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Chief Engineer
Position Description and Performance Expectations

 

Effective Date:       August, 2015

Department:          Content Distribution & Delivery
Classification:        Professional/Exempt
Responsible to:     President & CEO

The position summary describes current duties and responsibilities for which the employee will be held accountable and evaluated upon.  The bulleted items represent some, but not all, of the performance measures which may be used in evaluating performance.  Job duties, work-week parameters, and responsibilities below may change from time to time, at the sole discretion of the organization, as other needs may arise.

General Description:

This is a full-time position.  The Chief Engineer will oversee the Content Distribution & Delivery Department. Working in conjunction with the Broadcast Operations Manager, the Chief Engineer will implement daily broadcast engineering operations while staying abreast of technological trends to help shape the future of ValleyPBS. The role of the Chief Engineer is to act as a senior advisor to assist top management in successfully navigating new media landscapes and technologies, including the upcoming FCC Spectrum Auction and Repack, forward plan to identify necessary equipment replacements and up-grades, as well as oversee maintenance and installation of broadcast equipment. This includes systems utilized in the studios, control rooms and edit suites. 

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the daily technical operations of ValleyPBS full-power station in Fresno, CA and low-power station in Bakersfield, CA.
  • Personally perform or delegate preventive maintenance, diagnosis and repair at transmitter and microwave sites.
  • Oversee recruitment, hiring, and training of all Content Distribution & Delivery personnel, including Master Control, Traffic, Broadcast Ops.
  • Insure compliance with all FCC, OSHA, FAA, EEO regulations as well as all local, county or state ordinances governing the physical plant and tower sites.
  • Ongoing planning and updating of all broadcasting systems.
  • Coordinate and work with IT personnel on a variety of projects and equipment arrays that have an IT framework.
  • Communicate regularly with CEO and executive management regarding engineering and network objectives.
  • Analyze and rectify technical faults on equipment and systems
  • Minimize loss of service at times of equipment failure by rapidly identifying and implementing alternative methods of service provision
  • Set-up and operate equipment and transmission links during outside broadcasts
  • Design and install custom audiovisual circuits
  • Facilitate all telephone installation, routing, adjustments and maintenance as they relate to general office and on-air production
  • Provide engineering support for events and productions
  • Perform other related duties as required

 

Qualifications and Capabilities:

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in electrical engineering, computer sciences or a related discipline.
  • 5+ years’ experience as a Chief Engineer, Director of Engineering or Department Head position in the broadcast engineering field.
  • 5+ years’ experience working on UHF transmitters and microwave systems. Pluses are SBE certifications and experience with multiple transmitters.
  • Knowledge of current FCC/FAA regs and the ability to insure station’s compliance is crucial.
  • Knowledge and skills to instruct, as well as perform, routine repair, installation and maintenance of all broadcast equipment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Verifiable time management and project management skills.
  • Solid computer background, with demonstrated proficiency with MS Office products and commonly used smartphone applications.
  • Detailed oriented and highly accurate in record keeping and work habits.
  • Work cooperatively with all of the station’s staff toward fulfillment of the station’s mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Cooperative, supportive, and professional attitude with staff members, customers, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Consistent and accurate completion of all assigned responsibilities.
  • Consistent dependability in attendance and effective utilization of time.
  • Maintain consistency with all quality standards.
  • Protect confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability and thorough knowledge of engineering functions as they relate to the repair, maintenance and installation of television broadcast equipment.
  • Must have the ability to offer guidance and instruction as it relates to engineering tasks.
  • Must be sighted and have good hearing.
  • Position requires working in confined spaces and frequent climbing of ladders.
  • Must be able to reach, bend, stoop, climb and lift up to 50 pounds, among other physical activities.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

 

Other:
The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences, as relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Salary commensurate with experience.

About ValleyPBS
ValleyPBS is a non-commercial, educational, community licensee, and the sole-service provider of free over-the-air PBS programming to California’s Central San Joaquin Valley from Merced to Bakersfield, serving a population of roughly 2.5 million.

ValleyPBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Please include:

  1. Cover letter describing why you feel you are best suited for this position and your long term career plans.
  2. A fully completed ValleyPBS application form, which can be found at valleypbs.org/employment.
  3. Resume.
  4. To fulfill FCC requirements, name the recruitment source where you learned about this position.   

