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News Director

Under the general supervision of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) or his designee, and in conjunction and cooperation with station staff, the News Director leads and manages the planning and presentation of news for Arizona Public Media’s (AZPM) radio and television stations, online news service platforms, and social network site pages to support AZPM’s Strategic Plan and to meet the needs of AZPM’s diverse audiences.

The News Director has responsibility for, and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of, news and public affairs planning, reporting, editing and production for radio, television, and online service platforms; participates in maintaining ethical, editorial, artistic, and technical standards for broadcast news and public affairs programs consistent with the provisions of the AZPM Code of Editorial Ethics and Practices; directs news programming decisions and news operations; and, helps manage news published to the AZPM website and other service outlets.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from the University, viewers, listeners, and corporate sponsors. Regardless of job capacity, each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to those with whom they come in contact both within and without the organization.

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


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directs the activities of the news and public affairs staff to develop story ideas, track issues and events; selects reporters for coverage, schedules stories for air, and schedules time for interviewing, writing, and editing.
  • Serves as a primary editor to ensure news reports are produced in a professional, effective, efficient, timely, ethical, and responsible manner.
  • Acts as a proactive liaison to various internal (e.g., station programming and operations and development staffs), and external constituencies and stakeholders (e.g., PBS, NPR), to advance AZPM’s news programming.
  • The News Director is the leader of the news team and contributes content on an as-needed basis.
  • Sets goals and objectives, monitors and evaluates scheduling and performance of news division personnel. Personnel management includes the recruitment and hiring of reporting staff. The News Director manages the news division budget – including annual planning, monthly monitoring, and routine handling of budget matters. The News Director assists in selecting equipment and information systems vital to news planning, news gathering, news production, and news presentation.
  • Seeks opportunities to promote public contact to help ascertain public needs and to bolster AZPM success; participates in AZPM events and fundraising activities as appropriate. Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, professionally, and collaboratively, both orally and in writing.
  • Possesses records management skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience with on-air and online techniques/procedures, protocols, and standards.
  • Knowledge of news and public affairs radio and television program production.
  • Ability to collect, evaluate, and adapt news and public affairs items for incorporation into on-air and/or online content.
  • Ability to make broadcast news programming decisions within defined parameters.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, conventions and protocols relating to the delivery of news and public affairs content.
  • Skill in the use of journalistic research methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of editorial and ethical standards generally, and as set forth specifically in the AZPM Code of Editorial Ethics and Practices.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, cost estimating, monitoring, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Possesses journalistic writing skills.
  • Ability to operate light office equipment.
  • Possesses an excellent memory for details.
  • Ability to meet daily deadlines under potentially stressful conditions including dealing effectively with multiple competing tasks and demands.

Opens: April 30, 2017
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: April 6, 2017

Television Producer/Director

Under the direction and supervision of the Executive Producer, the Television Producer/Director develops and directs various programs, promotional and/or documentary material for television on-air broadcast, and/or educational video programs. The Producer/Director also coordinates the activities of assigned staff during productions including the hiring, training, supervision, and scheduling of student crews. The incumbent uses independent judgment in determining the directorial approach to and development of program production-related concepts for the transmission and/or recording of studio/field productions.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from the University, viewers, listeners, and corporate sponsors. Regardless of job capacity, each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to those with whom they come in contact both within and without the organization.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the activities of staff and student employees assigned to specific multi-cam productions.
  • Hires, trains, supervises, and schedules student employees.
  • Researches and develops story/program concepts for various areas such as public interest and educational use and determines best production techniques for the story.
  • Schedules production, camera, and editing time; pre-plans recording and works with the production manager toensure the necessary equipment and visuals are available.
  • Determines technical requirements such as set design, sound, lighting, staging, and/or camera positions for shooting.
  • Works with producer, production manager, and studio supervisor to determine best personnel and equipment needs for desired program’s aesthetic and pacing needs.
  • Maintains accurate records including logs of production activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of broadcasting rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of broadcast production techniques.
  • Knowledge of equipment utilized in post-production and transmission of various platforms (studio, live, field, multi-cam, and source).
  • Ability to communicate effectively, professionally, and collaboratively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with individuals and teams, to work creatively, and to follow detailed instructions when required; and, to work efficiently and manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to supervise, schedule, and train employees, including student employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Possesses records management skills.
  • Ability to operate light office equipment.
  • Possesses an excellent memory for details.
  • Ability to meet daily deadlines under potentially stressful conditions including dealing with competing tasks and/or deadline demands.

