Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Full-time  •   Prague
Seniority: Senior  •  Education: Bachelor

RFE/RL's mission is to promote democratic values by providing accurate, uncensored news and open debate in countries where a free press is threatened, and disinformation is pervasive. RFE/RL reports the facts, undaunted by pressure.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

RFE/RL has an exciting opportunity for a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to join its Operations team in Prague. The CTO is a forward-thinking technology expert that stays on top of emerging technologies and has a contemporary understanding of digital media workflows, broadcast technologies, and the latest production and distribution trends. A technology evangelist and skilled communicator, the CTO drives technology initiatives that further RFE/RL’s journalistic mission and optimize workflows, providing for dynamic and impactful journalism.

The CTO reports to the Head of Operations, overseeing broadcast engineering and operations, multimedia production, media asset and content management, and distribution project activities, including those involving RFE/RL’s media production centers (i.e., at headquarters in Prague and local in-country bureaus located throughout RFE/RL’s coverage area). As a primary subject matter expert, the CTO develops and advances RFE/RL’s technology strategy for multimedia production and multiplatform distribution, including production tools and systems, and advise senior management on strategic investments.

Candidates applying for this vacancy should have:

  • At least ten (10) years of management experience at a senior level, preferably in a multimedia company.

  • At least five (5) years of management experience working in a digital and/or broadcast technology specialist role, preferable within the news media industry.

  • Expert contemporary knowledge of Broadcast, IT, Digital, Automation Technologies, Design, Integration, Project Management, Video Production, Remote Production, Live Streaming, Studios, Media Management, System Architecture, Workflow Creation/Optimization.

  • Demonstrated hands-on interpersonal experience listening to and advising employees from a variety of cultures and locations on wide range of production technology matters.

And should be:

  • Knowledgeable of the latest trends and emerging technologies and able to communicate effectively to customers and stakeholders throughout the organization.

  • Skilled leader, able to build and lead teams, effectively managing a broad portfolio with agility and flexibility with:

o Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral
o Strong project manager with planning skills.
o Excellent organization and time-management skills, ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
o Ability to work with others on a team - to interact and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a busy and demanding work environment.
o Ability to manage large budgets effectively.
o Willingness to travel 25% of the time or greater, involving travel to RFE/RL news bureaus located in coverage region.

To apply for this position, please send us your CV and cover letter in English. We do read cover letters, so please let us know why you are interested in this position and what you would bring to the role.

As of now, this is a locally recruited full-time position on a one-year assignment initially, with the possibility of extension for an open-ended contract after one year. The opportunity is open preferably to applicants with the legal right to work in the Czech Republic.

A complete list of responsibilities and qualifications can be found in the job description published at RFE/RL website:

Job position benefits

Foreign business trips Home office Sick days Contributions to sport, culture or past time activities Courses and training Extra holidays Meal vouchers or meal contributions Flexible working time

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