Direct application materials to:
Phyllis Brotherton
Executive VP/CFO
ValleyPBS
1544 Van Ness Ave.
Fresno, CA 93721
Or by email to: pbrotherton@valleypbs.org
No phone calls please.

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Director of Production
Position Description and Performance Expectations

 

Effective Date:       August, 2015
Classification:        Salaried/Exempt
Responsible to:      VP of Operations

The position summary describes current duties and responsibilities for which the employee will be held accountable and evaluated upon.  The bulleted items represent some, but not all, of the performance measures, which may be used in evaluating performance.  Job duties and responsibilities below may change from time to time, at the sole discretion of the organization, as other needs may arise.

General Description
ValleyPBS seeks a creative, self-starting candidate for the position of Director of Production, responsible for the overall quality and success of the station’s local productions and for ensuring that final projects conform to the station’s mission, strategic objectives and quality standards. The position oversees all aspects of the Production Department, managing department employees and independent contractors in day to day production activities, including underwriting and development spots and other interstitial materials, field shoots, long and short format production, specials, etc. All content quality will be the responsibility of this position. The successful candidate will work with the VP of Operations to develop a business and marketing strategy that leverages content across multiple media platforms and engages audiences across the Central San Joaquin Valley. This position will work to empower creativity and excellence at every level of the organization.

Essential Functions

  • Produce local content that creatively reflects the needs and interests of the Central San Joaquin Valley.
  • Provide short and long range planning, direction, and budgetary management.
  • Ensure on-air content excellence for breaks and local program productions.
  • Supervise and manage department staff and contractors on daily tasks to insure departmental goals and objectives are met while adhering to policies and procedures.
  • Assign production work and manage content flow to consistently meet deadlines.
  • Serve as Producer in select projects, including in-studio and field productions.
  • Support the development of proposals and budgets to meet fundraising goals.
  • Meet production deliverables, timelines and financial goals.
  • Assist in the creation and oversight of station brand strategy.
  • Assist in increasing station revenue through production services.

Accountabilities

  • Manage time and resources according to each production’s requirements.
  • Understand viewer needs, interests, and motivations.
  • Strategic thinking and planning to help advance the organization.
  • Cooperative, professional and diplomatic attitude with staff, partners, supporters, volunteers and vendors.
  • Collaborate with Development and other department staff to promote projects and secure funding.
  • Develop additional revenue sources through contracted services to organizations and businesses.
  • Bring a variety of individual knowledge, skills, industry contacts, and talents to the role. Utilize these talents to develop and train staff and interns. 
  • Create/maintain strong relationships with clients.
  • Maintain strong network of industry contacts.
  • Represent ValleyPBS in a cordial, professional manner.
  • Promote teamwork and collaboration.
  • Consistent dependability in attendance and effective utilization of time.
  • Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule, including occasional long hours.
  • Participate in station events, when requested.
  • Protect confidential information.

Qualifications, Capabilities and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent, relevant experience.
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience, at least half of which has been in a similar role of responsibility.
  • Management experience and demonstrated leadership in holding teams accountable.
  • Ability to prioritize effectively across multiple projects.
  • Strong financial acumen.
  • Advanced analytical skills. Attention to detail.
  • Strong leadership, management and organizational skills.
  • Highly creative and excellent oral, presentation and written skills.
  • Ability to work at a fast pace, calmly and effectively under stressful situations and tight deadlines.
  • Experience in production concept creation, scriptwriting, guest scheduling, and field shoots.
  • Enthusiasm for community, storytelling and supervising others.
  • Up-to-date expertise in production techniques and latest technologies.
  • Professional networking skills.
  • Knowledge of FCC, CPB, PBS regulatory requirements, a plus.
  • Current knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and associated procedures, including copyright, data protection, liability, and compliance to regulatory requirements.
  • Knowledge of relevant safety regulations and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and customer service skills.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office programs, word processing, spreadsheets, databases.  Proficient and efficient usage of software provided to complete job responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of Final Cut, After Effects and Avid a plus.
  • Must be sighted and have good hearing.
  • Must be able to reach, bend, stoop, climb and lift up to 25 pounds, among other physical activities.

 
Successful candidates will be required to provide documentation of credentials. Prior to the offer of employment, a background check will be conducted, which may include drug testing. A valid CA driver’s license is also required, with clean DMV record.

Other:
The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of working requirements. Individuals may perform duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences, as relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Salary commensurate with experience.

