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Chief Operating Officer

Under the direction and supervision of the Director and General Manager of Arizona Public Media (AZPM), the Chief Operating Officer (COO) serves as an integral member of the executive leadership team in furtherance of AZPM’s mission, which is to educate, inform, and inspire, by bringing people and ideas together.

The COO will have a blended role leading and managing the development and operations functions, ensuring effective integration and strong execution of each for optimized results. In coordination with other members of the executive leadership team, the successful candidate will contribute to the setting, aligning and implementing of AZPM’s strategic plan and, when called upon by the Director and General Manager to do so, reporting progress to AZPM’s Community Advisory Board (CAB).

The COO will assist in the development and maintenance of business plans involving each of AZPM’s strategic priorities (Audience Development, Visibility and Community Engagement, and Sustainability and Accountability) that lead to success in achieving strategic goals. The successful candidate will lead and oversee AZPM’s operational activities for broadcast, radio and television initiatives including local and national productions, technical operations, media platforms and communications. The COO will also supervise as direct reports the department heads of the following internal operational divisions: Content Production, Engineering, IT Services, Marketing and Communications, News, Radio Programming, TV Production, and TV Programming. With regard to this component of the COO’s responsibilities, the COO shall be expected to act as an example and to provide the department heads with coaching and support, setting high standards of performance to include, but not be limited to, firm, fair and consistent direction, and to ensure role clarity, focus and accountability. Additional duties may be assigned from time to time.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from the University, viewers, listeners, and corporate supporters. Regardless of job capacity, each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to those with whom they come into contact.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategy

  • Assist the Director and General Manager with operational and strategic planning and execution, provide recommendations based on strategic objectives, capacity analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue and expense analysis.
  • Assist the Director and General Manager with the implementation and maintenance of a system for tracking and reporting on the progress of strategic plan implementations; assist with ensuring regular review of the plan and the development and implementation of revisions as necessary.
  • Serve as a community liaison and organizational advocate building opportunities and relationships that will help expand AZPM’s ability to accomplish the mission.
  • In consultation with the Director and General Manager, publicly represent AZPM with the media and external constituency groups including community, governmental, and private organizations and build awareness of and excitement for AZPM’s mission.


Revenue Development

  • Establish a thorough understanding of each of the organization’s funding streams from individuals, foundations, corporations, foundations, the University, and government which are sourced through individual relationships, on-air pledge, membership, events, initiatives, facility/asset rentals, and other channels.
  • Assist with the leadership of AZPM in the creation and implementation of business plans and product placement; participate in the education of staff to ensure consistent messaging and branding.
  • Assist in strengthening AZPM’s overall fundraising capacity to increase year over year revenue to support AZPM’s ability to deliver and expand positive impact in the community we serve.


Operations Management

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all programs and services; earn trust, respect, and credibility through experience, confidence, mutual respect and humility.
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts; identify opportunities for AZPM to leverage cross-platform strengths to take advantage of new opportunities and/or to address organizational challenges.
  • Prepare and submit an annual operating budget, manage effectively within this budget, and report accurately on progress made and challenges encountered.
  • Ensure the continued financial viability of AZPM through sound fiscal management of all departmental operational budgets.
  • Maintain disciplined processes driven by proven project management methods to ensure all aspects of a project to produce a service – branding, marketing and production – are coordinated.
  • Oversee production – planning, partner development, funding, negotiating contracts, budgeting, technical requirements, logistics, etc.


Team Management

  • Engage members of the management team to facilitate cross-department collaboration that ensures that solutions positively support AZPM’s evolving strategy, operational delivery, and data collection needs.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain AZPM’s high-performance department heads with an emphasis on developing capacity in strategic analysis, planning, process and project management and continuous improvement.
  • Ensure ongoing development of staff through performance management, coaching, mentoring, and succession planning.


Compliance

  • Serve as the Chief Compliance Officer and Facilities Manager, ensuring adherence to federal, state and local regulations, regulatory reporting requirements, and timelines.
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (Community Service Grant (and other Grant) Eligibility Submissions, Posting of CPB Annual Reports and Financials for the Radio and Television Stations, Preparation of portions of the Annual SABS and SAS Reports


AZPM Facility

  • Serve as the University of Arizona (UA) Building Manager.


Additional Duties

  • Performs additional duties as assigned.


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Opens: July 5, 2017
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: TBD

News Director

Under the general supervision of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) or his designee, and in conjunction and cooperation with station staff, the News Director leads and manages the planning and presentation of news for Arizona Public Media’s (AZPM) radio and television stations, online news service platforms, and social network site pages to support AZPM’s Strategic Plan and to meet the needs of AZPM’s diverse audiences.

