Careers

Welcome to the WQED Careers information page! From time to time, we have full- or part-time job openings for new positions, for existing jobs that need to be filled. On such occasions, detailed announcements of all current openings are listed on this page. Instructions for application to these opportunities are noted within each posting. We hope you will spend a few minutes getting to know more about us below. If you have any questions about our organization or career opportunities, please send an e-mail to careers@wqed.org.

WQED is a member of the Public Media Workforce Collaborative, a group of four similarly structured public media providers in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh working together to meet the needs of their rapidly evolving communities and to increase their financial sustainability by attracting, developing and retaining a more diverse and highly-skilled workforce and advancing their organizational cultures. With a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in its work, the Collaborative is providing DEI-focused management training, engaging a cross-section of staff to address organizational policies and practices, and identifying new methods for attracting more diverse applicants to open job positions.

Diversity, Equity and Belonging is one of our core values, wherein we seek and incorporate the myriad diverse perspectives and lived experiences of our users, staff, board, and communities into all aspects of our work.

Current Positions

WQED is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Account Executive

Digital Content Producer

Managing Director of Engineering and Technology

Paralegal

Account Executive

The Account Executive is responsible for generating revenue for WQED Multimedia by developing and furthering relationships with clients to insure continued support for the organization's broadcast products and services.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and present proposals to meet pre-determined needs of client for presentations.
  • Write contract request forms.
  • Develop schedule of announcements and deliver to FM and Production Assistant for traffic placement.
  • Write announcements for client approval and deliver to FM traffic person and/or Production Assistant along with video components.
  • Develop promotional and/or underwriting ideas for clients.
  • Collect payment from clients.
  • Generate new business through targeting prospects.
  • Maintain up-to-date information of broadcast businesses as well as client business.
  • Develop a list of targeted media and matching prospect's needs with WQED program/strategies.
  • Contact prospective client – pre-determine needs and set up appointments.
  • Volunteer for station events and perform other company projects as needed.

Required education and skills:

  • Associate's Degree or equivalent experience is required. A Bachelor's Degree is preferred.
  • One year of sales and marketing experience, preferably in the broadcast industry, is required.
  • Candidate must have a working knowledge of sales techniques and broadcast industry sales along with excellent customer service and social media skills.

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to careers@wqed.org. No phone calls please.

EOE, M/F/D/V

Corporate Support Coordinator

Title: Corporate Support Coordinator

The Corporate Support Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Corporate Support department with reaching revenue goals. This includes marketing and communications tasks, helping to identify new digital revenue opportunities, assisting with collecting, executing, monitoring, and maintaining sponsorship deliverables and administrative tasks for the department.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Assist with writing and layout of sponsorship flyers, e-mails and other materials.
    • Executing email marketing for particular campaigns and projects; tracking results and reporting to the department about the responses and results.
    • Developing content for corporate support e-newsletter, handling the newsletter emailing, and tracking and reporting on newsletter engagement.
    • Assist with departmental social media needs, particularly the WQED Corporate Sponsorship profile on LinkedIn.
    • Research leads/prospects for various campaigns and projects.
    • Monitor and analyze digital revenue trends and work with corporate support staff and other WQED departments including Data Analyst and Interactive to help identify and develop opportunities for digital revenue growth.
    • Source market data from partner organizations and vendors such as The Media Audit and Nielsen Scarborough; and assist with preparation and presentation of market research for corporate support presentations and other needs.
    • Conduct surveys when requested (develop, upload, test, and send surveys and review/download responses).
    • Maintain sponsorship tracking for department.
    • Work with Interactive Department on digital ads and sponsor-related online content on website; assist with accuracy and quality control.
    • Basic design of banner ads for website and newsletters as needed.
    • Liaison with external sponsors to help coordinate sponsor deliverables. This includes obtaining deliverables (logos, profiles, VO names, etc.) from sponsors.
    • File (electronically and if applicable, paper copies) of contracts, sponsorship proposals, and other sponsor documents as needed.
    • Assist with meeting coordination and other planning needs for Corporate Support department and Director of Corporate Support.
    • Maintain records for department including trade tickets, meeting notes, etc.
    • Assist with CRM updates and maintenance.
    • As needed, source and manage office supplies for department when needed
    • As needed, phone & email coverage.
    • As needed, create special billing invoices on a monthly basis and distribute to relevant accounts, corporate support and finance personnel.
    • Occasionally assist with departmental communications within the organization such as email updates and scheduling meetings.

