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Positions Available

General Sales Manager

The General Sales Manager is responsible for attaining station/market budget goals and maximizing radio, television, online and event underwriting sales revenues. This is achieved by the implementation of overall market strategy, the sales manager’s own direct sales and the overall support and management of the sales team.

Arizona Public Media receives a significant amount of support from viewers, listeners and corporate supporters. Each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to all with whom they come into contact, both within and outside of 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!

Accepting a new position is a big life step. We want potential candidates and their families to be able to make informed decisions. Candidates who are considering relocation to the Tucson or Phoenix area, and have been offered an on-site interview, are encouraged to use the free services offered by Above & Beyond Relocation Services (ABRS).Ask your department contact to be introduced to ABRS prior to your visit.

The University of Arizona has been recognized on Forbes 2015 list of America’s Best Employers in the United States and has been awarded the 2015 Work-Life Seal of Distinction by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meets or exceeds market sales goal on a monthly basis both individual and departmental.
  • Develops and implements sales strategies for cultivating, soliciting and securing funding from national corporations, local business and qualified private and/or corporate foundations.
  • Manages underwriting staff: oversees distribution of tasks, hiring, training and evaluation of staff.
  • Works with management in setting individual Account Executive and station underwriting budget goals.
  • Meets established deadlines for reporting and projections.
  • Motivates staff and creates a positive and professional work environment.
  • Holds weekly goal meetings with sales staff to review sales pacing, results and activity.
  • Reinforces, coaches, encourages Account Executives on personal and individual account development, systems, procedures and training ideas.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with current accounts.
  • Meets all FCC, PBS and NPR guidelines.
  • Follows station guidelines regarding; copy approval, copy and traffic deadlines and accounts receivables and collections.
  • Coordinates and manages on-air underwriting inventory.
  • Coordinates the files on programming media kits, and maintains working knowledge of product.
  • Coordinates the quarterly obtainment and dissemination of Affidavits of Broadcast History.
  • Works closely with television and radio traffic personnel and ProTrack traffic system.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
  • Five years of sales/management experience.
  • This position requires the incumbent to travel. Thus, access to reliable transportation is required. In order to use a personal vehicle for University business purposes, you must meet the following conditions: 1) Possession of a valid Arizona Driver’s license upon employment. 2) At least two years of licensed driving experience. 3) Provide evidence of liability insurance for personal vehicle as required by Arizona State law.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three years experience with supervision of sales and sales support personnel.
  • Ability to persuasively communicate and diplomatically respond with current and prospective underwriters, staff, community contacts, and others with the goal of securing financial funding.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages.
  • Ability to research and access data about potential underwriters, public and private.
  • Familiarity with the local market and business community, and professional business etiquette.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, database software, spreadsheets, e-mail and Internet capabilities.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables.
  • Excellent presentation, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

  • Opens: Feb. 5, 2016
  • Ends: Open Until Filled
  • Review Begins: TBD

Human Resources Representative, Part Time (Staff)

Arizona Public Media (AZPM) is seeking a dynamic individual with a strong HR Generalist background and a passion for Public Media to serve as our Human Resource Coordinator. This is a part time position (20 hours per week) offering full University of Arizona (UA) benefits and reporting to the AZPM General Manager.

Performs professional human resources services and consultation at AZPM and serves as liaison to UA Human Resources. Coordinates departmental activities and transactions for recruitment, referral, employment, compensation and employee relations for all categories of departmental employees.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides assistance interpreting Arizona Board of Regents policies and University policies and procedures involving human resources activities such as employment, employment visas, affirmative action, employer and employee relations, salary administration, training and benefits.
  • Coordinates the preparation of position announcements, advertisements and informational materials for recruitment; coordinates records maintenance in support of the University’s affirmative action program.
  • Coordinates employment activities, including reviewing employment applications and resumes; evaluating qualifications; referring candidates to hiring authorities, providing assistance to hiring authorities and search committees regarding compliance with relevant University policies and procedures; and preparing and reviewing all hiring forms and documentation.
  • Assists departmental supervisors and managers with new employee orientation and provides advice on departmental policies regarding employee time records, paid and unpaid leave and performance reviews.
  • Assists in a variety of employment processes, such as supporting the annual budget rollover/re-appointment process.
  • Coordinates with central Human Resources the development and recommendation of departmental performance management tools, and corrective and disciplinary action plans.
  • Coordinates departmental salary administration processes, including development of merit distribution plans, and preparing and reviewing documentation for promotions and salary adjustments.
  • Maintains department’s employee records.
  • Supervises the annual and semi-annual Employee Performance Review process.
  • Prepares and maintains annual FCC and EEO reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business or Public Administration or related field and one year of directly related experience; OR, five years of professional human resources experience OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and skill in applying the principles, practices and procedures of human resources administration in the areas of recruitment, employment, employment visas, employee relations and benefits.
  • Knowledge of and skill in interpreting and applying state and federal statutes and ABOR, University and department policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of automated HR databases.
  • Knowledge of automated payroll processes and procedures.
  • Skill in problem analysis and resolution.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Windows Outlook

