Careers

WCNY, Central New York’s own member-supported public broadcasting station, is an exciting, cutting-edge multimedia company leveraging TV, radio, social media and print and was the proud winner of the CenterState CEO 2014 Business of the Year award in the nonprofit category. WCNY reaches 19 counties and nearly 2 million people with content that inspires, educates, and entertains.

WCNY provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Our Human Resource department reviews every application.  Unfortunately, because of the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot guarantee a response to every one.  Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

You can also mail your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

Human Resources
WCNY TV/WCNY-FM
415 W. Fayette St.
Syracuse, NY 13204

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WCNY is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Copywriter and Events Coordinator

WCNY connects with the curious of all ages through innovation, creative content, educational programs, and transformative experiences to open minds and spark change. A trusted media enterprise, WCNY is constantly evolving and fully engaged with a diverse audience that shares our passion for public service. Together, we will contribute to community prosperity and embrace innovation to foster a well- informed, inspired world. We value passion to make a difference in the lives of those we serve every day, courage to embrace risks worth taking and overcome challenges, respect of one another’s diversity, opinions, and beliefs, service to the public through responsiveness to community values and needs, innovation in thoughts and actions that create new opportunities and valuable solutions., commitment to continuous reflection and improvement, and creativity in advancing impactful content and fostering shared resources for the public good.

Summary/Objective – Events

The copywriter and events coordinator is responsible for project managing WCNY’s revenue and non-revenue generating virtual and in-person events. The position supports day-to-day client and WCNY events. The position requires flexibility to plan, coordinate, and implement an increasing amount of off-hour events.

Seeking a detail-oriented, technologically savvy, well-organized candidate who likes people and spaces (virtual spaces, too)! Ideal candidate can complete a project from start to finish with a smile (AKA staying calm under pressure).

Essential Functions

  1. Support logistics and execution of events that further WCNY’s mission.
  2. Support client and WCNY virtual and in-person events.
  3. Act as point of contact at events.
  4. Work with staff and volunteers to assist with event tasks.
  5. Use project management tools to keep the trains at the station running.
  6. Market a variety of spaces for rentals including business meetings, screenings, production shoots, general WCNY events, and more.
  7. Prepare proposals and secure sales opportunities for facility rentals.
  8. Coordinate all logistics and customer service around event execution, acting as primary point of contact for customers.
  9. Develop and maintain event budget, including purchasing and invoicing.
  10. Identify partners for food, entertainment, promotion and other supplementals that will enhance customers’ events and coordinate services.

Competency

  1. Project management
  2. Focus on delivering results and team success
  3. Problem-solver
  4. Flexibility
  5. List makers who likes to check things off
  6. Willingness and ability to learn how to use virtual event technology

Summary/Objective – Marketing

Here is your chance to flex your wit and playfulness with words for one of America’s most beloved TV channels. Yes, the tried and true favorites like Sesame Street, Downton Abbey, Poldark, and more. There is much more than meets the eye. Your diverse and creative copywriting skills are needed to support WCNY’s overall brand, three radio stations with locally-produced shows and on-air talent, a handful of locally-produced TV shows, Taste of Fame with celebrity chefs, live-televised auctions, an experiential learning program preparing the youth of tomorrow for career and college success, social media platforms that engage 22,000+ fans, community events, and plenty more.

BONUS: When you work for PBS (and WCNY), you align yourself with the most trusted organization in the country for 16 years in a row. Ready to join the communications and creative services team and make an impact with words?

Essential Functions

  1. Write copy for platforms including a print magazine, electronic newsletters, website, social media, billboards, print and digital ads, presentations, and whatever is next.
  2. Edit and proofread copy.
  3. Contribute to blog posts.
  4. Write press releases.
  5. Write scripts for radio and television promotions.
  1. A willingness to go the extra mile when a project needs it.
  2. Support grant efforts including research, writing, and reporting, budget, and vendor relations.

Competency

  1. Experienced writer.
  2. Familiarity with AP Style.
  3. Ability to write content across multiple platforms.
  4. Robust vocabulary.
  5. Ability to juggle multiple projects.
  6. Creative.
  7. Focus on delivering results and team success.
  8. Self-confident, self-motivated, self-starter, results-orientated, and success driven.
  9. Some design skill an advantage.

Physical Demands – Standard office functions, ability to travel/drive to meet with suppliers and customers/prospects.

