Current Employment Opportunities
WEDU is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and fully supports workplace diversity – all applicants are welcome. Drug Test and Background check required.
Communications and Education Support Associate
Department: Communications Department
Reports to: Vice President of Communications
Job Type: Part-Time/Full-Time
Objective: The Communications Support Associate will be a key member of the WEDU PBS Communications team and will play a vital role in supporting WEDU PBS public relations, marketing, outreach and special event activities through managing communications records, correspondence and assigned administrative duties. The Communications Support Associate will provide ongoing public relations and events administrative support and other duties as assigned to effectively and efficiently assist in reaching targeted goals for the department and organization as a whole. This position also provides support to the Education Department through clerical duties and event assistance as assigned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Coordinate and prepare data for press distribution, mailings, special appeals and events throughout the year via mail merge, e-mail or other methods
- Post press information and station events to local online media calendars
- Manage guest related events calls, emails, questions and requests for station events including but not limited to: WEDU Be More Awards, WEDU Community Cinema, community screening events, teacher workshops, community education events, donor and production related events, and more
- Assist in coordinating event volunteers for station events and assist in developing and executing an annual volunteer program in partnership with the Human Resources Department
- Assist with weekly e-newsletter production for overall programming and departmental areas such as Education and staff updates
- Provide office management support for the Communications and Education departments, including filing, ordering supplies, renewing subscriptions, maintaining central files, preparing purchase orders, mail distribution and other administrative duties associated with efficient workflow
- Provide ongoing administrative support to the Vice President of Communications and Director of Educational Services including but not limited to coordinating meetings, travel, schedules, accounting, correspondence/mailings, timesheets, etc.
- Provide ongoing administrative support to the Communications Department and Education Department by conducting Internet research and inquiries related to community outreach activities. This may include providing assistance in coordinating event speakers, assisting guests and related event needs
- Provide assistance/support for Creative Services Specialist and Interactive Services Specialist as needed with completion and serve as backup for web and print production projects
- Provide direction to Communications team interns as needed
- Communicate and coordinate with departments throughout the organization on pending projects as needed
- Provide support to assigned station events, including but not limited to reservations, on site check- in, set-up, clean-up, data entry and staffing at events; work with special events for a timely follow-up of attendees and immediate cultivation of potential members or donors
- Assist with grant applications and events collateral needs by maintaining timelines, research and providing copies and assembly of packets of materials.
- Maintain an inventory of available Marketing materials and promotional items. Serve as scheduler for marketing props such ask backdrops, banners, etc.
- Seek at all times to promote the case for support of WEDU PBS throughout the region
- Maintain excellent internal and external communications, both verbally, and in writing.
- Perform any other duties as assigned, including but not limited to, provide coverage for front desk receptionist or other organization support personnel during breaks or outages, assist with meeting and/or event set-up and clean-up
- Experience in an office setting in an administrative assistant role
- Proficient with Microsoft Office program including Word, Excel, Powerpoint
- Background or educational experience in public relations and/or event planning
- Basic knowledge of desktop publishing, web design, and e-blast programs
- Knowledge or experience with social media marketing and Internet research
- Strict external and internal customer service standards
- Flexibility and initiative
- Occasional nights and weekends
Safety & Security: Employees are required to maintain compliance with WEDU’s safety, security, drug free and confidentiality programs to secure a safe working environment and protect the company’s intellectual property.
WEDU is a Drug Free Workplace and is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and fully supports workplace diversity – all qualified applicants are welcome.
Application Process: Potential candidates should send cover letter, salary history and requirements, and resume to: [email protected] OR, WEDU, HR, at fax 813/253-0826 (not both).
Objective: This position serves as a key fundraiser for WEDU through the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual donors and prospects making annual or special major gifts of $1000 or more, as well as Planned Giving donors. As a part of the WEDU Development team, the Philanthropy Officer serves as the station liaison for the Broadcasters Circle, works with our Visionaries, and represents WEDU at station events.
Reports to:: Senior Vice President of Development
- Personally meets, cultivates and solicits individuals who have the capacity to contribute at the Broadcasters Circle level of $1000 or more annually.
- Maintains a personal portfolio of current donors, prospects, and planned giving donors, including individuals and foundations; communicates with portfolio prospects through face-to-face solicitation and stewardship meetings, as well as in writing, ensuring that a clear strategy is in place for each prospect.
