RadioActive Mentor

Seattle , WA

Application Deadline: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022



KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio is Seattle’s NPR news station. We are an independent, nonprofit news organization producing award-winning journalism, podcasts and events in service to the 3.9 million people in our coverage area. As a self-sustaining service of the University of Washington, our mission is to create and serve a more informed public.


A program of KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, RadioActive Youth Media is an award-winning radio journalism program for teens in the Seattle area and beyond. With the support of staff journalists, participants produce content for RadioActive that has won national Murrow, Gracie and PRNDI awards.

RadioActive is seeking multiple Mentors to work in our introductory, advanced, and community radio storytelling workshops for young people. This is a Non-PermanentHourly position and hours will vary.

Once hired, mentors will sign up to work in RadioActive workshops offered throughout the year. Pay range is $22-$26/hour based on experience. Must be able to work a varied schedule when required, including some evenings and weekends. Mentors are paid for prep and training in addition to program hours.

RadioActive Mentors mentor youth one-on-one or in small groups to produce multimedia content for KUOW’s broadcast and Web platforms, and support workshops and activities that introduce youth to storytelling, journalism, and multimedia production. Workshops take place both in person and online.

Our ideal candidate is driven to provide opportunities for underserved youth to make their voices heard. They find joy in building relationships, sharing skills, and producing multimedia content, and are passionate about helping young people thrive in a safe and supportive space.


• Mentor youth one on one or in small groups to produce multimedia content. In collaboration with RadioActive Program Manager, RadioActive Program Producers, and/or KUOW Editor, guide youth in identifying areas of interest and in developing story ideas.
• Ensure program quality standards are applied to all interactions with youth.
• Provide instruction on the use of audio equipment to attain basic level efficiency or greater.
• In collaboration with KUOW editors, support creation of content that may be used for broadcast. Ensure that KUOW editorial standards have been applied to online and broadcast content. May prepare online copy for web postings.
• In collaboration with RadioActive Program Manager and RadioActive Program Producers, prepare and facilitate workshops and activities that introduce youth to storytelling, journalism, and multimedia production.
• Other duties as assigned.


• High school diploma. At least one year of journalism or media experience, preferably in audio, radio or podcasting. At least one year of experience working with young people. Volunteer experience is acceptable. Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.
• Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team that includes young people in lead roles.
• Cultural competence and ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people, including people of color, LGBTQ people, financially insecure people, immigrants, religious minorities, and others whose perspectives are underrepresented in the media.


• At least 3-5 years of experience teaching or facilitating programs for teenagers and/or young adults. Must enjoy working with youth in an environment of discovery.
• Previous experience in radio production with a knowledge of professional broadcast standards and practices.
• Proficiency in Adobe Audition or an equivalent non-linear audio editing program.
• Strong conflict negotiation and collaborative skills.
• Previous race and social justice training. A willingness to engage in personal and organizational reflection, critical dialogue and growth around issues of race and other oppressions.
• Track record of producing stories with impact. Passion and gift for storytelling.


KUOW and the University of Washington are equal opportunity employers. KUOW is dedicated to building a culturally diverse staff and creating a working environment that promotes racial equity and inclusiveness. We believe attracting and retaining diverse staff is crucial to serving our community and fulfilling our mission. Women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.

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