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Chief Operating Officer

Cleveland, OH 44115


Please address in a cover letter how you see your skills and experience specifically aligning with the Essential duties and responsibilities and Qualifications (specifically, knowledge/skills/aptitudes) noted in the job description below.


Position Summary:

Reporting to the President and CEO and as the second highest level manager in the organization the Chief Operating Officers primary role is to direct, manage and oversee ideastream distribution assets, including WVIZ, WCPN, WCLV, OH Channel, ideastream.org and all social media platforms to ensure efficient and effective digital-first content and services to the community, audience and users, including legal and regulatory compliance. The COO is specifically responsible for the station management of WVIZ, WCPN, WCLV and the OH Channel/OGT, ideastream.org, Community Engagement and Education, and Technology. The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for implementation and success of the organization annual operating plan and objectives.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Design, implement and monitor business strategies, plans and procedures to implement organization-wide annual operating objectives

  • Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth of distribution platforms

  • Evaluate organization performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics

  • Engages in strategic planning initiatives with ideastreams Executive Team and Board of Trustees, providing leadership of strategic planning committees or task forces as assigned by the President and CEO.

  • Lead employees to encourage maximum performance

  • Responsible for planning and management for the physical and technical facilities and other projects and capacity building objectives.

  • Participate in engagement and fundraising activities

  • Participate in strategic planning and partnership initiatives

  • Represent ideastream, as required, to external constituencies.

  • Volunteers in industry and community groups


Proven experience as Chief Operating Officer or executive-level management of a radio, television and/or digital media organization

Understanding and experience with business functions such as human resources, finance, marketing etc.

Demonstrable competency in strategic planning and business development

Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics

Working knowledge of digital infrastructure

Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities

Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills

Aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving

Experience in content development will be a plus



  • In depth understanding of all dimensions of radio and television broadcasting and other digital distribution platforms combined with broad, general business know-how.

  • In depth understanding of broadcast legal and regulatory compliance, as well as digital rights management

  • Negotiation skills.

  • Broad understanding of general financial and human resource management principles.

  • Broad knowledge of administrative and management information systems.

  • Demonstrated team leadership and management skills. Demonstrated strategic planning and conceptual skills.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills: trust, integrity, sensitivity, diplomacy.

  • Demonstrated delegation and decision-making skills.

  • Strong oral/written communication skills; platform speaking skills.

  • Demonstrated results orientation with flexibility to successfully balance a variety of demands.

  • Demonstrated innovation and calculated risk taking.

  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence; integrity, tact, diplomacy, etc.

  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.


Seasoned, successful, professional experience, including general management experience, in a comparable organization.


  • Bachelors degree or higher - advanced degree a plus

Essential Physical Demands and Working Environment:

  • Ability to see, communicate, hear and utilize electronic communication devices. Ability to work in an office environment, sit for an extended period of time and physically use a computer



  • Administrative / Clerical
  • Arts / Entertainment / Media
  • Management
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing

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