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

Facilities/Engineering Maintenance Supervisor 

Role and Responsibilities

Join an Emmy-winning public broadcasting station and specialize in maintaining all facilities at Pioneer PBS including buildings, properties, HVAC systems, and vehicles owned by Pioneer PBS.  Pioneer PBS is seeking a full-time Facilities/Engineering Maintenance Supervisor in their Granite Falls, MN location. The position opens immediately, and business hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., but the applicant must be able to work varying hours and weekends as projects dictate. This position reports directly to the Chief Technology Officer. 

Pioneer PBS is seeking an individual with a high school diploma or technical background who has experience in building and vehicle maintenance.  Applicant must maintain a current Minnesota driver’s license and have a license adequate to drive the vehicle that pulls the mobile production truck.

We are seeking an individual who is self-motivated, with the ability to work independently, yet take direction and work successfully in a team environment. All employees must have the ability to remain positive and foster a positive work environment as well as maintain a neat, clean, safe, and organized workplace.

Specific job duties include but are not limited to:

Internal

  • Maintain water softener system by adding pellet salt to the tank
  • Check on the sewer system, pump it out every two years and coordinate with CTO on call for service when needed.
  • Empty trash in the bathrooms and make sure at least one extra roll of toilet paper is available each day.
  • Empty trash and recycling in the kitchen and place new bags in each receptacle.
  • Supervise the weekly part time janitorial services.

 

External

  • Maintain all walkways to keep them clear for foot traffic. This would include any debris, and more specifically snow and ice during the winter season. This should be done prior to any other employees or visitors start arriving.
  • Maintain walkways during the weather event throughout the day including pathway to the LP tanks.
  • Coordinate with our snow removal vendor for the parking lots.
  • Mowing of all areas on the property and weed whip around areas that can’t be mowed.
  • Seasonal grounds maintenance, mulching, clear and removal of dead plants etc. around the building in the spring/late fall to allow for new to start growing and haul all dead foliage to the compost site.
  • Maintain all equipment powered and non-powered so they are in good working condition and all service intervals are tended to.
  • Check building entrance door(s) operations frequently to assure they are in good working order.
  • Track any holiday or community room hours needed for doors to be open or closed outside of the normal schedule (9am-4pm) and update computer accordingly
  • Monitor security camera footage for any activities needing to be reported or archived.

 

VEHICLES

  • Perform or coordinate service/maintenance, both on a preventive and an emergency basis, on all vehicles, and small engine equipment, tools and machinery. This includes all site standby generators.
  • Perform light service on all company vehicles.
  • Clean station cars of snow and ice on a regular basis.
  • Clean the interior of each vehicle. Dust the dash and instrument clusters as needed. Wipe the steering wheel and all controls as well a=with anti-bacterial wipes or a damp cloth as needed. Vacuum vehicle throughout.
  • Check air pressure of the tires and visually inspect the tread and tire condition on a regular basis.
  • Rotate tires as recommended by manufacturer.
  • Get estimate for work on vehicles needing work outside of our capabilities. i.e. new tires, major repairs such as exhaust, engine work and the like.
  • Submit estimates to management for prior authorization of work.
  • Communicate with staff about any vehicle being taken out of service so vehicle is not used.
  • Maintain documentation into the service log.

 

Offsite Work (Tower locations Appleton, Chandler, Ivanhoe, Elbow Lake and Erhard)

  • Responsible for maintenance and repair at tower’s and sites including landscape, buildings, HVAC and electrical work.
  • Maintain cleanliness of the inside of each building by sweeping and emptying trash.
  • Outside of the buildings, maintain any HVAC units by cleaning debris and dirt from the cooling fins via high pressure air and blow gun. Occasionally cleaning may be needed by water and a soft brush to remove stubborn dirt. Fins are delicate and care must be used when cleaning.
  • Coordinate service, both on a preventative and an emergency basis, on all HVAC, electrical, and plumbing equipment or systems at all facilities and sites.
  • Check pressure lines to assure we have adequate pressure in the transmission lines. Maintain 2-3 PSI. Change nitrogen tanks as needed. If the site has a dryer, check pressures on the dryer unit itself.
  • Clear all anchors for our towers utilizing weed whip and tree shears when needed. Use of chemicals is also ok when clearing anchors.
  • Mow areas where it is easy to get in and out with the mower. Weed whip around inaccessible areas such as fences and tight areas around equipment.
  • Assist engineering as needed to install new equipment etc.
  • At the Appleton facility, perform light maintenance as needed by tenants.  Mow around the buildings and coordinate snow removal.
  • Responsible for the physical buildings located on all Pioneer PBS properties, such as roofs, exteriors, wells, interiors, etc.

