Careers

Current Openings:

News Director

Northern News Network is Montana’s premier radio network serving 45 radio affiliates across the state of Montana. Our top-notch programming includes 9 daily, 3-minute newscasts, 2 daily sports shows, one daily hour long talk show called “Voices of Montana” and a few other specialty programs.

Northern News network is owned by Northern Broadcasting System which also owns Northern Ag Network and KGHL Radio. Northern Broadcasting System has been in business since 1975 and is a local, family-owned company committed to the success of our state and equipping Montanans with the information they need to do business and enjoy life in an increasingly globalized world.

Overall Objective for the News Director:

We are looking for a high-octane news leader who wants to build a next generation news team in Billings, Montana. The News Director will be responsible for the coordination, planning, and presentation of all News Network programming. This person will help define and maintain ethical and journalistic standards and will set the strategy and grow the team for all radio and digital programming for the News Network.

Essential Functions:

  • Directs the activities of the news staff to develop story ideas, track issues and events, and schedule time for both on-air and digital publication.
  • Sets a vision for the ideal Northern News Network brand and a strategy for developing the brand.
  • Develops network with Montana newsmakers and staff to ensure access to timely news coverage.
  • Sets goals and monitors performance for news personnel.
  • Hires and manages on-air staff for news, sports and talk.
  • Develops news stringers across the state.
  • Reports and anchors news as needed and desired.
  • Directs travel to key news-making events throughout the state.
  • Develops role of digital and social media in our network.
  • Works with operations director to ensure equipment meets the needs of the department.
  • Seeks opportunities to promote public contact to help ascertain public needs and encourage community engagement.
  • Works to develop relationship with affiliates to cover news from their communities and support local stations.
  • Coordinates with staff in Agriculture department to determine what Agriculture news should be included in News Network coverage.
  • Opportunity to evaluate and develop additional programming as desired by our audience and affiliates.

Qualifications:

  • A four-year degree in journalism – or equivalent major – required.
  • Minimum of 3 years in journalism preferably in a multi-platform news environment.
  • Must have experience in broadcast production, web content, news writing and news editing.
  • Knowledge of Montana issues and interest in using journalism as a vehicle to help our state and our people.
  • Skilled in quick and efficient research.
  • Must be comfortable operating in a live program environment and comfortable meeting daily deadlines under potentially stressful conditions.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and lead and direct the work of others.
  • Desire to develop a brand and a news product that is widely recognizable and respected in our state.

Additional:

  • Position is located at Company Headquarters at 600 1st North in Billings, MT.
  • News Director Reports to Vice President.
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience. We are prepared to be aggressive with salary to get the right person.
  • Full-time position includes health, dental and vision as well as 401k match.
  • On-site and off-site professional development supported.

 

Sales & Marketing Executive

We are looking for an energetic, motivated leader who wants to join our blue-chip team. This a job for someone who loves variety and building relationships with Montana and Wyoming’s agriculture and business community. Never a dull moment, when you are working with our diverse set of partners whether you are out on a ranch at an Angus tour or wearing a coat and tie at the Petroleum Club with the Senator.

Our most successful teammates have an entrepreneur’s drive and a servant’s heart. If you are interested in earning a great living, while working with fantastic people and making a big difference in rural America…let’s talk.

 Essential Functions:

  • Develop multimedia marketing plans that drive results for a wide range of businesses and industries.
  • Work to maximize sales and meet short term and long-term financial goals.
  • Go above and beyond to serve a client with genuine care for the success of their business and industry.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of marketing and advertising trends both regionally and nationally.
  • Prospect for new accounts through multiple channels including networking and getting involved in industry events.
  • Thoroughly research and understand client’s business and industry.
  • Track key performance indicators including total sales volume, new business, and relationship growth.
  • Keep a record of activity through our customer relationship management tool.
  • Hone and deliver skilled sales presentations to potential clients.
  • Travel to client meetings, events, and industry engagements.
  • Represent Northern Broadcasting at industry events, trade shows, and in the community.
  • Participate in regular sales meetings and offer advice or support to the rest of the team where needed.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in sales and marketing.
  • Strong people skills. Deep desire to serve others and make a difference in their lives.
  • Ability to keenly listen and ask questions and extract key information from others.
  • Knowledge of the agriculture industry or an interest in expanding one’s knowledge in this key area.
  • Knowledge and concern for state and region-wide issues impacting our partners.
  • An eye for the creative when it comes to generating marketing and advertising ideas and developing radio, digital or television ads.
  • Self-motivated person with a strong work ethic.
  • Strong computer skills – Proficient in Word, Excel, Power point, Outlook and Social Media.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Strong organization and problem-solving skills.
  • College degree preferred.

Additional:

  • Position is located at Company Headquarters at 600 1st North in Billings, MT.
  • Sales & Marketing Executive reports to Vice President.
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and will include a large commission and/or bonus component. We understand a compensation package needs to be aggressive to build our blue-chip team.
  • Full-time position includes health, dental and vision as well as 401k match.
  • On-site and off-site sales training and professional development will be offered regularly.

Advancement Opportunities: Opportunities for career development will be based on individual’s interests and abilities. Two directions for immediate growth within the short-term future include:

  • Promotion to becoming the head of the sales team and driving sales for NBS.
  • Promotion to include directing marketing efforts for NBS.

 

For consideration, please send your resume and an email/cover letter stating your interest to Courtney Kibblewhite at ckibblewhite@northernbroadcasting.com .

For additional questions, please call 406-252-6661 or stop by our office at 600 1st Ave. North, Billings, MT 59101.