Grand Rapids
Hibbing Bemidji
Bagley Brainerd
Northern Community Radio Job Opportunity
Created 12/10/12

Job Title: Production Assistant
Supervisor: Program Director
FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
Location: Bemidji and/or Grand Rapids
Compensation: Hourly

Job Summary: Produce and edit programs and program segments. Directly assists in production of the Morning Show.  Maintain and create content for Northern Community Radio's websites and social media. Help perform administrative tasks. Function as member of staff team.

Essential Functions:
Assist the community access coordinator in the production of the Morning Show. This can include production of interviews, talkbacks, music and other program elements, on-air and online;
Produce or edit a variety of other segments, modules and content for broadcast;
Assist the program director in managing, promoting and adding content to the organization's online and social media sites;
Prepare, print and post public service announcements for on-air use and online calendars;
Assist the program director with recordkeeping and other administrative tasks;
Occasional on-air host for news and public affairs programs, music programs, cultural and other programs;
Assist in preparing comprehensive weather forecasts for volunteers, logging programs for the FCC issues and programs list, copying forms, preparing programs for broadcast, recording breaks for automation;
Assist in training volunteers, interns or other staff as requested;
Function as part of on-air fundraising team to plan and implement membership drives;
Attend staff meetings and other meetings and events of the organization;
Support the activities of other staff that will assist in efforts to achieve overall success for Northern Community Radio in carrying out its mission.

Additional Responsibilities:
Perform other job-related activities as requested by supervisor.

Knowledge of local community and audience;
Experience managing/adding content to websites, photo editing, and audio production;
Solid web design sensibility;
Understanding of best practices in organizational use of social media Basic familiarity with radio production tools and understanding of production concepts;
Ability to communicate in a timely and productive fashion, both verbally and in writing;
Ability to keep logs and other documents associated with radio broadcasting:
Skill in creating, hosting, or performing on-air programs which meet criteria established by the organization's board of directors;
Ability to work as part of a team to implement organizational activities;
Basic understanding of the editorial and community access philosophy of the organization.

Additional Information for Applicants:

To apply: Send cover letter, including where you learned about this position, resume and references to:
Maggie Montgomery, General Manager
Northern Community Radio
260 NE 2nd St
Grand Rapids MN 55744
or email to Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled. 

Job Location:
The audio archivist will work out of either KAXE, 260 NE 2nd St in Grand Rapids or KBXE, 305 America Ave NW in Bemidji. He or she will be required to occasionally travel to the other site (either Bemidji or Grand Rapids), regardless of primary worksite. These cities are approximately 75 miles apart.

Hours and Pay:
This is a part-time position. Hours will be set between the Production Assistant and the Supervisor in such a way that work is accomplished in a timely and productive fashion. This part-time position does not have sick or vacation leave. The organization will contribute an amount equal to 5% of wages to a retirement plan. Pay is $14/hour.

About Northern Community Radio:
Northern Community Radio's Corporate headquarters is in Grand Rapids MN. NCR operates 91.7 KAXE in Grand Rapids and 90.5 KBXE in Bagley, with studios in Bemidji. The organization manages a series of 21 community websites at and a station website at, plus social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Northern Community Radio's mission is to "build community in northern Minnesota through radio programming, cultural events and interactive media."

Northern Community Radio was founded in 1971. KAXE began broadcasting in 1976. The organization is a founding member of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) and a full member of National Public Radio (NPR). KAXE is a member of AMPERS (Association of MN Public Educational Radio Stations). The organization currently has 9 full-time and 3 part-time staff. Much of the programming is done by its many talented on-air volunteers.

Northern Community Radio 800-662-5799
KAXE260 NE 2nd Street • Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744 • 218-326-1234 • FAX: 218-326-1235
KBXE 305 America Avenue NW • Bemidji, Minnesota 56601 • 218-333-9005
Grand Rapids - 91.7 FM • Bemidji - 90.5 FM • Brainerd - 89.9 FM • Ely - 103.9 FM