Director of Community Engagement

Northern Public Radio's network of five stations is hiring.  Put your talents to work as the Director of Community Engagement.   This position is responsible for the planning and execution of the station's marketing and communications efforts and engagement initiatives. Broadcast services include 89.5 WNIJ, NPR news and information along with Classical WNIU and NIRIS for print impaired citizens.  


Develop station communication pieces including: newsletters, fundraising materials, the annual report, web posts for station sites, on air promotion copy, and other material requiring creative design and writing.

Oversee the planning of station hosted forums, events, discussions, etc. including event promotion and recruitment of presenters, partners and experts.

Create, develop and implement proposals for new initiatives to support NPR engagement goals.

Engage with civic and professional organizations to promote services and assist with securing available funds.

Recruit corps of community volunteers, liaise with focus groups to identify future opportunities.

The successful candidate will have

A BA in communications, marketing or related field with broad experience in public relations and deep knowledge of northern Illinois people, culture, issues and geography. Demonstrated creative, writing, and design skills.  Experience with legacy media as well as emerging platforms including digital and social.   Enthusiastic support for and expertise in promotion, development and engagement.

Northern Public Radio is the broadcast service of Northern Illinois University.  NIU is an AA/EEO Institution.  Pre-Employment Criminal Background check is required. 

To apply, send letter of application, resume, three writing samples and three references to staci.h@niu.edu or Staci Hoste, General Manager, Northern Public Radio, 801 N. 1st St., DeKalb, IL 60115. 

Materials must be received by February 19, 2016.