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Northern Public Radio


Business Manager

Primary Function of the Position

The primary function of this position is to manage the business and human resources functions for Northern Public Radio (“NPR”). NPR has active NIU Foundation, local, general revenue and grant cost centers.  This position prepares and manages budgets for all cost centers; prepares materials for proposals; manages different types of grants (state, federal, other) with different regulations; oversees the tax receipts and compliance requirements for fundraising campaigns.  NPR undergoes an annual external audit that is required for and feeds into the extensive application process for major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  This position manages both the audit and the application.  NPR includes WNIJ (DeKalb-Rockford), WNIU (Rockford-DeKalb), NIRIS, WNIE (Freeport), WNIQ (Sterling) and WNIW (LaSalle). 

B.        Organizational Relationship

This position works with and reports to NPR’s Director and General Manager.  The position will routinely work with the license holder business associates.

C.        Work Activities

30%     Manages accounts payable, accounts receivable, budget compliance, purchase requisitions, check requests, journals, travel and invoicing for NPR including general revenue, local, grant and foundation cost centers.  Determines appropriate cost centers for expense allocation. Manages grant expenditures; ensures that grant funding is allocated for the restricted purposes intended.  Manages grant balances to ensure funding is available.

30%     Manages the audit of NPR and the application to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Identifies financial and operational information needed; works internally and with other departments within NIU to get the correct information.  Identifies, prepares and provides information needed by auditor requests.  Works closely with auditor.

30%     Manages the hiring, allocation of funding, and all transactions for NPR employees (SPS, Civil Service, Extra Help, Student).   Reviews and approves travel vouchers. 

5%       Manages departmental Procurement Card; manages inventory.

5%       Creates financial reports both on a regular basis and per specific request.  Reports require comprehensive understanding of specific and general campus financial policies and procedures.

D.        Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required in business-related field OR more than ten years’ experience in business management, preferably in a non-profit environment.

Knowledge of non-profit business management.

Experience with external audits.

Expertise in Microsoft programs.

Excellent communication skills; ability to communicate professionally with internal and external clients and governing boards.

Extreme attention to detail.

Ability to multi-task.

E.         Preferred Qualifications

Experience in a non-profit environment

Experience with large-scale grant submissions

Experience with broadcasting practices, policies, operations.

Working Hours

M-F 8-4:30, nights and weekends as needed

Hiring rate/range

Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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Special Instructions to Applicants

  • Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including the employment dates and duties for all positions held.
  • If you do not have the work experience required for this position, you MUST upload your transcripts (if multiple transcripts, please attach each transcript in a separate PDF file) to your application for full consideration. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application.
  • Once your complete application is submitted, it will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this classification.
  • Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application status.
  • All qualified candidates will be scheduled to take a State Universities Civil Service Examination. At the time of testing, you will be required to present a photo ID. NOTE: If you have previously tested for this classification and you wish to rewrite the examination to improve your score, please contact the Civil Service Testing Office at 815-753-6033 or 815-753-6034 by the posting deadline.
  • Documentation such as driver’s licenses and/or DD214 MUST be presented at the time of the examination in order to receive the maximum eligible points.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

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WNIJ offers structured internships throughout the year.

WNIJ's internship program is designed to provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to learn about public media operations, including: news and digital production, audio and program production, marketing and development, and audio archiving.

Eligibility: Preferred candidates are graduate or undergraduate students or those who have recently graduated from college.

General Information: Interns are expected to work between 15 and 20 hours a week during an eight to 12 week internship period. Internships are offered during the summer, fall and winter/spring semesters. Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between WNIJ and the intern's college or university.

The documents at the bottom of this page provide detailed information about all internship positions available at WNIJ. The  internship opportunities offered vary from semester to semester. Please contact the person listed on each document for more information.

Justice Intern

Interns will partner with a justice reporter. They’ll learn how to produce their own, unique pieces in NPR/public radio format. They’ll get a chance to hone and develop multimedia skills like photography, data analytics, script writing, and social media optimization. Interns will be expected to fact check, cover press conferences, and work as a team member. Other duties may be assigned.

What doors could it help open for me?

Public radio skills are applicable to the potential researcher, historian, data analyst, social media manager, multimedia journalist, podcaster, PR representative…

Who can apply, and how do I apply?

Anyone who’s interested in media, research, or communications.

Send your resume and three story ideas about a justice centered story idea to Jenna Dooley at jdooley@niu.edu. Make sure the subject line includes “Justice Internship Application” and your name. Please include a short values statement and a link to any previous work if you have it.


WNIJ News invites you to gain real-world journalism experience in a professional newsroom. Learn about news reporting and production as well as the spirit that drives good journalism in the Public Radio 101 seminar.