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General Manager

NETA Consulting is assisting NWPB with this search. Please submit a cover letter, resume and one-page vision statement for NWPB and public media to: [email protected]

Overview
We are seeking an exceptional leader to become the next General Manager of Northwest Public Broadcasting (NWPB), a service of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

Based in Pullman, Washington, NWPB spans a network of 19 radio stations and two television stations, plus 14 radio and two TV translators, reaching 3.6 million people in 44 counties. NWPB operates as a combined multi-media organization, delivering TV, radio, digital media and streaming services to approximately 80% of Washington state as well as parts of Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.

NWPB stations are licensed to Washington State University, a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage and tradition of service.

NWPB’s mission centers on serving as a trusted source of quality content, dedicated to enriching the community by sharing and creating distinctive programs which engage, enlighten and entertain. https://www.nwpb.org

WSU, the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication and NWPB share a rich history individually and collectively. In 2022, NWPB will celebrate the 100th anniversary of KWSU-AM, one of the nation’s first radio stations. Also, next year, KWSU-TV will mark its 60th anniversary. The Murrow College is named for the pioneering broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, who majored in speech at WSU, graduating in 1930. The main campus of WSU in Pullman was founded in 1890. WSU is the state’s original land-grant university.

Essential Functions
The General Manager of NWPB oversees the statewide network, bringing strategic and visionary leadership to the planning and execution of all aspects of the organization’s structure, operations and finances. Reporting to the Dean of the Murrow College of Communication at WSU, the General Manager is responsible for and directs the use of all resources and assets of NWPB including personnel, financial, physical infrastructure and broadcast/digital content. As the leader of a mission-driven organization, the General Manager will actively work with the fundraising and other revenue teams for NWPB, from membership to major gifts, from underwriting to strategic partnerships.

Organizational Leadership
• Collaborate with Murrow College leadership and the NWPB management and staff to develop a strategic plan, including a common vision and a set of aspirational and achievable goals to move NWPB forward in a digital environment.
• Fulfill the mission and implement the strategic vision of the organization by leading and engaging as a working member (i.e. lead by example) of the NWPB team.
• Facilitate communication within and between all areas of the organization.
• Promote diversity in hiring practices and establish a culture of belonging for all individuals in the organization.
• Promote and manage a positive change culture and organizational flexibility to handle the ever-evolving multi-media environment.
• Represent NWPB at the university, local, regional and national level (including NPR andPBS) as an authority and advocate. Maintain excellent communications with these stakeholders.
• Motivate, lead, coach, develop and mentor a high-performance management team, with an emphasis on developing capacity in strategic analysis, planning and program budgeting. Enhance the professional development of NWPB management and staff, including overseeing the organization’s annual review process and support of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) policies.
• Promote an environment for excellence, at the individual and collective level; support a performance-based evaluation process that models honesty and integrity, fosters self-motivated and self-renewing behavior and helps others perform at their best.
• Create an environment of innovation, identifying technology to enhance NWPB’s service to the public.
• Develop and expand community outreach programs, reaching diverse audiences in the coverage area.
(Approximately 40% of time)

Revenue Development
• Supervise strategic initiatives for individual, organization/corporate and foundation support of the organization, in collaboration with the Murrow College Senior Director of Development.
• Meet personally with individuals and outside organization representatives to solicit philanthropic gifts and negotiate enterprise contracts to support the operations and programming activities of NWPB.
• Set overall NWPB revenue goals including operational, capital and endowment funding initiatives.
• Develop and implement strategies to strengthen and enhance current revenue streams as well as identify new sources of income.
(Approximately 30% of time)

Programming and Operations
• Responsible for overall content strategy, including compliance with FCC, CPB, copyright and royalty requirements and other laws and policies as they affectNWPB.
• Strive to ensure diverse programming reaching diverse audiences.
• Oversee the negotiation and execution of contracts, including land lease and service contracts. Authorized signatory as assigned by the university.
• Direct the NWPB management team to ensure efficient and effective operations and provide quality service to NWPB listeners, viewers and customers.
• In collaboration with the Murrow College Director of Engineering and IT and the NWPB management team, develop and implement a technology plan that bolsters current broadcasting and streaming signals and services, meeting technical requirements and building service reliability as a multi-media organization.
• Ensure compliance with editorial integrity standards at all levels of the organization.
(Approximately 20% of time)

