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WOSU Public Media, a service of The Ohio State University and a distinguished, historic public radio and television licensee, invites applications for the position of General Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to lead an accomplished public media service serving a growing community.
WOSU reaches over 2.5 million people in the Columbus, Ohio, a dynamic university city and the state Capital.
WOSU is revered and well supported by the Columbus community and by the University. Working in a brand-new facility, with a supportive university administration and the Friends of WOSU community advisory board, the GM will implement WOSU’s strategic direction toward even greater success. WOSU is a financially successful station emerging from a positive capital campaign with significant momentum. Additionally, the GM will lead organizational capacity building toward an increasingly diverse, equitable and inclusive organization, continued financial strength, strong public engagement and programmatic expansion. The GM will serve as principal ambassador to the community-at-large.
WOSU is assisted in this search by NETA Consulting. If you are interested in applying, send your resume and a one-page vision statement for WOSU and public media to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted no later than September 15, 2021. For additional information, please contact Malcolm Brett (email@example.com) or Skip Hinton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For reference, the following is the full position description:
Responsible for the overall vision, strategic initiatives, budget, management and reputation of WOSU Public Media, which includes PBS, NPR and classical music affiliated stations and multiple distribution arms.
Position plans, directs and leads the management of WOSU to create and distribute national and local content on broadcast stations, web, digital, social media and other distribution platforms. Responsible for building a sound fiscal organization through prudent budgeting and revenue generation from grants, community, individual, corporate, foundation, state and federal sources to support to aid the mission and vision of WOSU. Builds advocacy and beneficial collaborations through the Friends of WOSU Board community board and other local and campus leadership. Directs the organization’s integration and investment into media technology.
Collaborates to develop quality local programming and public engagement initiatives to best serve the community. Adheres to Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines and provides timely and appropriate reports. Negotiates with local, state and federal agencies on behalf of WOSU Public Media.
Develops strategic and tactical plans with WOSU’s senior team. Partners with appropriate community and campus organizations to extend the mission of WOSU in alignment with Ohio State’s land-grant mission. Focuses on building a healthy, productive work environment for all staff and advancing diversity within the organization. Works collaboratively with directors within OSU’s Administration and Planning division on initiatives and projects. Serves on local, state and national boards and advisory groups as appropriate to become a community asset, to build a broader perspective and grow WOSU’s presence and reputation.
Percentage of Duties
40% – Plans, directs and leads the management of WOSU television and radio stations, web and other program creation and distribution resources. Directs the integration of technology. Collaborates to develop quality programming. Directs sound and responsible fiscal operations and reporting functions. Follows FCC and CPB guidelines. Assures a healthy, productive work environment, advancing diversity within the organization.
40% – Responsible for building a sound fiscal organization from grants, community, individual, corporate and foundation support to support the mission, vision and initiatives of WOSU. Builds support and advocacy through the Friends of WOSU Board community board and other local and campus leadership. Partners with appropriate community and campus organizations to extend the mission of WOSU.
20% – Develops long range strategic and tactical plans, assuring alignment with Ohio State’s land-grant mission and community needs. Works collaboratively with directors within OSU’s Administration and Planning division on initiatives and projects. Serves on local and national boards and advisory groups as appropriate to become a community asset, to build a broader perspective and grow WOSU’s presence beyond Columbus.
Bachelor’s Level Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Master’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is desired. Minimum seven (7) years of successful and relevant senior management leadership experience in public media, nonprofit, business or education fields is required. Experience managing and preparing a budget is required. Demonstrated experience as a fundraiser and relationship builder is required as is the ability to lead, manage, and retain a diverse, talented, motivated staff. A thorough understanding of public media and its unique programming, technology, fiscal and fundraising challenges and opportunities is desired. Must be able to define, effectively communicate and implement an organizational vision within and outside of WOSU.
To build a diverse workforce, The Ohio State University encourages applications from all individuals. Ohio State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.