About Chicago Public Media
As one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country, Chicago Public Media is home to WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news source, and a wide range of popular and award-winning podcasts. WBEZ reaches nearly 550,000 listeners a week across radio and digital streaming platforms, and more than a million people engage with its content on digital platforms. Chicago Public Media is supported by more than 90,000 members and hundreds of corporate sponsors and major donors who believe in its mission: To amplify the public conversation by telling the stories that matter–stories that provoke thought, entertain, capture emotion, and inspire action.
Chicago Public Media believes independent journalism is essential to a well-functioning democracy and access to fact-based, objective news and information is a right of every citizen. The organization serves the public interest by creating diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires, and enriches. It connects diverse audiences and helps them make a difference in their community, the region, and the world. Chicago Public Media employs many who are inspired by its mission and who want to belong to an organization that inspires, supports, and challenges.
During the past five years, Chicago Public Media has significantly expanded the size and ambitions of its newsroom. In addition to bringing nationally syndicated public radio news and talk shows to a Chicagoland audience, its award-winning newsroom desks cover education, criminal justice, politics and government, race, class, and communities. Its live, two-hour show on WBEZ, Reset, drives and further expands the daily conversation during midday listening hours.
The newsroom also collaborates with Chicago Public Media’s content development studio to create engaging and educational audio programs and podcasts such as Making Obama, Making Beyonce, Making Oprah, Motive; 16 Shots; Public Official A, Curious City, and Nerdette and has a proud legacy as the birthplace of iconic nationally syndicated programs such as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…, and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.
Chicago Public Media has expanded its community engagement initiatives with community conversations around issues that intersect with its reporting; in-depth exploration of specific topics and discussions in a live event setting; curated live podcast events; and a newsmaker series with prominent journalists and business, civic, and cultural leaders. In addition to WBEZ, Chicago Public Media is home to Vocalo, a multiplatform service focused on engaging a diverse, multi-ethnic, and multi-racial audience of 18- to 44-year-olds through an eclectic mix of Hip-Hop, R&B, House music, and related arts and cultural expressions.
Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Audience Officer will play a crucial role in building audience reach, diversity and engagement for Chicago Public Media. CPM’s senior business leaders are committed to serving an audience that is as diverse as its community. The Chief Audience Officer will bring vision and pragmatism to a role that requires strategic thinking and disciplined execution to achieve organizational goals, as well leadership skills to work with colleagues across functions and communicate with all stakeholders.
The Chief Audience Officer will serve as a trusted advisor, coach and colleague to the CEO and the executive leadership team, and will be a proactive partner and collaborator to support senior executives in their ability to effectively recruit, deploy, grow and lead talent throughout the organization.
Key Functional Responsibilities
Key Management Responsibilities
The Chief Audience Officer will be a strategic leader with a strong business acumen and with proven experience in building collaborative teams and relationships across all levels of the organization. Specifically:
Working at Chicago Public Media
At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing, and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact. Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged. We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences, and talents to our dynamic workplace.
Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work. We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience, and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.
At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come. Our benefits include:
Due to current COVID restrictions, you must be able to work remotely at your own designated location with Internet access and you must be willing and able to work at our Navy Pier offices, if needed. Right now, most of our staff is working remotely.
The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM). The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.
Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we actively seek and welcome people from all backgrounds, orientations, and life experiences to join our team.