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Your Stories, Our Region | Careers at Pioneer PBS

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 -- whether it's in a volunteer, part-time or full-time position. Join a team who share your commitment to enrich thousands of lives every day. View our open positions below for details and on how to apply. 

 

Production and Communications Director

Pioneer PBS invites applications for the position of Production and Communications Director. This position is responsible for managing the production and communications department.  The Director will oversee all activities related to productions, external communications, graphic design and web management.  A successful candidate will be responsible for finding innovative ways to reach audiences through broadcast and digital means. The Director will help to establish and follow station business protocols and archive to protect the assets and the trusted brand of the station.

Pioneer PBS is based in Granite Falls, Minnesota, and is located in our new 18,000 square foot state-of-the-art studio facility on six acres of land in the scenic Minnesota River Valley.   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 25 and an operating budget of nearly $3 million, the station produces seven local series, specials and digital offerings. Our coverage area of 45 counties serves western Minnesota, northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the production staff and outputs including Postcards, Prairie Sportsman, Prairie Yard & Garden, Your Legislators, Compass, specials and digital offerings.
  • Oversee and Supervision of Communications Department Staff with respect to:
    • Website Content Management (Via BENTO CMS)
    • E-Newsletter Creation and Contact Database Management
    • Social Media Content Creation/Management
    • The creation of digital-first video content 
    • Graphic Design (Membership, Online, Productions, Logos and Other Projects)
    • Online Video Portal Management, including YouTube, PBS Media Manager, Facebook
    • Website Analytics (Weekly Reports to Management & Production Teams)
    • Google Adwords “Search” Ad Management
  • Manage external communications in collaboration with station leadership
  • Supervise hiring of free-lance production workers on special projects as needed
  • Participate in broader station management as part of Pioneer PBS Leadership team
  • Execute formal or informal training programs for production and communications staff monthly and as needed
  • Staying current with trends in production and communication.
  • Working with engineering and production staff to determine equipment needs, ordering procedures, maintenance needs, and repair procedures.
  • Develop and manage short-term and long-term production plans in coordination with other managers and production staff ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Working cooperatively with representatives of all Pioneer departments to advance Pioneer’s mission
  • Write press releases promoting local programs and station developments.
  • Public Speaking and Public Relations on behalf of Pioneer PBS
  • Maintain organization-wide adherence to Pioneer PBS brand guidelines
  • Compliance with all Pioneer PBS policies, FCC Guidelines and State and Federal Laws
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Skills & characteristics needed

  • Integrity to develop and maintain strong, trusting working relationships with other Pioneer staff, free-lance workers, and production team members
  • Leadership to embrace teamwork and collaboration
  • Experience in Production and Communications
  • Ability for independent thought, exceptional problem-solving skills, and the foresight to involve other leaders and management as needed to resolve problems early
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Can be relied on to have exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent communication, people, and organizational skills
  • An even temperament, even when working under tight deadlines
  • Dedication to the mission of Pioneer PBS
  • Respect for colleagues and for the mission of public television
  • Public relations skills to build and maintain relationships with the public
  • The ability to learn quickly, especially with technology
  • Be a self-starter, show initiative
  • Able to collaborate with other staff on content creation
  • Writing, research, and computer skills
  • The ability to write appropriately for TV, the web and other distribution systems

 

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Undergrad in Mass Communications, Journalism or the equivalent 7-10 years of related production and communications employment experience.

 

The Production and Communications Director position is full-time salaried position, with health and life benefits, 403(b) contribution, paid sick and vacation benefits.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please 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 or call (320) 289-2918.  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

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 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 or call (320) 289-2918.  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

Television Systems Engineer

Pioneer PBS has great opportunity for an immediate opening as a Television Systems Engineer.  This position is responsible for hands-on maintenance and operational readiness as well as the coordination of monitoring, maintenance and management of all Pioneer PBS Broadcast, Towers and Transmitters, including documentation of meeting FCC and FAA compliance as well as meeting any State, Federal or any grant requirements. Provides cohesive plans to the Chief Technology Officer and coordinates on any expenses necessary and/or scheduling to maintain the equipment. Tracks current leases, stays ahead of expiring leases and coordinates with Chief Technology Officer around execution of and electronic filing of all lease agreements.

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.


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

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 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 or call (320) 289-2918.  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

Apprentice Opportunity Engineering

Pioneer PBS, located in Granite Falls, Minnesota has a learning opportunity for an apprentice in our Engineering Department.  This position reports to the Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for learning through hands-on project implementation as directed by Chief Technology Officer. The apprentice will support Pioneer PBS employees with the technology and tools to execute their jobs from production and communications to administration and master control operations. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Learn to and do installation and configuring of computer hardware, operating systems, and applications within the company, whether desktop tools or system infrastructure.
  • Learn and do routine maintenance of hardware and software, such as planning for and performing software upgrades and file backups on the network.
  • Learn to do troubleshooting of computer, network and media/broadcast on issues that arise and communicate potential solutions with CTO and designated teams.
  • Maintain an up-to-date asset inventories.
  • Develop organizational and time management skills in preparing records, reports, and inventories.
  • Provide clear information on maintenance needs and expenses related to fixes to CTO for approval.
  • Prepare, documents for easy how to’s and train users to work with computer hardware or software.
  • Must be able to help determine potential solutions to complex problems and situations.
  • Take details from computer users through phone, email, virtually or in person.
  • Assist engineering team in various larger scale projects.
  • Communicate status updates with teams and CTO.
  • Discuss issues and provide suggestions and researched potentials costs of those potential solutions.
  • Maintains a neat, clean, safe and organized workplace.
  • Other duties as assigned and within realm of job.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to the mission and goals of Pioneer PBS.

 

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

  •  Basic computer skills experience - Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and various video storage are a plus.
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly to all work situations
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good organizational skills in preparing work.
  • Ability to learn to operate test equipment, interpret results, and collaborate on corrective actions.
  • 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 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 or call (320) 289-2918.  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

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

Volunteer

Pioneer PBS is very fortunate to have an extremely loyal group of dedicated volunteers. Our awesome volunteers happily spend their time at our studio in Granite Falls helping stuff envelopes for membership mailings that take place throughout the year. New friendships have been formed doing this meaningful volunteer work that helps grow the Pioneer PBS membership base, while enjoying a sweet treat and coffee. You know that the volunteers have arrived when you hear the joyful conversation laughter coming from the conference room. Additional volunteers are always welcome so if this sounds like something you would enjoy, please contact a of our development team at 800-726-3178.