TV Producer/Director

July 27, 2021 by Arizona Broadcasters Association Comments Off on TV Producer/Director

  • Full Time
  • Phoenix

Arizona PBS

Arizona PBS seeks an innovative daily news producer to join our team. Working under the direction of a senior producer in the News and Public Affairs division, the successful candidate will be responsible for producing the M-F news and public affairs program Arizona Horizon.

The producer will work with a team of professionals from Arizona PBS and students from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism to create compelling content for Arizona Horizon and the cohesive local  news hour with Cronkite News.

The ideal candidate knows  that accuracy and fairness drive journalism, additionally they know how to effectively inspire, support and instruct a team, be a consistently high performer and deliver clear direction and feedback.
Job Family

Broadcast Radio/TV
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VP Code

Scope of Search

Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.
Salary Range

Depends on experience
Close Date


Essential Duties

Oversee daily show production using AP’s ENPS producing software
With Arizona Horizon Host, write show scripts for editorial content, clarity, grammar and culturally authentic voice
Participate in daily editorial meetings and  brainstorm with team members to produce content that is relevant to our community and in alignment with our public media mission
Review all video, scripts, and graphics for daily show and lead the production crew during the live broadcast
Work with editor, reporters, students and production crew to tell great stories and showcase them in a memorable way for our viewers
Work with the digital team to drive audience engagement through social media and SEO
Work with Arizona PBS and ASU Cronkite School teams on potential future projects
Performing other responsibilities, such as station committee assignments, as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting, Communications or related field AND two years experience in writing/producing/directing programs in studio and/or on location; OR, six years’ experience in writing/producing/directing programs in studio and on location; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
Desired Qualifications

Experience producing daily news in a mid or  large market;
Experience in editorial, written, verbal and storytelling skills;
Experience in social media promotion, distribution and SEO;
Experience in work that requires organization and problem solving skills in order to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment;
Experience in working accurately and efficiently within specific time constraints;
Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency with newsroom computers and related industry software required.
Demonstrated knowledge of diversity-related issues and its sensitivity in all aspects of reporting and gathering of news content is required.
Working Environment

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.
Department Statement

Arizona PBS is one of the nation’s leading public media organizations and has been a trusted community resource for nearly 60 years. With four broadcast channels and a growing array of digital platforms, the station fosters lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth news coverage and critical educational outreach services. As a member of the PBS family, the station is part of America’s largest classroom and is a trusted window to the world. For 17 consecutive years, PBS has been ranked as the country’s most trusted institution above commercial broadcasting outlets and newspapers.

Through a long history of community involvement and award-winning programming, Arizona PBS has become an essential and trusted voice in Arizona. The Arizona PBS signal reaches 80 percent of homes in Arizona, delivering news, science, arts and children’s programming to 2.1 million households each week. Its educational content helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to in age-appropriate ways. Additionally, Arizona PBS has created its own local programs, tailored to the needs and interests of communities across the state. These include the long-running public affairs programs, “Arizona Horizon” and “Horizonte,” as well as shows like “Plate & Pour” and “Art in the 48,” which feature cultural leaders in the community.

Arizona PBS is a community service of Arizona State University and is proud to be a part of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication – one of the nation’s top journalism schools. It is the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world and serves as the hub of the school’s “teaching hospital” model of education.

The partnership with the Cronkite School brings the power of more than 1,200 journalism students, an all-star faculty as well as the resources of one of the world’s largest research universities, positioning Arizona PBS as a catalyst for innovation and community impact.

In the studios and newsrooms of Arizona PBS, including bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles, students work under the direction of veteran journalists to produce deep reporting, immersive storytelling and community engagement programs that serve audiences around the state and across the country. In this highly collaborative environment, professionals and students produce digital, social and broadcast content, including the nightly Cronkite News newscast – making Arizona PBS one of the only PBS stations in the country airing a locally produced newscast each day. Investigative reporting is also a hallmark of the school and the station, including documentaries recognized with Emmy and Robert F. Kennedy awards and the only Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award ever awarded to a journalism school.
ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.
Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.
Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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