Indiana University Bloomington seeks a leader for Radio and Television Services (RTVS), which includes the NPR and PBS affiliates for Southwest Indiana and media services (contract production) for many campus units across the multi-campus University.
The Executive Director has overall responsibility for setting strategy, leading, and managing the eight divisions of RTVS: News, Educational Services and Production, Public TV Station WTIU, Public Radio Station WFIU, Membership, Corporate Development, Operations and Engineering, and the Business Office. The Executive Director reports to the IU Executive Vice President and Provost of the Bloomington campus.
About Indiana University:
Indiana University is a major multi-campus leading public research university, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Established in 1820, the university serves over 100,000 students on seven campuses and two learning centers across the state, through nine medical education centers, and with over 33,000 students across the state, nation, and world taking courses through IU Online. In May 2019, IU graduated 21,500 students, and worldwide living IU alumni exceed 712,000.
The university’s budget is $3.7B and it garnered $680M in externally funded research grants and contracts in FY19. In 2020, IU will exceed its Bicentennial Campaign fundraising goal of $3B. Over the past decade, the university has invested over $2.5B to renew and expand its facilities.
Indiana University is a single university under one board of trustees and one president. It is not a university system. IU strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.
About Bloomington and Southwest Indiana:
Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship research campus and the home of RTVS. It serves 45,000 students with abundant academic programs that span disciplines including sciences, technology, humanities, and the performing arts. In recent years, it has redeveloped many of its academic programs to include the
- Media School
- School of Public Health
- Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
- Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design
- Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
- O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
These programs join the campus’ exceptional leadership in Music with the Jacobs School of Music; Business through the Kelley School of Business, and Law through the Maurer School of Law. Deemed one of the most beautiful college campuses in America, IU Bloomington is also home to abundant facilities for the performing arts including operas, orchestras, theater, touring Broadway shows, and many more events. The campus just opened the fully renovated Eskenazi Museum of Art, a teaching museum that boasts one of the finest collections of any university art museum.
The campus is set in the city of Bloomington, Indiana, within an hour of the Indianapolis International Airport and an hour’s drive south of the state capital city of Indianapolis. The city is a vibrant community of arts, festivals, quality schools, affordable housing, and near 20,000 acres of state parks.
Indiana University Bloomington is celebrating its bicentennial in 2020. As it enters its third century, the campus is reimagining its relationship with surrounding rural communities. Through the nationally-recognized Center for Rural Engagement, IU Bloomington is bringing the strengths of a leading research institution to bear on the issues our neighbors are facing. The students, faculty, and staff are partnering with local communities to address health, resilience, and quality of place.
About Radio/TV Services:
Indiana Public Media comprises WFIU Public Radio, WTIU Public Television, Educational Production & Services, News, a robust website, and a host of locally produced programming. Support units include Corporate Development, Digital, Membership, Engineering and Business Office.
Known on campus as Radio and Television Services, RTVS reports area news, produces audio and video programming, creates digital content, and develops educational programs and activities. RTVS helps IU faculty and staff produce and distribute audio and video to support their teaching, research, and service activities; the in-house production company offers full remote and studio production support in High Definition. Outside production clients include IU Athletics for live video board game presentations, live satellite feeds to network or cable television and regional and national program production.
WFIU, a public radio station, has been broadcasting from the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since October 1950. The station is a charter member of the National Public Radio network and broadcasts 24 hours a day to 20 counties throughout Indiana. In Bloomington, WFIU 1 broadcasts at 34 kilowatts via 103.7 FM, and WFIU 2 broadcasts on 101.9 FM.
WFIU 1 also broadcasts on 95.1 FM in Terre Haute, 100.7 FM in Columbus, 101.7 FM in French Lick/West Baden, 98.9 FM in Greensburg, and 106.1 FM in Kokomo. WFIU 2 also broadcasts on 100.1 FM in Seymour.
WTIU, a PBS television station owned and operated by Indiana University, serves over 607,126 households in 29 counties in West and South Central Indiana. WTIU airs programming on five digital channels 24 hours a day, and produces local, regional and national programs.
For us, this work is a public trust. We help listeners and viewers discover. We aspire to inspire.
The executive leadership of the campus, the university, staff of RTVS, and community stakeholders have created the profile of the ideal candidate for the position. We will consider candidates who most closely reflect this profile:
Leadership: We seek an externally (University and Community) focused, experienced and mission-driven individual, with a mature set of leadership and management abilities, who will help grow and maintain a positive, aligned culture within RTVS, keep the organization improving in effectiveness in serving the people of the region, as well as within the University community, who also:
- Leads with integrity that is recognized within RTVS and beyond;
- Has an open style, but is also an effective decision-maker and change agent;
- Shows up – in the community, in the University, and with the staff;
- Steers and evolves the mission and success of RTVS in the greater role that a leading research university plays in the life of the state;
- Creates and nurtures a healthy organizational culture for teamwork to make the organization highly effective at serving its mission;
- Provides direction and accountability for organizational and staff results, including clearly communicating strategy, goals, expectations; assesses performance and provides direct feedback;
- Has great people skills including being able to flex style – comfortable and effective at dealing with the wide range of stakeholders – from University stakeholders to individuals across the region and state-wide legislative, business and community leaders;
- Is committed to and comfortable with measurably advancing diversity and inclusion, both within the institution and in the community;
- Is politically savvy and diplomatic in situations and understands context for any evolving matter.
