Job Description:

Summary and Responsibilities:

The GM heads efforts to develop partnerships across the coverage area and on campus and works to ensure the financial stability of the organization through on-going fundraising efforts and necessary cost control. The GM provides leadership and vision to the department as it moves beyond traditional broadcast and digital distribution into new and emerging technologies.

  • Plans and leads the complex activities of a joint licensee public broadcasting operation.
  • Responsible for the direction, development, and leadership of staff.
  • Provides strategic direction and oversight for budgetary planning, expenditures and long-term financial sustainability.
  • Provides leadership in expanding opportunities for public broadcasting beyond traditional areas to broaden funding base and external support.
  • Leads efforts to develop partnerships with other university units and external organizations.
  • Provides strategic leadership, including responding to changes mandated by the CPB, FCC, other federal and state agencies.
  • Responsible for compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Leads all unit activities including programming, marketing, fundraising, outreach, engineering and business operations.
  • Leads efforts at securing external grant funds to support activities, as well as major gifts.
  • Responsible for policy planning and implementation.

Required qualifications and education:

  • Bachelor's Degree required, preferably in business, broadcasting, or related field.
  • Five years of upper management experience, including leadership in broadcasting or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, lead, and supervise other professionals.
  • Demonstrated success in leading fundraising efforts and securing external funding and grants.
  • Experience participating with senior management in strategic decision-making.
  • Demonstrated ability to interface and work cooperatively with external units and organizations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
  • Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing partnerships with external organizations.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred qualifications and education:

  • Master's Degree, preferably in business, communications, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience with a joint licensee of both television and radio.
  • Demonstrated experience in a university setting.
  • Previous experience with collective bargaining.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate and implement change to improve performance and results.
  • Demonstrated experience in digital television upgrades and conversion.

Supervision exercised:

  • Supervisors are expected to support the leadership expectations of Grand Valley State University and foster a culture that inspires excellence, diversity, equal opportunity, and a welcoming work environment.
  • The GM is the appointing officer for WGVU and reports to the Vice President for University Relations.

How to apply:

Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Job Location: 
Grand Rapids, MI
United States
Job Category: 
Job Type: 
Full time
(616) 331-2215