Position Description

Master Control Engineer
Location Chicago
Job Code 443
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected media organizations in the country.  The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched shows as The American Life, Wait, Don't Tell Me..., Nerdette, Making Obama and the ground-breaking podcast Serial.  Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including radio broadcast radio, digital streaming, and mobile apps.  Our flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM) is Chicagoland's premier media hub for high quality, fact-based journalism and engaging, entertaining audio programs and podcasts.  WBEZ's sister service, Vocalo (91.1 FM in Chicago, vocalo.org), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative format.

The Opportunity

We have an opening for a full-time Master Control Engineer (MCE).  This role works behind the scenes to ensure our scheduled programming is on the air, our transmission equipment is operating properly, and that our audio-based operations run smoothly with high quality results. 

We are looking for someone who can work at our main location at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL.  In this role you will operate broadcast consoles and obtain, edit and upload acquired programming into our digital audio library system and execute programming logs for live, prerecorded and automated programming. During your work shift, you will monitor transmitter equipment to make sure it is operating within FCC guidelines, and assist with audio operations and troubleshooting in our studio complex and remote broadcast and event sites. The role is a full-time/40 hours a week role, overtime eligible.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Engineering live radio programming and/or supporting the day-to-day technical direction of a radio station.
  • Using broadcast studio equipment, specifically experience mixing consoles, microphones, broadcast phone systems, ISDN and IP codec equipment, digital audio workstations (Vegas, Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, etc.) and broadcast library systems (Enco DAD, Audio Vault, etc.).
  • Experience using Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office Suite for on-going communications.
  • Record and edit audio; produce and mix content using audio equipment and digital editing software and compile and edit material necessary for production, to include post-production and sound design.

Required Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of radio production including live on air and live on location events required.
  • Public radio experience and SBE Certification is a plus. 
  • The ability to complete tasks in a fast-paced environment, with a strong ability to follow detailed directions.  
  • Ability to interact effectively with other departments is required.
  • Work is performed primarily in a standard broadcast studio or in the field on broadcast remotes with extensive public contact and frequent interruptions.
  • The ability to work varied shifts (early mornings, afternoons, and late evenings) in addition to scheduled weekend and holiday hours.   
  • Be able to sit for prolonged periods of time, occasionally be able to stand for periods of time, talk, lift objects of up to fifty (50) pounds, and hear.
  • Manipulative skills, which require hand-eye coordination, such as reading or typing, writing, and filing are also required.

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:

  •  6 weeks fully paid family leave
  •  High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
  •  A 403(b)retirement plan with a company match

Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days.

This position is a member of SAG-AFTRA. 

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. 


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