Chief Meteorologist and Director of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN)

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing
Department:23100000 - CJC-WRUF-RADIO STATION

Classification Title:

Chief Meteorologist

Job Description:

Bring Your Leadership to a Culture of Excellence!

WUFT-TV/FM, home of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) and part of the UF College of Journalism and Communications seeks an innovative, experienced and driven meteorologist and communicator to lead our four-person WUFT-TV/FM weather team and direct the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) and South Carolina Emergency Information Network (SCEIN). This position supervises a team of meteorologists and content producers and editors and reports to the Executive Director of the Division of Media Properties. We are seeking an experienced professional that can connect to and motivate the diverse multi-market and multi-state population we serve and instruct.

About the Opportunity

The Chief Meteorologist and Director of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) will serve as the primary on air talent and behind the scenes manager for weather and public safety content produced and delivered through the College through television, radio, and digital platforms.

This position provides oversight of the daily operation of two multi-station emergency content networks (FPREN and SCEIN) including budgetary review and decision-making responsibilities. The Chief Meteorologist and Director maintains routine contact with Florida Public Media and South Carolina ETV/Public Radio personnel and leadership to ensure severe weather and other FPREN/SCEIN content is being deployed appropriately on local market stations (on air, online and via social media).

In this role the successful candidate will also provide oversight of the compilation of daily forecast products for distribution on television, radio and internet/web-new media applications which may include weekday, weeknight, or weekends to ensure the appropriate content is being developed and delivered to all relevant stations.  The Chief Meteorologist and Director will oversee web and social media based weather-related products for the Division of Multimedia Properties and associated products and platforms. This position also oversees the student interns (Meteorologist in Training) in the weather area of the operation.

The Chief Meteorologist and Director must work strategically to ensure the WRUF-TV local broadcast and cable channel is positioned as an effective local weather, news and sports content channel utilizing content developed in the College of Journalism and Communications and Division of Media Properties.

This position will perform in a high-profile role, serving the local viewing and listening area as well as the entire state of Florida and South Carolina via television and radio.  Must be comfortable in public settings and in representing the College of Journalism and Communications and the University of Florida.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The College of Journalism and Communications is committed to creating an inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We attribute our success to a work force that embraces the contributions of people of all backgrounds and ability levels.

About the College of Journalism and Communications

The College of Journalism and Communications is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) and is home to four departments – Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Telecommunication. The college provides hands-on learning immersion experiences through the Innovation News Center, The Agency, Frank gatherings, the Division of Multimedia Properties, the Summer Media Institute, undergraduate research, various extracurricular groups and activities, etc. To learn more:

About the Division of Media Properties

The College of Journalism’s Division of Media Properties, includes seven broadcast stations, allowing students from throughout the College to gain experience in a competitive broadcast and multimedia environment. More than 200 students work in news, sports, production, management positions, web design, promotions and advertising for the radio and television stations each semester.

Division of Media Properties:
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About the City of Gainesville

Gainesville ( is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and so is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. Additionally, the city owns a regional transit system, a regional airport, and a 72-par championship golf course. Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville's numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to thousands of visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban "forest," Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida.

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Expected Salary:

Commensurate with experience 

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area and four years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please upload a resume, cover letter, and list of professional references for consideration.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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