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WDET 101.9 FM is Detroit's public radio station and NPR affiliate. Located in the heart of the city, WDET is licensed to Wayne State University and is one of the region’s most active non-profit organizations. Our mission is to serve an engaged, diverse, and curious audience through trusted news, inclusive conversations, and culture experiences that empower our community to move forward. We’re proud to share Detroit’s stories with the world and bring the world to Detroit - on–air, online, and through in-person events.

If you love public radio or are interested in using your skills to make a difference in Detroit, we might have the perfect opportunity for you to join our team. Come work in an energetic environment where you can develop professionally, make an impact and have fun at the same time! Learn about our open positions, internships and volunteer opportunities below.

 

Careers 


All full-time positions at WDET are listed at http://jobs.wayne.edu and can be found by searching for postings by Department: H8703-WDET or the posting number listed below. WDET only accepts applications that have been submitted through the Wayne State system. Wayne State offers an outstanding employee benefits package that includes health insurance, a generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to complete or further your education through our tuition assistance program.

 

Associate Director, Business Development & Marketing 

Reporting to the General Manager, the Associate Director of Business Development and Marketing is responsible for leading innovative sales and marketing strategies in support of organizational goals. The Associate Director is accountable for driving the growth of WDET's sales and events revenue by inspiring and coaching a sales team towards achieving and exceeding annual goals. Develops strategic partnerships and collaborates on the development of promotional campaigns that build awareness and generate audience and client loyalty. 

Essential duties include:

  • Develop and lead a strategic, performance-based approach to exceeding departmental sales and event revenue goals.
  • Recruit, manage and provide coaching to a team of sales representatives, marketing and event specialists and other support staff and vendors.
  • Direct the development, implementation and evaluation of all station marketing and promotional strategies to build brand awareness and growth of station, its programs and initiatives. 
  • Cultivate new business relationships and maintain relationships with agencies.
  • Oversee and evaluate market research, including focus groups and surveys.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Goal driven and strategic thinker with a demonstrated track record of achievement in current/previous positions. Strong management and coaching skills. Knowledge of Detroit market including decision makers, local events and key agencies. Relationship and customer service oriented with strong attention to detail. Excellent written and oral communication skills with a demonstrated ability to craft targeted messaging to a variety of audiences across platforms. Skilled at negotiation and persuasion. Ability to establish priorities, analyze problems, develop solutions and manage against expectations. Knowledge and understanding of digital media sales, marketing, advertising and event planning. Familiarity with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and trafficking systems such as Salesforce and Marketron, FCC guidelines, and sales forecasting and research tools. Passion for public media. Flexible and able to manage multiple objectives and tasks. Ability to thrive in a fast-moving and ambiguous environment. 

This position is commission eligible.

Learn more about this position and apply by searching post number 043749 at jobs.wayne.edu.

 

WDET Technical Operations Manager

WDET seeks an experienced digital operations manager to perform a broad range of duties related to ad operations and the distribution of digital content. He or she will serve as a knowledge source for the maintenance and growth of WDET’s digital services– including our live streams, on‐demand music, podcasts, and dynamic digital advertising (Google DFP, Adswizz)

Preferred Skills

  • Create and optimize digital ad campaigns on platforms similar to Google DFP, Adwizz and Mailchimp

  • Perform QA, execute repairs and identify new opportunities to improve WDET’s digital content distribution (live audio and video streaming, on-demand music, podcasts, newsletters, etc.) and ad delivery services

  • Manage digital distribution on third-party platforms and smart listening devices (iTunes, TuneIn, Amazon Echo/ Google Home, etc.)

  • Collect and report user metrics; translate information into actionable recommendations using data sources similar to Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Nielson, and Google DFP

  • Execute technical and workflow improvements that require cross-departmental collaboration with an approachable but systematic management style

  • Publish static content in CMS including show, podcast and profile pages (Basic HTML and CSS)

  • Log feedback and politely respond to user inquiries

This position is well fit for someone who is an expert in digital ad operations, pays high attention to detail, and enjoys working in a collaborative environment. Most likely, you stream lots of digital content (podcasts, video, music, etc.) and are able to identify features that could improve the user experience. You are data-driven! You may or may not have web development experience, but are open to learning new skills to get the job done.

If this is you, apply to post number 043758 at jobs.wayne.edu!

