Job Description:

Production Manager

Full-Time, Exempt

Reports to:  Vice President of Production Management


Serve as client representative on projects in the National Programming portfolio.  Services include preparing programs for submission to chief distributors (PBS, APT, others) budget design and administration, booking and scheduling of personnel and facilities, expense management, and financial reporting to both producers and station management. 


  • Prepare programs made either by WETA itself or its national production partners for submission to PBS, PBS Digital, PBS International, PBS Learning Media, American Public Television.
    • Liaise and plan with producers the deliverables requirements and timeline for delivery to constituent distributors.
    • Arrange for production of, or when necessary, produce the standard packaging elements required for program submission.
    • Build detail plans and budgets for packaging and delivery of programs.
    • Prepare the attendant paperwork required by distributors for program submission.
  • Facilitate successful completion of NPD projects by:
    • Placing orders for goods and services for projects.
    • Supervise implementations.
    • Approve and process invoices and expenses.
    • Write project status and variance reports.
    • Review contracts and agreements and administer according to relevant portions of the agreements
  • Initiate or participate in development of NPD projects by:
    • Building production budget with Project Manager, Producer and Controller for projects developed in house and for co-productions with our various production partners and clients outside of WETA;
    • Present proposed budget, production plan and report of concerns/reservations and assumptions to the Budget Office. 
    • Expedite signature/approval process.
    • Prepare and provide project financial status reports with Controller.
    • Reconcile monthly reports from Accounting Department with Controller.
    • Manage and monitor spending on projects in progress.  This includes the holding of a company purchase card, requiring monthly reconciliation and expense approval.
    • Place orders for goods and services for project, approve invoices and expenses, supervise implementation, write project status reports, review contracts and authorize their execution.
  • Manage production activity within parameters of production plan, budget, schedule, performance specs and plant capabilities.
    • Coordinate production plan in conjunction with Project Manager and Producer.  Draft and update production movement schedules, and coordinate with all participants in any production.
    • Schedule and book Production Center personnel and facilities, where needed.
    • Perform other duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


  • Experience with PBS and APT standards and practices, deliverables requirements, technical and style book specifications are highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of and ability to review and draft production contracts.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform strong financial analysis, planning and tracking.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Ability to interact with a wide variety of people using diplomacy, tact and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team in an environment of multiple projects, clients, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures.
  • Ability to function well under pressure, distractions and in a time-sensitive environment. 
  • Ability to work occasional irregular shifts, long hours and travel assignments with positive, result-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Capitol Hill Security Clearance. 
  • Excellent organizational, project planning, presentation and time management skills with careful attention to detail needed.
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of computer technology to efficiently accomplish work, using Microsoft Office programs, email, Internet, and Filmmaker Pro.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.


  • College degree in Broadcast Communications, Journalism, Financial Management or related field; equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in project or production management/coordination at national/network level. Experience should include a working familiarity with studio/control room production, remote production, ENG/EFP, edit room operations and satellites and circuits.
  • Experience with Trade Union or Guild Contracts, particularly DGA, AFTRA, AFM, IBEW, IATSE a plus.


WETA and NewsHour Productions are Washington, DC established media and news organizations.  We are a largely local workforce based out of the Campbell Place office in Arlington, VA.  WETA and NewsHour Productions value employee flexibility when possible.  Most positions based in our Arlington, VA office will be onsite or hybrid, depending upon the role.


WETA and its subsidiary NewsHour Productions LLC serve local and national public media audiences by producing and distributing content of intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Through broadcast, digital and community services, the organization offers compelling, diverse programming on five television channels, including primary channel WETA PBS, and on WETA Classical, the exclusive home for classical music in the nation’s capital; produces a portfolio of national television productions, including PBS NewsHour, recognized globally for bringing balanced, in-depth news coverage to all Americans; creates impactful documentaries with longtime production partners Ken Burns and Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; features a variety of content offerings on, WETA Passport, the PBS Video App and the WETA Classical App; and serves communities near and far with education and engagement initiatives that contribute to the company’s mission of public service.


WETA and NewsHour Productions prioritizes the safety and security of our community.   In accordance with our focus on providing and maintaining a safe workplace, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees working in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office and employees who may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite, subject to business needs.

In accordance with this policy, all applicants for employment in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment.  Requests for exemption from this policy based on a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief will be considered upon a conditional offer of employment. Reasonable accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

WETA and NewsHour Productions is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. This policy complies with all applicable laws and is informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities, as applicable.

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WETA and NewsHour Productions are equal opportunity employers committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and internships.  WETA and NewsHour Productions make hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.





Job Location: 
Arlington, VA
United States
Job Category: 
Project Management
Job Type: 
Full time
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