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Community Relations Representative

Pioneer PBS is seeking a self-motivated individual with excellent people skills and organizational ability to join our community relations team, working out of our new studios in Granite Falls, Minnesota.

Pioneer PBS is hiring a community relations rep

Responsibilities include:

  • Acquisition and management of program sponsors.
  • Assisting with fundraising effort, and community engagement.

Necessary skills include:

  • Public speaking.
  • Excellent writing, sales and marketing abilities.
  • Social media and smartphone expertise.
  • Travel throughout the Pioneer PBS service area will be necessary.
  • Understanding of southwestern and western Minnesota communities and knowledge of public television programming preferred.
  • A college degree or equivalent experience is necessary.

This is a full-time position with benefits including paid vacation, sick leave, health and life insurance and a flex plan.

How to apply:

Send cover letter, resume and references to:
Pioneer PBS, Human Resources
1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241

or e-mail

Applicants to be reviewed immediately.

Pioneer PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Director of Engineering

Pioneer PBS invites applications for the position of director of engineering. This position is responsible for the technical management of the station, including the operation of the broadcast facility and technical quality of all material leaving the station via transmission, stream or file for Pioneer PBS. The director of engineering oversees the maintenance of all technical equipment and ensures that the station follows current FCC 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 25 and an operating budget of nearly $3 million, the station produces seven local series. Local productions have earned Upper Midwest Emmy Awards for the past seven years in a row, with three Emmy awards in 2019 alone. Over the past four years, the station eliminated long-term debt, finished its first-ever capital campaign, and moved into a 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 supervision and coordination of studio and transmission sites.
  • Creates annual department and capital budget and evaluates equipment needs.
  • 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 studio and transmitter building grounds custodian.
  • Maintains a neat, clean and organized workplace.
  • Performs inspections of transmitters to ensure proper calibration.
  • Maintains or supervises maintenance of computer systems in-studio and at transmitters.
  • Maintains or supervises maintenance of studio equipment, satellite receive systems, remote production equipment and associated transmission equipment.
  • Informs general manger of industry changes, designs and installs new systems as required.
  • Assists the general manager in technical equipment budgeting preparation.
  • Other duties as assigned and within realm of job.

Experience and requirements:

  • Completion of two years of college or graduation from trade school with technical degree in electronics technology or equivalent and five-seven years of related employment experience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to quickly determine the solution 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 broadcast test equipment, interpret results and take corrective action.

Reports to: General manager.

Direct reports: Programming director, operations and engineering director, broadcast engineer, facility maintenance manager.

How to apply:

Send cover letter, resume and references to:
Pioneer PBS, Human Resources
1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241

or e-mail

Please apply by August 14, 2020. Review to begin immediately.

Pioneer PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

General Manager

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Embrace Pioneer PBS’s values, vision and strategic mission and actively work towards implementing its goals of inclusion and diversity.
  • Serve as the public face of Pioneer PBS and be the lead promoter in our broadcast communities.
  • Review financial statements, direct business activities, coordinate day-to-day operations of the station.
  • Direct or coordinate financial or budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments or increase efficiency.
  • Manage the creation and execution of the organization’s overall annual operating plan and budget in a way that results in fiscal stability and health as determined by the annual financial audit.
  • Ensure compliance with all CPB grant regulations, state grant requirements, FCC rules, IRS rules, financial security guidelines, insurance requirements and nonprofit good governance principles.
  • Represent Pioneer PBS's interest to PBS and other public service media organizations and associations.
  • Serve on the board of directors for the Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA) and the Friends of MPTA.
  • Oversee the strategic direction for the station, based on strategic plans and direction from the board of directors.
  • Lead a staff of 25, including a management team of seven, to create an effective, positive and respectful workplace for all.
  • Act as the station’s primary liaison with the Minnesota State Legislature.
  • Engage in facilitating relationship-based philanthropy in support of fundraising goals.
  • Manage relationships or agreements for content distribution (cable, satellite, OTT, online, other providers or distributors).
  • Stay current with technological trends affecting the creation and distribution of content and with related business and nonprofit trends.
  • Participate actively in on-air fundraising or other on-air work as needed.


Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique and coordination of people and resources.

Legislative Processes and Public TV Funding Sources— Knowledge of state and local legislative processes for assessing financial support. This includes being able to work with our local and state legislators and other public servants; answer questions about the station and its services to the communities it serves; and to provide education to and serve as a liaison with the local, state and federal officials and legislators.

Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, and personnel management techniques. This includes performing the tasks of guiding and directing subordinates, setting performance standards, monitoring performance, coaching and developing others, including implementing cross-training and succession planning.

Grant-Funding, Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of important PBS grantor and underwriter priorities, and economic and accounting principles and practices: Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding guidelines, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for promoting membership in and viewership of Pioneer PBS and utilization of its educational programming services. This includes knowledge of consumer trends and marketing strategies and tactics, including use of digital platforms as fundraising methods.

Production — Knowledge of public TV production processes, including familiarity with digital and other non-broadcast platforms for providing content to viewers, quality control, costs and other techniques for maximizing the production and creative potential of the station.

Computers, Electronics and Equipment — Knowledge of digital platforms relevant to public television, electronic equipment and computer hardware and software, including trends in engineering and applications and programming and knowledge of basic data security procedures.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Passion for providing high-quality services to rural communities.
  • Social perceptiveness.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in technology in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to understand the changing and important realities of public accountability—from social media to community visibility to legislative expectations.
  • Ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with community partners, funding organizations and lawmakers.
  • Ability to maintain a good-humored approach, particularly when working under deadlines.
  • Ability to innovate and adapt to change, including changes in both viewership and workplace demographics.
  • Ability to identify and access the development need of others and to implement strategies to improve performance and processes.
  • Ability to build effective teams both in the workplace and in the community, and to delegate authority when appropriate.
  • Demonstrated skill in conveying information in a concise and effective manner and to likewise engage in active listening to give others full attention to what is being said and to respond in a manner which demonstrates that complex issues are identified and options will be appropriately evaluated.

Experience and requirements:

  • Minimum five years of experience in leadership positions.
  • Demonstrated skills in public presentations.
  • Demonstrated integrity via a strong record of proven accountability to internal and external constituencies.
  • Experience in electronic media environments.
  • Experience with government relations.
  • B.A. in communications or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in working with boards, particularly in highly visible nonprofit organizations.
  • Demonstrated skill in fiscal management, human resources and public presentations

Reports to: board chair and board of directors.
Direct reports: station manager/director of engineering, communications director, finance director, individual planned & major gifts director.