Los Angeles, CA Other 2 weeks ago

The Organization – University of Southern California Radio Group:

USC Radio Group (USCRG) is the parent entity for two of America’s top classical radio stations, Classical California KUSC and Classical California KDFC, along with the fast-growing Classical California digital platform. KUSC and KDFC have been championing the power of classical music for over 70 years in Los Angeles and the Bay Area/San Francisco through great music, support of the arts, and compelling storytelling from knowledgeable hosts. USCRG is a division within USC’s University Relations, which is responsible for advancing the university’s cultural, civic, community, and educational missions.

USCRG is a thriving broadcast entity that includes the two flagship and 10 additional FM station transmitters across California. Together with a robust digital presence, USCRG provides classical radio music to over 2 million listeners. The stations are all licensed to the University of Southern California (USC), one of the world’s leading research universities with an unparalleled commitment to classical music and the arts. In April 2022, USCRG launched Classical California, a new umbrella brand, providing a space where KUSC and KDFC can co-exist alongside new digital services that nurture a love of classical music for all. With an annual budget of $18 million, a $130 million comprehensive campaign underway, a talented staff and a strong strategic plan, USCRG is well-positioned for future success.

Located in downtown Los Angeles, KUSC is the largest and most listened to non-profit classical music station in the country. KDFC, located in the San Francisco Arts District, recently moved into its new state-of-the-art Batwisha Minor Broadcast Center located within the also-new Bowes Performing Arts Center. Together with the digital platform, both stations are dedicated to making classical music and the arts a more important part of more people' s lives by presenting high quality classical music programming, and by producing and presenting programming celebrating the arts, culture and diversity of all the communities they serve. USCRG is also an essential portal to more than 1,500 arts and music organizations in California.

The Situation:

USCRG has gone through historic, positive and successful growth over the last several years. It’s in Year 2 of a groundbreaking 5-year strategic plan, highlighted by the creation of Classical California. They are enjoying the fruits of its successful campaign to fund and build out a new KDFC broadcast. And, it has created an internal work environment of collaboration and team-orientation, with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, working to blend the cultures of the two stations to create a space of creativity and empowerment. The strategic plan is focused on five priorities:

Developing the cohesive Classical California brand with increased marketing to drive engagement and awareness; Evolving from a radio mainstay to a digital pioneer, while ensuring the continued strength of the radio presence; Creating meaningful and enriching community and member engagement; Inventing a sustainable and evolved membership model; Building inclusive content and engagement for new and potential audiences as well as an inclusive, respectful workplace for all Radio group employees.

Thus, the outgoing President, Judy McAlpine, is leaving a legacy of success with a strong foundation for her successor to build upon in the coming years. The organization is on the cusp of great growth and opportunity and is on very solid financial footing, despite the challenges from the global pandemic. USCRG’s endowment, reserves, and operating revenue have all increased over the last few years and are in excellent condition.

And yet, there is so much opportunity for continued innovation and growth. On behalf of USCRG, the President can and will be an out-facing leader in the arts and civic communities in Los Angeles and San Francisco (including growing in-person engagement and special events – with both existing listeners and new, untapped audiences); major donor fundraising still has significant potential with untapped audiences and new fundraising pathways; the Classical California digital platform is growing and ripe for a leader who can scale growth and creativity; and soon, the lease for the Downtown Los Angeles studio space will be up for renewal providing an opportunity to explore whether to conduct modernization project or identify other location options.

USCRG also has the unique position of being part of global university. There is significant collaborative and subject-matter expertise to tap into through strategic partnerships with its 23 schools and administrative departments. Highlights include the USC Thornton School of Music, Annenberg School of Communication, USC School of Cinematic Arts, and the USC Iovine & Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and Business Innovation. USC’s University Advancement department is also a key partner for development along with USCRG’s advisory Board of Councilors.

In short, USCRG has never been better positioned for growth and impact, and is transforming from a collection of radio stations and digital platform to a well-rounded arts organization that serves growing audiences in California and across the globe.

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the SVP, University Relations (who in turn reports to USC President, Carol Folt), the President, USC Radio Group will oversee all staff, operations, finances and content of KUSC, KDFC and the digital platform. This person will be both the lead external face of USCRG and its efforts, as well as a dynamic, empathetic and inspiring internal leader, who will grow, develop and evolve a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, transparency and empowerment.

Specifically, the President will work closely with the Philanthropy group and across the civic landscape to help play a key role in securing major gifts for USC Radio. This person will also work with arts leaders in Los Angeles and San Francisco (such as with the heads of Symphonies, Operas and other organizations) to help bring classical music to the public and will oversee distribution of content on all existing and emerging technology platforms (as well as through live events), leveraging these opportunities to expand USC Radio to new communities and listeners. This professional will not be afraid to drive change and continue to foster a culture of connection, teamwork and unity between the Los Angeles and San Francisco operations. This leader will also be the lead advocate representing USCRG within USC itself.