About ValleyPBS
ValleyPBS is a non-commercial, educational, community licensee, and the sole-service provider of free over-the-air PBS and other programming to California’s Central San Joaquin Valley from Merced to Bakersfield, serving a population of roughly 2.5 million.

How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Please include:

  1. Cover letter describing why you feel you are best suited for this position and your long term career goals.
  2. A fully completed ValleyPBS application form, which can be found at valleypbs.org/employment.
  3. Resume.
  4. To fulfill FCC requirements, the name of the recruitment source where you learned about this position.

Direct application materials to:
Phyllis Brotherton
Executive VP/CFO
ValleyPBS
1544 Van Ness Ave.
Fresno, CA 93721
Or by email to: pbrotherton@valleypbs.org
No phone calls please.

Deadline Date:  Upon completion of hire.

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Executive Assistant


Department:           Administration
Classification:       Full Time, Hourly
Responsible to:    President & CEO

The position summary describes current duties and responsibilities for which the employee will be held accountable and evaluated upon.  The bulleted items represent some, but not all, of the performance measures, which may be used in evaluating performance.  Job duties, workweek parameters, and responsibilities below may change from time to time, at the sole discretion of the organization, as other needs may arise.

General Description:
This is a full time position, normally 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, or as otherwise agreed upon. Under general supervision of the President & CEO, the Executive Assistant will perform various administrative-level tasks to support the President & CEO, Board of Directors, and Community Advisory Board. The Executive Assistant will also support a two member, executive management team, as needed.

Essential Functions:
Maintaining high standards of administrative clerical work, will perform the following duties:

  • Prepare correspondence, maintain files and filing system.
  • Assist with appointments/calendar/calls/incoming mail.
  • Make travel arrangements.
  • Plan and prepare for ValleyPBS Board of Directors’ meetings including preparing agenda packets, take and transcribe meeting minutes, maintain Board correspondence, maintain Bylaws and amendments; prepare Board resolutions.
  • Plan and prepare for Community Advisory Board (CAB) meetings including preparing agenda packets, take and transcribe meeting minutes, assist with Board projects, as required, maintain correspondence, and prepare for meetings.
  • Maintain FCC public file.
  • Assist with special projects, research, event planning, etc.
  • Oversee volunteer function.
  • Maintain organization’s written history, corporate files and filings.
  • Assist other departments in fundraising and event activities, as needed.
  • Other duties as required.

Accountabilities:

  • Professional demeanor.
  • Skills to work with Microsoft Office software.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and in collaborative settings.
  • Highly organized; ability to multitask and set priorities.
  • Excellent language, writing and phone skills.
  • Handle all communications in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Cooperative and positive attitude with staff, Board members and the general public.
  • Clear and accurate communication skills.
  • Accurate and timely completion of assigned duties.
  • Consistent, dependable attendance and effective utilization of time.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize work flow.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in similar or related position.
  • Physical ability to perform moderate lifting.
  • Must be sighted and have good hearing.
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual/biliterate, English/Spanish.
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting.
  • Experience working with boards, preparing minutes, board resolutions, etc.

Successful candidates will be required to provide documentation of credentials. Prior to the offer of employment, a background check will be conducted, which may include drug testing. 

Other:
The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of working requirements. Individuals may perform duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences, as relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

 

How to Apply:  Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Please include:

  • Cover letter describing how the candidate’s training and experience meet or exceed the minimum qualifications and job responsibilities. 
  • Completed job application which may be found at valleypbs.org/About/Employment.
  • To fulfill FCC license requirements, recruitment source where applicant first learned about this position. 

    Application materials should be submitted to Phyllis Brotherton via email at pbrotherton@valleypbs.org No phone calls please.

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Digital Services Manager

 

Effective Date:      June 17, 2015
Department:          Development
Classification:      Full time Hourly
Responsible to:    Development Director

The position summary describes current duties and responsibilities for which the employee will be held accountable and evaluated upon.  The bulleted items represent some, but not all, of the performance measures, which may be used in evaluating performance.  Job duties and responsibilities below may change from time to time, at the sole discretion of the organization, as other needs may arise.


Job Description
This full time, hourly, non-exempt position reports to the Development Director and will support the Development Department in areas of Social Media, E-newsletters, Website Monetization, Copy Writing, Web Support, Online Fundraising and other projects, as assigned.


