Senior Producer Director and Producer Director

September 08, 2016

Senior Producer Director and Producer Director
Illinois Public Media
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Illinois Public Media at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois seeks two true cross-platform innovators and collaborators who are unafraid to try new things, are culturally savvy, love to brainstorm, can critique constructively, manage cross-platform workloads with ease, and see all the possibilities for content creation at a highly-respected and flourishing public media joint licensee just two hours south of Chicago.

Ideal producer-director candidates have substantial foundational skills in their arsenal, including producing and directing studio-based TV programming, and will also have extensive experience working on field productions. However, said candidates will also be into the idea of leveraging these skills to create short, vibrant video content for multiple platforms, including the web and social media. The folks we’re looking for are great with studio equipment, love the idea of grabbing a couple of DSLRs and heading out the door, and shoot and edit on their phones for kicks. They’re creative thinkers who want to have fun on the job, but also want to tell powerful stories and have high standards for the work they create.

These producer-directors will be cornerstones of a growing creative team at a station coming into its own with award-winning webseries (ART/BTS, Backyard Industry), a brand new statewide talk show (The 21st), a CPB-funded statewide news collaboration (Illinois Newsroom), and a blossoming international productions unit. Not only that – Urbana-Champaign is a vibrant, growing community that’s home to the University of Illinois, which means pay is competitive and benefits, including free tuition for University classes, are A+. Interested? See the extensive position description at the link – and get in touch!

Primary Function:

  • Plan, manage, schedule, produce, write, direct, shoot, and edit studio and field productions
  • Productions include: interstitials, promotional spots, short form and long form documentary, program series (Senior Producer) program specials and program elements for various departments at IPM (design content for multiplatform use)
  • Foster and maintain relations with staff, crew, College of Media, community leaders and clients
  • Acquire necessary rights, clearances and releases for productions
  • Attend production, departmental, and staff meetings, as needed
  • Ability to shoot and edit content on mobile digital device
  • Manage project budget and follow station accounting practices
  • Generate production activity reports
  • (Senior Producer) Research program ideas required to develop concepts for multi-platform programming
  • (Senior Producer) Develop proposals and budgets for programs, perform post-production accounting functions and generate production activity reports
  • (Senior Producer) Coordinate with the COO the allocation of resources and other production activities and works with station producer/directors and other content generators in all aspects of the production process
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements and Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Broadcasting, Communications, or a related field.

Required Experience:

  • (Producer Director) Two years of direct, progressive production experience in a multiplatform environment
  • (Senior Producer) Five years of direct, progressive production experience in a multiplatform environment
  • Proven experience in writing, producing, directing, and editing television productions in studio and on-location environment
  • Demonstration of a strong background with the coordination and management of multiple projects, assignments, and direction of support personnel
  • Video and audio editing proficiency – prefer with Adobe Premiere and Audition
  • High degree of familiarity with a variety of production equipment including cameras, switchers, nonlinear editors, audio editing, lighting and graphics
  • Ability to conceptualize and communicate vision of programs and projects
  • Demonstrated strong writing skills and the ability to effectively communicate
  • Understanding of and commitment to the goals of public broadcasting
  • Exhibited strength in the area of narrative script writing
  • Proven experience working under pressure to successfully meet multiple project deadlines

Preferred Experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and secure funding for productions
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud applications including: Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, Audition, Speed Grade, and Media Encoder
  • Demonstrated ability to work in both a team environment and independently at a high level of productivity

Knowledge Requirements:


  • Knowledge of broadcast production techniques
  • Familiarity with intellectual property rights in use of photos, music and videos
  • General knowledge of broadcast rules and regulations
  • Working knowledge of equipment and programs utilized in video production and editing, including the Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Illustrator, and Photoshop)
  • Working knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Outlook and Excel


  • Familiarity with PBS and NPR programming, PBS and NPR promotional materials and the mission of public broadcasting

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by October 5, 2016. 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. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison (217) 265-7648 or

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

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