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Montana State University News & Public Affairs Producer in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22343

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

McKenna Christensen

Accountant

KUSM -TV / MontanaPBS

mckenna@montanapbs.org

406-994-6132

Classification Title Communications Professional

Working Title News & Public Affairs Producer

Brief Position Overview

This position produces news and public affairs programs for distribution on multiple Montana PBS platforms. Under the direction of the Montana PBS News Director, and working cooperatively with the News and Public Affairs production team, this position will research, write and produce programs addressing current and cultural events, politics, the environment, economic, social and community issues across the state.

Position Number 4C6621

Department KUSM State Base Fund

Division Others under the President

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Starting pay $48,000 annually and up, commensurate with experience, education and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Montana PBS is expanding statewide coverage of news and public affairs. We seek dynamic journalists to help us tell the stories of Montana citizens and cover the most important issues within our communities. This position produces news and public affairs programs for distribution on multiple Montana PBS platforms. Under the direction of the Montana PBS News Director, and working cooperatively with the News and Public Affairs production team, this position will research, write and produce programs addressing current and cultural events, politics, the environment, economic, social and community issues across the state.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and produce high quality news and public affairs programming with strict adherence to journalistic standards of balance and fairness.

  • Shoot, edit, write, produce and present video content using industry standard digital tools and software.

  • Exhibit the highest level of editorial independence and integrity, internal to the station, and to the public at large.

  • Support and work cooperatively with the Montana PBS News and Public Affairs production team, as well as the Education, Digital Engagement and Development departments.

  • Under limited supervision, manage complex broadcast and digital projects while collaborating with multiple team members.

  • Transport, operate and maintain video equipment to function at its optimum capacity.

  • Supervise and train student production employees/interns.

List any secondary duties assigned to this position:

  • Support general production activities of the station and other projects as assigned.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in broadcast television news as producer/director/reporter covering politics, news and public affairs.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct thorough research and interviews, assess news and make editorial judgments.

  • Demonstrated on-camera presentation skills including live interviews and live shots.

  • Demonstrated operational skills of television production equipment, including cameras, audio and lighting gear.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of video editing using a variety of industry standard tools and software.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of broadcasting technical specifications, including video and audio standards.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working and collaborating with others on a variety of digital and social media platforms.

  • Demonstrated ability to create visual and audio content employing editorial best practices and aesthetic innovation resulting in programs of the highest technical and creative quality.

  • Demonstrated experience in effective narrative storytelling using visual and digital media.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in “broadcast” journalism.

  • Record of progressively responsible experience in broadcast television journalism.

  • Experience working for a public television station.

  • Demonstrated experience in reporting on Indigenous peoples and issues within tribal communities.

  • Relevant knowledge of, and demonstrated interest in, Montana history, environmental, economic, political and social issues.

  • Demonstrated excellence in videography, lighting, audio recording, editing and post-production techniques consistent with the high standards expected by public television audiences.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Ability to work effectively alone and with a team, consistently exercising initiative and good judgment under minimal supervision.

  • Excellence in written, verbal and visual communications.

  • Ability to take initiative and have good judgment.

  • Ability to identify important news subjects and to explain the news to a broad audience in compelling ways.

  • Ability to effectively operate work-related equipment; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers in a team-oriented environment.

  • Ability to represent Montana PBS and its programs to the public in a professional and courteous manner.

  • Exhibit professional journalistic qualities earning the respect of peers in the industry as well as audiences.

  • Relevant knowledge of the mission and objectives of Montana PBS and an understanding of the station’s role in public service and outreach on behalf of Montana State University.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Must currently possess or be eligible to obtain a valid Montana driver’s license by start date in the position and possess an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points).

  • Work schedules may vary greatly, and are not necessarily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Production schedules may require work on evenings, nights and weekends. Remote productions may require significant travel.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on or before May 17, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment/dualcareer.html

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