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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.

Associate Producer

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

The Associate Producer works closely with production team to support all WCNY Production initiatives through administrative, logistical, field and studio production, post production and marketing related duties.

Essential Functions

  1. Coordinates assigned content development including logistics, production plans and other administrative tasks as needed
  2. Conducts necessary story related research and follow up
  3. Field production responsibilities include: field note taking, release distribution and collection, facilitating equipment, transportation, meal planning, and petty cash management.
  4. Ability to rent vehicles from local car rental companies
  5. Liaise with on-camera talent ahead of the shoot date to confirm all production and air date logistics, as well as any necessary follow-up post air date.
  6. Studio production responsibilities include: managing on camera talent arrivals, hair/make up rotation, facilitating host/talent greenroom discussion, confirming prompter copy and managing the production day schedule
  7. Delivers all post production assets to the WCNY drive including: Appearance and Location Releases, acquired photos and footage, contact information, location permits, applicable correspondence, all research notes, and additional resources.
  8. Manages production assistant responsibilities where applicable.

Competency

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  2. Ability to work independently and be self-directed, while also able to work collaboratively within a diverse team environment.
  3. Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects and meet stated deadlines.

Physical Demands – This position requires individuals to sit, speak, and listen. Position may require standing for extended periods of time and walking moderate distances carrying equipment in addition to regularly handle equipment which weighs up to 50 lbs.

Expected Work Hours – Typically standard Monday through Friday work hours, with occasional requirements after hours or on weekends as needed for events.

Travel – Approximately 25% travel, occasionally outside of the work day with notice.

Required Education and Experience – Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Equivalent experience in a related field will be considered. Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and Adobe Creative Cloud.

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.

Producer

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

The Producer is an experienced researcher, communicator, writer, director and technician capable of focusing in multiple areas with a passion for storytelling. Working both independently and collaboratively with a team, the producer creates television and web content from the development stage through to the final edit. The producer is required to create content both in the studio and the field, meeting deadlines and communicating issues to the team.

Essential Functions

  1. Field videography pre-production and execution, including multi-camera, synched camera operations, multi-subject scene-based shoots and reporter incorporated interviews.
  2. Shooting a broad range of production scenarios using production cameras, light kits and audio equipment.
  3. Familiarity with a broad range of camera types including mirrorless, DSLR and studio cameras.
  4. Supervision and production of accurate and thorough field note execution.
  5. Field crew supervision – including camera assignments, effective time management, ability to react to and address unforeseeable circumstances.
  6. Interview subjects and create “scene” material on-site – working with volunteer subjects to elicit their stories, perspective and expertise and B roll to support that information.
  7. Post-production editing and asset management through Adobe Creative Cloud and a centralized content network.
  8. Instruct production staff and production assistants on location videography, lighting and composition techniques.

Competency

  1. Strong videography, camera, lighting and photography skills.
  2. Field production skills – ability to capture interviews and support B roll in accordance with pre-production plans and overall production goals.
  3. Long- and short-form production experience.
  4. Ability to develop original story ideas, a strong understanding of story structure, interview techniques and professional level content development.
  5. Must have strong attention to detail, be a proactive team player, and work quickly, accurately, and independently in a fast-paced environment.
  6. Ability to work collaboratively within a diverse team environment.
  7. Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects and meet stated deadlines.
  8. Ability to perform in a professional manner and interact with talent, clients and community members on a regular basis.

Physical Demands – This position requires individuals to sit, speak, and listen. Position may require standing for extended periods of time and walking moderate distances carrying equipment in addition to regularly handle equipment which weighs up to 50 lbs.

Expected Work Hours – Typically standard Monday through Friday work hours, with occasional requirements after hours or on weekends as needed for projects.

Travel – Approximately 25% travel, occasionally outside of the work day.

Required Education and Experience – Bachelor’s degree in television, film or related production field and 3 to 5 years of combined editing, producing and videography experience using Non-linear editing software: Adobe Creative Cloud.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications – Strong computer skills in Motion Graphics software, Mac OSX and Microsoft Office.

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.

Part-Time Production Assistant

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 Floor, Lighting & Equipment Director 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’s Degree in Electronic Media or TV/Radio Production.

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.

Freelance Contractor Media Sales

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.

Freelance Contractor Media Sales

Are you looking for a flexible freelance contractor opportunity to sell multimedia? Do you have contacts in the Utica or Ithaca area? Do you want unlimited earning potential? Do you enjoy meeting with clients, understanding their marketing needs, and providing them with partnership opportunities? Then help your clients help themselves with outstanding media opportunities available through WCNY!

WCNY is a trusted multimedia partner, providing innovation, creative content, educational programs and transformative experiences for the community, our audiences and our customers. As Central New York’s member-supported media enterprise, you can leverage TV, radio, web, social media, and print for clients in the Utica and Ithaca area.

We are looking for freelance contractors with media sales experience who have:

  1. Proven background in prospecting new clients, generating leads, and closing the sale
  2. Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  3. Innovative problem-solving expertise
  4. Strong organization combined with creativity
  5. Passion, courage, and commitment to do the right thing.

Interested?  Tell us why via your cover letter and resume.

Director, Media Sales

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.

Classification—Exempt

Reports to—Chief Marketing Officer

Summary/Objective

The Director, Media Sales connects clients, underwriters and supporters with members and the community through WCNY’s content and experiences. The Director, Media Sales leads WCNY’s team of Account Executives and drives the organization’s primary source of income, including television, radio, print and digital underwriting and event and facilities sponsorship. The Director, Media Sales identifies and closes new business opportunities and develops and implements strategies to ensure WCNY’s growth based on market and client needs.

The Director, Media Sales develops the account team through professional development, modeling, support and direction.

Essential Functions

  1. Develop and implement strategic sales plan in alignment with overall company goals.
  2. Lead, motivate, and counsel Account Executive team to meet and exceed budgeted sales revenue while maintaining highest level of professionalism and customer service.
  3. Cultivate new accounts and relationships for continued growth, researching accounts and developing proposals that add value.
  4. Meet sales revenues through forecasting, budgeting, scheduling, analyzing and initiating corrective actions.
  5. Nurture a collaborative environment, working with entire marketing and production team, to maximize client benefit.
  6. Coach and train Account Executives, enabling each person to achieve individual and team growth and goals.
  7. Plan and manage team’s overall revenue budget and expenses.
  8. Develop and implement process improvements for efficiency and success.
  9. Understand business trends, community developments, marketplace needs, and customer expectations.
  10. Review and approve contractual agreements to ensure maximum company benefit.
  11. Network to establish and maintain contacts that lead to sales.
  12. Support resolution of customer issues that may arise by identifying solutions.

Competency

  1. Budgeting, time and project management
  2. Leadership and collaboration
  3. Interpersonal, written, verbal, and presentation communication skills
  4. Focus on delivering results and team success
  5. Analysis, strategy and problem-solving
  6. Self-confident, self-motivated, self-starter, results-oriented and success driven

Supervisory Responsibilities – Manages all Account Executives, as well as independent commission-based sales contractors.

Physical Demands – Standard office functions and occasional need to travel/drive to customers’ locations.

Position Type/Expected Work Hours – Full time, typically Monday through Friday work hours, with occasional requirements after hours or on weekends as needed for events.

Travel – Less than 50% local travel (2-hour drive time maximum).

Required Education and Experience – 4-year bachelor’s degree, 5 years sales experience minimum.

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

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.

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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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