Industry Knowledge (radio, internet, etc): Knowledge of and experience with media, trends in technology and consumption of media and contract production, including:
- A high level of understanding of dynamics, issues and trends in media/public media for the decade ahead and how to develop RTVS into an essential and highly relevant part of the local and state media landscape;
- Is able to manage a complex physical plant (studios, transmitters and production equipment), including managing the strategic and financial challenge of maintaining its effectiveness;
- Is aware of/experienced with providing contract production services, to internal or external clients;
- If coming from outside public media, deep commitment to and knowledge of the enterprise (listener, supporter); and
- Is technologically competent, comfortable with/aware of digital and social media, able to drive the transformation to being multi-platform while maintaining our place and relevance in heritage media.
Vision: See, understand, and foresee future trends in media and in related fields and the world that provide opportunities or that could impact on RTVS’ operations. This includes the ongoing transformation that the Internet is having on availability and use of media and the ability to align RTVS’ vision to this evolving long-term future:
- Is a big picture person;
- Has a learning orientation, including demonstrated skill with methods for gathering, assimilating and making meaning out of information about the changing media, technology and demographic landscape;
- Balances vision with doing and assessing.
- Is able to enroll others in working together to execute vision.
Communication: Highly developed public and private interpersonal and communication skills, with an open, engaging style, including:
- Comfort with and command of the range of communication channels, including speaking, writing and social media;
- Being a skillful listener;
- Is inspiring and respectful, connecting in a real way with people;
- Is an effective spokesperson for the organization.
Problem Solving and Decision Making: We seek an expert decision-maker, who:
- Has the ability to prioritize and determine significance of a particular issue;
- Understands who to include in the problem-solving process;
- Knows what and how much information is needed;
- Is able to effectively analyze and use data in the decision-making process;
- Makes decisions in a timely matter;
- Is good at follow-through, and can clearly communicate decisions;
- Designs and administers effective execution, with appropriate pre-determined success measures and time-posts; and
- Has a level of personal strength to stick by decisions and/or know when a change of direction is needed.
Change Management: Our next leader will have a proven track record in helping individuals and through them organizations prepare for and make change in response to changes in the internal and external environment, including:
- Having a proven record of developing and maintaining ongoing awareness in themselves of changes in media consumption and delivery, and in the demographics and context of the community and University;
- Proven skill at effectively sharing and increasing knowledge/awareness of those changes in staff, University and community stakeholders;
- Skill at process management, identifying what needs to change and how to affect necessary changes in the organization; and
- Skill at generating organizational and process changes through enrolling and directing as needed.
Passion: A highly energetic person who is inspired by the public service mission of RTVS in the context of a 200 year-old leading research university with exceptional strengths in the Humanities and:
- Has authentic enthusiasm for and commitment to the heritage and future of RTVS, public media’s potential and future, including as a source for local content, and for developing and deploying new and innovative service delivery mechanisms;
- Communicates passion in a way that engages others and generates action by staff, the Administration and community, including potential funders.
Innovation: Through a combination of knowledge and insights about RTVS and the context it operates in, is able to generate significant organizational and service improvements, and:
- Is an out of the box thinker, who makes connections quickly, is personally creative and able to act on that creativity;
- Is open-minded and a good learner who is not risk-averse;
- Has a focus on innovative models and conquering challenges; and
- Has a desire, persistence and resourcefulness to solve problems and make things happen.
Fundraising: Excited about generating financial resources for RTVS. Effective fundraiser with demonstrated track record, is knowledgeable of and expert at the General Manager role in fundraising and resource development, and:
- Is comfortable with asking for money for RTVS;
- Is strong as a mission spokesperson, and in relationship management aspects of fundraising (both individual and institutional);
- Has a comprehensive understanding of fundraising strategies and methods in public media (membership, underwriting, and major and planned giving) and beyond;
- Is able to develop RTVS organizational fundraising capacity, and effective at moving us beyond our reliance on transactional membership-based revenues into philanthropic fundraising, including identifying and dealing with internal cultural and operational blocks to success with major donor and planned giving efforts.
Management: A selected candidate will be an experienced, results-oriented manager of people who:
- Has a full set of skills in internal management issues including Operations and Finance/Budgeting for a >$10M operation;
- Is expert at and enjoys the team building aspects of the ED role;
- Demonstrates strong internal relationship skills;
- Has deep experience with supervising a staff;
- Has proven skill and commitment to growing and mentoring staff members; and
- Is not a micromanager.
Seven Years of increasingly responsible experience in electronic media management, including long-range planning, development, fiscal management, and proven leadership ability; public broadcasting experience; strong sense of ethics.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, media, management or related field.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Public speaking, including on-air comfort level
- Written skills
- Ability to see and establish connections between public broadcasting and the campus
Projected start date is Spring or Summer 2020.
Experience in a university setting
Creativity and a sense of humor
To Apply: Indiana University has retained Livingston Associates to assist in this search. For consideration, please submit a letter of introduction including your vision for the future of Radio TV Services and why you will be the ideal person to lead the organization in achieving that vision, as well as a resume.
Date for full consideration: January 5, 2020. Inquiries are welcome. Contact Livingston Associates at (410) 243-1974.
Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.
- Indiana University is committed to excellence through diversity.
- Indiana University has a strong commitment to principles of diversity and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
- Indiana University encourages applications from candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds.