IPBS- Executive Director


Indiana public television and radio providing engaging educational and informational programming for Indiana citizens

Executive Director, IPBS

IPBS is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization during a time of expansion and new service opportunities. The IPBS Executive Director is a fulltime position reporting to a board of directors through its Chair. The Executive Director will manage all activities of the organization including but not limited to: strategic planning, board development, developing programs and services, fund-raising initiatives, representing IPBS in numerous settings, communicating with stakeholders, and promoting the value of public broadcasting.


The Executive Director will carry out IPBS policies and plans enacted by the Board including (but not limited to) written strategic plans and a written statement of annual objectives for the Executive Director. The Executive Director will act on behalf of the organization, to commit IPBS funds and station participation consistent with the written policies and plans of IPBS.

Major Internal Responsibilities: 

  • Manage and facilitate all activities of the organization
  • Guide and facilitate the strategic planning process
  • Provide initiative and leadership in cultivating, sustaining and growing successful funding and partnership relationships with state and federal agencies, foundations, educational institutions and other statewide organizations with compatible priorities, and with the business community
  • Communicate effectively and in a timely manner with the IPBS board, its stakeholders and other station personnel engaged in IPBS activities
  • Provide initiative and leadership in cultivating, sustaining and growing successful collaborations among IPBS stations
  • Facilitate the work of the Board and all of its committees
  • Supervise the work of individuals engaged by IPBS (unless supervision is specifically placed elsewhere by Board action)
  • Consistently provide and contribute to a positive working environment for IPBS staff and within the IPBS organization
  • Plan and organize meetings and special events as directed by the Board
  • Maintain accurate and thorough records of IPBS meetings and activities
  • Develop and present annual budgets, sources of operating support, and operating plans for Board approval
  • Monitor and report financial status and activity on a regular basis as determined by the Board
  • Maintain (or cause to be maintained) thorough financial records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles

Major External Responsibilities:

  • Actively pursue and obtain funding for IPBS activities. Guide and assist others hired by IPBS for this purpose- grant writers for instance
  • Work in concert with the IPBS lobbyist to develop, coordinate and pursue an effective legislative strategy
  • Represent IPBS interests effectively with all its various external constituencies­ legislative and business leaders, education leaders, foundation leaders and other stakeholders important to the success of IPBS
  • Prepare (or cause to be prepared) all necessary reports, including tax returns, to maintain IPBS as a 501 (c) 3 corporation in good standing with the state and federal government
  • Work with the Board to engage an external firm to conduct an annual audit; facilitate the work of the external auditor


  • A minimum of ten years successful experience in planning and managing people and resources to achieve significant goals
  • A successful track record in attracting major funding from government and foundation sources
  • Outstanding communications skills. Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with internal and external stakeholders and constituents
  • Demonstrated capacity to be a strong advocate and articulate spokesperson for the mission, purposes and goals of an organization
  • Knowledge and understanding of public broadcasting stations and issues at the local, state and national level
  • Understanding of the emerging digital media landscape and other relevant external environmental issues at the state and national level that may impact IPBS's capacity to achieve its goals
  • Successful experience working with state government and its legislative processes in areas relevant to this position
  • A demonstrated capacity to provide effective leadership within the framework of an executive board of directors’ organizational structure
  • Capacity to work independently and collaboratively on multiple projects simultaneously with a minimum of direct daily supervision/direction

Additional desirable qualifications include:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Indiana and its major public policy issues
  • Successful experience working with Indiana or other state government and its legislative processes

IPBS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

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