Job Description:

AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, is a global community of independent audio producers. We seek a thoughtful, strategic and dynamic leader for our small but creative and collaborative staff of four and our growing membership which today includes more than 1,500 radio and podcast producers, editors, sound designers, and engineers.

We’re looking for a leader who has a vision for what mission-driven audio, whether podcast or broadcast, should look like, and the capacity to think strategically about AIR’s role in bringing that vision into reality. Our ideal executive director will be adaptable to changing circumstances as well as a creative thinker who thrives as a part of the ideation process. They’re a builder of bridges who values collaboration and community. If you see yourself in this description, even if you aren’t sure that you meet all of the requirements, we strongly encourage you to apply. 

The Executive Director will oversee a $1 million budget and provide leadership and oversight to AIR's programming and organizing work. We need a high-level, strategic thinker who will lead the staff and we also need a doer, who can show by example and roll up their sleeves to execute. 

The ideal candidate will be excited about generating financial resources for AIR. They will be an effective fundraiser with a demonstrated track record, knowledgeable of and expert at being in the leadership role in fundraising and resource development. Our ideal leader will be comfortable being AIR’s spokesperson and understand how to build and steward relationships with institutional funders and individual donors. The new Executive Director must be able to conceptualize and communicate powerful ideas in writing and verbally to secure funding to support AIR’s mission. Our executive director will be responsible for continuing to grow our organizational fundraising capacity and for diversifying AIR’s revenue streams.

AIR works to ensure that skilled professionals can make a lifelong career in mission-driven audio, and that ambitious professionals can find the training they need to develop their skills. We are proud of  our role in moving forward a conversation about pay equity in public radio and podcasting, and our work on rates, rights and fair practice is pivotal to that effort. The ideal candidate will be passionate about social justice and will keep this vital community organizing work going strong.

AIR is committed to centering and amplifying underrepresented voices. Our next Executive Director will think critically about systemic barriers and justice and bring a meaningful and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

AIR's programming includes New Voices and Edit Mode, two cohort-based fellowship programs designed to support storytellers from traditionally marginalized backgrounds as they move forward in their careers. Our new Executive Director will have the opportunity to strategically expand on and build the profile of these programs.


  • Demonstrated experience raising funds
  • Experience managing a team
  • Familiarity with the public radio and podcast landscape and industry
  • Demonstrated experience leading real change to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.  

Additional preferred qualifications: 

  • Experience developing and leading organizing campaigns
  • Non-profit experience 
  • Experience working in public service media
  • Experience developing and leading training and education programming
  • Experience with online and remote education
  • Labor movement experience

We recognize that no one candidate will have all of the additional experience described above; however,  these are areas where experience or even demonstrated interest will be a real asset to AIR’s work. 

Salary: Our expected range is $125,000+

Location: Currently our team is fully remote, based in the SF Bay Area, Philadelphia and Boston. This is a remote position.

Anticipated start date: September 1, 2022

Job Location: 
Remote, MA
United States
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Thursday, June 30, 2022
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Full time
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We recognize that we are seeking a wide range of skills and experience for this position, and not all candidates will be an exact match for the criteria as laid out in the job description. We do not expect every candidate to be equally skilled in these areas, and this is not a complete list of what you may be asked to do or what you may bring to the job. Please feel free to let us know about other relevant skills and qualifications that may be of interest to us. Reaching diverse talent is incredibly important to AIR and if you do not have the exact combination of skills, we’d still love to hear from you.

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This position will remain open until filled, however we expect to begin reviewing applications no later than June 30, 2022.

If you have questions, you may reach out to and we will do our best to answer swiftly.

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