Television Program Director
University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

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Under the supervision of the Station Manager, the Television Program Director is responsible for acquiring and scheduling television programs that support the mission of Arizona Public Media (AZPM) and that reflect community needs and priorities.

The Television Program Director is a member of the senior management team and plays a key role in the management and operation of AZPM.

Customer Relations: Regardless of job capacity, each employee of AZPM is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to all with whom they come in contact within and outside the organization.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement and optional plans; and much more!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages the day-to-day television programming operation; researches and evaluates program offers and prepares monthly television schedules for analog, digital, and CATV stations; provides direction on the formulation of long-range scheduling and promotional/branding strategy with management; researches program titles for acquisition and schedule consideration; and, prepares audience research analysis and reports.
  • Keeps abreast of ongoing research, audience measurement studies, and demographic analysis of Southern Arizona television market; and, acquires programs from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), independent syndication sources, regional networks, and other public stations.
  • Supervises TV and radio traffic; interfaces with staff, peers and supervisors to create a professional, cooperative working environment; and, is responsible for generating program information and prioritization of programs for promotion on various platforms in collaboration with the radio program director.
  • Supervises the maintenance of the ProTrack program rights and scheduling database; ensures compliance with agreements between AZPM and program licensors; and, coordinates management of ProTrack with regard to software updates, training, and customized software applications.
  • Prepares and administers departmental budget and participates in the development and execution of overall station fiscal policies, procedures, and goals; and, coordinates approval and purchase of programs in accordance with AZPM purchasing policy.
  • Communicates program information regularly to the public and responds to viewer questions and suggestions; and, participates the stations' promotions, outreach, fundraising, and special events activities as required.
  • Produces high quality work on a regular and consistent basis with particular attention to detail, accuracy, fairness, balance, and professional delivery; exercises good judgment, ethics, and integrity; and, ensures compliance with FCC rules and regulations as related to the television programming area.
  • Coordinates the ascertainment of community needs and development of the Issues and Problems List; monitors program content of local public affairs programming to ensure local issues are addressed; and, produces the Quarterly Program Topic Report for the FCC Public File.
  • Generates national awareness and publicity for AZPM and its original productions through the creation and distribution of press and marketing materials and proactive station relations; and, networks with other sister public stations, PBS, APT, NPR, and other distributors/clients for information and graphic support for upcoming programs and production projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Not applicable for this position.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA degree and five (5) years of experience in program evaluation, acquisition, scheduling or program development and/or distribution for broadcast or cable television; OR, any combination of relevant experience, training, and/or education.
  • Training or progressive experience in administrative and supervisory methods and techniques.
  • At least three (3) years of supervisory experience.
  • Excellent PR writing skills and proven ability to work with local, regional, and national media.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word database software, spreadsheets, email, and Internet capabilities.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.
  • Ability to understand and work with budgetary procedures, policies, and restrictions.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check

Supplemental Pre-Employment Screening


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Administrative and Professional

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