Job no: 235617-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Department: PUB MEDIA/WPR
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications, Editing, Broadcasting, Media

Position Summary:

The Executive Producer provides leadership for broadcast and digital content of Central Time, The Ideas Network's afternoon call-in talk show. Heard weekdays from 3-6 p.m., the show covers a broad range of topics that engage audiences on air and online. This position leads a host and a team of producers, oversees the editorial flow of Central Time, serves as a liaison to the news and digital content departments, manages scheduling and produces content as needed. This person is an excellent communicator and problem-solver who works well on deadline and has an eye for detail. The Executive Producer is a visionary for finding strategies for growth, collaboration and partnerships to maximize our impact and reach. This position is part of The Ideas Network leadership team and reports to The Ideas Network Director. The person in this role will work remotely for the time being and will eventually work in our office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required; emphasis in journalism, communications or related field preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. Three years' full-time experience in journalism.
2. Minimum of 1 years' experience managing a team, supporting team members with varying levels of experience.
3. Superior communication skills, including excellent writing skills for broadcast and web.
4. Proven ability to work in both independent and collaborative settings.
5. Strong organizational skills, ability to work within tight deadlines and manage competing responsibilities.
6. Demonstrated knowledge of journalism ethics, newsgathering and reporting techniques.

1. Experience with live, call-in talk programming.
2. Experience hosting and interviewing guests for broadcast programs.
3. Knowledge and understanding of Wisconsin news, culture, issues and personalities.
4. Experience with document sharing and virtual meeting software (e.g. Microsoft, Slack, Google, etc.)
5. Ability to operate digital production software, control boards and audio recorders.

Additional Information:

Expected salary range for this position is in the $60,000s. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications. UW-Madison participates in the Wisconsin Retirement System and offers the WRS benefits package to eligible employees. UW-Madison offers a separate benefits package to certain appointees who are not eligible for the WRS.

The Ideas Network is unlike any other public radio service. It features more locally produced programs than any other public radio station and reaches an audience of more than 250,000 listeners across Wisconsin. Coverage on Central Time can include breaking news, which occasionally requires working outside typical hours. The team identifies issues that matter to people across Wisconsin and connects people from different perspectives for civil, enlightening conversations.

The person in this position must adhere to the UW-Madison code of ethics and uphold the WPR Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff located here: https://www.wpr.org/wpr-ethical-guidelines .

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

The following must be received for your application to be complete: 1) Resume and 2) A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the job duties and the required and desirable qualifications.

As applicants progress, they will be required to provide four professional references with titles, e-mails and phone numbers (include one person you have supervised and at least one who has supervised you).


Erin Cook
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Jun 4 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jul 13 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time