Budget and Fiscal Planning
• Develop, direct and oversee individual and consolidated budgets for NWPB, radio and TV in accordance with university and CPB funding models.
• Act as the approving authority for the CPB annual Financial Statement Report in support of CPB Community Service Grant awards.
(Approximately 10% of time)

Job Requirements
The position requires a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications or a related field, and seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience, including at least four (4)years of management/supervisory experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Additional Requirements
• Proven experience managing organizational changes.
• Knowledge and experience of rapidly changing media technology and audience needs.
• Demonstrated familiarity and experience leading revenue generation and fundraising activities.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience working in public, non-commercial broadcasting or in management and operating functions in nonprofit administration, news and public affairs reporting, governmental agency administration and/or corporate social responsibility leadership.
• Experience in digital media production, live and web streaming.
• Understanding of FCC regulations and compliance.
• Exceptional written and oral communications skills.
• Understanding of or experience in university and dual licensee operations.

Other Skills, Knowledge or Competencies
• Knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy. Broad working knowledge of policies and procedures in a complex academic institution or similar complex organization.
• Knowledge of the basic principles, practices and policies associated with personnel management and supervision.
• Demonstrated commitment to and experience successfully advocating for diversity and the values of diversity.
• Demonstrated computer software skills, including the ability to use office software, such as databases, spreadsheets, word processing.
• Demonstrated interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to analyze complex issues, conduct thorough and appropriate fact-finding inquiries, reason logically and articulate sound solutions.
• Ability to provide counsel and remain neutral in situations involving interpersonal conflict. Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships within the department, the university, outside agencies and other organizations.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality, to the extent allowed by law.
• Ability and willingness to share ideas, to be open to the ideas of others, work toward organizational goals and interests.
• Ability to make positive and constructive recommendations and take a proactive approach toward promoting more efficient and effective systems and processes.
• Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies, including relationships within the department, the university and outside organizations.
• Ability to apply business strategies and drive results
• Ability to reason logically and make sound decisions, to consider alternative and diverse perspectives, to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, to remain poised under all circumstances, and to interact effectively with people in a positive manner that engenders confidence and trust.
• Ability to work effectively and efficiently in high stress and conflict situations. Ability to simultaneously address multiple complex problems, without loss of efficiency or accuracy.
• Ability to interact appropriately with a variety of individuals including customers/clients. Ability to deal with people under adverse circumstances.
• Ability to exercise independent judgment and make decisions.

Characteristics

Qualities
Visionary
Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion
Collaborative
Compassionate
Good listener
Advocate
Good decision-making skills

Values
Honesty
Integrity
Transparency
Trust and Fairness
Teamwork
Creativity
Innovation
Stewardship
Humility

NETA Consulting is assisting NWPB with this search. Please submit a cover letter, resume and one-page vision statement for NWPB and public media to: [email protected]

For the best consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, October 29.

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.

Multi-Platform News Director

Position Details:

The Multi-Platform News Director is responsible for directing the multi-media news operation and activities of Northwest Public Broadcasting (NWPB). Responsible for the daily news and public affairs content and overall news product, including: supervising full-time and part-time multimedia journalists, freelancers and student news interns, assigning and editing journalists’ stories and interviews; preparing and presenting reports, interviews, copy and program information on-air reporting; writing, creating, and distributing original news stories on multiple platforms. Responsible for ensuring the regional and regional journalistic integrity of Northwest Public Broadcasting reporting  including completeness, accuracy, fairness and balance. Incumbent is responsible for maintaining the audience appeal of all news presentations including adherence to high production values, and coaching journalists and student interns. Position duties and responsibilities will be performed in support of college vision, mission, and values as well as institutional mission and goals.

 

NWPB Sustainer Program Manager

Position Details:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, as a condition of employment, all WSU employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation no later than October 18, 2021. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified no later than October 18, 2021. If the effective date of appointment is October 18, 2021 or later vaccine or approved accommodation status will be verified prior to first day of employment. Please reach out to Human Resource Services (HRS) at [email protected] or 509-335-4521 if you have questions regarding this.

