Careers

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Create Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

Current Positions

WQED is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Account Executive

Foundation Coordinator

Manager, Inquire Within

Account Executive

The Account Executive is responsible for generating revenue for WQED Multimedia by developing and furthering relationships with clients to insure continued support for the organization's broadcast products and services.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and present proposals to meet pre-determined needs of client for presentations.
  • Write contract request forms.
  • Develop schedule of announcements and deliver to FM and Production Assistant for traffic placement.
  • Write announcements for client approval and deliver to FM traffic person and/or Production Assistant along with video components.
  • Develop promotional and/or underwriting ideas for clients.
  • Collect payment from clients.
  • Generate new business through targeting prospects.
  • Maintain up-to-date information of broadcast businesses as well as client business.
  • Develop a list of targeted media and matching prospect's needs with WQED program/strategies.
  • Contact prospective client – pre-determine needs and set up appointments.
  • Volunteer for station events and perform other company projects as needed.

Required education and skills:

  • Associate's Degree or equivalent experience is required. A Bachelor's Degree is preferred.
  • One year of sales and marketing experience, preferably in the broadcast industry, is required.
  • Candidate must have a working knowledge of sales techniques and broadcast industry sales along with excellent customer service and social media skills.

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to careers@wqed.org. No phone calls please.

EOE, M/F/D/V

Foundation Coordinator

The purpose of this position is to address the foundation fundraising needs of WQED by researching foundation and government funding opportunities; writing specific proposals that match WQED's organizational needs with funder priorities; following up to secure funding; and reporting to funders on the progress of the WQED initiatives they have supported.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research, analyze and solicit foundation and government agency funding opportunities for WQED Multimedia.
  • Review the WQED strategic plan and project priorities and align fundraising goals to plan.
  • Work with the Managing Director of Foundation and Government Relations and all departments to enumerate and verify the prioritized needs of the organization with respect to the strategic plan and projects seeking funding.
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions to decide on priorities. Memorialize the priorities and in a dynamic project pipeline.
  • Identify potential funders and finalize a list of WQED initiatives for which to seek funding.
  • Assist the Managing Director of Foundation and Government Relations in research and lead the efforts to write drafts of proposals and reports to foundations and government entities.
  • Explore published information, electronic databases, and other research tools to determine potential funders' priorities for funding and investment.
  • Schedule meetings for senior staff and foundation and government funders to ascertain their priorities, current funding levels, funding cycles and timelines for request consideration.
  • Follow-up with funders to refine the nature of the ultimate request.
  • Track and write proposals and reports for new and renewing foundations.
  • Maintain and update department files and database on foundations and government agency funders.
  • Organize existing files and clear outdated files.
  • Develop accurate updated database of foundations and government entities.
  • Maintain master list of timeline of projects and foundation board meetings and deadlines.

Required education and skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 3-5 years of related experience required
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to accomplish larger organizational goals.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Candidates should submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to careers@wqed.org. No Phone Calls Please.

WQED is an Equal Opportunity Employer with leadership and a culture that supports diversity and inclusion

Manager, Inquire Within

The purpose of this position is to manage the network of Inquire Within libraries. Collaborating to create impactful out-of-school time programs designed to encourage family engagement and a love of learning through hands-on, family-centered activities. The manager of this project will ensure that all libraries participating in Inquire Within will have access to WQED/PBS-themed program that support 21st century learners by building a community that leads and sustains a new approach to educational media.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support partners through curating, creating, and assembling resources that can be used with in-person, virtual, outreach, and grab-and-go programming.
  • Curate programs for libraries and community partners using PBS and WQED resources.
  • Create new resources using media created by PBS Kids, PBS or WQED to support libraries and community partners.
  • Assemble PBS and WQED resources into guides, webpages, tool-kits for libraries and community partners.
  • Attend in-person and virtual library Inquire Within programs whenever necessary to assist librarians with implementation of PBS programming.
  • Track program numbers and keep events on the Inquire Within webpage calendar current.
  • Complete or provide information for evaluation reports, grant applications and metrics reports for internal use and external partners/funders.
  • Develop and present professional development workshops around a variety of topics to a variety of audiences including educators (traditional and nontraditional), parents, caregivers, and colleagues.
  • Use WQED and PBS Kids content and resources to create innovative, informative and engaging professional development for educators.
  • Create and update professional development and programming resources for the Inquire Within PD blog site.
  • Compose monthly newsletters to IW library partners sharing out new resources, upcoming programing opportunities and Professional Development workshops and recordings from both WQED and PBS Kids.
  • Be prepared to create, submit and present workshops at national and local levels that elevate the work being done by the WQED Education Team and our partners.
  • Meet with community libraries and assess their strengths and needs.
  • Leverage the WQED network of collaborators to connect organizations and resources to support and elevate the work of local libraries and their communities.

Required education and skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 1 to 3 years of related professional experience.
  • This position requires excellent organization, project management, interpersonal, and oral & written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel required.

Candidates should submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to careers@wqed.org. No Phone Calls Please.

WQED is an Equal Opportunity Employer with leadership and a culture that supports diversity and inclusion