Job Description:

Program Associate

Full-Time, Regular

Reports to: Senior Director, Programming

We’re looking to hire a Program Associate for our Television Broadcasting department. This position reports to the Senior Director of Programming and is responsible for assisting the Senior Director of Programming with maintaining, organizing and updating content for the WETA PBS, WETA UK, WETA Metro and Passport channels.

In an average week, you can expect to:

  • Create a database of all available content for broadcast and digital. This includes content from PBS and all other distributors. Maintain that database by following all feeds and adding new programming to the database as it is acquired as well as removing anything that is no longer available for air.
  • Update programming content based on rights and releases using the Protrack database system.
  • Organize content that is designated for each specific channel: WETA PBS, WETA UK and WETA Metro.
  • Forecast content by building draft schedules for all channels at least 12 months out; working with shows from their end dates to back-time the schedule accordingly. 

What success looks like:

  • After 60 days, you should understand the inner workings of the WETA Local Department. Be familiar with the Protrack Database system and understand the scheduling priorities for all of the WETA channels.
  • After 120 days, you should have a firm understanding of the PBS system. Have taken over content organizational management for all of the WETA Channels. Begin helping the Senior Director of Programming with annual program forecasts on a regular basis.

You must have:

  • Experience in television programming, audience research or media company preferred.
  • Experience managing multiple large projects at a time and comfort with working with and presenting to senior leadership.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with careful attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of computer technology to efficiently accomplish work, using Microsoft Office programs, email, Internet, and database management software.

You should have:

  • College degree in broadcasting or related field. Minimum three years of progressively responsible work experience in a media environment.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Proof of full dosage of a COVID-19 vaccination is required for all positions that will be working onsite, or may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite.

About us:

Founded in 1961, WETA is Washington, DC’s leading public broadcasting station. As a PBS and NPR member, we not only serve the DC metro area with our local programming and classical radio station, but also the nation with Washington WeekPBS NewsHour, and our partnerships with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Our staff comes from very diverse backgrounds, but we all have one thing in common; we believe in our mission and the service we provide to the public.

We know there are great candidates who may have skills we haven’t thought about.   If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans and people with disabilities. 

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WETA is an equal employment opportunity employer.  WETA does not discriminate against employees or applications on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.



Job Location: 
Arlington, VA
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
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