Position Type/Expected Work Hours – Full-time, typically Monday through Friday work hours, with flexibility to adjust schedule to work after hours or on weekends for rentals and events.

Travel – Approximately 10% local travel (2-hour drive time maximum).

Required Education and Experience – 4-year bachelor’s degree.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications – Proficient in the Microsoft Suite of products, specifically Excel and PowerPoint.

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Facilities Maintenance Engineer

Facilities Maintenance Engineer

WCNY – Syracuse, NY

Job Description

WCNY is a dynamic, forward-thinking organization, celebrating over 50 years of creating award-winning content, programs, and services for our community. We are poised for major growth and amazing things to come! WCNY, Central New York’s own member-supported public broadcasting station, is an exciting, cutting-edge multimedia company leveraging TV, radio, web, social media, and print. WCNY reaches 19 counties and nearly 1.8 million people with content that inspires, educates, and entertains.

WCNY is seeking a Manager, Facilities & Building Engineering to support its LEED® Platinum Certified physical plant. Qualified candidates will be experienced in LEED® requirements and sustainable management practices; versed in building automation and control; hardware, software, and basic networking; large-scale generators; enterprise-level UPS and battery systems; basic landscaping; basic plumbing and electrical; maintenance and upkeep; parking lot care. This is a ‘hands-on’ role that requires the person to perform all or most of the work related to this job. Applicants must be able to support a 24/7/365 infrastructure, mechanically inclined, able to multitask and shift gears quickly, highly organized, proactive, with a focus on detail and documentation.

Essential Functions

This is a hands-on role that requires the person to perform all or most of the work related to the maintenance of the building but not limited to HVAC, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, event organization, weather related management, security, traffic, visitor management and custodial. In some cases, will require assisting and supervising contractors. Also, he/she will manage the upkeep of wall and ceiling finishes, furniture condition, flooring, bathroom areas, exterior finishes, landscaping, signage, parking lot area, and supplies.

  1. WCNY’s facility contains a high-priority, dual chiller, liquid-cooled IT data center that requires careful attention.
  2. Inspect and maintain a high standard of quality in the physical plant, its appearance, and building automation and control.
  3. Occasional regional travel to perform maintenance at three remote transmitter sites.
  4. Perform regular inspections (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually as required) – ensure preventative maintenance schedule is performed and respond to any issues or concerns.
  5. Understands, responds, and set alarms, monitors, sensors, control systems across the facility and equipment on a 24/7 basis.
  6. Actively manage security across the facility from equipment (i.e., card readers for security gates) to ongoing events, volunteers, and visitors.
  7. Hardscape and softscape upkeep and maintenance.
  8. Coordinate with tradesmen and contractors as required.
  9. Maintain inventory of spare parts, company tools and safety equipment.
  10. Ensure adherence to quality standards and health and safety regulations.
  11. Install and integrate new equipment, wiring, and cabling in technical areas.
  12. Provide excellent customer service when responding to help desk requests.
  13. Create up-to-date documentation to track changes and catalog systems.
  14. Coordinate building cleaning with part-time staff.
  15. Actively help with ongoing events and functions with respect to people/visitors/volunteer management, facilities, parking, and security requirements.
  16. Implement new projects as required and retire and replace old equipment or systems as required.
  17. Ensure compliance with all safety and security protocols, and make sure they are always documented and easily available.

Competency

  1. Must be “hands-on” and can complete or assist in completion of all the tasks related to this job.
  2. Understanding of fire and zoning codes, to ensure compliance.
  3. Plumbing, carpentry, electrical, painting, flooring.
  4. Experience with building automation and control systems.
  5. Comfort with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Skype for Business), electronic, mobile and digital systems including monitors, alarm, sensors.
  6. Ability to work within a web-based ticketing and help desk system.
  7. Ability to work with teams and events –collaborative and participation.
  8. Set high standards for self and supervisory staff.
  9. Good verbal and written communication skills.
  10. Working knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and HVAC systems and good project management skills.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  1. Supervise part-time daily cleaning and janitorial staff.
  2. Supervise company events set up and break down.

Physical Demands

  1. Self-starter who is “hand-on” and can complete all the tasks related to this job.
  2. Bending and lifting, use of hand and power tools.
  3. Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  4. Installing and removing rack-mount equipment, possibly overhead.
  5. Driving to remote sites for maintenance and emergencies.

