Vice President, Production Operations

Job Title: Vice President, Production Operations
Department: Production Operations
Supervisor: EVP & Chief Operating Officer
Date: October 2016
Status: Regular, FLSA Exempt, Full-Time.
Overall Job Objectives
The Vice President/Production Operations is the lead for production operations for WETA, primarily for _PBS NewsHour_but also other programs produced in-house, including WETA local productions. The VP closely collaborates with the editorial teams and technical areas, including Broadcast Engineering, IT, and Facilities, to ensure that NewsHour and other programs are supported with the necessary production infrastructure. This position is expected to have a significant role in designing production infrastructure and developing workflows as WETA plans to move into a new production facility.
The Vice President ensures optimal operational services, efficiencies and utilization of organizational resources, and adherence to company policies and procedures.
Principal Responsibilities
Manage the overall production needs of the _PBS NewsHour_ and other WETA productions as may be required_._
Evaluate the operational needs of the NewsHour with the Executive Producer and General Manager of the NewsHour. Work closely and cooperatively with the VP/Engineering & Operations and others so that operational needs are anticipated, evaluated, resourced, and resolved with maximum efficiency.
Work closely with teams on technology, broadcast and web tool upgrades, and workflow adjustments, for daily coverage as well as specials in the field and remote locations. Ensure staff is properly trained in associated operational systems, equipment, and procedures.
Continuously review all processes/workflows used within the show, streamlining and clarifying processes as needed. The Vice President will work with managers to better define all roles. Devise workable processes and implement their utilization.
Manage and deliver transparent communications, workflow, timelines, and execution for the full range of production needs for nightly national broadcast, considering the personnel, budgetary and editorial impacts.
Assist with financial planning and analysis, and support preparation of the annual NewsHour budget. Participate in developing short and long-range goals for the department, to include budget, staffing and new systems.
Negotiate production agreements.
Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.
Extensive experience supervising production for a major network news outlet, preferably with an emphasis on daily television production.
Knowledge of all facets of newsroom production needs, including financial, personnel and editorial.
Ability to work effectively under deadline pressures and high stress situations.
Must provide leadership and display enthusiastic commitment to values consistent with goals of the company.
Working knowledge of the latest broadcast innovations and up and coming technology improvements for both TV and web production, including an-depth understanding of Avid iNews and Media Asset Management systems.
Demonstrated ability to effectively organize, lead, and manage staff and their work. Ability to collaborate effectively, and work as part of a team.
Education and Experience
Minimum fifteen years? experience in video production, including a track record of progressively responsible production management positions at a major news outlet.
College degree in a field related to television production and/or commensurate experience.
Experience with designing and implementing production operations in new facilities is highly desirable.
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