 

You will join a team of talented, enthusiastic, and dedicated individuals who love sharing the story of small towns and farming communities in the region. They operate out of a state-of-the-art facility, located in Granite Falls, MN, where they embrace changing technology, creativity, and humor. Pioneer PBS has been in operation for over 50 years. 

Pioneer PBS is located in Granite Falls, Minnesota, and has been in operation for over 50 years. This is a full-time hourly position with benefits. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to: yourtv@pioneer.org, to the attention of the Chief Technology Officer. 

Pioneer PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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

Event Coordinator and Membership Assistant

Role and Responsibilities

The Event Coordinator and Membership Assistant is responsible for overseeing tasks related to event planning and execution. It is expected that this person will be great with members of the community with excellent communication skills and is highly detail oriented. 

Functional Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Event Coordination (50%):
    • Establishing and maintaining relationships with exterior vendors and venues.
    • Establishing and maintaining relationships with all departments internally related to events.
    • Planning event details and aspects, including seating, dining, the entire guest experience etc.
    • Planning internal staffing and volunteers needed to successfully execute events.
    • Creating reliable financial reports and management of invoicing.
    • Remaining under budget with all expenses related to each event.
    • Managing events as they happen and addressing potential problems that may arise.
    • Planning for potential scenarios that could impact the integrity of the event.
    • Maintaining a working knowledge of the complex needs of a wide variety of events.
    • Keep a running calendar of events that have been approved by station leadership.
    • As events are proposed, keep current with planning documents & communication via weekly short event meetings.
    • Be on site at events to help setup, execute as planned and return space to its original state.
    • For events that other station employees lead, act as support for their success.
    • Collect information from event attendees and follow up on information regarding membership.
    • Through events showcase to the community that we are their tv station.
  • Administration Support (50%)
    • For Underwriting, provide support to the underwriting rep(s) with contracting, invoicing, in kind letters for trades and tracking to assure deliverables are met.
    • Help create sales tools for underwriting rep(s) to make closing easy and consistent.
    • Help collect post “uw” reports on impact to assist in renewal successes.
    • Other duties as assigned to meet the needs of Pioneer PBS.

 

Qualifications and Education Requirements

The Event Coordinator and Membership Assistant will have at least a high school diploma with a 2–4-year degree in Hospitality preferred. 4 years of relevant experience can compensate for lack of a degree. Must have Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and have a willingness and ability to learn new software as required. Excellent communication skills and attention to detail are a high priority. 

Preferred Skills

The Event Coordinator and Membership Assistant must have a pleasant, professional manner in greeting all members of the public. Must have the ability to coordinate and meet multiple deadlines, a desire to learn software, and strong organizational skills.

Pioneer PBS is located in Granite Falls, Minnesota, and has been in operation for over 50 years. This is a full-time salaried position. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to:  Shari Lamke, President and General Manager, PBS, 1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241 or slamke@pioneer.org.  For additional information, please contact Shari at 320-289-2915. 


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

IT Specialist

Role and Responsibilities

The IT Specialist 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.

Functional Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Install and configure computer hardware, operating systems, and applications within the company, whether desktop tools or system infrastructure.
  • Maintain an up-to-date asset inventory including computers, operating systems, software, and licensing.
  • Discuss issues, provide suggestions and research potentials costs of those potential solutions.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills in preparing records, reports, and inventory management.
    • Troubleshoot computer, network and media/broadcast issues that arise and communicate potential solutions with CTO and designated teams.
  • 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.
    • Routine maintenance of hardware and software, such as planning for and performing software upgrades and file backups on the network.
    • Solve IT problems promptly.
    • Assist limited computer users through phone, email, virtually or in person as assigned.
    • Prepare documents for easy how to’s and train users to work with new computer hardware or software.
    • Set up or repair various equipment, computer equipment and related devices.
    • Assist engineering team in various larger scale projects.
    • Exhibit a strong commitment to the mission and goals of Pioneer PBS.
    • Research industry trends on equipment and present findings to CTO for future planning.
    • Communicate status updates with teams and CTO.
    • Maintains a neat, clean, safe, and organized workplace.
    • Other duties as assigned and within the realm of job.

