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Working Title:    Finance Manager

Official Title:      Financial Program Manager III 

Location:             Madison, Wisconsin 

Availability:        Open until filled, for best consideration apply by 5/22/2019



The Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Finance Manager has primary roles in the financial activities of the statewide, multi-faceted media organization including developing and monitoring station and project budgets, managing financial aspects of grants, and overseeing the financial tracking and reporting of WPT’s project and production activities.  This position requires facility with financial management and the ability to engage with people in understanding a complex financial system.  This person is an excellent communicator and problem-solver; works in a timely and responsive manner and has a key role in helping station leadership make decisions.  The Finance Manager supervises staff and works closely with WPT’s fundraising partner, the Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.  The Finance Manager reports to WPT’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is responsive to Wisconsin Public Media’s (WPM) Director of Business Services.


1) Support WPT’s senior leadership team in building and tracking budgets that support WPT's strategic objectives, following best practices in financial management. 
2) Develop, implement and monitor, as directed by the WPT Director and COO, WPT’s annual operating budget in accordance with WPM and WPT guidance and practices.
3) In cooperation with UW-Madison’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, provide financial oversight and management of WPT’s grants, grant applications and financial component of final reports.
4) Oversee WPT project and production budget processes and practices ensuring the accurate, efficient and timely tracking and reporting of activities.
5) Regularly review and make any necessary adjustments to WPT’s Rate Sheet.  Develop pricing structure for personnel and facilities to address cost recovery. Create project, staff and facilities resource usage reports to inform management decisions.  
6) Assist in processing and overseeing WPT financial transactions and activities.
7) Responsible for carrying out supervisory duties of staff including developing annual staff goals that align with WPT's strategic and operational plans; creating work plans; providing timely work performance feedback, coaching, and addressing issues as they arise; and providing formal written performance evaluation annually.  Make recommendations about hiring and staffing levels.  Identify and make time for professional development opportunities.
8) Coordinate with and work closely with the Friends of WPT Finance Manager in financial activities including budgeting, reporting and transaction processing.
9) Provide support for Friends of WPT events such as Quilt Expo and Garden & Landscape Expo. Participate as ex officio member of the Finance Committee of the Friends of WPT.
10) Identify and ensure efficient financial policies, practices and activities that result in sound internal controls.
11) Help to develop, monitor and report on the Educational Communications Board’s (ECB) TV budget. ECB is WPM’s partner in operating both Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and WPT.
12) Provide guidance and assistance to WPT staff related to financial policies, practices and activities.
13) Maintain the standards of ethics and excellence described in Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff.
14) Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work products and in organizational interactions, and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships. Support an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment.
15) Provide specialized reporting and other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or related field.
  • At least five years of business and financial management experience, ideally in a university or non-profit setting.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.  Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with management, partners, and staff at all levels.
  • Superb financial judgment and analytical skills; knowledge of finance best practices; experience with complex financial policies and processes; ability to develop budgets that have multiple income sources/streams; and discernment to review, analyze and detect anomalies in project and other proposed budgets.
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Knowledge of computer applications, automated accounting systems and general financial applications.  Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Helpful nature and strong problem-solving skills and experience.


  • Past experience with financial management or administration in a public media organization.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

SALARY:  Expected salary range for this position is $65,000 up to $90,000 for highly experienced candidates who exceed the qualifications.  Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.  The University of Wisconsin offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, life insurance, pension plan, flexible spending accounts, employer paid training and development, generous paid vacation and sick leave.   For more information see:

How to Apply

To ensure consideration apply online at by May 22, 2019.  All of the following must be received for your application to be complete:  1) Resume; 2) A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the job duties and minimum and desirable qualifications; 3) At least three professional references including e-mail and phone contact information; at least one must be a supervisory reference

Questions? Contact: Betsy Nelson,, 608-262-5221.

Additional Information

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. 

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.