General Manager, Programming

A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and entertainment programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. NPR listeners value information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.

NPR podcasts regularly top the iTunes charts and attract leading sponsors. We’re looking for someone to build on that momentum as the lead manager of some of our biggest properties. The General Manager of Programming is responsible for the creative development and overall success of Embedded, Hidden Brain, How to Do Everything, Pop Culture Happy Hour and the Code Switch podcast.

Essential Duties Include:

  • Overseeing content development to ensure that it meets each program’s mission and NPR’s overall editorial standards.
  • Promoting innovation and smart risk-taking to keep programs fresh and relevant.
  • Supporting and developing creative teams, including managing program talent and producers.
  • Working with NPR’s audience research, marketing and digital distribution teams to expand and diversify program audiences.
  • Ensuring programs’ financial success in partnership with NPR’s sponsorship and philanthropic development teams.
  • Encouraging creative interaction between program teams, as well as organizing teams for efficient production.
  • Representing programs in public forums, including within the public radio system.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


The General Manager is key member of a programming leadership team that develops and sustains new initiatives. You will be responsible for the success of new programs as they move from launch to production phases.

Required experience and skills

  • Experience nurturing and mentoring teams to produce programs that are consistently creative and engaging.
  • Experience maintaining journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including high standards of objectivity, balance and fairness.
  • Record of developing programming to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage all aspects of program business planning, including budgets, contracts and marketing.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work well with a variety of constituencies and personalities.
  • Ability to show initiative and multi-task in a fast-paced, high-volume environment.
  • At least 5 years of management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Willingness to relocate to Washington, DC.

Preferred experience and skills

  • Experience producing programs for both broadcast and digital platforms.
  • Knowledge of the public radio system.

Critical competencies for success
The successful candidate for this position will be:
- Collaborative in organizing teams to meet objectives.
- Engaged with people at all organizational levels, from show staff to executive leadership, to ensure that ideas are heard and that information is communicated effectively.
- Adaptive in the face of change and media disruption.
- Focused on both creative achievement and business results.
- Respectful of a wide range of views, including those of constituencies within NPR and the public radio system.

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.

Apply online and be sure to include your cover letter with links to work you’re proud of and want us to know about. If you apply for this job, here's what you can expect in our interview process. If you’re checking out technical or digital roles, here are some additional things you should consider about what you’ll experience at NPR.

NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development. NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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