General Manager, WDAF-TV
Reports To: Chief Operations Officer
Reporting to our Corporate Group Operations, this role acts as General Manager of WDAF and is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the station. The best candidate will ensure financial goals are met, will establish long-range goals and strategies that will result in the growth and long-term viability of the Company, furthering the creative vision and execution of local news content and digital content being one content hub. Responsible for activities of all major station departments including: Sales, Digital Sales, Operations, Engineering, Traffic, Research, Programming, Production, News, Finance and Creative Services.
Bachelorís degree in business administration, finance, broadcast/entertainment/communications/journalism or a related field and have equivalent related experience.
Prefer 15 or more years of experience in progressively responsible television management positions, preferably in a variety of market sizes.
Thorough understanding of the television industry and the role and jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission.
Ability to strategically plan and lead all the operations of the Station, including content produced for all platforms: cable, multicast, interactive, mobile, and other digital businesses. Must accurately forecast revenue, understand audiences across all platforms, and be engaged in forecasting future trends.
Experience in local content production and programming a plus.
Management skills necessary to manage diverse organization of employees. Leadership ability to represent company in public for diverse audiences.
Must be willing to submit to a background check
Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
Authority and responsibility for an appropriate share of market revenues of $120 million and an operating expense budget to generate a strong return.
Authority and responsibility for over 100 employees across a wide variety of positions, experience levels and responsibilities.
Authority and responsibility for operations and content of channels on broadcast, cable, mobile OTT and other available platforms.
Department heads of news, sales, creative, finance, engineering will report to GM.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Drive results by developing and executing the stationís strategic and operating plans, achieve EBITDA goals consistent with Tribune Broadcasting financial and operating guidelines.
Create and support, on and off air, branding strategies across all platforms to insure audience and revenue growth
Provide for recruitment, management and development of leadership team, organized to optimize individual and team capabilities and goals, within an environment that encourages creativity and innovation.
Employ purposeful change management strategies to insure optimum staffing and resources.
Provide system of controls to insure that FCC regulations are followed, financial management, operating budgets, capital spending plans and other financial systems are within company guidelines and objectives.
Develop, identify and execute new business, revenue and community opportunities to provide for the growth and development of the Company. Cultivate relationships with major advertisers and community leaders to represent the station in the local market.
Make regular reports to President, Local Broadcasting; President and Chief Executive Officer and to Tribune Broadcasting executives on matters requiring their action