American Public Media
  • SCPR, Broadcast Ops & Engineering - 18IC
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Yes, Benefits

Position Summary: 


This role is responsible for the leadership, vision, budget consulting, planning, and administration of the Broadcast Operations staff and related systems for Southern California Public Radio (SCPR).  The Broadcast Production Manager oversees and administers the ongoing production, studio facilities, operations, and distribution of SCPR regional programming and is involved in shaping the organization's strategic direction, priorities and growth. 


This role provides leadership and direction for the Broadcast Operations department including:  SCPR Broadcast Operations, SCPR Los Angeles Broadcast Operations, SCPR Bureaus, Regional Programming production, Studio and personnel scheduling, and Crawford Family Forum and Live Events.


This role manages and oversees the SCPR broadcast operations budget, managing resources, expenses, revenues, and develops long-term budget planning strategies. The position is responsible for developing and maintaining ongoing training methods and strategies to ensure quality control and excellence in support of MPR|APM broadcast and digital content. Additionally, he/she will also work closely with colleagues, producers, and department managers to ensure top quality technical production, research, and support. The role serves as a member of the division's leadership team, helping align resources and personnel with APMG strategic directives and goals.


Position Responsibility:

  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining the highest standards of SCPR content production, station operations, distribution, radio sound, operational effectiveness and for quickly identifying solutions and resolving production and technical issues as they relate to audio quality and delivery.
  • Provides visible leadership in broadcasting and production strategies and implementations, both internally and with external partners and vendors.
  • Serves as project manager on assigned projects, utilizing the project management process.
  • Oversees the content production and operating procedures in support of ongoing SCPR content creation, production, operation, technical distribution, and client station support.
  • Oversees Pasadena, CA Headquarters studios and production facilities to ensure content creation goals are adequately supported.
  • Leads the production, operations, and technical distribution process of new and leading-edge programming initiatives; providing leadership, planning, and direction as required to ensure success.
  • Serves as the primary Content production and delivery liaison. 
  • Represents SCPR at professional media and broadcast industry organizations and presents at and attends conferences and activities that support the SCPR mission and strategic plan.
  • Hires, supervises, trains, and manages direct staff through providing work direction, constructive performance coaching, mentorship, performance meetings, and on-going feedback. 
  • Fosters a creative and productive work environment.  Creates development opportunities and individualized development plans for staff and training to enhance skills and foster growth.
  • Demonstrates visible commitment to diversity/inclusion, e.g. attend events, meetings, and insist upon diverse candidate pool in hiring opportunities.
  • Builds and maintains an effective working relationship with APM|MPR production and distribution to ensure that national and regional production is coordinated and is informed by technological developments.
  • Works closely and collaborates with IT and Media Technology teams for technical improvement of any production equipment or hardware/software related to studio, production, field recording and sound reinforcement and distribution environments.
  • Provides leadership in technical resource management, including implementation of complex audio recording and routing assignments; participates in the selection and coordinated use of all technical equipment used on-site and at remote sites for remote broadcasts and recorded programming. 
  • Stays current with state-of-the-art systems and methods in audio production, advises executives on emerging technologies and collaborates with colleagues to evaluate new technologies of interest to SCPR.
  • Oversees training in production systems, station operations, and broadcast standards.  Monitors effectiveness and implements solutions for improvements.
  • Works with department staff and Technology & Operations group to ensure proper procedures and training are in place to support immediate system backup requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in media, communications, broadcasting, or related field; OR equivalent work experience.
  • 6+ years of work experience in Broadcast or Audio Production, Production and Systems improvement, and/or producing broadcast news and music programming.
  • 2+ years of work experience at supervisory/management level.
  • Experience in planning, implementing and independently managing multiple projects.
  • Budget management experience required.
  • Possess a thorough knowledge and experience of field recording, sound reinforcement, studio recording, post production, and "live" broadcast procedures and protocols.
  • Digital Audio, Video, and associated media experience required.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to foster high standards and an ability to coach, inspire and lead; ability to develop high performing teams.
  • Fosters proactive and collaborative cross-departmental relationships.
  • Demonstrated passion for public radio programming, and an understanding of its potential for public service delivery, communications, audience development, service, and revenue growth.
  • Track record of meeting audience goals and key business objectives.
  • Knowledge of interactive media, publishing, and other electronic information and emerging communication technologies.
  • Working knowledge of Live Events as potential for audience engagement and service.
  • Ability to embody and reflect the values of SCPR.
  • Demonstrated ability to honor the highest degree of confidentiality.
  • Extensive knowledge of broadcast computer systems including digital audio workstations, digital on-air systems, and recording equipment, automated network switching systems and field environments and technical distribution.
  • Attention to detail and a deadline driven personality.
  • Ability to bridge departments by building consensus in approach and accomplishment of common goals in a manner which is best for the organization.
  • Must possess the highest level of radio listening acuity and be able to translate that talent with clear communication into action and definitive, practical problem solving.
  • Professional, confidential demeanor and ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Project monitoring, reporting and conflict management skill and knowledge.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including strong interpersonal skills dealing with many different people within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to negotiate and compromise/persuade among diverse work groups.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple initiatives simultaneously.
  • Analytical skills.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Five or more years' experience in budgeting and financial planning.
  • Thorough knowledge of standard radio production and distribution strategies and knowledge of the public radio system.
  • Knowledge and experience in project management techniques and tools.
  • Successful experience in matrix organization environments shared goals; shared staff.


Reporting To This Position:

  • Technical Directors (2)
  • Senior Studio Technicians and Studio Technicians (9)
  • ** Total department approximately 10 FTEs, 1PTE, tech interns and fellowships.


 Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends, as needed.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Required to occasionally travel to other states and locations
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping  
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.
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