Public Broadcasting Service: Director of Communications, Interconnection Project (Contractor)
Public Broadcasting Service
Alexandria, United States
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Job description

Director, Communications - Interconnection Project


Team: Corporate Communications

Status: Full-Time/Contractor

Note: The individual selected for this role will not be directly employed by PBS. The incumbent will be hired by a staffing firm as a contractor under the instruction of and complete work directly for PBS.

The Director, Communications will provide and maintain member station and internal stakeholder communications plans, reports, status updates, training materials and websites associated with the Interconnection System and related projects. This is a project communications and training position where individual initiative and leadership is expected. Particular emphasis is placed on station relations and the development, distribution and execution of regular updates and reports, in addition to training strategies using roadshows, video, web, presentations or booths at industry events. Both the project communications, updates and reports and the training activities aim to ensure understanding and adoption of the new Stage 2 interconnection system and existing Stage 1 system among member stations and other key stakeholders.


Considerable unsupervised work will be performed, and the position will occasionally be required to represent PBS in various venues. This position will have primary responsibility for the final design and implementation of the project communication plan for Stage 2, including directing the RFP selected Vendor(s).  This plan will include face-to-face meetings with member stations and stakeholders, written communication and the design, creation and management of content for web sites, in addition to the Hub, Station Management Center, and other electronic communication venues on topics related to the interconnection system. The position will coordinate activities with the PBS Corporate Communications team to ensure that plans, outreach and messages on the project are aligned.


Essential duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop, manage oversee and sustain communications plans, reports, status updates, training materials and websites associated with Interconnection System projects.
    • Development, implementation and management of an effective project communications plan.
    • Development and dissemination of explanatory materials through e-mail, print, via website and other electronic venues and through oral presentations for member stations, funding organizations, and other relevant organizations and individuals.
    • Generate reports, etc. to ensure that all necessary project reporting requirements are met.
    • Serve as a key contact for potential service providers, equipment vendors, member stations and others involved in development of or providing services to the Interconnection System.
    • Primary oversight and management of the Interconnection web content, keeping materials updated on the Hub, Station Management Center and any other relevant websites.
    • Assist in the evaluation of project proposals from business perspective as part of overall evaluation process for project proposals.
    • Interface with other PBS departments on issues as they relate to interconnection projects.
    • Represent PBS at internal committee meetings and external industry forums or conferences.
  • Serve as PBS Liaison with other national organizations.

Requirements for success:

  • Eight years of experience in communications planning, product or technology communications, project management, office management, business operations, research and analysis.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications or related field or equivalent experience in business management required.

    • Master’s degree or additional specialized training in business or technology is desirable.

  • Excellent written communications skills, including experience creating a range of communications materials, including reports, executive updates, presentations, brochures, product one-pagers, in addition to other communications materials and formats.

  • Website and social media development, implementation and support required.
  • Experience in fiscal management is highly desirable.
  • Project management in broadcasting, multiplatform media systems, and/or related business is preferred.
  • Thorough working knowledge and previous experience in broadcast television business operations and/or management.
  • Knowledge of, or prior experience working in, public broadcasting is highly desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to generate concise written reports to capture project objectives and milestones.
  • Strong research and analysis in business is highly desirable.
  • Must have superior oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively within a diverse public television environment.
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • Strong understanding of project management software desirable.

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