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.

Per Diem Classical Radio Host

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.

Position Summary:

WCNY is looking for a charismatic, passionate individual to serve as a part-time radio host on WCNY Classic FM. The ideal candidate will honor the station’s 50-year history of not only presenting classical music, but also building community around it.

Candidate should be well-spoken, familiar with classical music, and proficient in pronunciation of a variety of foreign names, titles, and musical terms. Candidate should also be knowledgeable about the Syracuse cultural scene, as well as the national and international cultural landscape, and will bring creativity and imagination to the challenge of presenting classical music in the digital age. Radio hosting experience is a plus, but not a requirement for this position.

Essential Functions:

• Host live morning shifts twice per week (6am to 10am every Monday and Wednesday), arriving at least 30 minutes before the scheduled broadcast time
• Be available on occasion to cover additional shifts as needed
• Be proficient in operation of soundboard, broadcast software (Wide Orbit), music library database (Music Librarian), and editing software (Adobe Audition)
• Program assigned shifts in a timely manner using the Music Librarian database
• Voice underwriting and promotional spots as requested
• Monitor broadcast and report any errors or anomalies in a timely manner
• Maintain a clean, safe shared workspace
• Work independently

Competency:

• Deliver accurate information live on air in a conversational style
• Expertise in classical music repertoire, recordings, and history
• Ability to use technical and broadcast equipment, and ability to learn new systems and procedures quickly

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Degree or associate or equivalent related experience in a computer or audiovisual field.
  • Must possess a valid NYS driver’s license and have reliable transportation.
  • Working knowledge of current web technologies.
  • Some IT or audio-visual certifications desired.
  • Prior experience with television and radio automation systems a strong plus.

Expected Work Hours:

This is a per diem position, with the anticipation that the host will regularly present the Monday and Wednesday morning shifts. Additional shifts will be occasionally available due to planned or unplanned absences and compensated at the regular per diem rate.

Education and Experience Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree or higher in music and/or broadcasting, or equivalent experience
• Ability to navigate the web environment and research programmed music
• Excellent communications skills, with an ability to speak to a diverse range listeners across the region
• A commitment to the music, arts, and culture of the region
• Prior radio experience is helpful, but not required

 

Position Type/Expected Work Hours:

  • Part-time, N0n-Exempt

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.
Qualified candidates should apply and send resume.

COVID-19 considerations:
To keep our employees safe, we have implemented daily cleaning services, masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer located throughout the building.

AV & IT Technician

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.

Position Summary:

The AV & IT Technician is an entry-level position that will work with the IT and Engineering teams in maintaining the successful day-to-day operation including repair, maintenance, and installation of TV and Radio broadcasting equipment, IT, and audio-visual systems and equipment supporting all WCNY television, radio and streaming facilities, transmission equipment, and all business IT, facilities systems and connectivity/data, streaming and virtual events, focusing on break/fix and end-user support. This position will also participate in the planning of current and future projects and special events in which WCNY systems or technology is required. This is a full-time position with benefits attached, and requires in-person, on-site work with some remote-work possible. The AV & IT Technician will work closely with the IT lead and the Studio Engineer, and reports to the Senior Director, Engineering.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform installation, maintenance, updates and troubleshooting of all IT & other technical systems supporting television, radio & streaming operations and production, transmission systems, building & facilities management, security, access control, core IT, telephones, connectivity, server and software applications, data and other systems as needed.
  • Ensure day-to-day operation at the instruction of the IT and Engineering leads in all areas of IT and audiovisual support including server maintenance and application/workstation management including end-user support. Also support other technical, connectivity, telephone, streaming, events, data, cabling, facilities systems, server room systems, servers and applications etc. as needed.
  • Provide IT “front-line”, first responder support for WCNY staff. Responsible for assuring the successful and reliable operation of critical, broadcast, and audio-visual systems, computer-based graphics, editing, storage, and other IT equipment supporting operations as well as other technical systems. Implement software updates in an organized and efficient manner. Assist with other technical, clerical, and administrative support responsibilities.
  • Execution of the Office 365, Teams etc., end-user applications deployment and supporting of all Office 365 Enterprise apps.
  • Perform routine tasks on current (Windows) server setup and participate, plan and execute in the renewal of existing server and applications, IT systems including firewall, network and overall security, computer and mobile systems etc.
  • Provide back up to other members on the technical and facilities support team.
  • Assist in assuring the successful and reliable operation of critical, computer-based graphics, editing, storage, and other IT equipment supporting Radio and TV operations.
  • Create and track PO’s/vendors and the buying, testing and installation of equipment as needed.
  • Assist end-users in the production and business units with successful day-to-day operations of IT and production resources.
  • Interact with internal customers to provide and process information in response to inquiries, concerns, and requests about WCNY systems.
  • Work with the Engineering and IT teams to troubleshoot and repair (or identify repair vendors) across all technology platforms. Diagnose and resolve technical hardware and -software issues involving broadcast, television and radio production, audio-visual, connectivity, email clients, IPTV, VoIP, steaming, facility systems, telephone/conference (Zoom etc.) and data systems, Wi-Fi, and other systems at the various WCNY locations and tenants of those facilities.
  • Be available on-call for technical emergencies for all operations (IT, web, TV and Radio broadcast & Production, streaming, virtual and actual events, building & facilities, telephone and data systems etc.) and to assist with the transmitter and broadcast issues and emergencies when necessary.
  • Provide input to and participate in the development and implementation of security and disaster recovery plans.
  • Document processes and all related information for duties performed.
  • Other related tasks, as assigned.