Position Type/Work Hours

  1. Required workweek is Monday through Friday.
  2. Occasional evenings and weekends are required.
  3. Available on mobile and laptop to respond to facilities, equipment, and security situations.
  4. 24/7/365 emergency response required.

Travel

  1. Estimated 10% travel to Sentinel Heights, Utica, Watertown, up to 80 miles one way.
  2. A valid driver’s license is required.

Required Education and Experience

  1. High school diploma.
  2. 5+ years’ experience in physical plant support.
  3. Facilities certifications welcome (CMRP, LEED, BMS, HVAC).

Job Type: Full-time

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Production Assistant

Production Assistant

Job Description

WCNY connects with the curious of all ages through innovation, creative content, educational programs, and transformative experiences to open minds and spark change. A trusted media enterprise, WCNY is constantly evolving and fully engaged with a diverse audience that shares our passion for public service. Together, we will contribute to community prosperity and embrace innovation to foster a well- informed, inspired world. We value passion to make a difference in the lives of those we serve every day, courage to embrace risks worth taking and overcome challenges, respect of one another’s diversity, opinions, and beliefs, service to the public through responsiveness to community values and needs, innovation in thoughts and actions that create new opportunities and valuable solutions, commitment to continuous reflection and improvement, and creativity in advancing impactful content and fostering shared resources for the public good.

Job Summary

The Production Assistant reports directly to the Director of Production Services and is responsible for studio camera, teleprompter, graphics, lighting, field camera, and remote location production assistance. Will provide production and content support to other WCNY local, regional, and national programming, as well as WCNY’s Premier Events team.

Essential Functions

  1. Operate studio cameras, teleprompter, graphics generator (XPression), and other control room equipment as assigned.
  2. Assist staff of WCNY producers, directors and talent in the successful completion of department projects.
  3. Serve as researcher as assigned.
  4. Serve as assistant to producer as assigned.
  5. Work with the Studio Supervisor to build and light sets.
  6. Assist in set up and execution of WCNY Events.

Competency

  1. Understanding of lighting and set design.
  2. Understanding of story creation and information gathering.
  3. Interpersonal, written, verbal, presentation and communication.
  4. Focus on delivering results and team success.
  5. Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere, Photoshop).
  6. Problem-solving.

Physical Demands

  1. Must be able to lift or move up to 75 pounds and work on lighting grid using a ladder or lift.

Expected Work Hours

  1. As needed, less than 20 hours per week.

Education and Experience

  1. Associate degree in Electronic Media or TV/Radio Production.

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Part-time

Senior Accountant

WCNY connects with the curious of all ages through innovation, creative content, educational programs, and transformative experiences to open minds and spark change. A trusted media enterprise, WCNY is constantly evolving and fully engaged with a diverse audience that shares our passion for public service. Together, we will contribute to community prosperity and embrace innovation to foster a well- informed, inspired world. We value passion to make a difference in the lives of those we serve every day, courage to embrace risks worth taking and overcome challenges, respect of one another’s diversity, opinions, and beliefs, service to the public through responsiveness to community values and needs, innovation in thoughts and actions that create new opportunities and valuable solutions., commitment to continuous reflection and improvement, and creativity in advancing impactful content and fostering shared resources for the public good.

Summary/Objective

Provide detailed analysis and presentation of financial data, preparation and recording of various journal entries, and preparation of monthly account reconciliations. Provide support and assistance to the Business Office in the daily accounting tasks including cash management. Responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable, and general ledger activity.

Essential Functions

  1. Compile financial information to prepare accounting entries and accruals.
  2. Prepare balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and other financial reports.
  3. Perform audit level expense and balance sheet account analysis including research and documentation as well as preparation of appropriate schedules and reports.
  4. Complete balance sheet account reconciliations and bank account reconciliations by established due dates.
  5. Perform tasks within the month, quarter, and yearend close processes to prepare account reconciliations.
  6. Prepare, verify, and control the entering of journal entries to the general ledger.
  7. Process biweekly payrolls including posting related journal entries and other payments related to payroll (TIAA Cref, membership payments, flexible spending, health care premium payments.)
  8. Assist in the development of budgets, forecasts and variance reports as required by management.
  9. Perform monthly financial variance analysis including research, documentation, and communication of account fluctuations.
  10. Actively participate in month-end close processes, booking journal entries and providing appropriate detailed level review and analysis.
  11. Perform timely and effective monthly account reconciliations.
  12. Check figures, postings, and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy, and proper codes.
  13. Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations.
  14. Issue bills, invoices, account statements, and other financial statements according to established procedures.
  15. Compile statistical, financial, accounting or auditing reports and tables pertaining to such matters as cash balances and receipts, expenditures, accounts payable and receivable, and profits and losses.
  16. Assist in the compilation of information for the year end audits and the required yearly governmental reports.
  17. Assist in the on-going documentation of accounting policies and procedures.
  18. Participate in special projects and compile special reports as needed.

