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

Development Associate

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.
  • Experience producing live and taped productions of discussion programs, community forums, town hall meetings, magazine programs and other assigned special broadcasts.  Live control room experience is essential in this position.

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

Development Associate

Reports to: Director of Development  

This position provides essential support to the Director of Development and the development team in a variety of ways related to cultivating major and mid-level donors.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the mail solicitation of major and mid-level donors and business partners for renewal, additional and upgrade gifts to meet budgeted goals.
  • Manage cultivation and acknowledgement of major and mid-level donors.
  • Write and produce donor correspondence including: solicitations, updates, reports, acknowledgements and newsletters.  Attention to detail and accuracy in the work product is crucial.
  • Develop and define major and mid-level file segmentation.
  • Analyze, manipulate and segment data and review for accuracy.  Make corrections as necessary in a timely manner.
  • Supervise specific duties relating to the creation and assembly of mail solicitations.
  • Develop and implement an efficient and consistent mailing schedule.
  • Maintain mailing binder (complete with checklists and mail reports).
  • Build relationships with development constituents through improved customer service and benefits donor surveys and research.
  • Implement system for handling, tracking and following up on development constituent customer service calls; providing more personal attention.
  • Research other non-profits’ donor recognition societies and benefits; Review and make recommendations to update and enhance WQED’s development donor recognition societies.
  • Identify and coordinate special opportunities, experiences, benefits and other incentives to recognize and engage major donors. 
  • Continuously review, research, analyze, and update donor records to identify and refer potential candidates for major or planned gifts.
  • Prepare donor profiles and background information to support "ask" visits.
  • Participate in development of solicitation strategies and ask targets specific to an individual major donors.
  • Support the DOD in the writing and preparation of written proposals for major and planned donors.
  • Research, speak with and steward major donors for the purpose of maintaining and increasing financial support to WQED.  This includes mailings, events, personal interactions, and data upkeep.
  • Research, identify, and qualify major and planned donor prospects.
  • Serve as an ambassador of WQED and represent WQED to the community and professional circles.
  • Assist with other fund-raising and related activities to contribute to the overall success of the department.
  • Inform others in the fund-raising department of development office issues and activities through meetings and reports.
  • Volunteer for and participate in organizational committees and events, as necessary.
  • Become familiar with and utilize PBS resources.
  • Identify, coordinate and support opportunities for major donors to volunteer.
  • Assist the DOD supporting the development committee.
  • Prepare reports and updates as needed for DOD and development team.

Required education and skills:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • 3-5 years of related experience required
  • Must have the ability to multi-task
  • This position requires excellent organizational, interpersonal, written communication, analytical, and customer service skills. 
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and data base experience. 
  • Understanding about fundraising and donor relationships.
  • Candidates must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to careers@wqed.org.  No Phone Calls Please.

EOE, M/F/D/V