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Digital Media Production Manager

Illinois Public Media (IPM) seeks a Digital Media Production Manager to manage audio and radio technical/studio operations and to assess the overall technical quality of the on-air and online audio product at WILL AM-FM-TV and, the public broadcasting service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois.

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 digital media production manager is responsible for all technical and operational aspects of the audio production department at Illinois Public Media and provides primary technical direction and support for the public affairs program, Focus. In performing the essential duties of this position, the digital media production manager will:

  • Ensure the highest production values for all programs – including smooth transitions from network or taped programming, appropriate music segues, reporting music usage, and potting down callers as appropriate to avoid phone noises and disruptive commentary.
  • Perform system administration for radio automation.
  • Oversee and perform technical operations of studio boards/mixers and recorders.
  • Create and monitor the audio production department operational budget including cost/time estimates for external clients and coordinate billings.
  • Create and conduct technical training program for news production staff and interns.
  • Provide audio support and training for other radio and television staff.
  • Work closely with the News, Engagement, and Development departments on development of projects.
  • Interact with other Illinois Public Media staff to support their use of audio facilities and equipment for events and productions.
  • Serve as board operator/technical director for Focus.
  • Work closely with the Focus producer and host to ensure audio segments are ready for air, audio delay is properly engaged, and phone lines are working.
  • Actively monitor all live broadcasts and provide feedback to the Focus team about technical aspects of the program and program content.
  • Create, produce and voice promos, billboards and announcements for Focus, other programs, underwriting, news highlight reels and fundraising events.
  • Conduct/engineer/edit pre-interviews, and prepare Focus broadcast for re-broadcast.
  • Take an active role in Focus and news meetings and assist producers as needed. 
  • Edit segments of Focus for use during “Here and Now”, “Morning Edition”, and “All Things Considered” as assigned.
  • Upload local program audio, images and text to the website and social media as assigned.
  • Work with news and new media staff to inventory media content for easy retrieval.  
  • Supervise and evaluate job performance of creative specialist/associate producer.
  • Maintain schedule for audio and studio production facilities.
  • Develop and manage a system to check out and maintain audio equipment.
  • Assist the Engineering department in a preventative maintenance program.
  • Assist in evaluating new equipment purchases.
  • Participate in on-air fundraising activities, community outreach projects, and marketing activities on behalf of WILL AM-FM-TV-Online.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, communications or a related field.  Other required qualifications include:

  • Three years of experience with professional audio and broadcast production
  • Two years of experience in radio automation systems
  • Two years of experience with media editing systems
  • Direct experience with client relations/productions
  • Demonstrated skill and competence in using audio automation systems and audio editing programs, such as ENCO, DAD, Adobe Audition or similar
  • Working knowledge of audio recording studio engineering techniques associated with voice and music recording.
  • Experience with the production of news and talk programming.
  • Knowledge of Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations concerning technical and programming operations of radio stations
  • Extensive knowledge of broadcast operations and broadcast production techniques, including familiarity with broadcast equipment used in both radio and television.
  • Must be familiar with principles of personnel management, budgeting, training, and evaluation

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ability to handle multiple projects under pressure to meet strict broadcast deadlines
  • Ability to proactively learn and implement new technologies


Salary commensurate with experience but not less than $42,000.  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. 


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 October 20, 2014. Applicants may be interviewed before that date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after October 20. Starting date: November 10, 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.