  • Opens: Dec. 16, 2015
  • Ends: Open Until Filled
  • Review Begins: TBD

Director of Marketing and Communications

Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Marketing and Communications will coordinate and oversee a comprehensive marketing operation including the promotion, advertising, communication, and public relations activities of Arizona Public Media (AZPM). Duties include management of paid and trade advertising activities, publication of the online newsletter, “Preview”, community internal and external relations, television and radio program promotions, and other activities designed to generate awareness, and ultimately support, for AZPM and its various broadcast outlets.

The Chief Marketing and Communications Officer is a member of the senior management team and will play a key role in the management and operation of AZPM.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from viewers, listeners, corporate supporters, and the University of Arizona. Each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to all they come into contact with, both within and outside of the organization.

The position will require local travel and work on evenings and/or weekends as necessary.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Exercise good judgment, ethics, and integrity in the administration of the communications and promotional activities for AZPM and actively participate in its management and operation. All members of the management team are involved in AZPM fundraising activities.
  • Learn about its station programs, policies, people, and objectives in order to represent the organization effectively and enthusiastically to a wide variety of constituents. Articulate mission, vision and values in an accurate and compelling manner, both in face-to-face meetings with the press and in public presentations.
  • Establish priorities for promotional projects and develop objectives, strategies and specific plans for such projects in accordance with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Develop overall marketing strategies and identify quarterly and monthly promotional goals, continually identifying opportunities to develop and enhance the organization’s various brands and position in the community and on the national stage.
  • Develop and implement image/branding campaigns and other major promotional campaigns designed to retain existing and attract new viewers and listeners.
  • Develop ad campaigns and promotional materials with design staff for program station image, and special projects. Write copy and arrange media placement for print ads.
  • Generate national awareness and publicity for AZPM and its original productions through the creation and distribution of press and marketing materials and proactive station relations. Network with sister public stations, PBS, APT, NPR, and other distributors/clients for information and graphic support for upcoming programs and production projects.
  • Supervise activities related to communications, advertising, promotion, and educational outreach.
  • Supervises all staff in marketing and communications including on-air and online promotions.
  • Supervise AZPM crisis management activities related to services and their support.
  • Plan and implement ongoing mass marketing and promotions for AZPM in conformity with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Supervise the creation of advertising and promotional copy, the design of printed pieces, the procurement of printing, and mailing lists.
  • Prepare and/or oversee the preparation of a master calendar/schedule of events to ensure consistency in advertising and promotional activities.
  • Obtain advertisers and negotiate advertising rates.
  • Work through vendors and contractors to coordinate media placement and printing of various brochures, articles, and schedules; coordinate distribution of printed materials.
  • Determine target markets to expand audience base; decide how target market will be reached such as use of direct mailings and/or print, television, or radio advertisements.
  • Attend events in order to interact with the public and respond to questions.
  • Develop and coordinate analysis and results of marketing research; implement in-house survey on University and community wide basis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Journalism, or related field AND five years of progressively responsible experience in development of comprehensive marketing plans; OR, ten years of experience with the development of comprehensive marketing plans; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training, and/or education.
  • Demonstrated success in developing promotional and branding campaigns, ideally at a university, public broadcast entity, museum, or other nonprofit.
  • A track record of professional ability, drive and enthusiasm to identify, recommend strategies and solutions in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Sound judgment; ability to establish close working relationships within and outside the organization; strong written and verbal communication skills with managerial, organizational, and leadership capabilities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative.
  • Strong attention to detail; ability to plan schedules to meet deadlines, and to regularly work under tight deadlines.
  • Exceptional proofreading, editing, and grammatical skills.
  • Ability to motivate and direct staff.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Exceptional writing skills, including publications, speeches and grant proposals.
  • Experience negotiating advertising space/rates.
  • Ability to understand and work within budgetary procedures, policies, and restrictions.

  • Opens: Dec. 16, 2015
  • Ends: Open Until Filled
  • Review Begins: TBD

Programming Director, Television

Under the supervision of the Station Manager, the Television Program Director is responsible for acquiring and scheduling television programs that support the mission of Arizona Public Media (AZPM) and that reflect community needs and interests.

The Television Program Director is a member of the management team and plays a key role in the management and operation of AZPM.

