Communications Manager

June 22, 2015
Broadcast tower

Illinois Public Media (IPM) seeks a Communications Manager to market the programs, projects and services of Illinois Public Media to the press, the public, the University and other stakeholders. Illinois Public Media includes WILL AM-FM-TV and, and is the NPR and PBS affiliate of the University of Illinois and its surrounding communities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Writes, edits, curates, and publishes material to the Illinois Public Media website.  Has a high degree of decision-making power regarding material that will appear on the IPM website.  This duty is performed every day, throughout the day, and with a high degree of independence.  The Communications Manager works with Marketing team and takes into consideration needs of Development, News, and Production Staffs.  The Communication Manager also strategizes promotion and content presentation on the Web.  Overall direction for the Illinois Public Media website comes from the Marketing Director and Director of New Media at IPM.
  • Works with freelance editor to plan, write, design and produce Illinois Public Media’s monthly member print publication, Patterns.  
  • Serves as liaison to the press; plans and executes strategy for obtaining press coverage of Illinois Public Media programs and events.  This work also is done with a high degree of independence, seeking input from the Marketing Director, Development Director and CEO.
  • Oversees all aspects of design and production of Illinois Public Media annual report, including planning, writing, and editing.  Communications Manager solicits input from all major departments at IPM and ultimate decision making resides with Marketing and Development Directors, but most of this work is done independently. 
  • Writes, edits, and manages press materials, promotional materials, and advertising copy for print and web, including scheduling, placement, and payment.  Also edits materials for Development Staff, upon request.
  • Attends monthly staff Marketing Meetings.  While the Marketing Director directs marketing strategy and planning, the Communications Manager provides much input into developing marketing strategy, especially for web and press, followed by execution of these strategies.
  • Acts as backup to Marketing Director with regard to social media strategy and execution.  Posts content to various social media platforms when necessary.
  • Serves as a collaborative member of the creative services team.
  • Creates and communicates station image in all written, oral, and personal contacts.
  • Works with staff and volunteers to execute marketing projects and strategies.
  • Serves as liaison with target audiences to enhance awareness and increase use of Illinois Public Media services.
  • Produces on-air fundraising breaks. When appropriate and according to an individual’s public speaking skills, the Communications Manager may appear on air during fundraising drives. 
  • May have primary responsibility for creating and implementing activities in the community, such as TV preview events. Duties will range from determining the agenda to arranging for speakers, facilities, invitations and promotion, RSVPS, budgeting, and final reports.
  • May act as station representative at community events. Duties may include public speaking, travel to events throughout the WILL coverage area.  May attend events as public liaison alone or as part of a group of station representatives.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably with specialization in communications or journalism areas.  Other required qualifications include:

  • At least three years of successful professional experience in editing, journalism, content strategy, public relations or marketing-related position.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Strong social media skills, especially on Facebook and Twitter platforms.
  • Strong familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop), web content management systems, and social media platforms (including, but not limited to, Facebook and Twitter). 

A preferred candidate will have:

  • Experience in writing for/creating print publications.
  • Familiarity with public broadcasting.
  • Ability to project dynamic and pleasant personality in public appearances.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with the public, as well as with students, volunteers, and professional colleagues.
  • Interest in community involvement.


This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment at the University of Illinois Urbana campus with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.  The University offers a generous benefits package, including one month of paid vacation annually, health, dental and life insurance, sick leave, a pension system, and tuition benefits. 


To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by July 6, 2015.  The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at  and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.  Please let us know how you learned about this job opening.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jane Dowler at (217) 333-2351 or

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois Public Media welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (