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 Neighborhood Channel; 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

Content Producer

Director of Corporate Support

Maintenance Technician

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

Content Producer

Reports to: Executive Producer

The Content Producer will have diverse responsibilities including production of live, televised broadcasts, digital-first content, televised and web-based documentary length content, and shorter feature stories. They will also participate in strategic planning for coverage and events.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Produce live and taped productions of discussion programs, community forums, town hall meetings, magazine programs and other assigned special broadcasts.
  • Gather topic ideas, write scripts, order graphics, coordinate execution with all involved parties.   
  • Coordinate social media/interactive components.
  • Produce documentaries as production and funding warrants.
  • Suggest story concepts, investigate content, coordinate shoots, conduct interviews, log, write script, oversee edit and all necessary steps leading up to broadcast, and after-broadcast duties related to the production.
  • Produce digital-first and interactive content.
  • Conceive ideas, set up shoots, conduct interviews, write, produce and execute new content, or supplemental content.           
  • Coordinate these efforts with colleagues who handle social media and interactive content for optimal promotion and outreach.
  • Hire and supervise production assistants, interns and fellows.
  • Coordinate with HR a call for production assistants, interns and fellows on a timely basis.
  • Interview, hire and supervise production assistants, interns and fellows during their tenure to optimize their contributions to WQED, while guiding them to gain professional knowledge.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with external partners as it relates to content.
  • Coordinate and attend meetings, conference calls, etc. - as needed - to maximize partner cooperation and assistance.           
  • Remain connected with - or knowledgeable of - potential partners for current and future endeavors.

Required education and skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. 
  • 5-10 years of experience required.
  • A working knowledge of production techniques, customer service and organizational skills are required.

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

EOE, M/F/D/V

Director of Corporate Support

WQED is looking for an experienced candidate to develop and implement sales strategies and programs, which empower the sales team to generate revenue in a competitive environment.  The successful candidate will recommend client specific problem solving techniques and accompany team members on sales calls to implement such techniques.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Instruct the Sales Team on client calls needs analysis and selling techniques.
  • Teach client relations, needs analysis.
  • Prepare adequate training for both new and on-going tactics of broadcast sales.
  • Ascertain specific information from other departments regarding selling of special projects, and inform sales team of such information.
  • Develop sales strategies and specific proposals for sales team to take to clients, therefore generating revenue.
  • Establish these specific proposals with the approval of various department (heads) within WQED.
  • Facilitate a clean and easily understood approach to sales strategies and specifics for Account Executives to operate efficiently with their time.
  • Consolidate all research and general product information into these proposals.
  • Present sales strategies and proposals to other departments within WQED.
  • Collaborate with FM, Marketing, Programming, Membership, etc. on which project is most in need of funding and underwriting.
  • Determine through these various meetings what proposals achieve company mission and strategic plan in its current form; where the priorities are; and rank these as such.
  • Construct these projects using research material, meeting client needs as well as WQED needs in a satisfactory manner.
  • Communicate the final products and outcome to all of those in initial departments meetings/contacts
  • Maintain complete fiscal responsibility for revenue goals, expenses and all budgetary facets of the Corporate Support team.
  • Propose annual budget goals, both cash and trade as well as expense lines with comprehensive plan for fiscal years.
  • Set Account Executive’s monthly, quarterly and annual goals appropriate to their selling level and account list. 
  • Manage Corporate Support Department expense line on a monthly basis and report any irregularity to direct supervisor and/or accounting department.
  • Train and educate the sales team on ratings data as well as market conditions, which affect our business.
  • Communicate with media outlets and advertising agencies in Pittsburgh market on market conditions competitive programming information, which could effect our selling environment.
  • Coordinate with research outlets for occasional training as well as any updated applications and share with sales team.
  • Routinely train sales team and support staff on how to read ratings information and disseminate other research data with confidence and assurance for the WQED product.
  • Collaborate with programming on recommended course of action based on any research data available, and analyze this on as-needed basis.

Required education and skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience required.
  • 5-10 years of experience required
  • Knowledge of sales techniques, management principles and budgeting required.  Experience managing a sales team required.
  • Accurate, effective and efficient communication skills are necessary.

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

EOE, M/F/D/V

Maintenance Technician

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ability to maintain and repair transmitters, satellite receivers, cameras, switchers, graphic systems, audio equipment, videotape systems, routers, intercoms, monitors and other transmission, distribution and production equipment associated with a broadcast television and radio station
  • Ability to read and understand technical drawings and manuals
  • Compliant with required safety and technical standards
  • Minimum Qualifications:
  • Five (5) years experience in broadcast television and radio
  • Associate's degree in electronics and/or completion of a certificate program in electronics from an accredited technical institute
  • Computer proficiency in hardware, software and networking
  • Proficient in test equipment for use in installation, maintenance and repair of broadcast systems

Skills and Abilities

  • Skill in interpreting and diagnosing operational/technical equipment problems
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Must be able to work outside of normal business hours, including mornings, nights and weekends
  • Remain current on the developments and applications of state of the art broadcast engineering technology

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

EOE, M/F/D/V