Frequently Asked QuestionsWHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS LIKE?
To apply for a position at KUOW, candidates must use the University of Washington's UWHires portal. Once your application is submitted, the UWHires team will send applications to the KUOW hiring manager based on the job criteria. Hiring managers will then review applications and begin reaching out to candidates for informal phone interviews. After the phone interviews are complete, select candidates will move forward to formal interviews with a panel of KUOW employees. Depending on the job, there may be an additional round of final interviews. Following the interviews, final candidates will move forward to a reference check. University of Washington also requires all final candidates to disclose any past allegations of sexual misconduct and confirm that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19. Finally, the hiring manager will reach out to extend an offer of employment, contingent on a successful background check. Once the background check clears, you're officially hired! You and the hiring manager will work together to set a start date and create an onboarding plan.
WHAT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS DOES KUOW OFFER?
KUOW is a service of the University of Washington and offers a large suite of benefits, including insurance, retirement plans, wellness resources, low-cost transit options, and more to employees. Learn more about University of Washington benefits.
WHAT IS KUOW'S FINANCIAL POSITION?
KUOW is in a strong financial position thanks to the unwavering support of our local community. This fiscal year, we have been able to create new positions and invest in new programs. We recently launched a new digital division, which will help KUOW scale our digital products in order to best serve our audience.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK AT KUOW?
Approximately 120 people work at KUOW, including 46 employees in our news division.
DOES KUOW HAVE AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM?
KUOW is deeply committed to supporting the next generation of radio journalists and storytellers. Our RadioActive Youth Media Program offers hands-on radio journalism training for teens, and all participants are paid for their work. KUOW occassionally offers fellowship opportunities in our newsroom. Those opportunities are listed on our careers page.
WHERE IS THE KUOW OFFICE?
KUOW is located in Seattle's University District, just off campus of the University of Washington. If you're local, we're on "The Ave." We've been in this space since 1999. We have welcomed guests including Modest Mouse, Etta James, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama and Salman Rushdie. In addition to our broadcast studios, our office is home to the RadioActive Youth Media program space, an in-development video production studio, and many, many plants that have survived the pandemic thanks to the steadfast care of our essential on-site staffers.
WHAT WILL KUOW LOOK LIKE POST PANDEMIC?
The University of Washington returned to in-person work in September. KUOW plans to return to a hybrid model of in-person and remote work, starting in November. Most employees will work on-site 2-3 days per week, depending on job function. At this time, we are requiring masks be worn at all times by employees while indoors. University of Washington also requires all employees be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT KUOW'S POLICIES, PROCEDURES, ETC.?
Visit our About Page for links to our ethics policy, firewall policy, racial equity initiatives and other public reports.
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