Director of Music Content

KCRW team


Who we are
KCRW aims to build a strong community through music discovery for music fans in Los Angeles and around the world, as well as to serve as a platform for artists and their creativity.
How You’ll Make an Impact
As LA’s premier platform for emerging artists in independent music, our Music Director must be living in both the future and present of music-listening behavior and tapped into local and global passion-points for music fans. The right candidate will be excited to manage and lead a team of talented staff to inspire new audiences to fall in love with KCRW on a variety of platforms.
Here’s What You’ll Do
  • Develop a unifying vision for KCRW Music programming that crosses genres, generations and platforms;
  • Develop strategies to create daily and weekly habits for existing and new audiences in connection with DJ personas and music genres;
  • Expand the audience reach of KCRW Music by 20% in the first year across audio, video, social and newsletter platforms;
  • Be a great listener, manager and motivator of a talented team, conducting regular team meetings and communications
  • Administer payroll, performance management and union relations with Music staff;
  • Ensure all Music initiatives are effectively project-managed from ideation to completion, including preparing and enforcing budgets;
  • Guide the programming mix and tone of our talented team of DJs and creators, providing constant creative feedback, including regular airchecks;
  • Maintain and grow relationships with record labels, managers and independents in the music industry;
  • Collaborate with the rest of the organization to create the best possible experiences for KCRW fans and benefits for KCRW members, including in-person events; work with individual giving and sponsorship teams to identify revenue opportunities
  • Develop external content and audience partnerships that ensure a steady flow of the best talent, exposure and distribution while maintaining KCRW’s reputation for high integrity as the independent music curator of Southern California


Here’s What You’ll Bring
  • Knowledge of music trends and the music industry;
  • Experience managing a creative team of people;
  • A track record of building an audience on digital platforms;
  • Experience finding and developing creative talent;
  • A lifelong passion for music across genres, and respect for its artistry, history and role in inspiring and convening community
  • A public service mentality
  • We know that the right person may come from radio, publishing, media or somewhere else entirely. We are eclectic and so are you.
  • A desire to do something great, to help carry a beloved institution into the next era
  • Strategic thinking and a clear approach to decision-making
Preferred Skill
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks effectively
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in record keeping
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to handle challenging situations professionally

Benefits & Perks

What We Offer
  • Salary Range: $150,000 - $170,000
  • Hybrid work schedule for select positions.
  • Eligible for overtime and premium working holiday pay rate
  • Sick leave award
  • Vacation leave accrual
  • Paid holidays
  • Health insurance (including medical, dental, vision, FSA, life and AD&D) eligibility
  • 403(b) with company match
  • Passionate office environment surrounded by an incredible community of curious and talented colleagues
  • KCRW is a qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program - read more here to determine your eligibility

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Job Details

Posted on Apr 17

Santa Monica, CA, USA

Full time


$150K - $170K