Job Description:

Who We Are:

The mission of American Public Media Group (APMG) is to enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences and assisting them in strengthening their communities.  We aspire to be the leader in creating trusted and meaningful listening experiences with and for curious people, and we seek to create a diverse, inclusive culture focused on growth and outcomes to serve our audiences. 

APMG's primary operating divisions Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and American Public Media offer multi-regional FM broadcast channels, website, mobile and social media channels, live events, national content creation and distribution. Together, these divisions operate 49 public radio stations and 42 translators serving regional audiences in eight states from Minnesota, Michigan and the Upper Midwest to Idaho and California; distribute a portfolio of more than twenty national programs reaching nearly 20MM listeners weekly through 1,000 radio stations; serve rapidly growing audiences on digital, social and mobile platforms; and produce an increasing and diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, mental health, water, early brain development, business and investigative journalism. 

Position Summary:

The Technical Director is a leader in the Broadcast Operations department, working in support of Minnesota Public Radio’s three regional services, the APM portfolio of national programming, and production of APM|MPR podcasts. The position’s primary focus and responsibility is the technical planning, coordination, and production of broadcasts, recordings, post-production, and events for MPR/APM.

This position will work within the Technology & Operations division and will collaborate with colleagues across our organization as well as external partners in order to maintain excellent technical quality of MPR/APM broadcasts, audio recordings, video productions, and live/virtual events.

Minimum compensation: $27.55 hourly. Exact hourly rate determined by experience and education related to the role, organizational compensation structure and internal equity.

Application Deadline: Open until filled. 

Position Responsibility:

  • Collaborate closely with show hosts, directors, and producers to accommodate an efficient and creative broadcast/production environment. 
  • Establishes and maintains the highest standards of audio and video production.
  • Leads by example and works with team to deliver on standards.
  • Establishes and enforces clean and effective standard operating procedures and works with colleagues to train for and implement them.
  • Leads technical planning of remote broadcasts, recordings, and events in order to help shape the scope early in the planning process so that we can meet the expectations of everyone involved.   
  • Works with other departments and/or external partners to remain up to date on all technical and content changes and modifications.
  • Maintain expert knowledge and operational skill in digital audio production using in-house software-editing platforms (currently utilized systems include Dalet and Pro Tools) as well as mixing consoles (currently utilized systems include Axia, Neve, Avid Venue/S6, Midas, and Yamaha digital consoles.)
  • Test, connect, and monitor codecs and any other equipment necessary for live broadcasts including ISDN, T1, IP Network, and other systems.
  • Operate audio/visual systems for events and meetings
  • Recording and mixing of both music and talk based audio content.
  • Perform live mixing; On-air board operations, studio mixing of both music and talk, and sound reinforcement.
  • Operate digital audio recording devices and interfaces for both in-house and field recording.
  • Operate video cameras, video switchers, and encoding software for live video streams
  • Responsible for responding in a timely and professional manner to internal and external requests for audio files, technical assistance, and planning details.
  • Provide excellent customer service to our internal colleagues as well as any external constituents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or five or more years of experience as broadcast or recording engineer.
  • Experienced recording in many acoustic environments including studios, control rooms, concert halls, churches, clubs, and outdoor venues.
  • Five or more years of experience as a broadcast, recording, or sound reinforcement engineer.
  • Possess a thorough knowledge and experience of field recording, sound reinforcement, studio recording, post-production, and “live” broadcast procedures and protocols.  
  • Operational experience with analog and digital studio infrastructures, PA systems, and stage production and recording.
  • Computer literate with experience using PC and Mac platforms.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skills operating systems including audio consoles, mics, patch bays / routers, signal processing and related equipment.
  • Project planning, communications, and teamwork skills.
  • Expert fluency in several digital audio workstation varieties, Pro Tools experience preferred.
  • Must understand and be able to support and troubleshoot modern personal computer hardware and software.
  • Solid background in electronics, audiovisual systems, audio systems signal flow and basic electronics wiring.
  • Extensive knowledge of microphones, multi-track and broadcast consoles, audio storage media.
  • Knowledgeable of operating signal processing equipment including equalizers, compressors, limiters, de-esser's, AD/DA converters and outboard mic pre-amps.
  • Knowledge of digital production systems including audio workstations and automation for 'on-air' program delivery.
  • Analytical and business-oriented problem-solving skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships in order to achieve common goals
  • Able to perform work independently or in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, both written and orally
  • Ability to maintain composure and perform well under pressure. 
  • Creative problem solver and ability to communicate complex principles in non-technical or layman’s terms.
  • Ability to multi-task daily
  • Excellent customer service skills.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Project management skills desirable.
  • Experience in a broadcasting or media environment
  • Ability to think about content and audio editing from the perspective of the average listener and help shape a story or piece with creative editing and production techniques.
  • Ability to train both technical and non-technical staff on audio equipment and production systems in a one-on-one or group learning environment.
  • Ability and desire to not just maintain the status quo, but to increase the quality and efficiency of the team’s work over time.
  • Working knowledge of computer networking architecture (static IP vs. DHCP, firewalls, VLANs).
  • Experience with video cameras and shooting techniques using DSLR lenses
  • Working knowledge of video switchers, cabling, and live video production techniques
  • Working knowledge of basic graphic design techniques and graphic layering with video
  • Working knowledge of lighting techniques for video production
  • Working knowledge of stage lighting systems and theatrical stagecraft.
  • Working knowledge of audio/visual equipment including projectors, video switchers, and other presentation technology.

Reporting To This Position:         None

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Position will at times require weekend, evening and holiday work.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Reach with hands and arms
    • Balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.  
    • Required to lift standard audio equipment and computers up to 50 lbs.
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

Job Location: 
Saint Paul, MN
United States
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Full time
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