Customer Relations: Regardless of job capacity, each employee of AZPM is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to all with whom they come in contact, both within and outside the organization.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manages the day-to-day television programming operation; researches and evaluates program offers and prepares monthly television schedules for broadcast, and CATV stations; provides direction of the formulation of long range scheduling and promotional/branding strategy with management; researches program titles for acquisition and schedule consideration; prepares audience research analysis and reports.
  • Supervises TV and radio traffic; interfaces with staff, peers and supervisors to create a professional cooperative working environment. Is responsible for generating program information and prioritization of programs for promotion on various platforms in collaboration with the radio program director.
  • Supervises the maintenance of the ProTrack program rights and scheduling database; ensures compliance with agreements between AZPM and program licensors. Coordinates management of ProTrack with respect to software updates, training and customized software applications.
  • Prepares and administers departmental budget and participates in the development and execution of overall station fiscal policies, procedures, and goals. Coordinates approval and purchase of programs in accordance with AZPM purchasing policy.
  • Communicates program information regularly to the public and responds to viewer questions and suggestions. Participates in the station’s promotions, outreach, fundraising, and special event activities as required.
  • Produces high quality work on a regular and consistent basis with particular attention to accuracy, fairness, balance and professional delivery; exercises good judgment, ethics and integrity. Ensures compliance with FCC rules and regulations as related to the televising programming area.
  • Coordinates the ascertainment of community needs and the development of the Issues and Problems List. Monitors program content of local public affairs programming to ensure local issues are addressed. Produces the Quarterly Program Topic Report for the FCC Public File.
  • Generates national awareness and publicity for AZPM and its original productions through the creation of distribution agreements and press and marketing materials and proactive station relations. Networks with sister public stations, PBS, APT, NPR, and other distributors/clients for information and graphic support for upcoming programs and production projects.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA Degree and five (5) years of experience in program evaluation, acquisition, scheduling or program development and/or distribution for broadcast or cable television; OR any combination of relevant experience, training, and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Training or progressive experience in administrative and supervisory methods and techniques.
  • At least three (3) years of supervisory experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Sound editorial and programmatic judgment.
  • Ability to set goals, organize personnel, delegate responsibility, and motivate subordinates.
  • Excellent writing skills and proven ability to work with local, regional, and national media.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel Spreadsheets, Outlook, and Internet capabilities.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.
  • Ability to understand and work with budgetary procedures, policies, and restrictions.

  • Opens: Sept. 3, 2015
  • Ends: Open Until Filled
  • Review Begins: TBD

Science Producer (Television & Radio)

Arizona Public Media is seeking a candidate for the position of Science Producer. The successful candidate will join a growing team of producers and reporters providing content for multiple media platforms including radio, television, and online.

Candidates are required to submit examples of audio/video productions and examples of pertinent content creations. Applicants who do not submit these materials will not be considered for employment.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Research, develop, write and produce science and technology segments for radio, television and online platforms.
  • Cultivate sources in the areas of scientific, technology, and health research in Tucson and the Southwest.
  • Research scientific journals and periodicals and develop enterprise stories.
  • Write and present complex issues clearly.
  • Deliver substantive stories for radio, television, and online platforms.
  • Produce television segments for locally produced science series.
  • Book guests and conduct studio interviews for TV and radio.
  • Write for online, blog, and use Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis.
  • Produce high quality work that is accurate, fair, balanced, and professional.
  • Adhere to AZPM’s Code of Editorial Ethics and Practices.
  • Operate radio field equipment and computer editing systems.
  • Help to maintain a professional and cooperative working environment.
  • Meet daily deadlines.
  • Participate in station fund raising and other public events.
  • Drive University vehicles as necessary.
  • Assist Executive Producer with program coordination, design, and assembly
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Broadcasting, Journalism, Communications or related field.
  • Two years of media experience in producing, editing, writing or reporting with a working knowledge of contemporary broadcast journalism standards and practices.
  • Must meet minimum qualifications for automotive insurability as per University of Arizona policies.
  • Possession of a valid Arizona driver’s license upon employment. Preferred Qualifications
  • Understanding, appreciation and passion for scientific topics.
  • Knowledge of scientific research in the Southwest.
  • Working knowledge of multi-media production techniques.
  • Proven ability to communicate the work being done by scientists.
  • Working knowledge of Internet search and social media tools.
  • Experience with digital editing and computer based production systems.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Experience in live studio, field, and remote production.
  • Computer literate.
  • Familiarity with public broadcasting conversational style delivery.
  • Master’s Degree in the areas of science, technology, or health.

  • Opens: Sept. 3, 2015
  • Ends: Open Until Filled
  • Review Begins: TBD

About 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 Public File