Opens: April 17, 2017
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: April 24, 2017

Graphic Artist

Under the direction of the Director of Marketing, the Graphic Artist will develop and create cutting-edge graphics to support Arizona Public Media, Southern Arizona’s PBS and NPR affiliate.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from the University of Arizona, viewers, listeners, and corporate supporters. Regardless of job capacity, each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to those with whom they come in contact both within and without the organization.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinates Design elements in a multi-media environment including television, online, social media, and print; project distribution may include local, regional, and national delivery; evaluates design opportunities in production projects.
  • Coordinates and edits design elements that will appear on television, online, and in social media platforms.
  • Creates graphic designs for all forms of marketing materials in various formats and mediums; this includes, but is not limited to, booklets, brochures, reports, visual displays, newsletters, banners, posters, logos, computer-based presentations, sales materials and the AZPM website.
  • Tracks, manages, and monitors all design jobs to maintain quality and deadline integrity.
  • Produces graphic content for a wide variety of programs; directs and designs graphic content for news, public affairs, feature, documentary, and promotional/institutional applications.
  • Maintains working knowledge and understanding of current design trends and graphic applications; especially those that reflect Southern Arizona.
  • Researches and prepares design and graphic elements and applications for local, regional, national, and online delivery.
  • Coordinates design elements in a multi-media environment for television, radio, media, and online; mostly print environment with the opportunity to work with local, regional, national, and online delivery; evaluates design opportunities in production projects.
  • Produces high quality work on a regular and consistent basis with attention to accuracy, creativity, balance, and professional delivery; exercises good judgment, ethics, and integrity (as further described in the AZPM Code of Editorial Ethics and Practices).
  • Interfaces with administration, creative staff, editorial managers and supervisors to create a professional cooperative working environment, and in the delivery of creative graphic content using multiple distribution platforms.
  • Drives University vehicles as needed in the design and production of creative content.
  • Participates in AZPM promotions, outreach, fundraising, and special event activities as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Excellent typography and design skills.
  • Working knowledge of multi-media production techniques.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Experience in broadcast design and creation of motion graphics using After Affects and 3D animation software.
  • Experience in designing and creating graphics for online platforms.
  • Experience creating locator maps and graphics for print, online, and broadcast (standard and high definition).
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-intensive atmosphere; ability to work effectively with individuals and teams, work creatively and follow detailed instructions when required, and work effectively and efficiently managing several projects simultaneously.
  • Computer literate; comfortable working in a PC or Mac environment; ability to operate audio/video recording and editing equipment; familiarity with non-linear editing post production.
  • Sound editorial and design judgment; organizational, research and project development abilities; excellent oral and written communications skills; ability to plan schedules and to meet deadlines; attention to detail and good follow-through; initiative in developing creative graphic and design elements whether for programs or institutional support.

Opens: April 4, 2017
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: April 10, 2017

Working at Arizona Public Media

Arizona Public Media is committed to providing excellence in Public Broadcasting to the diverse communities of southern Arizona. Our employees are the single most important resource, making all we achieve possible.

Arizona Public Media values creativity, diversity and sincerity in public service. Arizona Public Media is an AA/ADA/EEO employer. We encourage all those qualified to apply.

In accordance with FCC guidelines (adopted Nov. 7, 2002), Arizona Public Media is required to provide notification of full-time job vacancies to organizations involved in assisting job seekers upon request by such organization. As a public service, Arizona Public Media Human Resources office will provide notification of jobs to interested organizations. To request notification, write:

Arizona Public Media
PO Box 210067
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Links

The University of Arizona's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office Web site
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
AZPM Equal Opportunity Report
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