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General Manager & CEO – Nebraska Public Media

Nebraska Public Media - Lincoln, NE

Nebraska Public Media seeks a General Manager & CEO who will lead the organization in envisioning and enacting vibrant public media in the state of Nebraska.

This individual will also serve as the Secretary of the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission and the General Manager of Nebraska Public Media. Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Education Telecommunications Commission, the successful candidate will be expected to provide dynamic leadership in further developing and strengthening the public broadcasting programs and educational offerings of both the University and the Commission for the State. We are seeking candidates with authenticity, humility, and a sense of humor that sets others at ease. The ideal candidate brings the following:

  • At least 10 years of experience in senior leadership roles; strong leadership in positions of increasing responsibility in public media or a related telecommunications business or industry is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Sophistication and savviness in complex media environments, including multi-platform journalism and contemporary public television/radio station structure. Possess an understanding of the production and distribution aspects of public radio and television, ATSC 3.0, and emerging media trends.
  • Accomplished record as a passionate public representative of an organization capable of uniting people in imaginative and collaborative partnerships that cultivate programmatic innovation.
  • Politically astute and able to unite diverse constituencies; with a record of developing a visionary, holistic, and uplifting institutional identity that excites and energizes stakeholders at all levels to contribute to institutional goals.
  • Experience marshaling others to take calculated risks that generate revenue and fully leverage opportunities to integrate fundraising and programmatic initiatives. Track record of participating in fundraising, preferably in a public media environment.
  • Must have successful experience working with various constituencies on strategic planning and financial management.
  • Proven ability to provide inspirational leadership that makes staff feel valued, motivated, and empowered.
  • Compelling vision for the future of public media and an unfailing commitment to integrity in a public media environment.
  • Experience working successfully in complex organizations with various governing and advisory bodies and diverse stakeholders.
  • Comfort with change within organizations and sectors, open to new ideas with a tolerance for calculated risk in response to evolving opportunities.
  • Demonstrated intellectual and strategic ability to explore new content delivery methods.
  • Ability to demonstrate diplomacy and resilience when faced with challenges.
  • Keen analytical skills and a sense of creativity necessary to frame and solve problems.
  • Highly energetic with the ability to take a long view and balance a sense of urgency and steadfast patience.
  • Exceptional communication skills in all registers, including writing, public speaking, and listening.

DRiWaterstone Human Capital is proud to lead this search on behalf of Nebraska Public Media.

Review of applications begins on May 13, 2024 and will continue on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment. UNL is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and included. UNL complies with all local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.