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.

Development Coordinator

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 – and 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, social media and print. WCNY reaches 19 counties and nearly 1.8 million people with content that inspires, educates, and entertains.

Position Summary

The Development Coordinator will work with a driven and highly motivated team to grow the member base and continue to provide excellent interaction and support with the current members. Communicating with prospective, new, and existing members is core to this position with additional responsibilities for planning membership events and assisting in building the overall membership program. The ideal candidate for the position of Development Coordinator has a passion for the nonprofit/public media sector and a desire to be extraordinary at development and membership activities with WCNY’s performance and deadline-driven atmosphere.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. As a member of the Membership team, provide superior customer service to all members, ensuring timely and accurate communications. Assist in the development of systems and procedures to enhance member relationships.
  2. Process donations to include cash entry, data entry, reporting, input and maintenance and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence ensuring accuracy.
  3. Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
  4. Review, update, and correct membership database records.
  5. Coordinate mailings associated with the Membership Department, including monthly pledge/ installment reminders, member thank you gifts, annual renewal notices and others.
  6. Provide customer service to all members, ensuring consistent, accurate and timely communications.
  7. Prepare for and assist in coordinating the Membership activities throughout the year across our multimedia platforms (TV, radio, social media, and print).
  8. Participate in strategic planning to increase the WCNY membership base.
  9. Support supervisor in reaching assigned goals while staying within budget and expense guidelines.
  10. Participation in fundraising and other station events as required.
  11. Perform other duties and/or projects as assigned.


Qualifications & Skills

  1. Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Equivalent experience in a related field will be considered.
  2. Experience in fundraising/sales, business or a related field preferred.
  3. Strong computer skills in all Microsoft Office applications a must, with experience in Blackbaud Raisers Edge software a strong plus.
  4. Strong data entry skills required.
  5. Work week is Monday through Friday; required to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  6. Ability to work independently and be self-directed, while also able to work collaboratively within a diverse team environment.
  7. Demonstrates strong interest in career growth and upward mobility.
  8. Detail oriented with a high level of accuracy.
  9. Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  10. Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects and meet stated deadlines.
  11. Attention, follow-through, dependability and good judgment are critical for success in this role.

Auction Sales Representative

WCNY – Syracuse, NY

Position Summary:

The Auction Sales Representative position is a phone sales position soliciting items and certificates from local, national and international businesses for our annual fundraising events. We are seeking motivated, team players to make outbound phone calls and send email correspondence to a predetermined list of past participants and prospects. The position is part-time, 30-35 daytime hours per week Monday-Friday.

Qualifications & Skills:

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  2. Good computer skills required
  3. Highly-motivated to reach or surpass inventory goals
  4. Organize, prioritize and follow-through on required tasks
  5. Sales experience preferred
  6. Ability to work independently, while also able to work collaboratively within a team environment

Media Sales Executive

Media Sales Executive 

WCNY is a dynamic, forward-thinking organization, celebrating 50 years of creating award-winning content, programs and services for our community – and 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.


Do you have the right stuff?

  • Are you a selling virtuoso, able to take lots of objections and overcome them with the right training and an awesome team behind you?
  • Do you have the knack for turning around problem projects and creating amazing partnerships with businesses and organizations?
  • Do you thrive in environments that put you to the test and give you room to show your stuff?

If you bring…

  • Proven experience in prospecting new clients, generating sales leads, and closing the sale
  • Awesome people skills and a fresh, polished, sophisticated, and playful attitude
  • A “teamwork makes the dream work” mindset
  • Outstanding technical chops in PowerPoint and Excel
  • An organized mindset, so despite your creativity, your inner nerd sweats the details and is pleased by well-crafted proposals and presentations
  • Good humor, curiosity, and a sense of responsibility

