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Pioneer PBS employees are talented, passionate and dedicated citizens who love the small towns and farming communities of this region. We embrace changing technology and move forward with creativity and humor. We're a fun group and would love to have you. We have multiple job openings! See details below for more information on how to apply.

Pioneer PBS is looking for a Facilities / Engineering Maintenance Specialist

Pioneer PBS has great opportunity for an immediate opening as a Facilities / Engineering Maintenance Specialist.  This position is responsible for maintaining all facilities including buildings, properties, HVAC systems, and vehicles owned by Pioneer PBS as well as assisting the engineering department as needed.    The ability to travel and have a Minnesota driver’s license is required.   The right candidate will possess these skills and have the initiative to be a self-starter, able to work on and accomplish projects with limited supervision while also working alongside the engineering team.  Good communications skills are a must, computer competence a plus, no other licenses required but may be a plus.  Many opportunities are possible for this position to be involved in different areas of the operation of the TV station as well.

Pioneer PBS is located in Granite Falls, Minnesota, and has been in operation for over 50 years.  This is a full time position with salary and full benefits. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and references to:  Human Resources Director, PBS, 1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN  56241 or dmonahan@pioneer.org.  For additional information, or a detailed job description, please contact Deb Monahan at dmonahan@pioneer.org or call (320) 289-2918.

Pioneer PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Pioneer PBS is looking for a Chief Technology Officer

Pioneer PBS invites applications for the position of Chief Technology Officer. This position is responsible for all technology and technical management of the station, including supervision of the operation of the broadcast facility and the technical quality of all material leaving the station via transmission, stream, or file.  Oversees the maintenance of all technical equipment and ensures compliance from all personnel regarding current FCC, FAA, State, Federal or Grant regulations.

Pioneer PBS is based in Granite Falls, Minnesota and operates transmitters in Western Minnesota: KWCM-Appleton (Channel 10) and KSMN-Worthington (Channel 20), and translator K-08 near Fergus Falls. As a full member of PBS and a community licensee, the station has been operated by the nonprofit West Central Minnesota Educational Television Company since it went on the air in 1966. With a staff of just under 30 and an operating budget of nearly 3.5 million, the station produces five regular series, special series, numerous documentaries and digital content.  Pioneer PBS enjoys its new 18,000-square foot state-of-the-art studio facility on six acres of land in the scenic Minnesota River Valley.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides overall technical direction, supervision of technical staff and coordination of technology for studio and transmission sites.
  • Research, creates and executes annual department and capital budget.
  • Establishes preventive maintenance for station equipment; guides and directs others to do the same.
  • Reviews technical discrepancy reports from operations and maintenance daily.
  • Responds to emergency repair calls pertaining to Operational or Technical issues. 
  • Supervises Engineering and IT personnel or contractors, conducts weekly Engineering/IT team meetings and promotes a team environment.
  • Maintains a neat, clean and organized workplace.
  • Supervises the inspections of transmitters to ensure proper calibration.
  • Supervises maintenance of computer systems in studio and at transmitters. 
  • Supervises maintenance of studio equipment, satellite receive systems, remote production equipment, and associated transmission equipment.
  • Ensures compliance from all personnel regarding current FCC, FAA, State, Federal or Grant regulations.
  • Informs General Manger, Pioneer PBS leadership team, board and staff of industry changes, designs and installs, documents and trains on new systems as required.  
  • Leads the station in technical equipment budgeting preparation, execution and adjustments. Providing long term strategies, annual planning and quarterly reports to chief financial officer and general manager. Communicate return on investment opportunities during planning.
  • Other duties as assigned and within realm of job.

 

Education and Experience Requirements

  • 4 year degree in electronic technology and/or business as well as 15+ years of broadcast or media experience preferred.
  • Strong written communication skills are required to compose technical letters to manufacturers of engineering and communications equipment regarding problems with or evaluations of equipment, as well as to write memos and prepare reports.  
  • Excellent phone skills required for dealing with manufacturing companies.
  • Emotional Intelligence skills and a great sense of humor.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all employees and external partners, vendors and other key stakeholders of Pioneer PBS.
  • Excellent organizational skills in preparing work guidelines and schedules, as well as records, reports, and inventory control.  
  • Ability to analyze budgets and bid proposals and to communicate as needed with Finance and Pioneer PBS leadership.
  • Must be able to quickly determine the solution to complex problems and emergency situations and convey potential solutions. 
  • Ability to interpret sales bids and envision big picture impact to current systems. 
  • Ability to operate broadcast test equipment, interpret results, and take corrective action.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Send cover letter, resume and references to Pioneer PBS, Human Resources, 1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241 or e-mail to dmonahan@pioneer.org.  Review to begin immediately. 

