Join Our Leadership Team!

Program Director

Northern Public Radio seeks a Program Director to join our award-winning team of radio professionals. As a member of the leadership team, the PD assists in setting the strategic direction for the station while managing the overall quality and delivery of station program schedules. Broadcast services include an NPR news/talk network, a 24 hour classical music station and a reading service for print impaired citizens.


Daily management of the delivery of regular and special programming to assure highest quality air sound throughout schedule,

Implementing compatible air and digital strategies (programming, imaging, promo, etc),

Evaluation of acquired and local programming elements,

Analysis of audience data and digital metrics,

Coordination of production activities including studio schedules, pledge drives, station automation,

Co-chair station content committee

Budget management

Liaising  with program distributors including NPR, PRI, PRX and APM,

Ensuring  compliance with FCC and other broadcast regulations including carriage reports, maintenance of the public file and music playlists


B.A. in relevant field with a minimum five years experience in radio, preferably in public radio.

Demonstrated leadership skills including a minimum of five years in a management role.

Demonstrated knowledge of the public radio programming marketplace, understanding of public radio core values, audience analytics, and relevant FCC rules and regulations.

Experience with industry software for managing station automation and production work.  

Excellent communication and editing skills.  Strong editorial judgment.  

Enthusiastic support for and expertise in fundraising, promotion, and public relations/engagement.  

Personal attributes will include:

Strong attention to detail and ability to work productively in a team environment. A strategic, innovative thinker who is creative, flexible and able to develop ideas.

Salary is commensurate with experience.   Application deadline is November 3, 2014. 

Please submit letter of application, resume, three professional references and audio samples to:

Alex McConachie

Northern Public Radio

801 N. 1st St

DeKalb, IL 60115

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