American Public Media
  • MPR, Technology - Broadcast Operations - 24OA
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Full Time

Benefits Eligible

Who We Are:

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is one of the nation's premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, digital and live audiences and operates a 46-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching 1 million listeners each week, MPR and its three regional services 'MPR NewsClassical MPR and The Current'produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences. MPR marked its first half century of public service in 2017 with broadcast programming and special events on air, online and in person across the state.

Programs produced by MPR's national programming division, American Public Media (APM), reach more than 20 million listeners via 1,000 radio stations nationwide each week. APM is one of the largest producers and distributors of public radio programming in the world, with a portfolio that includes BBC World Service, Marketplace, and the leading classical music programming in the nation. YourClassical, APM's lifestyle classical music stream, packages classical music in an unconventional and innovative way with streams suited for life's biggest moments and everyday situations.

Your Role:    

In this position, you oversee the day-to-day operations of MPR|APM music audio production, which includes supervising a team of Technical Directors working on the APM classical portfolio and MPR regional classical service.  You are responsible for developing and maintaining ongoing training methods and strategies to ensure quality control and excellence in support of MPR|APM classical music content.  You will lead and manage the Technical Directors team to foster a professional, creative, energetic, and technically savvy unit.   Additionally, you will also work closely with the music content creation staff to ensure top quality technical production and support. 

You are the first point of contact for scheduling personnel and technical resources, coordinating remote recordings, studio sessions, and special national and regional live broadcasts. You will collaborate with colleagues both within and outside of the department to ensure the ongoing excellence in support of the MPR|APM music portfolio. You are a working supervisor that will serve as part of the team, function as a Technical Director when needed, and back-up team members on both production and live board shifts. 

Application deadline: October 4, 2018

 Position Responsibility: 

  • Establishes and maintains the highest standards of production, customer service, and technical knowledge within the MPR|APM Music Technical Directors team.
  • Establishes and enforces clean and effective standard operating procedures and holds staff accountable to those standards. 
  • Coordinates and trains Music Technical Directors on a systematic and measured schedule to ensure quality performance. 
  • Works with other departments to remain up to date on all technical and content changes and modifications.
  • Hires, supervises, trains, and manages direct staff through providing work direction, constructive performance coaching, mentorship, performance meetings, and on-going feedback. 
  • Coordinates the team's work schedules to support remote recordings, live broadcasts, the archive, two-ways, general studio operations and other duties as assigned.
  • Facilitates last minute schedule changes and emergencies as they occur; has authority to rearrange schedules as circumstances warrant.
  • Fosters a creative and productive work environment.  Creates development opportunities and individualized development plans for staff and training to enhance skills and foster growth.
  • Supervises and oversees administration of APM Classical portfolio within Content.
  • Operates digital audio workstations, digital audio recording devices, CDR and DVD-R authoring, and digital distribution systems.
  • Records, mixes, and edits classical music for national program distribution.
  • Provides technical support for MPR|APM and affiliates.
  • Performs duties as a Technical Director as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's Degree OR 5+ years of work experience as broadcast or recording engineer.
  • 5+ years of work experience as a broadcast, recording, or sound reinforcement engineer.
  • 1+ years of supervisory/management experience.
  • Possess a thorough knowledge and experience of field recording, sound reinforcement, studio recording, post production, and "live" broadcast procedures and protocols.  
  • Operational experience with satellite uplink/downlink equipment; RF transmission remote control gear; legacy telephone technologies including POTS and ISDN.
  • Operational experience with Internet Service Provider (ISP) technologies such as DSL, T1, cable and wireless technologies.  This includes applications and equipment such as VoIP, IP codecs, consumer modems/routers and network switches.
  • Knowledge and experience with computer-based audio technologies, audio encoding software, multicast audio, IP streaming, station automation, and media delivery systems.
  • Computer literate with experience using PC and Mac platforms. 

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Ability to work weekends, evenings, and holidays when work requires.
  • Ability to foster high standards and an ability to coach, inspire and lead.  Ability to recruit and develop talent.
  • Proven ability to lead, communicate effectively, and collaborate.
  • Ability to read music and have a general knowledge of the propagation patterns of most musical instruments.
  • Advanced working knowledge of classical, rock, jazz and folk music broadcast production, recording techniques, microphone selection and application.
  • Ability to interact and work well with musical artists.
  • Extensive knowledge of digital audio workstations, multi-track production, recording and broadcast consoles, and audio storage systems.
  • Proficiency with audio and video editing software such as Protools and FinalCut.
  • Knowledgeable of operating signal processing equipment including equalizers, compressors, limiters, de-esser's, AD/DA converters and outboard mic pre-amps.
  • Knowledge and experience with consumer and professional audio codecs such as Mp3, AAC, Mp2, FLAC, APT.
  • Extensive knowledge of digital audio "play to air" systems.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Good project planning, communications, and teamwork skills.
  • Project management and communication skills. 

Reporting To This Position: 

  •  Technical Directors 3-5
  • Technical Producer 1-2 

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 outside of typical hours when needed to work, which occasionally consist of evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Physical Demands: 
    • Required to move about in an office environment
    • Required to move about in the community
    • Reach with hands and arms
    • Balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch
    • Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping
    • Required to lift standard audio equipment and computers up to 50 lbs.
  • Working Conditions: 
    • Moderate noise level
    • Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions


Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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