In short, the President will lead this burgeoning arts organization with a mission to increase opportunities for those from all diverse communities within Los Angeles and San Francisco to connect with, be involved in and have access to classical music.

Thus, the next President will be a seasoned, experienced and mature organizational leader who is capable of developing, communicating and executing a vision and yet whose fundamental nature is one of team-orientation and collaboration. This individual will have run a nonprofit and will ideally have experience in digital, public media and radio. The President will see the opportunities with emerging technological platforms and will be curious how audiences receive different content on different platforms.

Demonstrated experience with, and knowledge of, nonprofit fundraising is key, as is a transparent and proactively communicative style, and the ability to listen, empower others and be present. This person will be both scrappy and not afraid to roll up their sleeves while being comfortable and collaborative within a large anchor institution like USC (the largest private employer in Los Angeles).

Importantly, this person does not have to be trained in classical music but they absolutely must have a passion for, and substantive familiarity with the genre. This leader will be excited about working with other leaders in the genre and about leading a classical music-driven arts organization. In this way, the next President, USCRG will have a tremendous opportunity to affect not only the organization, but the future of classical music in Los Angeles, San Francisco and beyond.

The Position:

President, USC Radio Group

Reports To:

Senior Vice President, University Relations

Direct Reports:

President, KDFC

VP Marketing & Sponsorship

Vice President Content

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Philanthropic Officer

Senior Business Officer

Position Responsibilities:

Vision & Strategy

  • Ensure that the organization has strong plans for digital and broadcast programming, community engagement, and fundraising.
  • Recognize and take into account USC’s overarching mission and commitment to classical music and education when setting and driving strategic endeavors.
  • Implement an inspiring vision for USCRG and, as part of the senior management team of USC, help map the future of the enterprise as a whole.
  • Set clear and challenging goals while committing the organization to improved performance; be tenacious and accountable in driving results.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)

  • Work with the USCRG DEIB Working Group, and in collaboration with larger University Relations ADEI efforts, to continue to develop and advance a welcoming and inclusive environment and increase representational diversity.
  • Set the tone for USCRG’s culture of excellence through collaboration and ensure that all operations are meeting the fundamental goals of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Ensure increased diversity in the composition of USCRG’s staff (on air, production and across the organization) and that USCRG overall reflects its diverse communities in its makeup and work.

Leading Teams

  • Attract and retain creative talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; be widely viewed as a strong developer of others.
  • Persevere in the face of challenges and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to higher standards, which commands respect from followers.
  • Lead by example and drive the organization's performance with an attitude of being responsive to the times. Guide the team to pivot, be open to feedback and re-direction.
  • Inspire others to support the Classical California brand.
  • Create the type of workplace where the team feels free to bring their full selves to work, and feels seen, heard and motivated to contribute in ways that fuel success.

Fundraising and Community Engagement

  • Drive the growth of USCRG and maintain, evaluate, and execute an effective development plan.
  • Lead the evolution of USCRG to becoming a fully balanced, integrated development and philanthropy-centered organization in Southern and Northern California.
  • Take a lead role in fundraising, particularly related to major gifts, grants, foundations, making client calls with the underwriting team, and be very comfortable and adept at soliciting support.
  • Work closely with USC’s University Advancement on shared donor relations, CRM infrastructure, and development-related strategies, where appropriate.
  • Represent the USCRG to local business and cultural organizations and participate in the leadership of USCRG in Southern and Northern California and throughout the coverage area.
  • Generate effective marketing to better engage USCRG in the community and attract new audiences and demographics.

Content Strategy and Development

  • Oversee a long-term content strategy across all available channels and platforms to ensure that USCRG reaches and engages loyal audiences on all platforms.
  • Work closely with the VP Content to define and execute a cross-platform programming strategy that puts audiences first.
  • Take an entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing innovative content.
  • Seek and analyze data from a variety of sources to support decisions and to align others with the organization's overall strategy.
  • Possess a clear grasp of media usage, marketing, population patterns and trends, and able to adjust course of organization in response.

Managing Relationships

  • Use communication, diplomacy, and team-building capabilities to collaborate, cross-functional departments, and outside organizations to successfully serve audiences, members and communities.
  • Strengthen USCRG partnership with and leverage the talent and expertise of USC’s schools and departments.
  • Connect and build strong relationships with others, demonstrate strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • Inspire trust and open communications, listening and soliciting all points of view. Be accountable and hold others accountable.
  • Encourage others to take the spotlight and visibly celebrate and support the success of individuals and the team.