Required education and skills:

    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
    • 3-5 years administrative experience. 
    • Experience in a sales operation or media is a plus.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel required. 
    • Basic skills in design/layout, email marketing, e-newsletters, and corporate social media preferred. 
    • Writing, grammar, and proofreading skills a must.

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to careers@wqed.org.  No Phone Calls Please.

WQED is an Equal Opportunity Employer with leadership and a culture that supports diversity and inclusion.

Donor Engagement and Event Specialist

The Donor Engagement and Event Specialist is responsible for identifying, coordinating, and implementing
donor recognition and stewardship opportunities: mail, events, small meetings, lunch and learn, tours,
volunteer opportunities, screenings, etc. The purpose of these activities is to engage prospects, acquire
new donors, and cultivate and strengthen relationships with existing major donors.

Responsibilities:

  • Support development efforts by working throughout the organization to identify, collaborate and coordinate opportunities for donors to become further engaged with WQED.
  • Develop and coordinate ongoing assessment activities designed to determine the needs and interests of donors.
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement activities designed to recognize and steward donors, and volunteers utilizing both in-person and virtual events.
  • Establish, maintain, and follow timelines for event planning activities.
  • Develop opportunities to engage donors and promote events through social media and other multi-media platforms.
  • Follow-up with donors post-event to assess results and ensure donor needs are met. Respond and report as needed.
  • Work with the WQED corporate team to identify and secure underwriting for cultivation and engagement activities and events.
  • Assist with the recruitment and supervision of volunteers to support development efforts and needs: mailings, events, office work, seasonal etc.
  • Help to establish a formalized volunteer program including process and procedures that foster engagement and support the work of the organization.
  • Develop, coordinate and implement one signature WQED fund raising event. Work with underwriting to identify corporate benefits and assist in identifying, soliciting, and securing sponsors.
  • Assist with fund-raising and related activities with department to contribute to overall departmental success.
  • Inform others in fund-raising department about activities and issues through meetings and reports.
  • Volunteer for and participate in organizational committees and events, as needed and able.
  • Support the Director of Development and Development Associate as needed.
  • Ensure accuracy and consistency in donor records and databases. • Perform queries and produce reports as requested
  • Segment data for event management.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Experience:

 

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience required.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage and coordinate multiple activities simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written communication, analytical, and customer service skills.
  • Creative and strategic-thinking abilities.
  • Self-starter who can work independently and remotely as necessary.
  • Experience in producing large and small events
  • Good understanding of fundraising efforts
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and database experience.
  • Knowledge or ability to quickly learn existing and new technology necessary for virtual events.

Candidates should send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to careers@wqed.org. No Phone Calls Please.

WQED is an Equal Opportunity Employer with leadership and a culture that supports diversity and inclusion

Facts About WQED

  • WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation's first community-supported broadcaster.

  • We are headquartered in the Oakland, PA.

  • WQED It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Create Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

  • WQED Pittsburgh has been honored with the Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence in 2006, 2007, 2015, 2017, 2020 and 2021.

  • We offer a rich benefits program that includes medical coverage, a 403(b) plan with an employer contribution, paid time off, hybrid work schedules and much more.

  • Staff interests and outside-of-work hobbies include playing in bands, painting, photography, traveling, baking, gardening, stand-up comedy and many more.

  • We strive to improve diversity, equity and inclusion across our organization. Some of our efforts include:

  • Working with Buffalo Toronto Public Media, Detroit Public Television, and Ideastream Public Media in Cleveland on the Public Media Workforce Collaborative to provide DEI-centered management training, develop new methods to engage all staff on programs, policies and practices and attract more diverse candidates to our open positions.

  • Diversifying the sources we use in our stories and auditing our work to make sure we’re improving those efforts continuously.

  • Providing internship opportunities for personal and professional development to those looking to enter the workforce or make changes in their career.

WQED​ is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability status, marital status, military status, or protected veteran status. Employment decisions at WQED will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.