Position Description

Senior Director, Technology
Location Chicago, Navy Pier
Job Code 330
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media


To nourish the public conversation by telling the stories that matter—stories that provoke thought, entertain, capture emotion and inspire action.

                                                                                                                Chicago Public Media Mission Statement



Who is Chicago Public Media?

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest, most decorated, aggressively creative, and journalistically ambitious public radio organizations in the nation. We are home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, celebrating our 75th year anniversary broadcasting at 91.5 FM, and Vocalo Radio, Chicago’s Urban Alternative music station at 91.1 FM. We are the birthplace of such celebrated programs as This American Life, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Sound Opinions, Curious City and most recently, a growing portfolio of podcasts that include Serial, the “Making” series, including Making Obama and Making Oprah, and The Trouble with Shannon Cason. WBEZ’s award-winning newsroom is growing in order to tackle the stories that matter most to our community.  As an essential source of news and context, we are a powerful connector among lines of difference.

An Opportunity To Make An Impact

At Chicago Public Media, we believe independent journalism is essential to a well-functioning democracy and access to fact-based, objective news and information a right of every citizen.  We serve the public interest by creating diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires and enriches.  We connect diverse audiences and help them make a difference in our communities, our region and our world.  If you are inspired by our mission and want to belong to an organization that inspires you, supports you, and challenges you, we encourage you to apply.


About the Role


Reporting to the VP Finance, the Senior Directory of Technology will be a key member of the CPM leadership team. CPM has experienced transformational growth over the past four years as the staff has increased by over 40% and revenue has grown at a compound annual growth rate in the double digits. The Senior Director of Technology will support our ambitious strategic goals by leading technology through an exciting new phase of growth and innovation across a wide array of audio and digital products and platforms as well as overseeing the excellence of our traditional broadcast signal.


CPM is seeking a technical leader who possesses a strong business and technology mindset combined with a service orientation and excellent project delivery skills. This role must ensure that technology is keeping pace with the needs across the organization, and do so cost-effectively. The successful Senior Director of Technology will bring experienced vendor and project management skills to the organization, combined with excellent people management and communication abilities. The Senior Director should know how to get things done through others, while also being prepared to dig into the details and direct staff actively when needed.  This is a strategic, hands-on leadership role in a growing dynamic organization.


The Senior Director must also develop and maintain a broad understanding of all business units within CPM and their relationship to technology; contribute to general business planning regarding the technology and systems required to maintain CPM’s operations and competitiveness; and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships throughout the organization.


Direct Reports:

  • Broadcast Operations Team – Manages on-air sound and programming, including our Master Control Engineers.
  • Broadcast Engineering Team – Manages studio and broadcast-related technologies and towers as well as digital audio technologies including live streaming and podcast hosting services.
  • IT / Help Desk Team – Manages IT infrastructure, networking and security.
  • Digital Software Engineering Team – Works with product managers to build and maintain our web, mobile and app platforms.


Core Technical Competencies:                                   Reliable IP infrastructure

                                                                                                Efficient multiplatform workflow

                                                                                                Familiarity with legacy audio systems

                                                                                                Implement security best practices

                                                                                                Familiarity with mobile and emerging platforms

                                                                                                Familiarity with broadcast operations systems

                                                                                                Familiarity with AOIP technologies

                                                                                                Familiarity with FCC regulations

                                                                                                Familiarity with application/platform development


Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:


  1. BA, BS or BSEE or equivalent professional experience.
  2. At least 10 years of progressive work experience in broadcast/digital media with strong knowledge of architectures, trends and emerging technologies.
  3. At least 5 years in a technical management role including the management of other supervisors of front line support teams and network infrastructure. Experience working within mid-sized organization preferred.
  4. Capable of leading and inspiring diverse groups of engineers to accomplish complex projects.
  5. Demonstrated ability to lead complex projects from start to finish. PMP certification a plus.
  6. Proven experience in managing a technology and operations function from a financial and managerial point of view.
  7. Prior experience managing key vendor relationships and leading formal vendor selection processes including competitive bidding and RFPs through contract negotiation.
  8. Ability to implement excellent customer service based processes.
  9. Experience in major enterprise level technology construction or renovation projects is desirable.
  10. Excellent communication skills, with the ability to explain technical concepts to stakeholders of varying technical knowledge.
  11. Currently in a technology and operations leadership role with experience with digital audio/video formats and technology for mobile and emerging platforms.
  12. Desire to be part of a mission-driven organization that serves the greater Chicago community.


Working at Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media cares deeply about our employees as we know attracting, nurturing and developing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact.  Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged.  We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.


Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work.  We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.


At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come.  Our benefits include:


  •  6 weeks fully paid family leave
  •  12 weeks paid maternity leave
  •  High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
  •  A  403(b)retirement plan with a company match
  •  Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days



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