Job Description:

Production Manager, Local Projects

Full-Time, Exempt  

Reports to: Senior Director of Production and Creative Services


The Production Manager is responsible for the logistical aspects of production for local WETA Television programming.


  • Schedule crews, editors, studio usage, and outside vendors in coordination with multiple producers and WETA Scheduling team for concurrent productions.
  • Ensure that the production process runs smoothly, and deadlines are met.
  • Oversee workflow among and between producers, editors, and Digital Media.
  • Manage budgets, negotiate costs with vendors, establish accounts, and handle payment processing for vendors and talent.
  • Meet regularly with producers in order to understand the needs of the project and to ensure efficient deployment of resources.
  • Problem-solve during production and post-production.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • Superior planning and organizational skills.
  • Fluency with current broadcast and digital media production processes.
  • Adept at handling budgets and payment software.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with good judgment.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five+ years of experience in professional video production.
  • Functional knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (E.g. Excel).
  • Experience with union contracts and union staff requirements is preferred.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.


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 Produtions 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
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Full time
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