WFYI is seeking an experienced Chief Technology Officer with strong technical and communication skills, along with a strong service orientation, to join the leadership team. Reporting to the President & CEO, the CTO is a key member of the senior leadership team, championing the public service mission and developing a vision to use technology to enable, grow and fulfill that mission. The role will be required to be on top of the leading media technologies and has a firm understanding of the range of technology needed-from broadcast to online-to support a successful media organization. The CTO is responsible for the strategy, planning, management, and overall supervision of IT & Enterprise Systems, Media Engineering, and Systems Engineering & Integration. The CTO ensures the highest possible technical quality of content including on air, programs, streams, apps and other services. The CTO also ensures that all technology operations-from transmitters to IT-are strategically and operationally aligned and is responsible for ensuring that all systems and data are secured to the highest standards.
The Chief Technology Office (CTO) serves as principal technology leader of a broad-based public media organization that delivers television, radio, online, and digital content. Directs the strategic design, acquisition, management, and implementation of an enterprise-wide technology infrastructure. The role suited for an entrepreneurial individual who will provide strategic and tactical leadership for media and information technology, broadcast and digital distribution, engineering, facilities and infrastructure services. Will oversee the development and management of digital products for WFYI, including web sites, mobile applications and other emerging platforms.
- Serve as WFYI’s chief broadcast and operations technology strategist, working with staff across all departments to maintain, upgrade, and grow WFYI services for Central Indiana.
- Supervise and manage technology in the Network Operations Center, Transmitter Sites, TV and radio Studios as well as remote studio and transmitter sites.
- Leverage new technologies, such as NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0), as well as emerging digital platforms to reach new audiences; lead technical planning, budgeting and implementation for broadcast and operations construction projects.
- Serve as primary liaison with national PBS and NPR Technology leadership to ensure timely implementation of upgrades and new technologies or products at a local level; serve as primary liaison with Indiana partner stations (IPBS), external technology partners, equipment vendors and systems integrators.
- Create, support, and manage annual technology and operation budgets; serve as principal investigator for federal and/or private technology grants; develop long-term capital budget plan for technology replacement and potential growth to reach new audiences.
- Oversee support, including partner agreements, for general station IT needs, including desktop computers, networked devices, and servers.
- Assure compliance, and serve as the principal contact, for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations, as it relates to broadcast licenses and technical facilities.
- Maintain effective and strategic communications with station’s broadcast legal counsel.
- Directly supervise, train, and evaluate technology staff.
- Provide leadership to the technology department by setting work objectives, defining procedures, and establishing priorities.
- 10+ years of specialized experience as a Broadcast or IT Systems Engineer, with at least five of those years as an Engineering Manager.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in all situations with strong problem-solving and organizational skills; excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated experience leading and supervising a team; ability to collaborate in a creative team environment.
- Demonstrated experience in technology grant or proposal writing.
- Demonstrated experience creating and managing a complex budget involving both capital and operations.
- Ability to make recommendations to effectively solve problems, using judgment consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulations, and/or government law.
- Post-secondary education in applied technology, electronics, or related field preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge of FCC communication law.
- Comprehensive knowledge of broadcast and information systems technology.
- Working knowledge of IP, satellite, and terrestrial transmission systems.
- Demonstrated experience with computer and IT networks.
WFYI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes performance-based compensation.
WFYI is a content leader in the public media ecosystem with several initiatives that serve local, regional, and national audiences. WFYI houses one of the Midwest's largest newsrooms that includes the Side Effects health reporting collaborative, IPB News, a regional journalism hub for Indiana, and America Amplified, a nationwide partnership with CPB and stations across the country to support community engagement journalism. WFYI produces weekly television public affairs programming that serves the entire state with comprehensive coverage of the Indiana statehouse. WFYI is both a producer and presenting station for many public television documentaries including our most recent work Birch Bayh: American Senator. Our engagement efforts span every aspect of our programming, placing community input at the beginning, middle and conclusion of our content initiatives.
You may be surprised to know Indianapolis is the 25th DMA in the country. WFYI operates a full power PBS TV station as well as a recently launched ATSC 3.0 low power TV station that serves the entire metro. WFYI operates/services radio stations throughout Central Indiana including WBAA, West Lafayette, which recently celebrated 100 years of service.