Production Manager, KUFM-TV (MontanaPBS)

Confidential   Missoula, MT   Full-time     Management
Posted on March 20, 2024
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Production Manager, KUFM-TV (MontanaPBS)


Join MontanaPBS’s dynamic and creative content team as the Production Manager at KUFM-TV in Missoula, MT.


The Production Manager works with departmental leadership and technical expertise in studio and field television productions. In this position you will work with broadcast, promotion and digital services staff as well as KUFM-TV production facilities and equipment. You will collaborate with award winning producers and create original, high quality, video content that furthers the educational and public service mission of MontanaPBS.



*For complete list of responsibilities, click the link at the bottom of the page. *

  • Manage equipment, facilities, and budget resources, and work with the video production team to oversee and provide leadership for various concurrent projects
  • Oversee and manage the television studio and control room. Assist with scheduling, maintenance, and functionality for a variety of productions and uses in the studio and control room. Assist with lighting and set design for various productions
  • Bring experience and knowledge that guides the various production teams in creating meaningful, compelling long form, short form, and informational programs
  • Will pitch, develop, produce, and direct original content intended for broadcast on MontanaPBS, including news-public affairs, documentary, performing arts and drama programming, and live fundraising and special events


Local Content Production

  • Serve as a leader with broadcast and production services staff to continually grow and improve the station’s local, regional and contracted production output.
  • Ensure locally produced content is compelling, ethical, and balanced, while meeting local and national PBS editorial integrity and funding standards
  • Work with the Directors of the Digital Engagement, Education, and Development departments to ensure local programming serves an important role in the station’s fundraising, education, and social media campaigns
  • Engage in co-production relationships with independent producers to further their distribution goals and bringing original content to MontanaPBS viewers


Equipment and Facilities

  • Provide oversight and support for all production related equipment and facilities, including but not limited to field kits, studios, control rooms, cameras, lighting and audio systems, and post-production facilities.
  • Work with engineering team to repair, maintain, and replace equipment. Collaborate with Technical Director to provide broadcast industry insights and expertise for long term and short-term technical plans.
  • Provide leadership and training to staff in learning and implementing new technologies, and current industry trends and standards.
  • Lead and encourage strategic thinking for the implementation of new and emerging technologies.


Significant in-state travel may be required, in addition to varied work schedules that may include evenings and weekends.


Position Details

Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Salary for this position is $55,000- $60,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.


Required Qualifications*

*For complete list of qualifications, click the link at the bottom of the page. *

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a combination of relevant professional work experience in the television production field
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple and complex productions from conception to completion.
  • Significant achievements in the creation of content, resulting in the enhanced reputation of the public or commercial television industry, and/or Awards such as NATAS Emmy, Cine, or Regional Awards.
  • Demonstrated mastery of television production facilities, field equipment, and postproduction theory, equipment, and workflows.
  • To perform this job successfully, you must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required, and includes:
  • Lifting and moving heavy production equipment
  • Climbing Ladders
  • Working in outdoor environments, including during inclement weather situations


Preferred Qualifications

Experience working for, or with, a public television station


About UM and Montana Public Radio-KUFM

The University of Montana is a flagship, R1 research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains where three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.  The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.


Mission: Quality television has the power to elevate our understanding of the world, encourage respect for one another, and influence our lives in a positive way. MontanaPBS shares diverse stories; connects our citizens; discovers common ground; and celebrates the independent spirit and beauty of Montana.


How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Sunday, April 21, 2024

For application instructions, required application materials, and to learn more about UM and Missoula, please apply at UM Jobs website by visiting: Production Manager- KUFM


The University of Montana is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. This position is eligible for veterans' preference and disability preference in accordance with Montana State Law


Missoula , MT