 

Qualifications and Education Requirements

The IT Specialist will have the following skills, abilities, and knowledge.

  • 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 or broadcast experience.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Drive, and various databases, video storage, etc.
  • Training in various internal software will be provided.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new software as required 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.

 

Preferred Skills

The IT Specialist must have a pleasant, professional manner. Must have the ability to coordinate and meet multiple deadlines, a desire to learn software, and strong organizational skills.

Pioneer PBS is located in Granite Falls, Minnesota, and has been in operation for over 50 years. This is a full-time salaried position. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to:  Shari Lamke, President and General Manager, PBS, 1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241 or slamke@pioneer.org.  For additional information, please contact Shari at 320-289-2915. 

Pioneer PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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

Development & Communications Director

Role and Responsibilities

The Development & Communications Director is a dynamic individual who secures, cultivates and grows Pioneer PBS’s generous donor base. They have an outgoing personality and a demonstrated history of successfully soliciting financial gifts, able to manage all aspects of the station’s annual fundraising plans. They are responsible for leading Membership, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Event and Outreach/Engagement aspects of Pioneer PBS. They will execute grant writing, grant management and reporting for Legacy, MACP, LCCMR and other production and general operating grants annually. Finding innovative ways to reach audiences through broadcast and digital means. In addition, this position works closely with the President/General Manager in leading the organization and strategizing the future growth for Pioneer PBS.

This role is an effective written and spoken communicator and relationship builder with a passion for the mission of public media. They will make regular presentations to an array of internal and external constituents and have strong presentation and data analysis skills. They are responsible for brand management and leading the communications team that includes the Pioneer PBS website and social channels.

Functional Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Development Director – 70% time

  • Researches reputable funding opportunities for general operating as well as project grants
  • Builds relationships in the grant community and delivers revenue goals for the organization
  • Creates high quality, persuasive proposals and helps to meet all application, renewal, and reporting criteria. May also work with coordinators or other grant writers as needed.
  • Create and manage a grant deadline for proposals reporting calendar. Informs the appropriate staff of approaching due dates and deliverables to ensure that tasks are completed on time.
  • Work independently to obtain all necessary data for submission of grant reports and grant budgets. File required grant reports.
  • Control the billing, accounting, reporting, and other administrative tasks to guarantee the grant procedure is conducted successfully.
  • Prepare financial or budget plans in conjunction with the General Manager.
  • Assists the organization in community building by being active in the community and supporting membership in the sharing the Pioneer PBS story.
  • Lead Engagement & Outreach planning meetings and support staff executing community engagements.
  • Report in-depth information about the organization’s development to the GM & Board of Directors.
  • Manage a budget related to the department that includes expenses for communication, membership, major gifts, planned giving and Event/Outreach activities as well as hitting revenue goals across those areas as well as grant goals.
  • Major Donor cultivation including donor visits, group presentations, event planning, seminars and tours.
  • Planned Giving Prospects cultivation including visits, group presentations, event planning, seminars and tours.
  • Recognize the importance of confidentiality when visiting with donors, families, businesses.
  • Work with the boards on fundraising/donor engagement.
  • Write letters, on air scripts/program guide articles.
  • Analyze performance of mail, web, air, major gifts, planned giving initiatives, current vs past years.
  • Create and adhere to a donor stewardship plan and inform GM and Board about the state of membership and large gifts.
  • Inform other managers about the state of the department on a weekly basis/ during/after drives/major gifts.
  • Cross train everyone under this department to maximize best practices, and to cover vacations, sickness or other vacancies.
  • Recruit and work with volunteers whether on campaign/stuffing/phones or events.
  • Work with vendors such as CDP that perform outsourcing of efforts on regular basis.
  • Attend meetings and seminars related to our work.
  • Lead by example a team of underwriting and membership staff.

