Operations Assistant Half-Time, KSQD Community Radio Job Opening

Who we Are:

KSQD is a noncommercial, community radio station operated by the nonprofit organization, Natural Bridges Media. We have a tiny paid staff, a 10-person board of directors, and 130 volunteers. KSQD has a mission to build community through quality broadcasts, podcasts, training programs and community events. We celebrate the uniqueness of our region through news, arts, and culturally diverse programming. KSQD went on the air in 2019 and will soon reach over 600,000 potential listeners on 90.7FM, 89.7 FM and 89.5FM. We seek an enthusiastic and reliable person for the essential position of Operations Assistant to ensure the quality of our broadcast audio improves constantly.  This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a growing community nonprofit with a big vision.

The Position: Operations Assistant, ½ time, flexible hours. 

The Operations Assistant is responsible for overseeing and maintaining all audio content in KSQD’s on-air and archived computer systems, including station IDs, underwriting spots, and syndicated programs. An important function of this position is quality control of recorded spots and other on-air submitted or syndicated content. Other duties include assisting and training volunteers in the creation of audio content, basic podcasting skills, and ensuring all content is updated and usable by hosts. This position also oversees our social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.


Are you skilled in sound recording and digital editing?  You must be computer savvy. Familiarity with operating broadcast equipment is a huge plus, or being a quick study in using hardware and software technology.  We’re looking for someone who is deadline driven, self-motivated and organized. You should also be an active participant in social media and love radio as a medium.  A plus would be strong writing skills that can be adapted to broadcast conventions.

If you’re excited about this role but don’t feel your experience aligns perfectly with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.

This half-time job in Santa Cruz will require being in the studio most weekdays and available for weekends and emergency calls, yet offers a flexible schedule with some remote work.

Application process:

Please send your resume and a cover letter including your:

  • Education and job history
  • Skills communicating to the public on and off air
  • Writing skills
  • Knowledge of social media
  • Ability and confidence as a self-starter and organized manager
  • Ability to learn quickly and your passion for figuring things out and solving problems
  • Also tell us if you have knowledge of radio automation, such as ENCO, and communications systems, such as PRX

Important: Please also include a link to audio editing projects indicative of your editing skills, or send audio as Mp3 labeled with your full name. This demo could include examples of past audio projects you might have done for YouTube, SoundCloud, or other online platforms

Send all applications by May 19th to programs@ksqd.org.