Position Description

Master Control Engineer
Location Chicago, Navy Pier
Job Code 299
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media (www.chicagopublicmedia.org) is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country.  With an unparalleled reputation for creativity and innovation across all platforms, Chicago Public Media provides substantive news and insights, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections to its diverse audiences throughout the Chicago area, as well as nationally and globally.


Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, digital streaming, and mobile apps.  Its flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM), delivers a weekly listening audience of over 550,000, and broadcasts throughout Chicago and the surrounding region.  WBEZ’s website, wbez.org, is a top-performing website, serving 1.2 million monthly audio streams.  WBEZ’s sister service, called Vocalo (91.1 FM, vocalo.org), targets a Millennial, multicultural audience through an urban alternative format that public radio has not traditionally served.  Chicago Public Media also produces three programs that are distributed nationally, the award-winning This American LifeSound Opinions, and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, produced in partnership with NPR.


With a tradition of journalistic excellence and innovation, and financial stability, Chicago Public Media is poised to gain market share in a region where private-sector print and broadcast news competitors are facing significant business challenges.  Chicago Public Media is recognized for the breadth and depth of its local reporting, ranging from breaking news coverage to innovative storytelling and enterprise reporting, and through partnerships with NPR, American Public Media and PRX.  Throughout the years, the organization has won numerous awards for its journalistic excellence. 

Job Description

This position 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. The Master Control Engineer will operate the board during our live shows, obtain, edit and upload acquired programming into our digital audio library system and execute programming logs for live, prerecorded and automated programming. The Master Control Engineer monitors all of Chicago Public Media’s transmitter equipment to make sure it is operating within FCC guidelines, and assists with audio operations and troubleshooting in our studio complex and remote broadcast and event sites.

We are looking for someone with experience engineering live radio programming and/or supporting the day-to-day technical direction of a radio station or similar facility. The ideal candidate has experience using studio equipment, (mixing consoles, microphones, broadcast phone systems, ISDN and IP codec equipment), digital audio workstations (Sony Vegas, Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, etc.) and broadcast library systems (Enco DAD, Audio Vault, Dalet, WideOrbit, etc.). In addition to specialized radio and audio production skills and platforms, candidates should be proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office Suite, and network and cloud-based applications and platforms.

Additional consideration will be given to candidates with experience with NPR and affiliate programming and operations, the Public Radio Satellite System, NPR ContentDepot and broader audio engineering experience (recording studios, houses of worship, jingle houses, live sound production). Education and ability should be demonstrated by an FCC license, SBE Certification or equivalent professional experience.

The ability to work varied shifts (early mornings, afternoons and late evenings) in addition to scheduled weekend and holiday hours are a requirement of this position.

We have a company culture that encourages innovation and a competitive benefits package. We are located on Navy Pier, with great views of the city, and easy access via public transportation.

Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, an Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks diversity in the workplace.

This position is represented by SAG AFTRA.