KUSM-TV is a public broadcasting television station licensed to Montana State University in Bozeman. The station, together with KUFM-TV, licensed to The University of Montana in Missoula, comprise MontanaPBS, a statewide television service reaching over 400 communities. KUSM also offers complete television production services to on campus departments, public agencies, and, as appropriate, the private sector.
KUSM-TV/Montana PBS is under contract with the Legislative Services Division (LSD) of the state of Montana to deliver audio-visual production services that meet the statutory provisions of Title 5, Chapter 11, Part 11 MCA, and to work in collaboration with LSD to develop, operate and continually improve the Montana Public Affairs Network (MPAN) channel. MPAN is the statewide broadcasting service that provides citizens with access to impartial, unedited, gavel-to-gavel coverage of public affairs activities of the Montana Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches.
The MPAN Assistant Production Manager reports directly to the MPAN Production Manager. The Assistant Production Manager is based in Helena, Montana.
The Assistant Production Manager assists the MPAN Production Manager and the other MPAN Staff, in consultation with LSD, with all aspects of media production and distribution of various state government proceedings. Viewing audiences receive this content through broadcast and cable television, direct satellite distribution, live and on-demand online streaming, as well as multiple closed-circuit channels within the Capitol Building. After broadcast, the content is also preserved in long-term archive storage. In addition to producing in-house coverage of proceeding and events, the Assistant Production Manager will assist with programming decisions and project coordination with LSD. The Assistant Production Manager will also assist with program acquisition, broadcast programming and scheduling tasks, and some studio and field production, along with post-production and packaging tasks in preparation for distribution. The person in this position will also assist in the development of future programming and promotional materials.
This position is classified as Part-Time. However, there is some cyclical variability in the number of required hours of work, and in the required work schedule. The scheduling of events on the Legislative Services broadcasting calendar determines the work schedule. Full Time availability, occasionally in excess of 40 hours per week, will be required during the Legislative Session (January through April in odd-numbered years), as well as during any Legislative Special Sessions. During the Interim Session, the work schedule will be closer to half-time, typically averaging 20 hours per week, although there will be some week-to-week variability depending on the Legislative calendar.. There can also be some flexibility in the scheduling of those hours during the Interim Session.
NOTE: as a Part-Time position, the benefits package remains the same regardless of the variable hours worked.
Montana State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled
Because MontanaPBS is dedicated to increasing diversity in broadcasting, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Operate multiple robotic cameras, a production switcher, and a character generator in a production facility to produce live coverage of capitol proceedings. Will be expected to consistently integrate clear pictures and sound with accurate character generation to identify people and provide relevant information on-screen;
- Adhere to established Unit guidelines for editorial content and broadcast style (camera angles, shot selection, graphic subtitling, etc.) to ensure impartiality and decorum of the institutions being covered;
- Route audio and video signals to multiple locations for broadcast, streaming, and CCTV services, as well as for multiple recordings;
- Record proceedings and events, as scheduled, in multiple formats for distribution and archive;
- Monitor and evaluate all programmatic content and metadata for correct quality and accuracy, following established Unit guidelines for editorial, technical and aesthetic standards, and will take whatever appropriate corrective action is necessary to achieve compliance;
- Assist with programming and scheduling tasks, including data entry and the operation of broadcast scheduling equipment (both software and hardware);
- Assist with other production and post-production tasks, including editing, graphics and animations, captioning, encoding/transcoding, and file transfers, and creating consumer media products such as DVDs;
- Participate in field production activities to include making off-site meetings and events available for distribution as either live and/or recorded, creating original programmatic content for broadcast and web distribution, and creating promotional and informational interstitials;
- Participate in the creation of content for social media;
- Assist the Production Manager in training and evaluating other part-time and temporary staff as well as student interns, and serve as the lead staff member;
- Assist the Production Manager with providing services and information to other Unit and Division staff, to staff members of Legislative Services
- Assist Production Manager in other operational tasks of the Unit including coordinating and planning with MPAN and LSD staff, and other duties as assigned.
Closing date: Applications are accepted until an adequate pool is formed
- A high school diploma (or possess a GED equivalent), plus at least three cumulative years of significantly-related work experience.
- Demonstrated experience working with sophisticated technological equipment such as : gaming consoles, computers & printers, remote control cameras; video switchers, audio mixing equipment, video servers, IP network switches, oscilloscopes & electronic test equipment, security monitor & alarm systems; audio visual & lighting control systems; HVAC systems; computerized medical testing equipment; automated manufacturing process equipment
- Demonstrated experience working with a programming scheduling database, and/or cataloging system, including data entry tasks and report generation tasks;
- Demonstrated experience working with both PC and Mac-based industry-specialized software and applications;