Manager of FM - Classical


Job Summary

The Manager of FM Classical is responsible for the leadership and supervision of Illinois Public Media's classical music services, programming and outreach.

Duties & Responsibilities

-Develop and Foster Community Support:

-Serve as liaison between IPM’s Classical Music services and the community

-Represent IPM Classical on Campus to academic units and student organizations

-Work with key community partners such as regional symphony orchestras and arts organizations to grow IPM Classical’s visibility and audience

-Manage community events with other IPM deptartments & partners

-Articulate the station's vision to community, partners and supporters

Resource Development:

-Develop revenue sources, support the programming and build on the legacy of IPM Classical

-Build revenues to grow and diversify IPM Classical’s local programs and services

-Work with SPA to apply for grants for ongoing support and special projects

-Work closely with Development on Membership and Major Donor campaigns

-Work closely with the Development team to develop and enhance underwriting relationships and revenue

Content and Promotions:

-Voice interstitials, on-air pitches, and occasional program hosting

-Work with FM staff on music selection

-Work with Director of Broadcast Operations on programming initiatives

-Work with IPM staff, establish and achieve DEI goals in programing and outreach

-Develop partnerships on and off campus with Krannert Center, College of Music, regional symphonies and arts organizations

-Work with traffic and other station ‘voices’ on spots, promos, drops.

-Work with cross-department colleagues on programming, digital, marketing, and development

-Coordinates with Digital Team on content across all platforms

Administration and Operations:

-Coordinate with Director of Broadcast Operations on daily operations

-Work with Traffic and Promotion staff to ensure quality programming and on-air sound

-Maintain working relationship with all departments within the station

-Provide constructive feedback to on-air hosts to maximize their performance

-Work with marketing team to develop promotions, and events to raise station’s profile

-Work closely with Development to produce and execute on-air membership campaigns

-Collaborate with Digital Team in coordinating and providing content for the app and web site

-Establish and maintain professional relationships with independent producers, artists, composers and other industry contacts

-Monitor trends and activities that are relevant to Classical FM’s mission and makes program and advocacy recommendations to the Executive Director and leadership team

-Work with Manager of DEI to capitalize on diversity in programming and outreach

-Ensure operation of station in accordance with FCC regulations and policies

-Work with the Executive Director on budgetary matters.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Any one or any combination totaling three (3) years (36 months) of the following types of preparation:
A. progressively more responsible work experience in the production and presentation of radio or television programs, social media, and/or print or online journalism
B. vocational training in radio and/or television production, journalism, social media, news or feature writing and/or announcing or closely related fields
C. college course work in radio/television, journalism, social media, news or feature writing or closely related fields
- 60 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)
- 75 semester hours equals one (1) year and six (6) months (18 months)
- 90 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)
- 120 semester hours or a Bachelor’s degree equals three (3) years (36 months)

2. One (1) year (12 months) of work experience in the production and presentation of radio or television programs, social media, and/or print or online journalism in addition to the preparation required in #1 above.

3. One (1) year (12 months) of work experience comparable to that performed at the Media Writer/Producer/Announcer I level of this series or in other positions of comparable responsibility.


Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Two years related experience
• Supervisory experience
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong familiarity with classical music as well as its history and repertoire, and pronunciation skills required
• Knowledge of jazz and other genres helpful
• Demonstrated experience with audio consules and automation software and a high aptitude to learn new technology.
• Knowledge of and experience of Classical Music marketplace
• Broadcast or digital experience,
• a strong affinity for public media
• a proven ability to lead a high-profile enterprise
• a track record of achievement in arts, music or public media
• Able to manage multiple priorities
• Excellent management and communication skills with the ability to work in a highly collaborative work environment.
• Knowledge of classical music formats
• Appreciation for non-profit mission
• Ability to manage budgets and business process
• Ability to represent IPM Classical to select partners, communities, national organizations, and other public service organizations.

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 4686 - Media Writer/Producer/Announcer II position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after 4/8/2024. The starting salary for this position is $65,000, and is commensurate with experience. 

For more information on Civil Service classifications, please visit the SUCSS web site at https://www.sucss.illinois.gov/pages/classspec/default.aspx.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on February 23, 2024. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. If required by the position, transcripts or other documentation of credentials are to be provided no later than the first day of employment. For further information about this specific position, please contact kiener2@illinois.edu. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.