General Manager



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Job Title: General Manager/Executive Director

Employer: WSLR, INC; Sarasota, Florida [currently branded as WSLR+Fogartyville]
Job Status:  Full-Time Exempt (FTE)
Compensation: $50,000 annual salary, plus incentives. Two weeks paid vacation

MISSION: WSLR+Fogartyville is a center for creative expression and community engagement that amplifies the voices of our diverse community, and promotes peace, sustainability, democracy, and economic and social justice. 

WSLR is a non-profit, non-commercial community radio station committed to providing a platform for alternative voices, creative expression and the unique perspectives and interests of the Sarasota area. The radio station’s goal is to fill a unique niche in music and local-interest programming that is refreshing, engaging, insightful, and helps expand our listeners’ horizons. We accomplish this through our broadcast radio programming, our website, live streaming of our broadcasts, social media, program archiving and podcasting. Fogartyville is a 100+ seat indoor/outdoor community space – the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center – where we host live concerts, films, art exhibits, educational events and community gatherings. WSLR also publishes “The Critical Times” – a quarterly newspaper that is distributed throughout the Sarasota area. Founded as a non-profit in 2004 and broadcasting over the airwaves since 2005, WSLR+Fogartyville is powered by hundreds of committed volunteers, programmers, and supporters. 

General Manager/Executive Director  [Job Summary]

The General Manager / Executive Director (GM) is responsible and accountable for the management, growth and sustainability of WSLR+Fogartyville and all departments and activities of the organization, directly or with staff support. The GM is responsible for overall administration, financial oversight, government and legal compliance, fundraising, personnel, volunteer management, programming, community engagement, technical operations, and all other aspects of our non-profit organization. The GM reports to and has an active working relationship with the WSLR+Fogartyville Board of Directors through regular meetings as well as informal interactions to communicate financial status, strategic opportunities, challenges, and on-going organizational accomplishments and activities. The GM is the chief fundraiser for the organization, serves as our spokesperson, and represents WSLR+Fogartyville in local, regional and national matters as appropriate. 

The GM works closely with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers in a collegial and constructive relationship to ensure the success of WSLR in its role as a valuable community resource.

The GM will be a professional who knows and understands the nature and purpose of bothcommunity broadcasting and a community-based arts and performance space in a volunteer-driven organization. Leading candidates will have excellent organizational, interpersonal and writing skills, as well as the ability to work both independently, and in teams, and who can bring creativity and positive energy to the position.

Desired Qualifications:  

  • A degree in a related field or equivalent professional experience in arts, media, non-profit fundraising, or non-profit management.
  • 5 years of relevant professional experience in a management position, including significant supervisory roles, budgetary responsibility, financial oversight and positive public relations experience.
  • Work experience that demonstrates community interest, operational transparency, a collaborative nature, and a history of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Successful non-profit fundraising experience that includes managing donor and/or membership programs, grant writing, cultivating business support and event coordination.
  • Public broadcasting (preferred) or commercial broadcasting experience, including knowledge of FCC regulations, knowledge of radio broadcasting, audio production, radio engineering, and/or journalism.
  • Commitment to non-profit community radio. 
  • General technical skills applicable to working in a radio station and public performance venue. 
  • Facility management (oversight of building maintenance, utilities, work contracts, etc.).
  • An understanding of arts and performance presentation;
  • Supervisory experience that demonstrates an ability to effectively hire, train, mentor, lead and evaluate employees and volunteers.