Content Director, Culture

Content Santa Monica, California


KCRW is Los Angeles’ iconic public radio station, known around the world for our original news, culture and music programs. Filled with curious and creative people building community on the air, online and in person, KCRW is a unique and collaborative workplace.

The Content Director, Culture position at KCRW is editorial, strategic and managerial; the position is responsible for KCRW’s entertainment, arts and culture output on all platforms—including radio, podcast, social, web and other digital platforms. 

The role reports to the Chief Content Officer, working hand-in-hand with all KCRW departments—particularly communications and digital—to ensure KCRW makes incredible content that brings KCRW closer to its goals.

These goals are clear: find new audiences, delight and grow existing ones, and build an engaged community around what we do.

The new Content Director will manage a team of arts and culture producers, reporters and creators, helping them make the best work of their lives. As a leader in the KCRW content team, they will work with colleagues to devise new multiplatform properties or initiatives, and improve existing ones so they fit our goals better. They’ll be comfortable working toward specific, measurable targets of audience growth and engagement, and will be able to interpret audience data to understand how to improve our content, and to discern new opportunities for shows and properties that will serve the public better. They’ll know how to turn data and good ideas into content themselves, and will get hands-on if necessary.

KCRW exists to celebrate the genius of all Southern California’s communities. The Content Director, Culture knows diversity is key to our success—the more amazing people and stories we publish, the more people we reach—which means more opportunities to grow. Our new CD will be able to engage in many contexts with sensitivity and respect, and will have a hunger for growing KCRW’s relevance far beyond the typical NPR audience.

This is a full-time, managerial, exempt position.

Our new Content Director has:

  • Very broad interests, particularly food, entertainment (particularly TV + film), games, visual art, and performance
  • Very deep interests—the creative, business, political, and scientific aspects of arts and culture
  • A fascination for the unique way Los Angeles explores these areas, whether in East LA, Santa Barbara, South LA, DTLA or beyond

They will be able to show:

  • Experience in editorial judgement on several simultaneous projects
  • A fundamentally multi-platform outlook, with broadcast and digital experience
  • Literacy in data interpretation
  • A collaborative approach to problem solving
  • Managerial experience—talent, production, commercial
  • Production experience

Direct Reports:

  • 3 Hosts
  • 1 editor
  • 4 Producers

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing leadership and support to KCRW’s Culture production team
  • Ensuring editorial excellence in KCRW’s arts, entertainment and cultural output
  • Developing new broadcast, digital and hybrid properties
  • Improving existing properties to increase engagement
  • Increasing the representation of Southern California’s diverse communities
  • Providing input to KCRW’s overall direction
  • Managing and mentoring direct reports
  • Managing relationships with subject matter experts who contribute to our programming

Required Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years related work experience required
  • Minimum 2 years managerial experience required


  • Bachelor’s degree with related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience

What we offer:

  • Salary, commensurate with experience
  • 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

KCRW aims to be representative of Southern California, and candidates with traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. KCRW is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.