Then we offer…

  • A brand and reputation that open doors (In January 2016, PBS was named the most trusted institution in America for the 13th year in a row.)
  • The opportunity to sell more than just “spots and dots”; we build long-term partnerships that bring immense value to our clients they can’t get anywhere else.
  • A team that has heart, that’s proud to be stretching its wings, that’s highly respected in the organization, and that’s making change and is hungry for more.
  • A coach that has the skills to help you hone yours.
  • A culture that sparks and celebrates innovation.
  • Leadership that listens to your ideas.
  • Unique challenges and opportunities beyond just winning deals.
  • A studio space that’s beautiful, high tech, ultra-modern but super historic, and Platinum LEED certified (in fact, we’re the only broadcaster in the world that is.)
  • An infrastructure that helps you win deals, not shackles you.
  • Recognition for outstanding work.
  • Competitive pay, quality benefits, and decent coffee.

Interested?  Get in touch and tell us why.  (Please note, applicants without a cover letter will not be considered.)

Director, Engineering & Information Systems

Director, Engineering & Information Systems


Position Summary

WCNY seeks an energetic and detail-oriented individual to manage the successful operation of WCNY’s technical and building facilities and to oversee and provide support on the various needs of other departments. The Director of Engineering & Information Systems leads the team responsible for the uninterrupted operation of all television, radio, IT, and building management systems. A successful candidate must be a good multi-tasker with prior experience in television and/or radio broadcast as well as a working knowledge of IT systems and technologies.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for managing and participating in the successful, sustained operation of all technology; including software systems, television and radio production systems, radio and television transmitters, building and facilities, and all IT and network systems.
  • Perform and/or supervise general and preventative maintenance on all broadcast, IT, and building facilities equipment.
  • Responsible for the creation and management of capital and operational budgets.
  • Provide strategic planning and guidance towards organization goals; developing long-range plans for systems upgrades and implementation of new technologies.
  • Maintain the execution of a comprehensive cross-training program for all Engineering & IT personnel.
  • Be available on-call for technical emergencies for technical operations (IT, radio, production, and facilities) and act as back-up for the transmitter maintenance engineer on emergencies when necessary.
  • Provide guidance and support with the development and implementation of all current and future projects, special, facilities rentals, and other new business initiatives.
  • Stay current on state-of-the-art developments in IT, production, and broadcast technical areas and make recommendations to senior leadership when necessary.
  • Supervises broadcast, facilities, and IT engineers.


Credentials and Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience working in the television and radio technology field.
  • Minimum of Associates Degree in Electronics Technology, Computer Science, or equivalent experience.
  • Must have extensive broadcast operations experience in television and radio operations.
  • Working knowledge of television and radio digital studio broadcast and production systems including: video server technology, digital HD and SD signal routing and switching, digital SD and HD encoding technologies and techniques, television and radio automation and traffic systems and the interface of these systems, audio encoding, routing and storage, television and radio editing systems, large disk-based video and audio storage systems and integration of the broadcast and production environment into an IT system.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with television and radio transmission, microwave, and remote control systems.
  • Knowledge of FCC license and reporting requirements.
  • Thorough knowledge of the operation of state-of-the-art radio and television studios and associated systems.
  • Highly developed computer skills; experience with designing, installing and maintaining a windows based computer network system with at least 50 users is a plus.
  • Effective understanding of Microsoft Office and Server 2008R2 and 2012R2 operating systems.
  • Effective supervisory skills. Must work in collaborative manner, and foster a team spirit.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and perform multiple assignments under pressure and within deadline.
  • Be able to work effective in a growing company, in a dynamic environment while ensuring that cross-departmental demands needs are fulfilled and expectations met.
  • Great communication skills with a strong desire to provide outstanding customer service and interact effectively with all levels of WCNY staff.
  • Must possess a valid NYS driver’s license and have reliable transportation.


Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, speak, and listen. The employee frequently is required to use hands, fingers and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.


Job Application

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, txt, rtf, wpd, wps, sxw, odt.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, txt, rtf, wpd, wps, sxw, odt.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, txt, rtf, wpd, wps, sxw, odt.


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

Human Resources
415 W. Fayette St.
Syracuse, NY 13204

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