Northern Public Radio (WNIJ/WNIU)
Based 60 miles outside of Chicago, WNIJ/WNIU is comprised of two full-power public radio stations, with three repeaters and a translator to provide NPR and music programming to both urban and rural audiences. Station headquarters houses multiple production and control studios as well as a live performance studio and mobile production studio.
WNIJ/WNIU Chief Technical Officer
The CTO is a "boots on the ground" position that works within and leads the Technical Operations Team, comprised of a Technical Associate, Multimedia Specialist, and Production Specialist. This team is responsible for ensuring smooth, orderly, and compliant station operations, which includes: engineering, IT, traffic/operations and digital assets.
The primary function of this position is to direct the technical broadcast operations of the stations. This position will ensure the installation, maintenance and repair of studio equipment and software plus transmitting and ancillary equipment, in order to maintain terrestrial and digital signal while complying with all FCC technical requirements.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to troubleshoot root cause analysis both independently and as a team;
Strong understanding of the technology necessary to support a growing multiplatform broadcast media organization;
Ability to efficiently use office productivity software as well specialized software systems such as audio editing and broadcast operations software.
Demonstrated knowledge of analog and digital technology for broadcast and production, including audio over IP and legacy systems;
Knowledge of broadcast networks, equipment, software programs and systems as applied to the effective delivery of broadcast signals;
Demonstrated skill and successful experience in organizational change and transition management, including creating efficiencies, and implementing new and emerging technologies, including new/revised work processes;
24/7 ability and availability to coordinate response to emergencies;
Demonstrated knowledge of FCC rules and regulations, including EAS requirements.
Minimum Education and Experience
1. A. Four (4) academic years of progressively more advanced training in electrical or electronic technology/engineering in a college, university, and/or trade school
B. 36 months of progressively responsible work experience in broadcast engineering
C. any combination of A and B that totals 36 months
2. Three (3) years of responsible experience in broadcast engineering
NOTE: Certification as a Senior Broadcast Engineer (or higher category of certification) by the Society of Broadcast Engineers can be used to satisfy all the credential requirements of this class.
Preferred Education and Experience
• Associates degree in Electronics Engineering, Broadcast Engineering or related field or equivalent broadcast engineering related experience to substitute for a degree;
• Six years of experience in broadcast, studio and/or audio engineering;
• Three years of experience leading a technical team
• Demonstrated knowledge of FCC rules and regulations, including EAS requirements.
• SBE Certification or equivalent professional experience
Northern Illinois University employment information and application details available here