 

Communications Director – 30% time 

  • Oversight and supervision of Communications Department Staff with respect to:
    • Write press releases promoting local programs and station developments
    • Website Content Management (Via BENTO CMS)
    • E-Newsletter Creation and Contact Database Management
    • Social Media Content Creation/Management
    • Creation of digital-first video content
    • Graphic Design Oversight (Membership, Online, Productions, Logos and Other Projects)
    • Management of Online Video Portal, video organization and upload (YouTube, PBS Media Manager, Facebook and other social media platforms)
    • Website Analytics (Weekly Reports to Management & Production Teams)
    • Google Adwords “Search” Ad Management
  • Manage external communications in collaboration with station leadership including bi-monthly publication of the Pioneer Preview Guide.
  • Working cooperatively with representatives of all Pioneer departments to advance Pioneer’s mission
  • Public Speaking and Public Relations as one of the key faces 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
  • Serves as a leader on the Management Team to insure smooth operation and employee retention within all departments. Behaves as a role model for other employees in the organization.

 

Qualifications and Education Requirements

The Development and Communications Director will have a high school diploma, and advanced certification in philanthropy, and/or have a demonstrated understanding of external communications and branding as well progressive success in fundraising. The Communications and Development Director will be expected to be one of the key faces of Pioneer PBS.

Preferred Skills

Strong supervisory and leadership skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills. Thorough understanding of state and federal grant requirements. Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate when appropriate. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or other organization software as needed to do the work.

This position is required to tell Pioneer PBS’s story and convince others to support the organization financially. It requires strong writing and communication skills with preferred skills as a progressively successful fundraiser. Excellent ability to analyze data and recognize trends in giving and make organizations improvements as needed.

Pioneer PBS is located in Granite Falls, Minnesota, and has been in operation for over 50 years. This is a full-time salaried position. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to:  Shari Lamke, President and General Manager, PBS, 1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241 or slamke@pioneer.org.  For additional information, please contact Shari at 320-289-2915. 

Pioneer PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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

Media Specialist

Role and Responsibilities

The Media Specialist is responsible for managing, organizing, updating, distributing, editing, deleting, curating, archiving and “digitally filing” the media assets for Pioneer PBS.

This position also provides support to production at Pioneer PBS, including graphic design, digital short production and editing as well as other general production needs as they arise.

Functional Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Media Specialist
    • Create and organize a database for archive of media assets of Pioneer PBS.
    • Manage access to the media database.
    • Assure all digital assets of Pioneer PBS are archived and protected.
    • Manage migration of data and media.
    • Manage and execute media issues as they develop.
  • Production
    • Create digital content.
  • Use of various cameras for production.
  • Collecting appearance releases from interview subjects.
  • Clearing broadcast/streaming/web rights for music, stills and footage collected for programs.
  • Editing in Adobe Premiere.
  • Provide descriptions and promotional material in a timely manner.
  • Following production processes related to editing file structures, air table tracking etc.
  • Create graphics in the Adobe creative suite for use in promotion or production.
  • Working with program producers, videographers, and others to prepare content, programs, and social media for distribution.
  • Working cooperatively with representatives of all Pioneer departments to advance Pioneer’s mission primarily through Legacy and MACP capacity funded works.
  • Maintain a work schedule that is consistent with the needs of Pioneer, the production teams, with occasional long hours as needed to complete productions, and as defined in consultation with your supervisor.
  • Participate in Pioneer events and station-wide projects.
  • Work with photographers, editors, writers, researchers, narrators, web designers, underwriters, and others in a collaborative approach to deliver high-quality content to Pioneer audiences.
  • Comply with appropriate rules and regulations, including those specific to Legacy and MACP funded activities as specified by the grant restrictions, FCC regulations, and Pioneer guidelines.
  • Travel for Pioneer production needs to production sites and meetings throughout the area.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications and Education Requirements

The Specialist will have a bachelor’s degree in arts, mass communications, or a related field and have 2-3 years of related industry experience. Experience in the Adobe Creative Suite. Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Excellent communication skills are a high priority as is working well as a member of a team. 

Preferred Skills

The Media Specialist must have a pleasant, professional manner in greeting all members of the public. Have the ability to conduct interviews with subjects of production. Must have the ability to coordinate and meet multiple deadlines, a desire to learn software, and strong organizational skills.

Pioneer PBS is located in Granite Falls, Minnesota, and has been in operation for over 50 years. This is a full-time salaried position. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to:  Shari Lamke, President and General Manager, PBS, 1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241 or slamke@pioneer.org.  For additional information, please contact Shari at 320-289-2915. 

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:  Pioneer PBS, PBS, 1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN  56241 or slamke@pioneer.org.  For additional information, or a detailed job description, please contact Shari Lamke at slamke@pioneer.org or call (800) 726-3178.

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.

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