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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 275135-LI
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Department:PUB MEDIA/WPR
Location: Madison
Categories: Administration

Job Summary:

This position serves as the Director of Wisconsin Public Radio. WPR is a service of the Educational Communications Board (ECB), a state agency, and the University of Wisconsin Madison through the division of Wisconsin Public Media (WPM). This position is a split appointment and reports jointly to the Executive Director of ECB and the Director of WPM.

Wisconsin Public Radio operates two statewide networks made up of 38 stations and additional affiliates, and is built on more than 100 years of broadcast history. WPR is headquartered in Madison with six regional offices across the state. This position has direct supervisory responsibility for at least five directors on the leadership team, and general oversight of WPR's 150 employees. The Director of Radio has strategic responsibility for all of WPR's fundraising, operations and programming.

Responsibilities: Provides an overall vision for the broadcast, digital platforms, community engagement, and all aspects of radio's service to the state. Directs operations and strategic investments, and supervises personnel engaged in programming, engineering, marketing, development, engagement, production, and educational and/or other media services.
  • 25% Drives strategic planning and strategic investments, aligns operational priorities with strategic vision, evaluates programs against the unit mission, vision, and values, and builds a sustainable and relevant unit and service
  • 10% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • 5% Ensures compliance with broadcast/digital standards, institutional policies, and relevant federal and state laws and regulations including broadcasting rules and regulations
  • 5% Communicates and sustains editorial guidelines and protects the unit's reputation, sustains editorial integrity and editorial independence, advances plans to enhance the unit's public profile and community support
  • 10% Manages revenue goals and drives revenue generation, directs development activities, solicits support, and stewards relationships with high impact funders, supports advocacy efforts, collaborates with donation and gifts board on budgeting, compliance, strategic investments, advocacy and community engagement
  • 10% Develops the unit's budget, driving strategic investment in facilities, personnel, projects, and new initiatives
  • 5% Collaborates with leadership on content delivery, public safety, and emergency alert systems for the state's communication infrastructure
  • 10% Serves as a liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups representing interests of the unit and fostering community and educational partnerships
  • 15% Represent WPR on the leadership team for Wisconsin Public Media and as a Division Administrator at the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board
  • 5% Provides leadership for staff recruitment, diversity, equity, inclusion and professional development practices
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree


At least five years supervisory experience
Demonstrated leadership in roles of increasing responsibility and complexity

The successful candidate will also possess a number of the following preferred qualifications:
Experience in public media or other media organizations
Past work in areas such as: financial resource management, technology, programming, marketing and/or fundraising
Experience leading the development and implementation of organizational strategy
Ability to lead and promote collaboration and build consensus in complex organizations
Clear, concise and persuasive communications to individuals and groups in formal and informal settings, in writing and orally
Demonstrated success working with community partners and other entities outside of the organization
Commitment to creating workspaces that are inclusive, diverse, and equitable
Unyielding sense of ethical leadership; ability to promote organizational and journalistic excellence

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Additional Information:

The person in this unclassified position will be required to comply with the Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff of Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin located here:, in addition to the UW-Madison code of ethics and standards of conduct for state public officials.

This position currently has the flexibility to occasionally work remotely. Time in-person, in the office will be required depending on operational needs. This position will have the flexibility to be headquartered at one of the following office locations: Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Superior, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Wausau, or Appleton. Remote work and office location flexibility will be discussed in more detail during the interview process.

The University of Wisconsin and the Educational Communications Board are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employers. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

Travel reimbursement for eligible interview candidates may be provided.

How to Apply:

The following must be received for your application to be complete: 1) Resume; 2) A narrative outlining your experience leading the development and implementation of organizational strategy or if you do not have experience with this, how you would approach leading the development and implementation of organizational strategy (no more than one 500 words); 3) A second narrative describing how your experience relates to the other listed required and preferred qualifications (no more than 1500 words). Finalists will be asked to submit a list of at least three professional references with titles, emails, and phone numbers (including at least one supervisory reference). Note that references will not be contacted without your prior knowledge.

Questions? Contact: Fred Schulze, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706; (608) 262-4722;


Fred Schulze
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Director of Radio(PB034)



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  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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