Competency

  1. Versatility, Flexibility and able to prioritize work based on focused initiatives while contributing to a busy, remote-based office environment.
  2. Organizational skills.
  3. Problem-solving.
  4. Good math skills and ability to spot numerical errors.
  5. Ability to handle sensitive, confidential information.

Physical Demands. Standard office functions and the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Position Type/Expected Work Hours. Full-time, typically standard Monday through Friday work hours, with occasional requirements after hours or on weekends as needed for events. Some work hours will be remote.

Required Education and Experience. Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance required as well as 3 to 5 years of accounting/finance work experience.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications. Microsoft Excel power user and skilled in use of Microsoft Suite of products as well as familiarity with accounting software. Ability to adapt to continually changing technology.

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Underwriting Coordinator

Company: WCNY

Location: Syracuse, NY

Company Overview

WCNY is a dynamic, forward-thinking organization, celebrating over 50 years of creating award-winning content, programs, and services for our community. We are poised for major growth and amazing things to come! WCNY, Central New York’s own member-supported public broadcasting station, is an exciting, cutting-edge multimedia company leveraging TV, radio, web, social media, and print. WCNY reaches 19 counties and nearly 1.8 million people with content that inspires, educates, and entertains.

Description

WCNY, a public media dual-licensee with both NPR and PBS stations, seeks a detail oriented, organized, self-motivated individual to join our team at the station. The position is a liaison between the Sales, Production and Traffic Departments at WCNY television and radio, as well as with the magazine and digital divisions. The Underwriting Coordinator is responsible for scheduling all on-air, online and print underwriting credits for WCNY and ensuring that those spots are trafficked as scheduled. The position also reaches out to clients to provide fulfillment reports and is a key part of the sales and corporate sponsorship group’s client management mission. The position is also responsible for creating and updating weekly and monthly reports – including inventory planning and tracking — which are integral to the management of the Sales Department and to the coordination with the Finance Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Enters all client and contract information into the TV, radio, digital and magazine traffic systems.
  2. Schedules all on-air underwriting credits after ensuring inventory availability.
  3. Reviews daily broadcast logs and discrepancy reports to ensure correct placement of underwriting spots and schedule any make-goods.
  4. Pulls reports from the radio and TV traffic system, as needed.
  5. Maintains all underwriting contract files
  6. Maintains a “90 Day Projection” report based on actual spots scheduled for air.
  7. Provides inventory availability information to the sales staff.
  8. Assists sales staff with the creation of on-air schedules to best match the client’s needs by looking at available inventory and run of schedule possibilities.
  9. Attends Programming and Traffic dept. meeting and relays information back to the sales team.
  10. Prepares and updates monthly reports for the station’s Business Development and Finance departments.
  11. Circles back with clients as part of follow-up and client management services.
  12. Prints monthly affidavits and invoices to use in billing client accounts.
  13. Maintains revenue spreadsheet of all new and renewing contracts.
  14. Ensures that all new, approved spots, digital and print sponsorships are entered into the relevant traffic systems.
  15. Works cooperatively with all station departments including Traffic, Production, Programming, Marketing, Technology, Business Development and Finance.
  16. Provides the Corporate Sales Manager with research and data for projects that will enhance the productivity of the sales staff.
  17. Performs related duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Skills

  1. Bachelor’s degree; or 3-4 years’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. 4+ years business experience
  3. Broadcast traffic system experience preferred (experience with Myer’s ProTrack, a plus)
  4. Exceptional MS Excel skills and experience with MS Office products and SalesForce systems.
  5. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  6. Proven ability to multi-task.
  7. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  8. Exceptional customer service and communication (verbal and written) skills.
  9. Deep passion for and understanding of NPR, PBS and public media programming, underwriting guidelines and editorial standards.
  10. Ability to contribute to building a positive team spirit and support everyone’s efforts to succeed.