Vice President / Chief Technology Officer

Published On: Apr 10 2013 02:59:15 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 15 2013 06:30:59 PM EDT

Position Title:
Vice President/Chief Technology Officer

Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc.

Full Time

Location of Position:
180 N. Lasalle St., Suite 2880
Chicago, Illinois

General Position Description:
The Chief Technology Officer is responsible for all strategic planning, design, management and overall supervision of Post-Newsweek Stations' engineering, operations, IT and enterprise systems (including on-air and on-line traffic systems, internal applications, network and desktop systems, etc.) as well as the overall engineering and facilities management operations at its six stations and corporate offices in order to ensure the highest degree of quality on air, on line and via mobile transmission to all of our viewers/users across our multiple markets.

The CTO serves as the company's chief technology strategist and will work with PNS Senior Management as well as those individuals at The Washington Post Company to identify and implement an integrated and forward-reaching technology vision that advances our business goals while ensuring maximum reach, flexibility and security.

Reports to: President & CEO, Post-Newsweek Stations

-Serve as the senior technology leader for the group with responsibility for the development and management of the company's technology vision and mission.
-Ability to interpret technology and market trends as a foundation for technology innovation and product roadmaps and to ensure a thoughtful and thorough capital acquisition process.
-Ability to direct the data integrity of the enterprise and its groups including data centers, technical service centers, communication networks (voice and data), computer program development, and computer systems operations in a manner that fosters future growth, collaboration and security across all of our markets, providing operating units (e.g. traffic hub, design hub, news operations, etc.) with state of the art connectivity and technology.
-Ensure that all operations have developed and maintained business continuity and disaster-recovery systems in the event of any business disruption caused by natural disasters, political uncertainty or any other unforeseen circumstances.
-Work directly and collaboratively with counterparts at The Washington Post Company as well as outside vendors to ensure the highest level of communication, understanding and cooperation for any shared services or technology projects undertaken by the group.
-Work closely with PNS' VP/General Counsel, VP of Engineering and VP of Special Projects to ensure all stations are 100% compliant with all FCC, industry and individual license obligations.
-Develop and maintain qualified and diverse talent through appropriate hiring, training, staff development and effective and timely performance reviews and feedback. Work closely with PNS Senior Management, station General Managers, VP of Engineering and Chief Engineers to identify and develop current and future talent fostering mutual respect and high performance among our engineering, operational and IT personnel.

-Currently working in a technology and operational leadership role with a heavy emphasis on the design and operation of digital distribution systems involving audio/video and mobile/emerging platforms.
-A minimum of 10 years' experience in information technology, software engineering and/or engineering project management, including at least 5 years in an executive level leadership position is strongly preferred. Experience working in media and/or digital production a plus.
-Must have strong knowledge of information technology implementation, support and systems administration as well as proven experience managing the same from both a managerial and financial point of view. Knowledge of broadcast and/or cable engineering systems a plus.
-Strong operational background in the design of digital video systems and processes.
-Demonstrated expertise in web systems design and architecture.
-Strong, demonstrated skills negotiating with vendors and technology partners to ensure timely and successful outcomes.
-Demonstrated experience developing, renovating or constructing facilities heavily reliant on new technology is desirable.
-A Bachelor's Degree or post-graduate work in engineering or computer science is preferred.
-Must be a pragmatic collaborative, team-oriented leader with highly developed relationship-building skills, adept at both influencing change and consensus building. Qualified candidates must be creative, intuitive, versatile and focused with an unquestioned reputation for integrity, trust and ethics.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and references to the attention of Emily Barr, President & CEO, Post-Newsweek Stations via Lyn Pilolla -

Please reference Chief Techonology Officer in the subject line.


Contact Information:

Lyn Pilolla, Assistant to Emily Barr

180 N. Lasalle St., Suite 2880 Chicago, Illinois 60601