Competency:

  • Ability to take initiative and drive, organize, own, and execute projects.
  • Well-developed computer skills, and experience in installing and/or maintaining audio-visual and/or broadcast equipment.
  • Ability to set up and configure audio-visual and computer hardware.
  • Basic administrative skills with Microsoft, MacOS, Linux and Cisco Systems etc.
  • Understanding of and ability to configure VPN, LAN, WAN, Wireless Networking.
  • Experience with commonly used software packages (Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, etc.).
  • Ability to work in office at different WCNY sites or remote (from home) as required
  • Ability to perform multiple assignments under pressure and within deadline.
  • Ability to be organized with strong documentation skills
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to multi-task, coordinate and complete multiple projects successfully to completion with minimal supervision.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with all levels of WCNY staff.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Degree or associate or equivalent related experience in a computer or audiovisual field.
  • Must possess a valid NYS driver’s license and have reliable transportation.
  • Working knowledge of current web technologies.
  • Some IT or audio-visual certifications desired.
  • Prior experience with television and radio automation systems a strong plus.

Physical Demands:

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. The employee must be able to communicate effectively in a variety of medium including orally, electronically, and in writing.

Position Type/Expected Work Hours:

  • Part-time, N0n-Exempt

 

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.
Qualified candidates should apply and send resume.

COVID-19 considerations:
To keep our employees safe, we have implemented daily cleaning services, masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer located throughout the building.

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.

Position Summary:
The 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:

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

Competency:

  • Project management.
  • Focus on delivering results and team success.
  • Problem-solver.
  • Flexibility.
  • List makers who like to check things off.
  • Willingness and ability to learn how to use virtual event technology.
  • Self-confident, self-motivated, self-starter, results-orientated, and success driven.
  • Some design skills a plus.
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Suite of products, specifically Excel and PowerPoint

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?

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).

Education and Experience Requirements

  • 4-year bachelor’s degree preferred, 1-2 years’ experience in the related field a plus.

Job Type: Full-time

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.
Qualified candidates should apply and send resume.

COVID-19 considerations:
To keep our employees safe, we have implemented daily cleaning services, masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer located throughout the building.

Production Support Technician

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 Support Technician reports to the Production Support Specialist and is responsible for assisting in the television control room with recording, monitoring, and captioning in-studio footage and for ingesting field footage.

This postion provides production and content support to other WCNY local, regional, and national programming, as well as WCNY’s Premier Events team.

Essential Functions

  • Use video recording technology to capture and monitor shows and events held in studio.
  • Ingest and manage media assets.
  • Perform quality control on pre-recorded and live shows including closed captions and broadcast video compliance.
  • Shade studio cameras, operate teleprompter, graphics generator (Ross XPression), and other control room equipment as assigned.

Production Functions

  • Assist staff of WCNY producers, directors and talent in the successful completion of department projects as assigned.
  • Serve as researcher as assigned.
  • Serve as assistant to producer as assigned.
  • Assist in set up and execution of streamed and televised WCNY Events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competency

  • Computer literacy and troubleshooting.
  • Understanding of lighting and set design.
  • Understanding of story creation and information gathering.
  • Interpersonal, written, verbal, presentation and communication.
  • Focus on delivering results and team success.
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere, Photoshop).
  • Problem-solving.

Physical Demands

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

Expected Work Hours

  • As needed, hours vary from week to week, usually fewer than 20 hours per week.

Education and Experience

  • Associate’s Degree in Electronic Media or TV/Radio Production or equivalent professional experience.

WCNY is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Part-time

COVID-19 considerations:
To keep our employees safe, we have implemented daily cleaning services, masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer located throughout the building.