- Assists in facilitating the completion of the current Arts Alive Campaign.
- Reviews and upgrades current Broadcasters Circle members and re-enlists lapsed Broadcasters Circle members.
- Stewards Planned Giving donors and follows up on leads provided.
- Maintains regular contact with WEDU’s donors through donor correspondence, phone contact and personal visits. Maintains donor records and their confidentiality.
- Provides direction to the Administrative Assistant, ensuring all deadlines are met according to the development plan and timeline set forth.
- Creates system for monitoring major giving trends and patterns.
- Coordinates planning and budgeting for revenue generation.
- Prepares weekly tracking and progress reports to senior management including contacts, pledges and gifts.
- Prepares monthly tracking reports on revenue and budget
- Provides meeting support materials to senior management and Board members, including talking points, solicitation materials, background information and follow-up proposals as needed.
- Works with Development staff on screening and preparing profiles of current and prospective donors, establishes and refines benchmarks for department research process,
- Solicits additional gifts and cultivates new donors through direct mail solicitations and station events.
- Works as part of the Development Team to identify other development opportunities, such as planned gifts.
- Researches and writes grants as appropriate.
- Develops and oversees Development/Major Donor events, including annual donor luncheons and stewardship events. Is a visible presence at all events. This may include occasional evening or weekend work.
- Performs any other duties as assigned.
- Proficiency at improving work methods and procedures as a means toward greater efficiency.
- Communicates effectively with supervisor, peers, and customers.
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to work cooperatively with supervision or as part of a team.
- Demonstrates initiative and willingness to take on additional responsibilities.
- Reliability (attendance, punctuality, meeting deadlines).
Potential candidates should send cover letter, salary history and requirements, and resume to: [email protected] OR WEDU, HR, at fax 813/253-0826 (not both).
Information Technology Manager
Objective: To effectively assist the Vice President of Engineering in the overall management and direction of all information systems and/or computer processing and television production and distribution efforts.
- On-going Support and Maintenance: Perform system support functions which include data communications, system installation and troubleshooting for more than 50 employees. Prioritize service requests according to organizational goals and impact. Assist our staff with requests and questions concerning computer hardware, software and our network, covering both Windows and Mac. Schedule and respond to requests in a timely manner. Develop and implement strategies to handle security and anti-spam issues.
- Troubleshooting: Investigate and correct errors. Determine the source of the problem to find a solution. Resolve situation in a timely manner.
- Planning: Recommend changes to software and hardware platforms as needed. Work with software and hardware vendors to request service and/or information regarding product questions or problems. Implement long term planning to bring resources up to industry standards. Identify and address issues that will put the organization at risk or will impede productivity. Keep current on computer technology in order to facilitate station needs.
- Disaster Recovery: Perform regular backups and end of day routines as necessary. Ensure disaster recovery planning is relevant and achievable. Do testing to prove recovery is possible.
- Development: Assist in the development and design of new software. Coordinate and implement station-wide computer needs with Vice President of Engineering.
- Data Communications: Coordinate telephone and internet communication services throughout the station. Troubleshoot equipment problems. Work with vendors on upgrades and equipment needs as required. Install equipment as required throughout the station.
- Television Production and Distribution: Assist with the processes involved with file based video workflow, including editing, transcoding, storage, distribution, routing and archiving.
- Communications: In all areas maintain excellent internal and external communications, both verbally and in writing.
- Preferred Qualifications: MS Certifications a plus. 3-5 years industry experience in a virtualized server environment and thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office products and networking fundamentals. Knowledge of VOIP technologies a must, as well as MS Exchange. Knowledge of video, encoding, digitizing, transmission, and storage is preferred.
- Adhere to the safety and security policies of the station.
- Perform any other duties of an incidental nature as assigned.
Potential candidates should send cover letter, salary history and requirements, and resume to: [email protected]. OR, WEDU, HR, at fax 813/253-0826 (not both).
Canvassers: Part-Time positions available
Perform door to door fundraising activities such as one-time or monthly giving programs and occasional specific special events. Canvassers will track and record all donations, door knocks, donor prospects, etc., as part of a team, raising funds for WEDU.