Business and Financial Stewardship

  • Provide direction and counsel to USCRG leadership team to build and diversify revenue.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Business Officer to develop a viable financial plan for the organization, provide increased transparency of financial information and execute that plan.
  • Maintain and assure effective financial systems and reporting.
  • Ensure compliance with all University, State, Federal and FCC regulations.
  • Represent USCRG interests across USC and with key organizations such as Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Performing Arts organizations and Music schools, and the FCC.

Board of Councilors

  • Help assure and support a strong and effective volunteer board by maintaining strong relationships with each member, assuring that those members are informed, involved, and engaged in the planning and oversight of USCRG.
  • Partner with the Board on strategic planning/future facilities/capital campaign initiatives while facilitating staff participation.
  • Recommend and recruit board members who reflect the diversity of communities in the KUSC and KDFC coverage areas.

Ideal Candidate Skills:

Passion for the Mission:

The President will embrace and have a true passion for the mission of USCRG and a commitment to the arts. Driven by the mission to preserve classical music as a living art, this individual will be a thoughtful and engaged leader, cognizant of the long history of the organization, its culture, and its impact. The President will have the character, flexibility, dexterity, and pioneering mindset to lead the organization in times of great societal and technological change.

Inclusive Team Builder:

The President will invest in the development of a strong, inclusive leadership team to carry out strategy and plans. They will be a solicitous team player, working closely with senior leaders and staff to support the overall mission, and to position the organization to achieve the greatest possible impact for continued and future success. They will bring together as a team very different people with different backgrounds and skill sets and embrace the station's culture while continually innovating to help expand the brand and reach. The President will be an empathic, present leader, treating others with respect. They will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

Strategic Leadership:

The President of USCRG will be a strategic, results-oriented and progressive leader who guides and articulates a vision for USCRG's future consistent with the USC strategic plan and evaluates outcomes with a metrics -based approach. This professional will have extensive experience leading an organization or a large department in a much larger organization into a digital future, balancing risk aversion with evolution and developing a strong network of supporters. They will flourish in a mission-driven yet systematic, process-driven environment working with boards, senior leaders, and the staff.

Persuasive Communicator:

The President will be a confident and articulate communicator with the ability to work fluidly across all levels and be a charismatic, high-energy leader who can talk with all constituents and successfully convey USCRG's objectives. They will be an exceptional presenter with strong interpersonal skills and a natural ability to convey KUSC and KDFC priorities in a way that builds trust and galvanizes support. With an inherent ability to listen, think, and respond effectively to a variety of inquiries and challenges, they will be able to remain firm and steady in delicate situations and in high-level strategic discussions.


The President will have a strong orientation towards fundraising, including major gifts and grants. They will work across the civic and potential donor landscape, solicit support and see new opportunities beyond the traditional sources. They will also have the ability to articulate a compelling vision for USCRG and explain its strategic initiatives, inspire confidence in donors, and assist with closing gifts.

Fiscal Stewardship:

The President of USCRG ensures that the organization operates in accordance with all USC policies and procedures and is in sound financial condition including a balanced budget, adequate reserves, and building endowment.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Passion and knowledge of classical music.
  • Ten+ years of experience in a senior leadership role in public media, radio and/or a nonprofit arts organization with an understanding of music on digital and broadcast platforms.
  • Significant experience in strategic planning, budgeting and managing multiple priorities in a nonprofit setting.
  • Strong leadership experience and skills that include the ability to attract, hire, train, motivate, and retain talent. A demonstrated ability to lead others and achieve results in a team-oriented environment, while fostering belonging in a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture.
  • Demonstrated experience as a transparent, empathetic and proactive communicator with staff, peers and subordinates. Adept at communicating effectively across all levels of leadership while inspiring confidence. Outstanding oral and written communications skills and the ability to make effective presentations.
  • A high level of professional executive presence and decisiveness, when interacting with key leadership, decision-makers and stakeholders.
  • An understanding of the values, sound and sensibility of public radio and enthusiasm for the station, the region, and the value of localism. Knowledge of public radio and the public radio system.
  • An understanding of digital behavior and current/emerging digital platforms; experience building audiences, leading the integration of content, including local, national and international content, across platforms.
  • A strong track record of applying insights from analytics and benchmarks to content decisions on air and online.
  • Bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree preferred.

If Interested and Qualified, please contact:

Lyn (Carolyn) Cason

Managing Director

Stanton Chase

Cell: 310-854-9133

Email: l.cason@stantonchase.com

Shayne Lightner

Director, Entertainment, Media & Digital

Stanton Chase

Cell: 310-936-4916

Email: s.lightner@stantonchase.com

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 5 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Prior experience in a station management position.
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    10th May 2022
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    10th Jun 2022
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