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Sample Job Description: Music Director

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The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


Under general supervision, directs and monitors station music programming.


  1. Receives and supervises the cataloging and distribution of recorded materials sent weekly to the station.
  2. Directs and monitors the selection of on-air music.
  3. Maintains and secures the music library: establishes a music cataloging system, reference files, and a library software tracking system.
  4. Maintains the department’s presence on the Internet; may evaluate and anticipate the department’s computing needs and priorities.
  5. Produces, schedules, selects, and trains talent, and ensures quality control of daily music calendars; serve as an announcer when needed.
  6. Supervises and trains department personnel, including students, interns, and volunteers.
  7. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  8. Develops annual operating budgets and provides fiscal direction to the unit.
  9. May establish and maintain contact with national and international recording companies which provide recorded materials to the station.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree with 1 to 3 years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.


  • Ability to supervise and train staff, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of principles and procedures for receiving, cataloging, and distribution of broadcast recordings.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of external sources for recorded broadcast materials.
  • Ability to install, configure, and maintain personal computers, networks, and/or related hardware and software.
  • Ability to monitor and/or maintain quality control standards.
  • Ability to select and program music for broadcast within defined parameters.
  • Ability to develop systems solutions for operational problems.
  • Ability to develop and supervise volunteers.
  • Knowledge of music library procedures in a broadcast setting.
  • Knowledge of computerized and/or manual music cataloging and referencing systems.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Knowledge of broadcasting techniques/procedures, protocols, and standards.
  • Ability to program and conduct on-air broadcasts.
  • Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles and procedures.


  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.