Summary of Duties:

Responding to a critical need within the organization, this position will be responsible for increasing revenue from ongoing donors (sustainers) for Northwest Public Broadcasting (NWPB). The incumbent will manage the program and develop the creative content, production and delivery of strategic messaging to constituents by means of an array of donor engagement tools. The incumbent will participate in all development activities for NWPB.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of experience, which includes six (6) months of full-time experience in marketing, gift solicitation or public contact work with evidence of ability to work collaboratively, communicate effectively orally and in writing and organize and execute assignments. A Master’s degree in a relevant field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience in providing customer service.
  • Ability to travel frequently between buildings on and off campus.
  • Periodic overnight travel is required, including evening and weekend work for donor activities.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.
  • Good written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects and setting priorities.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid driver’s license by time of hire.
  • Knowledge of public broadcasting programs.
  • Experience working on special or fundraising events.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working on public broadcasting events.
  • Evidence of ability to work independently to create and manage development projects.
  • Evidence of ability to build strategic relations with colleagues, co- workers, constituents and volunteers.
  • Working knowledge of university foundation systems and processes.
  • Experience with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software.

Additional Information:
Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
FTE: 100%
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Position Term in months: 12

View this posting on the WSU Jobs website to learn more or to apply

Information Systems Coordinator

Summary of Duties:

The Telecommunications Systems Coordinator is responsible for the development, implementation, design, operations and maintenance of information systems, network transmission, as well as desktop computers, network servers/computers and related computer technology in the Murrow College. The Systems Coordinator evaluates and establishes protocols for users of hardware, software, and other network specifications. The position independently assesses, identifies and provides analysis and procedures including consulting and collaborating with users to determine systems functionality for internal clients including academic units and Northwest Public Broadcasting. This position bears the responsibility for maintaining all associated computer systems, servers, network transmission and related equipment to meet QOS standards and current FCC guidelines.

The complex computerized systems include (but not limited to): desktop computers, servers, IP based radio studios, FM, HD (digital FM), and AM radio transmission, high-definition television studios, digital television transport and world-wide transmission uplinks and downlinks, emergency standby power, central routing and processing infrastructure, and related computer-based monitoring and control.

The position occasionally travels to support system wide initiatives across Washington State, Idaho, and Oregon. The position must independently work at a distance to manage telecommunication and network facilities, and to supervise technical staff. The position must have proven experience with, and a demonstrated understanding of, work performed by supervised staff in order to provide effective instruction and training, documentation, creation and modification of operating systems and to lead team projects with staff from other areas.

Workload, resources, projects, or other priorities may vary the position’s duties to meet objectives of the college.

The position will be on-call to respond to system issues outside of normal business hours. Work will be occasional outdoors year-round in varying weather conditions.

This position manages their region’s budget for site maintenance.

This position is based out of WSU Tri-Cities in Richland, Washington.

Required Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years professional experience OR a combination of education and experience totaling seven (7) years from which comparable knowledge and abilities are acquired. Education and experience may be tailored to specific need requirements of position.

Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must complete a cold weather orientation course.
  • Must complete a general first aid course.
  • Must complete an RFR radiation hazards course.
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain at time of hire, a valid, unrestricted driver’s license.
  • Must work as a member of a diverse team under deadline constraints.
  • Must work a flexible schedule, occasionally travel, drive long distances, and occasionally work outside normal business hours.
  • Demonstrated experience with the Microsoft Office suite.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience with telecommunications systems operations and maintenance.
  • Advanced-level telecommunications industry certification or licensing. Examples of acceptable certifying organizations include the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), International Association for Radio, Telecommunications and Electromagnetics (iNARTE), and Telecommunications Certification Organization (TCO).
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Electronic News Gathering technologies including licensed and unlicensed microwave, satellite uplinks, IP based solutions including WAN/LAN, wireless WIFI and bonded wireless telephony.
  • Working knowledge of TCP/IP protocols and the open system interconnection (OSI) network model.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of radio frequency (RF) transmitter and receiver systems.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of television production techniques and systems.
  • Additional years supervisory experience to include evaluating position responsibilities, hiring, scheduling, training, evaluating work/performance, and disciplining.

Additional Information:

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
FTE: 100%
Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Position Term in months: 12
City, State, Zip: Richland, WA 99354

View this job on the WSU Jobs website to learn more or to apply

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]