Join Northern Public Radio's staff of experienced professionals and innovative newcomers.  Stations include NPR News WNIJ, Classical WNIU and NIRIS for print impaired citizens. Our five-transmitter network covers a fast growing area of the Midwest, flanked by the Mississippi and Fox Rivers, topped by Janesville, Wisconsin, and stretching south past LaSalle, Illinois.

Current Employment Opportunities:

1.  Radio News Host/Anchor (part-time)
Northern Illinois Public Radio WNIJ-FM seeks an on air program host for early Saturday mornings.

Preparing and voicing local continuity breaks during National Public Radio programs including “Only A Game” and “Saturday Weekend Edition.” Writing and voicing local newscasts and weather forecasts, promoting news segments and reading live on air copy for underwriters and other station materials including public service announcements and legal ID’s. Candidates must be present at work at 5:30 a.m. for a work shift that lasts through 9 a.m. each Saturday. The successful candidate will use Audio Vault, Adobe Audition and audio recording and mixing boards to broadcast live and recorded news programs. Some familiarity with broadcast equipment is helpful but not required.

Required Skills
The ideal candidate will have strong writing and public speaking skills, the ability to work under tight deadlines and deliver local announcements in a conversational tone within network radio programs. Candidates will work with Associated Press news wires and Word software to compose local newscasts. The ideal candidate will have a good working knowledge of computer technology and the ability to pick up new concepts quickly.

Shift: Approximately 3 ½ hours per week, up to 15 hours per month.
Pay: $9-11 / hour.
Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of application to sshadley@niu.edu. 

This is a security-sensitive position. Before any offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment criminal background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

2.  Multimedia Specialist


The primary function of this position is assisting in the production of multimedia broadcast and non-broadcast content, conducting relevant research to prepare for production needs, the creation of station schedules, recording of musical and spoken work events, editing and mixing as well as assisting other areas of multimedia and event production.


Any one or any combination of the following, totaling two (2) years (24 months), from the categories below: a) experience in audio-visual materials preparation, instructional communications, industrial communications, installation, use, or modification of recording equipment or closely related fields b) credit for progressively more advanced college course work comparable to that leading to a major in communications or closely related fields (such as photography, journalism, advertising, public relations, broadcasting, graphic design, music or instructional technology or video production)
30 semester hours equals 6 months
60 semester hours equals 12 months
90 semester hours equals 24 months

NOTE: Part-time employment is calculated to a full-time equivalent.

This is a security-sensitive position. Before any offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment criminal background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.


The preferred candidate will have formal training in broadcasting or journalism and 2 years of experience in multimedia production and use of recording equipment as well as experience utilizing Adobe Creative Suite, including Audition, Illustrator, Premiere, Lightroom and Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools software, Allegiance Traffic Software, and AudioVault broadcast automation software.


(Click here for employment application). Applications containing employment information from your first job through your current position, a detailed resume (that includes your e-mail address) and a copy of your college/university transcripts and/or DD214 if applicable, must be received in Human Resource Services by 4:30 p.m. on 6/5/15. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Current NIU employees need to complete a "Civil Service Request to Test" form (click here) and submit it along with the above noted documents to Human Resource Services by 4:30 p.m. on 6/5/2015


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you have previously submitted a Civil Service application and wish to apply for this position, please phone 815-753-6000, otherwise, completed applications and supporting documents should be mailed or delivered to Human Resource Services at 1515 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115 or faxed to 815-753-2335. Please note that for security purposes, applications, Civil Service Request to Test forms and supporting documents that are e-mailed are not accepted at this time.

NOTE: The Civil Service examination for this classification is based on your application materials. You will receive a score that is calculated based on your experience and certifications. Your name will be placed on the active employment register by exam score. After the application deadline, the names of the top three candidates will be referred to the department for interviewing.

Northern Public Radio is the broadcast service of Northern Illinois University. In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.