Essential Functions

  • Manage all station social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Develop additional accounts as needed in new social networking platforms, as is appropriate.
  • Respond to inquiries and comments in real time as necessary.
  • Be able to plan, organize and implement a range of social media programs and/or events.
  • Generate regular reports on social media activity and insights.
  • Develop and maintain station blog and community events calendar.
  • Work to monetize the station's website through online banner sales and meet established financial goals.
  • Act as point of contact for outside web marketing consultants.
  • Knowledge of app development and ability to work with developers to update and create station apps.
  • Build relationships with PBS Digital and bring new tools to the station as available.
  • Write weekly and month e-newsletters.
  • Write copy for website, as needed.
  • Work with webmaster as back up for certain functions.
  • Work with digital team to redesign and streamline all platforms.
  • Collaborate with the Membership team and other departments to accomplish the station's mission.
  • Conduct daily business and represent the station with a professional demeanor at all times.
  • Some evening hours and weekend work may be required.
  • Other projects, as assigned.

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Please download the employment application. Email app and resume to cpendergrass@valleypbs.org.




Grant Writer
Position Description and Performance Expectations

Effective Date:
       August, 2015
Department:           Educational Services & Outreach
Classification:        Part-time
Responsible to:      Director of Educational Services & Grants

The position summary describes current duties and responsibilities for which the employee will be held accountable and evaluated upon.  The bulleted items represent some, but not all, of the performance measures, which may be used in evaluating performance.  Job duties and responsibilities below may change from time to time, at the sole discretion of the organization, as other needs may arise.


General Description
:
This part-time, 20 hours per week, position will report to the Director of Educational Services & Grants and is responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations and other funders. Post-award, the Grant Writer will manage project or program activities and deliverables, as required, as well as complete all interim and final grant reports.  



Essential Functions
:

  • Work with Director and other key staff to gather information regarding the concept of a project or program for which funding is sought.  
  • Research grant-making organizations and analyze to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs.
  • Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of ValleyPBS' mission, vision, programs, services and funding priorities.
  • Awareness of all grant application deadlines and attend all Bidders' Conferences.
  • Cultivate and steward strong relationships with grant funders and program officers.  
  • Compile, write, and edit all grant applications/proposals in accordance with grant-making organization's criteria and guidelines.
  • Work with Director and other key staff to craft grant budgets.
  • Assemble impact indicators for use in reports and proposals.
  • Maintain records in databases and paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Gather statistics and demographic information relevant to ValleyPBS service area.  
  • Create, edit and maintain grant-specific and boiler-plate grant documents and language.
  • Manage all grant activities to ensure deliverables are met and outcomes measured.
  • Complete all interim and final grant reports.

Accountabilities:

  • Meet budgeted revenue goals.
  • Work productively in both independent and team environments.
  • Proactively seek out grant opportunities.
  • Consistently complete project tasks and deliver final work by agreed-upon deadlines.
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and effectively.
  • Timely and accurate completion of all assigned responsibilities and reports. Timely and appropriate communication with Director and management regarding all matters.
  • Structure, write and deliver imaginative and well-crafted grant proposals.
  • Develop individual grant proposals in accordance with each grant-making organization's requirements and follow specific grant guidelines.
  • Protect confidential information.
  • Work cooperatively with staff toward fulfilling the station's mission, goals and objectives.
  • Consistent dependability in attendance and effective utilization of time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree and at least 3 years of grant writing and related experience.
  • Ability to translate a proposal narrative into a clear and well-structured budget.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Ability to work under pressure of deadlines and be project oriented.
  • Ability to monitor and meet income goals.
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals, with a high-level command of grammar and spelling.
  • Ability to concentrate and focus thoughts on a particular task for lengthy periods of time.
  • Excellent computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, databases. 
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work occasional long and unusual hours.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of public television or other broadcast media.
  • Bilingual and biliterate in Spanish.

Other:
The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of working requirements. Individuals may perform duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences, as relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Compensation will be dependent on education, skills and experience. Successful candidates will be required to provide documentation of credentials. Prior to appointment to this position, a background check will be conducted.



How to Apply:
  Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Please include:

  • A completed ValleyPBS application form, which can be found at valleypbs.org.
  • Resume.
  • To fulfill our FCC license requirement, recruitment source where you learned about this position. 
  • Writing samples, such as a successful grant narrative.

Direct application materials to:
Phyllis Brotherton Executive VP/CFO
ValleyPBS 1544 Van Ness Ave. Fresno, CA 93721
e-mail pbrotherton@valleypbs.org
No phone calls please.


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