Pioneer PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Pioneer PBS is looking for a Broadcast Systems Technician

Pioneer PBS, located in Granite Falls, Minnesota has an immediate opening in our Engineering Department for a Broadcast Systems Technician.  This position reports to the Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for the hands-on maintenance and operational readiness and testing of all broadcast equipment for the Pioneer PBS facility in Granite Falls and the Transmitters and STL sites throughout western Minnesota. This includes compliance with FCC, FAA and any other Federal, State or grant requirements. This position requires a thorough understanding of Master Control and technical production processes, workflow, signal flow, and have operational proficiency with job related equipment and software.  

The successful candidate for this position has completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field or a minimum of 7 years of broadcast, transmitter and/or IT operation experience

 

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

  • Demonstrated troubleshooting and ability to research and convey potential solutions.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in writing and verbally with all employees and external partners, vendors and other key stakeholders of Pioneer PBS.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills in preparing records, reports, and inventory control.  
  • Ability to provide clear information on maintenance needs and all expenses related to fixes to CTO for approval.
  • Must be able to quickly determine potential solutions to complex problems and emergency situations.  
  • Mobility and physical stamina necessary to facilitate driving to remote locations, carrying 70-80 pounds of test equipment, climbing buildings and hoisting the equipment across difficult-to-access areas, even in adverse weather conditions.  
  • Ability to operate transmission test equipment, interpret results, and take corrective action.
  • Required to hold a valid driver’s license. Commercial license preferred.
  • Must be willing to work a varied, flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends.
  • Must be detail driven and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while shifting priorities as required.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently, yet take direction, and work successfully in a team environment.
  • Must be able to handle stress in an appropriate manner and be able to manage projects in a manner that is both collegial and productive.
  • Strong PC and MAC computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), Adobe Creative Suite and related software.
  • Willingness to learn new specialized software tailored to specific broadcast applications (e.g. bugging, EAS, intercom, routing, captioning etc)

 

Please cover letter, resume and references to Pioneer PBS, Human Resources, 1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241 or e-mail to dmonahan@pioneer.org.  Review to begin immediately.  

Pioneer PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Pioneer PBS is looking for a Media / IT Specialist

Pioneer PBS, located in Granite Falls, Minnesota has an immediate opening in our Engineering Department for a Media / IT Specialist.  This position is responsible for hands-on project implementation as directed by Chief Technology Officer, serving Pioneer PBS employees with the technology and tools to execute their jobs from production and communications to administration and master control operations.

The successful candidate for this position has completed or is working to complete a degree in a technical field or at least 4 years of IT/Media or broadcast experience.

 

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

  • Excellent computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative Suite and various databases, video storage etc.
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly to all work situations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills in preparing work guidelines and schedules, as well as records, reports and inventory control.
  • Ability to operate test equipment, interpret results, and collaborate on corrective actions.
  • Must be able to work varying hours and weekends as projects may dictate to impact users as little as possible.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently, yet take direction, and work successfully in a team environment.
  • Ability to remain positive and foster a positive work environment.
  • Ability to document electronically the maintenance that is accomplished.

 

     Please cover letter, resume and references to Pioneer PBS, Human Resources, 1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241 or e-mail to dmonahan@pioneer.org.  Review to begin immediately.  

Pioneer PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241 | 1-800-726-3178 | yourtv@pioneer.org

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Pioneer PBS is looking for Compass community correspondents 

Pioneer PBS’s public affairs program Compass is seeking to expand its community-based contributors to help develop a true community journalistic program. This is a freelance position and Compass takes story and community correspondent pitches on a rolling basis. There is a stipend available for each completed video story. Note: This is not full or part-time employment with Pioneer PBS.

 

Requirements:

  • Interest in telling local stories — from southwest, west central Minnesota — to a region-wide audience.
  • Ability to research and report on pitched topics.
  • Minimal knowledge of camera operations (including, but not limited to, cell phone video recording).
  • Access to editing software and minimal knowledge of video editing.
  • Must provide W-9 for the purpose of 1099 reporting. 

 

Interested applicants should send an email of interest and story pitches to: Amanda Anderson at aanderson@pioneer.org

*The goal of this position is to grow the diversity and breadth of stories featured on Compass and some minor mentorship opportunities are available. This partnership is open to those who consider themselves a community correspondent, documenter, storyteller or court watcher, and  Pioneer PBS realizes there are candidates for this position with skills we haven’t considered. If that’s you, please tell us about yourself. We also encourage people from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, veterans, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities. 

Pioneer PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241 | 1-800-726-3178 | yourtv@pioneer.org

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