Extended/Revised - Senior Producer-Director,  Illinois Public Media

Illinois Public Media at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois seeks a true cross-platform innovator and collaborator see all the possibilities for content creation at a highly-respected and flourishing public media joint licensee just two hours south of Chicago.

Ideal Senior Producer-Director candidates have substantial foundational skills, including producing and directing studio-based TV programming, and will also have extensive experience working on field productions. However, candidate will also be able to create short, vibrant video content for multiple platforms, including the web and social media. We’re looking for a creative thinker who wants to have fun on the job, but who also wants to tell powerful stories and have high standards for the work they create.

The Senior Producer-Director will help guide a growing creative team at a station boasting award-winning web series and documentaries, a rising statewide talk show, a CPB-funded statewide news collaboration, and a blossoming international productions unit. Not only that – Urbana-Champaign is a vibrant, growing community that’s home to the University of Illinois, which means pay is competitive and benefits, including free tuition for University classes, are A+. Interested? See the extensive position description.

Senior Producer-Director Description:

Primary Position Function/Summary: The Senior Producer/Director creates, writes, produces, and directs content primarily for serial programs, documentaries, and special programming, as well as occasional interstitial and promotional material for Illinois Public Media’s outlets – WILL TV, WILL AM/FM, WILL online, and various social media platforms.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Plan, manage, schedule, produce, write, direct, light, shoot, and edit multiplatform content for studio and field productions, these productions include, but are not limited to: program series, program specials, program elements, and short/long form documentary, with interstitials, promotional campaigns, pledge programming, and other work in collaboration with various departments at IPM.
  2. Working with a core creative team, brainstorm, research, and prioritize potential program ideas with an eye toward multiplatform distribution.
  3. Develop proposals and budgets for programs, perform post-production accounting functions, and generate production activity reports. The Senior Producer/Director will be expected to manage projects budgets and work with the IPM business office to follow station accounting practices.
  4. Acquire necessary rights, clearances and releases for productions.
  5. Coordinate, with the Director of Content and Strategic Communications, the allocation of resources and other production activities, working with station content generators and creative teams in all aspects of the production process.
  6. Attend production, departmental, and staff meetings, as needed.
  7. Participate in Illinois Public Media fundraising activities.
  8. Foster and maintain relations with staff, crew, College of Media, community leaders and clients.

Education:
Required: Bachelor’s Degree - Individuals who will earn their degree on or before December 31, 2018 are encouraged to apply. The appointee will need to have earned the degree before the start date of the position.

Preferred: Preferably in broadcasting, communications, or a related field.

Experience:
Required:

  1. Five years of direct, progressive production experience in a multiplatform environment.
  2. Proven experience in writing, producing, directing, shooting, lighting, and editing television productions in studio and on-location environments. Live broadcast experience is essential.
  3. High video and audio editing proficiency – preferably in Adobe Premiere and Audition.
  4. Familiarity with other Adobe Creative Cloud applications including: After Effects, Photoshop, and more.
  5. High degree of familiarity with a variety of production equipment including cameras, nonlinear editors, lights, and more.
  6. Strong ability to conceptualize, create, and communicate a vision for programs and projects.
  7. Demonstrably strong writing skills, and the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  8. Exhibited strength in the area of narrative script writing.
  9. Proven experience working under pressure to successfully meet multiple project deadlines.
  10. Demonstration of a strong background in the coordination and management of multiple projects, assignments, and direction of support personnel.

Preferred:

  1. Demonstrated ability to identify and secure funding for productions.
  2. Ability to shoot and edit content on a mobile device (e.g., smartphone).
  3. A good feel for graphic design, with the ability to render/create using Adobe Creative Cloud products.
  4. Motion graphics experience (conception and creation).
  5. Demonstrated ability to work successfully in both a team environment and independently, at a high level of productivity.

Knowledge Requirements:
Required:

  1. Knowledge of broadcast, location, and other production techniques.
  2. Familiarity with intellectual property rights in use of photos, music and videos.
  3. Strong working knowledge of studio and location lighting techniques.
  4. Strong working knowledge of equipment and programs utilized in video production, editing, and graphics creation,  including the Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Illustrator, and Photoshop).
  5. Strong working knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Outlook and Excel.
  6. Understanding of social media and appropriate video products for platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
  7. Experience using Slack Trello, Google docs, and/or other project management/productivity enhancers, including cloud-based digital workflow tools and internal folder structures.

