Director of Technology

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Created: June 5, 2014


Illinois Public Media (IPM) seeks a Director of Technology to manage technical resources and ensure the technical viability of all broadcast, multimedia and online platforms at WILL AM-FM-TV, the public broadcasting service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois. The Director of Technology provides technical vision and leadership, supervises the IPM technology team, coordinates with the College’s technology staff in managing academic broadcast facilities and serves as the key contact for collaborative broadcast technology projects with the College of Media and other partnerships.

Illinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service. Our mission is to enrich people’s lives through programs and services that educate, entertain, inspire and empower by airing the best of public television and radio programs, producing local content for TV, radio and the Web, while working with community partners to address needs and concerns.

The University of Illinois is home to Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners. The university’s library is one of the largest in the world, and its Krannert Center is one of the nation’s top performance venues. Residents of Champaign-Urbana enjoy a thriving arts scene, an active night life, Big Ten sports, museums, parks and a growing system of bicycle paths.

The Director of Technology at IPM:
  • is responsible for the IPM technology department’s budget, technical project planning, maintenance, infrastructure expansion and technology forecasting.
  • is instrumental in researching and planning activities related to collaborative efforts of partnerships and signal expansion.
  • needs to be an active researcher, planner and project manager.
  • must be able to manage several projects at a time and react effectively in station emergency situations.
  • may consult, advise and serve on committees, guest lecture and direct cooperative efforts between the academic broadcast aspects of the College of Media.
  • may perform daily hands-on IT and engineering activities.
  • fulfills a defined leadership and management role for Illinois Public Media and requires a strong working knowledge of and experience in a wide range of broadcast engineering, IT, digital media and content technologies.
SALARY and BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience but not less than $70,000. No relocation expenses provided. This is a full-time academic professional position at the Urbana campus. The University of Illinois offers a generous benefits package, which includes one month of paid vacation annually, health, dental and life insurance, sick leave, a pension system, and tuition benefits.

TO APPLY: Apply online at Complete a candidate profile and upload a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references. Please let us know how you learned about this job opening. Full consideration will be given to applications received by June 24, 2014. Starting date: August 18, 2014 or a mutually acceptable date. For more information, call Dee Breeding, HR Specialist, at 217-333-7300, or email

Illinois Public Media at the University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes statuses of protected veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, broadcast engineering, information technology, computer networking, computer engineering or a related technology field. Other required qualifications include:
  • Five years of relevant experience, three years of which must be in broadcast technology management and supervision.
  • Direct experience with virtualization, Microsoft endpoint and server architectures, Linux server architecture, UNIX systems and networking expertise.
  • Skill in installing, maintaining and operating studio, remote control and transmitting digital/analog equipment for radio/television.
  • Proven experience as a project manager with keen budgeting and research skills.
  • Proficient communication skills.
  • Experience managing and working cooperatively with diverse colleagues, clients and staff.
  • Knowledge of broadcast proprietary software such as: Enco DAD, Harris/Louth Automation, Protrack traffic, Triveni Guide Builder, Grass Valley switchers, Miranda switchers/terminal gear and Evertz terminal gear.
  • Working knowledge of FCC broadcast rules, regulations, and licensing requirements.
  • Extensive broadcast engineering and IT management experience with well-developed interpersonal skills and management abilities.
  • Experience in radio and television studio and transmitter operation and maintenance.
  • A solid background in digital theory and in the emerging computer technologies used in broadcasting and digital media. Experience with the ENCO DAD or similar audio technologies.
  • Familiarity with PBS distribution systems, PBS NRT, PBS V6, combined master control operations and NPR’s Content Radio program distribution system.
  • Sensitivity to the professional look and sound of the broadcast product and the ability to communicate that awareness to all technical staff.
  • SBE certification preferred.


Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:21 UTC

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