Director/General Manager WQPT

Posted: 09/03/2021

Director/General Manager WQPT


Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions

Department: WIU QC Administration

Locations: Moline, IL

Posted: Aug 17, 2021

Closes: Open Until Filled

Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: October 1, 2021


Western Illinois University seeks a committed, creative, and strategic leader to serve as Director and General Manager for WQPT Public Television, the university's public media service in the Western Illinois region. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President/Administrator of the Quad Cities Campus, the Director/General Manager is responsible for all aspects of WQPT Quad Cities Public Television. This includes managing personnel, budget, fundraising, technology, grants, public service, educational outreach, and station integration with Western Illinois University. This position works closely with Western Illinois University administration, faculty, staff, students, and community members to manage the WQPT station and to strengthen WQPT and the University's outreach and brand throughout the region.

The Director/General Manager oversees development of programming, manages the integrated operations of WQPT, coordinates community and educational outreach activities, maintains symbiotic collaboration between the station and the University, and establishes and implements organizational goals and objectives within a strategic plan. The Director/General Manager is responsible for station finances and fundraising, with an emphasis on donor cultivation, securing grants, and achieving local, state, and federal funding for WPQT. The Director/General Manager maintains an advisory board, and oversees daily station operations and sustainable finances while developing and implementing initiatives that expand WQPT-PBS audience and mission throughout the region.

The chosen candidate must possess experience and current familiarity with the mission of Public Television, and must be an effective leader of people. The successful candidate will provide direct leadership and supervision to the WQPT unit within Western Illinois University, and engage in creative and productive collaborations between the station and Western Illinois University, area schools, agencies, organizations, and individual supporters of public television.

RANK & SALARY: Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:



• Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in business, education, broadcasting, communication, public relations, or other field related to the requirements of this position.
• Minimum of 5 years full-time experience in public television or non-profit agency, two or more of those years in a management level position.
• Leadership experience with strategic planning, operations management, and staff supervision.
• Demonstrated success managing and planning sustainable finances, securing grants and funding, and advocating for an organization by engaging legislators.
• Demonstrated success with significant fundraising campaigns at a public television station that resulted in an increased donor base and revenue generation.
• Proven record of developing community partnerships and educational outreach initiatives.
• Ability to work productively in the context of a complex organization.


• Master's degree from an accredited institution.
• 5 or more years in a management level position at a public television station.
• Demonstrated experience expanding a public television station's audience.
• Knowledge of technical elements of public broadcasting and emerging technologies.
• Experience managing a unit within a university or college.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of application.

Additional Information:

THE UNIVERSITY: Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

Western is a comprehensive university offering 62 undergraduate and 41 graduate degree programs, which includes an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental science. The University's 442 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses.

WIU-Macomb, IL: A traditional, residential four-year campus with distinctive undergraduate degrees and numerous graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago.

WIU-Quad Cities: Western Illinois University's Quad Cities campus in Moline, IL is the public university of the metropolitan area and beyond. Located on the Mississippi River, WIU Quad Cities features state-of-art classrooms and laboratories, environmentally friendly buildings, and breathtaking views. WIU Quad Cities students live and work in the Quad Cities area, and engage in academic, career, and wellness focused activities on campus and in the community. The Quad Cities area is a vibrant community with a low cost of living, access to educational opportunities, and offers ample entertainment, cultural, and recreational amenities.

WIU's Macomb campus is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region. Annually, 12 major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows are performed, along with outstanding concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina cultural centers offer programs and activities focusing on Black and Hispanic cultures, while the Women's Center promotes gender equity through education, support and advocacy. WIU's student organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and ally (LGBTQ*A) community provides resources, support and programming. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

Application Instructions:

Applicants will be required to upload a letter of application and current curriculum vitae or resume, as well as provide contact information for at least three professional references for their online application. Unofficial transcripts are required at the time of application; however, candidates chosen for on-campus visits will be required to submit official transcripts for continued consideration.

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on September 6, 2021.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Audrey Adamson at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at

To apply, visit

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