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Senior Program Associate

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Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Arlington, VA

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Senior Program Associate


Content Services


Full Time/Regular/Exempt

The Senior Program Associate facilitates the post production and delivery processes of General Audience shows. The incumbent maintains and updates program material from acceptance through the duration of the project’s rights period.

Essential duties will include, but are not limited to:

Manage program delivery; oversee the post-acceptance process to ensure adherence to programming, packaging, and deliverable guidelines.

Oversee the completion of Content Services paperwork for incoming programs via ORION and Packaging Forms Producer Portals (including PAA, format, funding, webtags, production credits and media inventory).

Screen shows in production for FCC compliance issues and create flag reports for communication to producers; review final screening reports to ensure quality of final product.

Identify issues arising from program repackaging and coordinate with Director to develop and implement solutions.

Address issues arising from late arriving broadcast masters and other deliverables.

Act as a source of information for the genre on internal concerns/queries.

Requirements for success

2 years of experience working in film/video production and/or post-production capacities. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Experience with PBS operations/procedures as well as with public television guidelines/ practices regarding program distribution preferred.

Experience negotiating with producers on the subject of deliverables and other matters related to broadcast preferred.

Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

General knowledge of production process and broadcast technology and operations

Ability to identify, evaluate, and analyze sensitive or problematic material in programs; ability to ensure, through pre-screening, that program meet PBS packaging guidelines prior to air

Working familiarity with the genre of programming

Proficiency with Microsoft Word & Excel and a familiarity with database programming

Excellent project management and organizational skills; ability to successfully complete multiple projects with overlapping deadlines

Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including solid diplomacy skills

Strong attention to detail

Ability to work under stressful circumstances, react to change productively, and handle other essential duties as assigned

Ability to work as a team player in a collaborative environment

Strong familiarity with public television shows and PBS packaging preferred

Understanding of PBS guidelines and practices with respect to program distribution preferred

PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities

Company info

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
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Company Profile
PBS is made up of more than 350 local public noncommercial TV stations serving all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. PBS stations reach more than 120 million people each month through on-air and online content. PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public Television stations. PBS oversees program acquisition and provides program distribution and promotion; education services; new media ventures; fundraising support; engineering and technology development; and video marketing.

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