Door-to-Door Canvassing, 8 hour shifts, 12-8 pm, Flexible Days – can work anywhere from 2-5 days per week, Monday through Friday, and occasional weekends.
Environment and Physical Demands: Ability to walk outside for up to 6 hours per shift, approximately 4-5 miles per day. Ability to work in inclement weather conditions year round. Ability to carry all canvasing equipment and materials while walking on turf. 20% office and 80% outdoors.
- Experience with canvassing or door-to-door experience (e.g., collecting petition signatures)
- Excellent verbal communication skills
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Willingness to take initiative
- Must have reliable transportation and clean driving record
- Bi-lingual ability is a plus
WEDU PBS Educational Workshop Provider
Objective: WEDU PBS has an immediate opening for a part-time, contract individual to coordinate and present workshops demonstrating PBS educational resources.
- Works with WEDU education staff to create presentations focused on incorporating PBS educational resources into learning environments.
- Makes contact and coordinates workshop presentations with public and private schools, early learning providers, libraries, home school groups and colleges and universities throughout WEDU’s 16-county viewing area.
- Secures appropriate workshop evaluation data
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years experience in PreK-12 education, multimedia learning and curriculum preferred.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
- Excellent oral and written communication
- Excellent organizational skills
- Experience with training/teaching adults preferred.
- Familiarity with PBS Kids, Ready To Learn and PBS LearningMedia digital educational resources helpful
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
- Must have vehicle and be willing to travel throughout WEDU’s broadcast region in West Central Florida.
Potential candidates should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]
PBS member station WEDU, seeks experienced Producers for field and studio productions for short form, long form, documentary and series video content for WEDU.
Ideal candidates are organized self-starters who will be responsible for producing WEDU projects, including locally, regionally and/or nationally presented content.
Duties would involve generating content ideas, producing project elements from concept through post-production including writing and coordinating all elements necessary to successfully complete contracted projects on time and within budget.
Potential assignments might include: local programming projects – studio or field based programming, documentaries, special content projects, program segments and/or promotional messages for broadcast or alternate distribution.
Candidates should have a proven history of being a Producer for successful program production. A working knowledge of public television would be a plus. Producers should be capable of handling multiple project demands simultaneously, be able to work independently, and must manage their work hours to complete all projects by deadline. Technical abilities in shooting video and editing would be preferred.
Projects could be of varying duration and scope, and may allow for full-time or part-time employment, or independent contracting based on those parameters. WEDU is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and fully supports workplace diversity – all applicants are welcome.
Potential candidates should send cover letter and resume to [email protected].
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Volunteering or interning at WEDU can be a rewarding and challenging experience. As a nonprofit organization, WEDU must rely on volunteer and intern support to fulfill our mission. As a business enterprise, our organization requires volunteers and interns who are willing to make a commitment of time and energy – similar to a paid position. Although we are on the air around the clock, our administrative operations are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The volunteer or intern needs of the organization range from clerical help to public speaking. Our volunteers and interns must be dependable, reliable and willing to perform their duties on a fixed schedule. The amount of time committed would be determined by the individual. Once established, the expectation would be that the person could be reliable and able to perform assignments on a regular basis.
Volunteer or internship assignments can vary throughout the year as well as within departments. Examples include acting as an usher for a community forum, helping with a specific event, committing 20 hours a week to writing copy for the Communications Department, or doing research for a project.
Due to the nature of our enterprise and our continuously evolving industry, we have to be highly selective in designating volunteer or internship assignments. For that reason we urge you to fill out the coordinating form for the specific area you are interested in.
We want your experience to be as rich and fulfilling for you as it is productive for WEDU. By volunteering, you can show your support while learning more about WEDU, your community-owned PBS station and public media source serving West Central Florida. By interning, you can learn firsthand the functions of positions in your area of interest, and gain valuable knowledge of the workplace.
NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot respond to every request. Should the skills and qualifications match an opportunity, a staff member will contact the applicant.
Internship vs. Volunteering: WEDU offers internship opportunities to students enrolled in an accredited college or university or recent graduates. We prefer that students seek class credits for the internship, although it is not required. Internship opportunities may be from six weeks to multiple semesters, preferably two to three days per week. Internships and volunteer positions are unpaid.