Preferred:

Familiarity with PBS and NPR programming, PBS and NPR promotional materials, and the mission of public broadcasting.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by April 6, 2018. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison (217) 265-7648 or allison2@illinois.edu.

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.  Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 

Art Director, Illinois Public Media

Applications are now being accepted for an Art Director for Illinois Public Media. The Art Director will establish an overall visual tone to match messages created by the Development and Marketing staffs at Illinois Public Media. The Art Director will create a variety of designs for fundraising and marketing purposes and will collaborate with other IPM departments to create or coordinate design work for video, online and/or audio projects.  Has primary responsibility for budgets, timelines and internal client approvals for Art Department design projects.  Oversees the work of design staff and freelance designers.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. The Art Director is the primary designer for IPM. 
  2. In addition to managing his/her own design workload, the Art Director manages and supervises the work of art unit staff and freelance designers. Establishes priorities, assigns projects, monitors progress and provides assistance when needed.
  3. Works directly and independently with all members of the WILL staff that require design work.
  4. Provides leadership, advocacy and training for unit. Advises Patterns Editor/Designer as needed, though the Patterns Editor is not a direct report to the Art Director.
  5. Is a member of the Development department management team; helps to establish departmental goals and objectives.
  6. Monitors unit computers and related equipment, arranges for technical support as needed.
  7. Stays abreast of design trends and changes in digital workflow.
  8. Provides cost estimates, as desired by internal clients/colleagues. Works within client budgets and deadlines. Uses judgment to balance clients’ desires with that of the overall objectives and visual image of Illinois Public Media.
  9. Designs primarily for digital and print use, also will design graphics or animation/title sequences for video or other online projects. 
  10. May be called upon to photograph station staff or events.
  11. May be called upon to design sets for studio-based productions.
  12. Contributes to the creative process of the establishing overall visual identity and station messaging.
  13. Possesses strong organizational skills and focused attention to details.
  14. Manages multiple projects simultaneously.
  15. Is primary contact for outside vendors - for estimates, payment and delivery of design projects (often, printed products). Works within university policy and procedures and with the IPM business office. Provides outside vendors with everything they need in order to produce the finished product within established deadline. Acts as a quality control inspector once the finished product is delivered.
  16. Participates in station activities; some work may require attendance at events or activities after regular work hours.
  17. Adapts to other duties as they present themselves.
  18. Works closely with other units, including marketing, membership, major gifts, outreach, educational outreach and corporate support.  May also work with news, video production and digital staff.

Education:
Baccalaureate degree required in Graphic Design or related field, master’s degree preferable.

Experience:
Two years professional experience in graphic design or related field, five years preferable. Proven ability to work well with other staff in a client relationship. Recognized and demonstrable design talent; experience with creating design elements for the internet and motion graphics highly preferable. Recognized and demonstrable leadership ability.

Training:
Demonstrated skills in Adobe Creative Suite Design standard software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat).

Knowledge Requirements:

  1. Must have understanding and knowledge of design for digital/social media, web and video products.
  2. Working knowledge of animation design for simple online and broadcast projects is highly preferred.
  3. Must have knowledge of the commercial printing industry.
  4. Understanding of the basic principles of photography and composition.
  5. Understanding of the basic principles of marketing.
  6. An understanding of and strong commitment to the goals of public broadcasting and compatibility with a university environment are also important. 

Application Procedures:
To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by March 9, 2018. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison (217) 265-7648 or allison2@illinois.edu.

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.  Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 

Visiting Digital News Producer, Illinois Public Media

Illinois Public Media has an opportunity for a Visiting Digital News Producer to lead the creation and execution of a digital-first news strategy for Illinois Newsroom, an exciting new multi-station public media journalism collaboration funded by the partner stations and major grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and McCormick Foundation. The producer plays both a leadership role in shaping and guiding digital-first content strategy and a hands-on producer role in creating stories and visuals for web and social.

This is a job for: A creative, community-focused digital journalist looking to lead innovative storytelling. You’re an expert and advocate for web, social and mobile in the newsroom and want to bring your diverse experiences, talents and ideas to an ambitious new team. You have excellent news judgment, understand the role and importance of great local journalism, and have a strong sense of how local, regional and national news intersect. You love finding new ways to tell and share stories and want to experiment and innovate with the full support of managers and editors. You’re relentlessly curious and an active part of your community.

