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General Manager & CEO

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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Four-Year Institution

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Nebraska Public Media seeks a General Manager & CEO who will lead the organization in envisioning and enacting vibrant public media in the state of Nebraska. This individual will also serve as the Secretary of the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission and the General Manager of Nebraska Public Media. Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Education Telecommunications Commission, the successful candidate will be expected to provide dynamic leadership in further developing and strengthening the public broadcasting programs and educational offerings of both the University and the Commission for the State. We are seeking candidates with authenticity, humility, and a sense of humor that sets others at ease.

The ideal candidate brings the following:

  • At least 10 years of experience in senior leadership roles; strong leadership in positions of increasing responsibility in public media or a related telecommunications business or industry is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Sophistication and savviness in complex media environments, including multi-platform journalism and contemporary public television/radio station structure. Possess an understanding of the production and distribution aspects of public radio and television, ATSC 3.0, and emerging media trends.
  • Accomplished record as a passionate public representative of an organization capable of uniting people in imaginative and collaborative partnerships that cultivate programmatic innovation.
  • Politically astute and able to unite diverse constituencies; with a record of developing a visionary, holistic, and uplifting institutional identity that excites and energizes stakeholders at all levels to contribute to institutional goals.
  • Experience marshaling others to take calculated risks that generate revenue and fully leverage opportunities to integrate fundraising and programmatic initiatives. Track record of participating in fundraising, preferably in a public media environment.
  • Must have successful experience working with various constituencies on strategic planning and financial management.
  • Proven ability to provide inspirational leadership that makes staff feel valued, motivated, and empowered.
  • Compelling vision for the future of public media and an unfailing commitment to integrity in a public media environment.
  • Experience working successfully in complex organizations with various governing and advisory bodies and diverse stakeholders.
  • Comfort with change within organizations and sectors, open to new ideas with a tolerance for calculated risk in response to evolving opportunities.
  • Demonstrated intellectual and strategic ability to explore new content delivery methods.
  • Ability to demonstrate diplomacy and resilience when faced with challenges.
  • Keen analytical skills and a sense of creativity necessary to frame and solve problems.
  • Highly energetic with the ability to take a long view and balance a sense of urgency and steadfast patience.
  • Exceptional communication skills in all registers, including writing, public speaking, and listening.

DRiWaterstone Human Capital is proud to lead this search on behalf of Nebraska Public Media. For more information on how to apply, please visit:

Review of applications begins on May 13, 2024 and will continue on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment. UNL is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and included. UNL complies with all local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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