TEAM: Thacker Mountain Radio Hour

MANAGES: Production Director, and through that role, paid interns

REPORTS TO: President of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors

LOCATION: in or near Oxford, MS

SALARY RANGE: $38,000 – $42,000 / annually



The Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, Inc seeks an Executive Director to lead our organization through a major growth phase. In addition to managing the day-to-day affairs of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour organization, the Executive Director will market the show to new broadcast areas and grow the organization’s service areas and broadcast footprint. Working closely with our dynamic Board of Directors, Production Director, Host/Associate Producer and first-rate crew to administer the programs and policies of the Board of Directors. 



The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour was founded by former Oxford musicians Caroline Herring and Bryan Ledford, and Richard Howorth, owner of Square Books, a much-beloved bookstore on the Oxford town square. The show was named by Howorth after a fire observation tower atop Lafayette County’s Thacker Mountain, five miles south of Oxford. The tower somewhat resembles a radio tower and Howorth felt the approximately 700-foot elevation of this “mountain” was appropriately modest for the show’s beginning aspirations. In 2007, Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, Inc formed to create a 501(c)3 organization and today we work to fulfill our mission: To celebrate and document the evolving sounds and stories of a diverse South.



Though the Executive Director is likely to see themselves in the following examples these are not requirements.  Rather, these examples are designed to help you determine if this opportunity aligns with your passion and purpose.

  • You operate with an enterprise-level lens. You thrive on understanding a multifaceted arts organization and see the big-picture as an important lens through which you make decisions. You care deeply about people feeling appreciated and supported as you steward projects and relationships. You attend to details and simultaneously consider the big-picture because when you do, you ask better questions and deliver better results and stronger impact.
  • You love collaboration. You recognize the importance of doing work in partnership with others. People enjoy working with you and believe that you care about the success of the entire organization or group. People describe you as a strong team-player who makes people feel valued regardless of identity markers.
  • You operate with a learning orientation.  You are an exemplar of lifelong learning and recognize that though mistakes are teachers we learn to be better and stronger as an entire organization. You are energized by learning new networks and how relationships fit together to get from one point to another.
  • You are a self-starter. Though you are a skilled collaborator, you are also able to work effectively on your own. You are a team-player who looks to lend capacity to new tasks when you complete your own. 
  • You sweat the details. You love to get into the weeds and attend to every detail. You’re energized by strong systems and organization is a strength. You understand that bringing people into your detailed work is a key component of strong partnership and ensures that the organization maintains momentum no matter what.



Below are key areas of responsibilities for this role. While responsibilities will shift from day-to-day, these are the priorities for our Executive Director role.


Major Work Streams:

  • Executive Administration (30%)
    • Together with the Board of Directors, set the vision, goals, and strategies that will move the organization forward.
    • Maintain and evolve systems and processes for executing the strategic plans and reaching the goals ratified by the Board of Directors.
    • Manage the day-to-day functions of the non-profit organization and ensure they are executed effectively and efficiently.
  • Marketing, Fundraising & Development (50%)
    • Grow the broadcast and funding footprint of the show to include at least 10 states in the Southeast US by 2025 by marketing the live recording and show broadcasts.
    • Grow and diversify the organization’s funding base to raise more than $200,000 annually (increasing with the growth of the show’s footprint) with a focus on continuing to grow our endowment with a significant focus on grant research and writing as a sustainable funding stream.
    • Together with the Development Committee (including event subcommittees) and Production Director to plan and execute campaigns and events (including remote shows) to support meeting Thacker’s fundraising goals
  • Board and Community Partnership (15%)
    • Together with the Executive Committee, prepare agendas, reports, and facilitate monthly meetings of the Board of Directors.
    • Facilitate the process (either internally or through external vendors) of strategic management, planning and execution in partnership with the Board of Directors.
    • Represent the Board of Directors and organization with donors, crew, audience members, and community partners with integrity and good humor.
  • Other Organizational Responsibilities (5%)
    • Attend to any other organizational responsibilities that may arise.


Prior experience

One to three years of work experience leading all or part of a non-profit organization preferred

Record of success in a fast-paced, high performing work environment

Experience in marketing a plus



Bachelor’s degree or more


Work Demands

Regular travel and evening work throughout the year to support live productions and growth opportunities for the live performance and radio broadcast.



  • Ability to make timely decisions and demonstrate good judgment
  • Exceptional customer service orientation
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to tailor approach towards the perspective of others
  • Evidence of ability to prioritize and act proactively


Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application and cover letter tailored to your interest and fit with the Executive Director position. Please submit materials via email to Julie Addison, President (julie.lynne.h@gmail.com).


Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio, Inc. begins with a 10 days paid personal leave for new employees (in addition to paid holidays) and a salary range of $38,000 – $42,000/annually.


Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, Inc is committed to maximizing the diversity of our firm, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to the political arena. To that end our orgnaization is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 


This job description reflects Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio Hour’s assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.


Next Steps

Interested in this position? Apply now!