The station: Illinois Public Media has a deep history of serving our community through journalism and engagement. We’re financially strong, growing and focusing even more on high-quality journalism. And it’s an important moment in Illinois for the kind of journalism that explores the issues that affect people’s lives, focuses on potential solutions and holds public officials accountable. Our newsroom includes a team of reporters, hosts, editors and producers who serve local and regional audiences. That includes The 21st, a statewide talk show, and a core group of journalists who support the Illinois Newsroom collaboration. We’re based at the flagship campus of the University of Illinois in a vibrant micro-urban area and see ourselves as supporting dynamic, thriving communities informed and inspired by public media.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Oversees the Illinois Newsroom digital platforms, including news website and social channels and distribution to partner stations; demonstrates understanding of the issues facing the communities served by Illinois Newsroom and works with editorial team to guide coverage of those issues across digital and social platforms, reflecting the issue’s complexity and diversity of perspectives.
  2. With the support of editorial, engagement, marketing and digital teams, investigates and implements strategies to bring digital communities into the editorial process and increase digital engagement for Illinois Newsroom stories. Also investigates and experiments with new ideas on how to best produce and distribute community-focused content that engages audiences on web, social and mobile.
  3. Works both as a hands-on collaborator and as a coach/trainer to increase the capacity of reporters to conceive and create stories that best meet the audience’s needs. Creates web-only news stories and content, including maps, infographics and other data visualizations. Edits stories, photographs, graphics, videos, audio and other news content for digital platforms that provide depth and context on topics relevant to the region.
  4. Offers input on the big picture social media priorities as well as the language for regular updates (statuses, links, photos, etc) for Illinois Newsroom in alignment with project and partner station goals. Helps determine appropriate metrics for audience, in terms of reach, usage and impact.
  5. Creates processes to ensure that the website and social channels are updated appropriately and content is distributed to partner stations. Determines needs for rights clearances and permissions for acquired material. Acquires and files permissions and clearances.
  6. Ensures the quality, accuracy and editorial voice of content across digital platforms. Makes sure that all materials produced meet the highest standards of journalism, including standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity and balance.
  7. Identifies opportunities that new technology creates for the news process and coordinates with news team to adopt and integrate new technology and practices into the everyday news process. Identifies ongoing training and skills development needs for the team. Collaborates with technology and digital teams on needs and resource requirements for digital news gathering, publishing and distribution.
  8. Actively uses Twitter, Facebook and other social media to engage digital audiences and to rapidly share news and information while adhering to the journalistic and ethical standards of public media.
  9. Keeps up-to-date on issues in a variety of local and regional topics and actively participates in the community and digital engagement processes as one method of determining stories and sources.
  10. Participates in pledge drive trainings and as pledge talent during fund drives. Participates in marketing activities, community engagement projects and other audience Public Media, including interacting with audiences on our social media platforms.                                                                          

Education Required: Bachelor's degree

Experience:
Required:

  1. At least two (2) years of experience in news reporting, writing, editing or producing news on digital platforms.
  2. Experience with news writing, copy editing and ability to distill longer form journalism into great headlines and enticing social media conversations.
  3. Experience using social media to engage audiences.
  4. Experience and knowledge of standard newsroom practices.
  5. Experience meeting frequent deadlines and managing multiple assignments.

Preferred:

  1. Familiarity with database journalism and data visualization tools.
  2. Experience training and mentoring staff and interns.
  3. Proficiency in reading, analyzing and interpreting web and social media metrics.
  4. Experience with search engine optimization.
  5. HTML, CSS skills and multimedia production experience.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:
Required:

  1. Ability to create and edit digital content using Adobe and other tools and post content through various website CMS2.Skilled at HTML, CSS, and multimedia production, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office software, Google Docs and Sheets.

Knowledge Requirements:
Required:

  1. Extensive knowledge of local, regional and national current events and issues.
  2. Ability to write accurately, clearly and concisely for broadcast and web.
  3. Knowledge of existing and emerging technologies affecting digital journalism, including web, mobile and social media and a desire to experiment with new ways of reaching audiences.
  4. Ability to take initiative and work with minimal amount of direct supervision.
  5. Strong news judgement, experience maintaining high journalistic standards under deadline pressure and ability to make independent decisions.
  6. Familiarity with libel rules, social media policies and best practices and the codes of ethics adopted by NPR and Illinois Public Media

Preferred: 1.Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/French)

Application Procedures:
To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by March 23, 2018. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the close date but no decision will be made until after the close date. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Annetta Allison (217) 265-7648 or allison2@illinois.edu.

This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

 


 

 

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