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3535 Radio Announcer Operator (As-Needed)

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Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 54,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 136 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

What It Means to Work Here

The SFUSD community is unified by our Core Values:

  • Student-centered: We put students’ needs first
  • Fearless: We persist through challenges
  • United: We celebrate and build on each other’s strengths
  • Social Justice: We stand with those most vulnerable in our community
  • Diversity-driven: We respect and seek to understand each person


We are also inspired by Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025.  

Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are committed to and will champion our Core Values, are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers and who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning.


KALW was put on the air by San Francisco public school teachers and students in September of 1941, making it the first FM station West of the Mississippi.  KALW became a public radio station licensed by the district in 1971 and was an early NPR affiliate. It also served as the West Coast station of record for the BBC World Service.


In the early 21st century, at a time when most broadcasters were cutting back on local production, KALW made investments and built partnerships that launched a range of new shows, including “Your Call,” “Philosophy Talk,” “Revolutions Per Minute,” “Music From Other Minds,” and “Explorations in Music.” In 2004, KALW began to develop its local news department from scratch, which culminated in the launch of the daily local news magazine “Crosscurrents” in 2008, which has won numerous awards for its public interest journalism.


Today, the station serves as a leading broadcast outlet for the Bay Area’s diverse arts and music scenes. It has developed an award-winning local newsroom with training and talent development at its core. KALW’s progressive talk show “Your Call” was named “Most Valuable Local Radio Show” by The Nation magazine. Thanks to partnerships with community institutions and independent producers, the station is an engine for distinctive original productions, including the ground-breaking podcasts “99% Invisible” and “Radio Ambulante.”


Responsibilities include:

  • Understanding and compliance with FCC rules as related to live radio broadcasting
  • Ensuring the highest quality on-air sound
  • Creatively filling breaks with development, news, programming promotions and other updates to listeners 
  • Live announcing while multitasking, including monitoring for breaking news, answering studio calls and screening calls for local live hosts as needed
  • Communicate with traffic operations professional and news director as needed
  • Check studio communications throughout shift (Slack, email, phone)


This is a Temporary Exempt (TEX) appointment type.

This is an as-needed position reporting to Philip & Sala Burton High School in San Francisco.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of high school
  • One (1) year of experience in radio station operations
  • Possession of a valid Federal Communications Third Class Radiotelephone license

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in live radio operations, an engaging on-air presence, audio production skills, the ability to edit news, PSA, and underwriting copy for the air
  • Collegial, proactive, and solutions-oriented mindset
  • Proven and excellent customer service skills especially for working with hosts and studio guests (in studio and remote)
  • Digital editing and mixing proficiency
  • Social media posting: Posts to website, Facebook, Twitter accounts adhering to station guidelines for social media
  • Strong copywriting skills: AP and NPR styles
  • Strong problem-solving and multi-tasking skills
  • A passion for learning new broadcast tech: hardware and software
  • News writing: Write and anchor short newscasts on deadline
  • Knowledge of San Francisco’s public schools/urban public schools and a passionate belief in SFUSD’s commitment to instructional leadership as a lever toward delivering on the SFUSD Graduate Profile

What We Offer

SFUSD offers a competitive salary of $29.97 - $36.32 per hour commensurate with experience in a similar position. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including dental and vision plans, a defined benefit pension plan, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.

How to Apply

  • Visit www.careers.sfusd.edu and create a new account to begin your application.  
  • If you have previously applied to a job on JobAps, you will be prompted to “select an application to copy;” please select any previous application: you will have the opportunity to update the application and your resume; if you have not previously applied you will be prompted to create a new account
  • You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references and any applicable credentials or licenses   
  • Our Human Resources team will then review your entire application to determine your eligibility status and contact you directly should you move forward in the process



Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Non-Discrimination Policy

San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy extends to San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities.

For more information about the District's non-discrimination policy, please review Board Policy 4030.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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