 

WDET Storymakers - Program/Project Coordinator 

WDET seeks an experienced producer/editor to support the launch of the Detroit StoryMakers initiative. This opportunity is ideal for a collaborative, community-oriented professional who is passionate about the power of storytelling and interested in shaping the future of media. You’ll manage all aspects of this grant-funded project -  from preparation and launch to daily operations, programming integration and evaluation. This position reports directly to WDET’s Engagement Manager and will be responsible for establishing workflows and maintaining communication between WDET staff, community partners, storytellers and external stakeholders to support the creation of game-changing programming and editorial content that aligns with the goals of the station.

About Detroit StoryMakers

WDET seeks to strengthen the craft of storytelling in Detroit by developing a network of diverse multimedia artists and producers and empowering residents to dynamically shape the narrative about our region. The Detroit StoryMakers initiative will provide professional development to current media producers and train community members to become storytellers and story makers. Stories produced through this initiative will appear within a variety of platforms, including WDET’s CultureShift.

This is a full-time grant-funded position for one year.

Apply to post number 043701 at jobs.wayne.edu.

 

WDET Digital Content Communities Specialist

WDET seeks a talented digital editor to help grow our engagement department. The ideal candidate will help develop, implement and administer plans and programs designed to define, execute and grow WDET's online communities and develop a 360 degree understanding of its members in order to cultivate loyalty, user creativity, and viral energy.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Develop and implement a strategic plan for the creation and incorporation of daily content into the website. Collaborate with a network of staff journalists; cultivate a broad, diverse network of guest bloggers and contributors and scout and source out-of-house material for incorporation into the daily content stream. Provide insight and direction regarding formatics, style and tone and oversee the trafficking, creation and quality assurance of all content.

Create and edit highly effective, multimedia content across multiple social media, social networking, and UGC outlets, along with niche web communities and blogs. Engage and grow a wide, diverse community of listener advocates and foster WDET's ability to learn and adapt through perpetual audience engagement.

Refine the editorial and content management processes of this work center and motivate a group of contributing authors from WDET's news and editorial areas. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts to improve operational efficiency and meet station standards and goals.

Serve in a liaison and resource capacity and remain current with industry developments and trends. Provide audience analysis. Collect and interpret data, provide customized analysis products for stakeholders and maintain an effective working relationship with data vendors.

Apply to post number 043707 at jobs.wayne.edu.

 

Internships


Gain the skills you need for the future. WDET is looking for mature and self-motivated interns and volunteers interested in pursuing a career in multi-media journalism, audio engineering or public media business and sales. WDET offers internships for credit. With opportunities ranging from field reporting and photojournalism, to social media engagement and marketing, there’s a chance for every applicant to learn useful skills. Students and volunteers must be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours a week. 
 

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Volunteer


WDET's success is directly related to our connection with you, our listeners. Your generous efforts and gifts of your time are one of the things that help keep great radio alive! 

We need your help with: 

  • Mailings 
  • Recycling 
  • "Thank You" Gift Packing 
  • Music Library Assistance 
  • Plant Tending 
  • And More!

Fill out our volunteer application and we will get in touch with you as opportunities arise! For more information about volunteering at WDET, contact our Membership team at 313.577.4550 or memberservices@wdet.org.

 

Equality Opportunity


As a public radio station, WDET believes that it is important to reflect the communities we serve in our programming, staff, and leadership. We recognize that employing a diverse team is essential to understanding and serving Metro Detroit's diverse communities, and to our ability to deliver relevant programming that engages our audiences and helps listeners achieve their full potential. Diversity is one of our shared organizational values and we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment by integrating a wide spectrum of skill sets, perspectives, ideas and values that shape all facets of our work. 

WDET is an equal opportunity employer and we actively recruit to promote diversity and inclusion in our workforce. We support and follow Wayne State University’s nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies. WDET is committed to recruiting from a broad pool of candidates, enabling us to hire and promote qualified staff and management that represents a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, personal experiences and characteristics, and talents. Applicants and employees of WDET and Wayne State University are considered for positions and evaluated without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, arrest record, height, weight, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or state law. WDET continually explores new opportunities for achieving and promoting diversity and inclusion and to monitoring and evaluating our success. That means WDET will always meet the standards of federal and state law, Wayne State University’s Equal Opportunity Policy, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Diversity Eligibility Criteria.

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