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Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF) seeks a Managing Director to support the organization’s mission to bring exceptional audio documentaries of all styles to audiences worldwide, foster the work of producers engaged in contemporary audio culture and inspire the next generation of listeners and producers. From the radio show/podcast Re:sound , to the international competition, from the plentiful listening events to the acclaimed annual conference, the TCIAF reaches tens of thousands of people each week.

Reporting to TCIAF’s Executive Director, the Managing Director will help guide and strengthen the operations of the organization in support of TCIAF’s artistic vision and potential. The MD will help TCIAF grow the capacity of our organization, including audience size (producers and listeners, across our many platforms) and funding base.

  • Contribute to short and long-term strategic planning to ensure TCIAF’s ability to fulfill its mission in the rapidly evolving field of radio/podcasting
  • Create (as needed), improve and maintain TCIAF’s operational systems for accounting, fundraising and programming initiatives
  • Develop strategies to ensure the financial health of the organization
  • Create a strategy for tracking, setting goals and benchmarking audience engagement and growth; Report results to staff and board
  • Facilitate changes and updates to to improve the site’s performance and build audience

Sampling of specific duties:

  • Contributes to live event strategy, planning and management
  • Re:sound management: negotiating acquisition of licenses for work presented on the program
  • Helps develop marketing strategies (social networking etc) to promote TCIAF programming efforts from a weekly and annual perspective
  • Oversees quarterly assessments and forecasts of organization's financial performance against budget, financial and operational goals to share with TCIAF Board of Directors
  • Seeks underwriting/trades/sponsorships to support programming initiatives
  • Seeks matching monies and incentives for annual fund drive

TCIAF is seeking applicants with 5 years leadership experience, preferably in arts and/or non-profit worlds. This person should have experience developing organizational strategies, raising funds and overseeing financial management. Experience in radio and/or media preferred. A big listener to radio/podcasts greatly preferred.

Base pay $55,000- $60,000 (Based on experience) / This is a base salary, additional bonus money will be paid commensurate with performance. (FT)
Benefits: health and dental

Location: Third Coast is based at WBEZ's headquarters on Navy Pier (848 East Grand Ave) in Chicago.

How to apply
Send the following to as a single pdf. The subject line should read your last name and the job title: Managing Director. Applications are due March 31st.

  • Cover letter. This personal statement should be no more than two pages and should include your job qualifications, what you feel you can bring to TCIAF as MD, what you'd enjoy about the opportunuity, and how you might thrive in this position. In relaying this information, please be sure to let us know how familiar you are with TCIAF as a listener and/or maker.
  • Résumé
  • Names and contact info for 2 references


Third Coast internships call for strong organization and communication skills, a deep interest in audio/listening culture, comfort with computers/relevant software and social networking maintenance, and a willingness to generate new ideas and work closely with a small team. Every internship involves lots of listening. [Extra Perk, our candy drawer!]

Please note - these are unpaid, Chicago-based positions. Interns will receive a $100/month travel stipend.


May - August / Applications due March 10, 2017.

This intern assists the Third Coast staff with all aspects of the TC/RHDF Competition including promotion/marketing, entry organization and judging preparation. The TC/RHDF Competition intern has the opportunity to listen to and discuss the entire catalog of 2017 entries with Third Coast staff, and to gain listening and curating skills.

The Competition internship is 2 days/week in May and June, 3 days/week in July and August.

How to apply

Send the following to as a single pdf, and please specify the internship you're applying for in the subject line:

  • Cover letter. This personal statement should be no more than one page and should explain why you're interested in this internship with Third Coast, and what you hope to get out of the experience. We'd also like to know a little more about you!
  • Résumé
  • Names and contact info for 2 references
  • Production sample, optional. Send us links to 2 pieces you’ve produced, along with a brief description of each track.

Questions about TCIAF jobs/internships? Just ask.