Director of Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio (Madison, Wisconsin)

Posted 3 months ago

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.

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

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

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.

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;

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