The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”) seeks the services of an expert(s) (“Expert”) to work with a minimum of 75 and up to 100 public media stations’ and content production organizations’ (“Public Media Entities”) CEOs and/or their senior executive leadership teams to assist them in accelerating their digital culture transformation efforts at their respective entities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on public media.
The economic impact of COVID-19 and its changes to consumer behaviors caused a shift in public media entities’ priorities and operating requirements. The heavier reliance on digital channels for content distribution, revenue generation, and audience engagement along with a corresponding spike in audience growth on digital platforms, created a heightened sense of urgency for digital culture transformation. The economic impact of the pandemic has also driven the rapid adoption of digital technologies and is forcing change in public media entities’ operations. Many of these entities are not completely prepared to capture the opportunity for the long term as they shift from triage mode to adaptation.
This new normal is a unique opportunity and impetus for public media CEOs and/or their senior executive leadership teams to adapt and reinvent themselves as digital leaders. By helping them lead more agile and resilient organizations and build digital dexterity across mission-based focal areas such as education, content-development, and journalism, these leaders will be able to impact the long-term unique value proposition of their public media entities in their local communities.
The Expert will design, develop, advise, and guide selected public media entity leaders through a performance and outcomes-based digital culture transformation program as measured against defined success metrics and criteria. The Expert will also assist CEOs and/or their senior executive leadership teams in adapting their organization’s culture, strategies, and technology in order to be able to lead a more agile and data-informed organization during the COVID recovery period and beyond. During the pre-launch period of three months, the Expert will work closely with CPB to develop a process by which public media entities will be selected for participation and onboarded into the program. In addition, the Expert must propose and develop a plan and approach that can be scaled to potentially serve greater numbers of public media entities in the next few years.