicant. 

To apply for this position submit all materials to [email protected]. The position will remain open until filled; however, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 11, 2022. 


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