The News Director has responsibility for, and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of, news and public affairs planning, reporting, editing and production for radio, television, and online service platforms; participates in maintaining ethical, editorial, artistic, and technical standards for broadcast news and public affairs programs consistent with the provisions of the AZPM Code of Editorial Ethics and Practices; directs news programming decisions and news operations; and, helps manage news published to the AZPM website and other service outlets.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from the University, viewers, listeners, and corporate sponsors. Regardless of job capacity, each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to those with whom they come in contact both within and without the organization.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directs the activities of the news and public affairs staff to develop story ideas, track issues and events; selects reporters for coverage, schedules stories for air, and schedules time for interviewing, writing, and editing.
  • Serves as a primary editor to ensure news reports are produced in a professional, effective, efficient, timely, ethical, and responsible manner.
  • Acts as a proactive liaison to various internal (e.g., station programming and operations and development staffs), and external constituencies and stakeholders (e.g., PBS, NPR), to advance AZPM’s news programming.
  • The News Director is the leader of the news team and contributes content on an as-needed basis.
  • Sets goals and objectives, monitors and evaluates scheduling and performance of news division personnel. Personnel management includes the recruitment and hiring of reporting staff. The News Director manages the news division budget – including annual planning, monthly monitoring, and routine handling of budget matters. The News Director assists in selecting equipment and information systems vital to news planning, news gathering, news production, and news presentation.
  • Seeks opportunities to promote public contact to help ascertain public needs and to bolster AZPM success; participates in AZPM events and fundraising activities as appropriate. Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, professionally, and collaboratively, both orally and in writing.
  • Possesses records management skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience with on-air and online techniques/procedures, protocols, and standards.
  • Knowledge of news and public affairs radio and television program production.
  • Ability to collect, evaluate, and adapt news and public affairs items for incorporation into on-air and/or online content.
  • Ability to make broadcast news programming decisions within defined parameters.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, conventions and protocols relating to the delivery of news and public affairs content.
  • Skill in the use of journalistic research methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of editorial and ethical standards generally, and as set forth specifically in the AZPM Code of Editorial Ethics and Practices.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, cost estimating, monitoring, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Possesses journalistic writing skills.
  • Ability to operate light office equipment.
  • Possesses an excellent memory for details.
  • Ability to meet daily deadlines under potentially stressful conditions including dealing effectively with multiple competing tasks and demands.

Opens: April 30, 2017
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: April 6, 2017

Television Producer/Director

Under the direction and supervision of the Executive Producer, the Television Producer/Director develops and directs various programs, promotional and/or documentary material for television on-air broadcast, and/or educational video programs. The Producer/Director also coordinates the activities of assigned staff during productions including the hiring, training, supervision, and scheduling of student crews. The incumbent uses independent judgment in determining the directorial approach to and development of program production-related concepts for the transmission and/or recording of studio/field productions.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from the University, viewers, listeners, and corporate sponsors. Regardless of job capacity, each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to those with whom they come in contact both within and without the organization.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the activities of staff and student employees assigned to specific multi-cam productions.
  • Hires, trains, supervises, and schedules student employees.
  • Researches and develops story/program concepts for various areas such as public interest and educational use and determines best production techniques for the story.
  • Schedules production, camera, and editing time; pre-plans recording and works with the production manager toensure the necessary equipment and visuals are available.
  • Determines technical requirements such as set design, sound, lighting, staging, and/or camera positions for shooting.
  • Works with producer, production manager, and studio supervisor to determine best personnel and equipment needs for desired program’s aesthetic and pacing needs.
  • Maintains accurate records including logs of production activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of broadcasting rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of broadcast production techniques.
  • Knowledge of equipment utilized in post-production and transmission of various platforms (studio, live, field, multi-cam, and source).
  • Ability to communicate effectively, professionally, and collaboratively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with individuals and teams, to work creatively, and to follow detailed instructions when required; and, to work efficiently and manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to supervise, schedule, and train employees, including student employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Possesses records management skills.
  • Ability to operate light office equipment.
  • Possesses an excellent memory for details.
  • Ability to meet daily deadlines under potentially stressful conditions including dealing with competing tasks and/or deadline demands.

Opens: April 17, 2017
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: April 24, 2017

Working at Arizona Public Media

Arizona Public Media is committed to providing excellence in Public Broadcasting to the diverse communities of southern Arizona. Our employees are the single most important resource, making all we achieve possible.

Arizona Public Media values creativity, diversity and sincerity in public service. Arizona Public Media is an AA/ADA/EEO employer. We encourage all those qualified to apply.

In accordance with FCC guidelines (adopted Nov. 7, 2002), Arizona Public Media is required to provide notification of full-time job vacancies to organizations involved in assisting job seekers upon request by such organization. As a public service, Arizona Public Media Human Resources office will provide notification of jobs to interested organizations. To request notification, write:

Arizona Public Media
PO Box 210067
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Links

The University of Arizona's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office Web site
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
AZPM Equal Opportunity Report
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