PRPD CEO Arthur Cohen at the
PRPD conference in September 2014
Previous PRPD CEO Jody Evans resigned in December. Evans had been in the job since 2014.
To see the job description and application process click here. The position is open until filled.
Evans’ replacement will be the sixth person to lead PRPD since the organization began in 1987. Previous PRPD leaders were Craig Oliver (1987 – 1991), Steve Olson (1991 – 1997), Marcia Alvar (1997 – 2006) and Arthur Cohen (2006 – 2014).
PRPD matters within public radio because of the organization’s mission to promote excellence in content creation and on-air programming. It is a relatively small organization. PRPD had revenue of $800,000 in tax year 2016 according to IRS filings.
About half of the revenue came from memberships. The other half came from PRPD’s signature annual event, the Public Radio Content Conference.
The job description includes one major change in the direction of PRPD. In the past, the leader of the PRPD has been a “one person band.” Moving forward, the Board is looking at ways PRPD can build a larger infrastructure and further improve member sercices.
PRPD describes their ideal candidate In the job description:
• A versatile background in public media content creation or programming that affords knowledge and credibility within the public media system.
• Current knowledge and experience with the issues facing stations and content creators as they expand digital platform use. This includes experience with multi-platform content delivery and storytelling - including podcasts, video, streaming, and audience analytics.
• Background that blends digital media and broadcast ventures with a passion for delivering the mission to all audiences.
• A career progression that brings perspective from markets of various sizes would be valuable.
• Record of leading successful strategic planning processes that established a visionary, holistic, system-wide institutional identity and united stakeholders around energizing institutional goals.
• Experience promoting and directing initiatives that align day-to-day operations with the long-term interests and values of members, and expand and deepen engagement across the system.
• Demonstrated ability to creatively analyze, frame, and solve problems that benefit PRPD’s stakeholders.
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