Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

April 12, 2024


Cascade PBS’s mission is to inform and inspire our community to make the world a better place.

Our vision is to be the most essential and relevant media organization in the region.

The CTO at Cascade PBS is an executive level position reporting directly to the CEO. This individual must demonstrate the highest level of understanding of the technical, business, and operational needs of the organization and the physical structures. In collaboration with other executives and team members, the CTO is accountable for developing and operationalizing the organization’s overall technology plan; and iterating on the evolving landscape in which the organization competes. You will contribute to the company’s strategic direction and align our technology initiatives with that strategy and its goals and objectives. The CTO must be able to lead and inspire a team of information technology and broadcast engineering professionals to collaborate, innovate and set a high standard of excellence.

Salary range: $150,000-$180,000

Location: Seattle - Must live in WA State

Hybrid schedule available. Weekly onsite days required.

Cascade PBS offers competitive benefits to team members working 20 hours or more a week.

Benefits include:

  • 11 paid holidays
  • 1 personal holiday
  • 12 days of vacation to start
  • 10 days of sick
  • Half-day Fridays during Summer
  • Company-matched 401(k) Retirement Plan that is fully-vested immediately
  • Employer paid ORCA card
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Medical
  • Dental 
  • Vision


  • Develop and implement the organization’s technology strategy in alignment with the company’s overall strategic plan and objectives.
  • Establish and monitor objectives and key results (OKRs) to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of technology operations.
  • Ensure the security, proper maintenance, and continuous improvement of all technology infrastructure to meet the up-time requirements of the business per industry standards. This includes, among other things, media production and distribution systems, network infrastructure, business applications, communication systems, end user computing, etc.
  • Develop and implement plans to mitigate risks and ensure business continuity in the event of technological disruptions or disasters. 
  • Implement comprehensive cybersecurity measures to safeguard the organization's digital assets, sensitive data, and intellectual property. This includes conducting regular security assessments, implementing robust firewalls and intrusion detection systems, ensuring compliance with data protection standards and regulations (such as PCI DSS, GDPR and CCPA), conducting employee training on cybersecurity best practices, and establishing incident response protocols to mitigate cyber threats and data breaches effectively. Additionally, collaborate with internal stakeholders and external cybersecurity experts to stay abreast of emerging threats and proactively address vulnerabilities in the organization's technology infrastructure.
  • With the proliferation of digital content distribution channels, ensuring the security and protection of intellectual property rights is paramount. The CTO will lead efforts to implement robust digital rights management (DRM) solutions, develop anti-piracy strategies, and safeguard content against unauthorized distribution and piracy threats.
  • Establish, negotiate, and maintain vendor and supplier relationships for major building systems and transmission sites to ensure the delivery of a high quality of products and services.
  • Develop, maintain, and ensure the safety of the organization’s major building systems and transmission facilities
  • Ensure major facility systems are in compliance with all safety, environmental and regulatory 
  • Maximize revenue generating opportunities at the organization’s transmission facilities. Negotiate and manage revenue generating leases.
  • Develop and manage department operating and capital expense budgets with an eye toward efficiency and impact.
  • Continuously research industry trends, consider what they mean for Cascade PBS, educate others in the organization, and synthesize what’s valuable into strategic and operational plans. 
  • Engage regularly with local, regional, and national technology leaders to ensure the organization maintains the highest level of technical and operational business practices to position Cascade PBS as a thought-leader in public media and beyond. 
  • Seek input from team members at all levels of the organization on technology needs, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Actively communicate, to internal and external stakeholders, the organization’s mission and values, the broader organizational strategy, and the specific technology priorities and plans.
  • Coordinate all areas of oversight and responsibility with other Cascade Public Media functions/groups.
  • Lead and manage a team of technology professionals consistent with the core values of the organization and diversity, equity, and inclusion in particular. This involves promoting diversity in hiring and leadership, implementing inclusive design practices, and ensuring that technology solutions are accessible to all members of the community, regardless of background or ability.
  • Unify the engineering and information technology teams, modernizing our enterprise-wide, systems and processes for a seamless end-to-end workflow across the value delivery chain.
  • Engage department personnel in professional development and growth.
  • Model, and hold others accountable, for creating a positive culture that is aligned with the values of the organization. 
  • Participate in the development and review of company policies and procedures as requested.
  • Collaborate with other team members to foster a positive and productive culture and contribute toward the overall growth of the Cascade PBS
  • Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice


  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills required. Ability to translate complex ideas and strategies into everyday terms that non-technical people can understand. 
  • Service and solutions mindset to challenges and opportunities, looking for ways to help others achieve underlying objectives. 
  • Excellent and proven project and change management skills, as well as decision making and organizational skills with a history of managing complex initiatives, delivering quality work on time and within budgetary guidelines. 
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to identify new opportunities, drive clarity, create focus, and make tough decisions in complex and dynamic contexts.
  • Solid understanding of broad technology trends and the ability to align innovation with business goals. 
  • Experience building and integrating systems for the full lifecycle of media distribution – from pre-production to digital download platforms.
  • Working knowledge of the broadcast and technology systems and protocols. 
  • Proficiency with standard business software applications. 
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex technology challenges at the micro and macro level as needed.
  • Ability to handle confidential information judiciously.


  • BS in Engineering or technical discipline, or equivalent, quantifiable experience.
  • Minimum of ten years managing critical technical infrastructures. Understanding of RF systems a plus.
  • Minimum of eight years leadership experience, including technical teams.
  • Experience modernizing the traditional television production and distribution workflow.
  • Understanding of FCC regulations and other industry standards.


  • Ability to lift, carry, push, and pull 10 pounds required.
  • Ability to climb, twist, bend, kneel, crawl and reach above head required.
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or reliable means of transportation to meet requirements of the job.

The hiring process for this role will include a phone screen and a virtual or in-person panel interview. In some instances, additional panel interviews may take place. If you need reasonable accommodation during the job application or interview process, please contact us at

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