Communication Specialist 


We are actively pursuing dynamic and diverse team members to join us in the role of Communications Specialist in Wixom, MI. Icon Download the position description as a PDF (74.5 KB) .


What You’ll Do:

The Communications Specialist will provide reporting, writing and editing support to all aspects of the Communications and Engagement Department, including digital and social media posts, print products, emails and media releases, as needed to fulfill the strategic objectives of DPTV. This individual will seek to refine, enhance and promote DPTV content, communications and engagement.

Essential Functions:

  • Understand the communications and engagement strategic objectives of DPTV and apply creative and effective approaches to achieve demonstrable results
  • Help establish and enhance the DPTV brand, burnish its image in the community, and promote and amplify its content
  • Research, report and produce documents across a wide variety of communications platforms – print, electronic, digital and social media
  • Conceive, create and manage social media communications for DPTV
  • Produce analytic reports on the volume, reach and engagement of digital and social media communications
  • Collaborate with all members of the Digital, Communications and Engagement team, as well as departments throughout DPTV
  • Meet regularly with directors of digital, communications and engagement and establish effective relationships with other DPTV colleagues
  • Produce promotional, communications and marketing materials for print, digital and social medial platforms
  • Create, edit and refine content that is accurate, fair, meaningful and engaging
  • Encourage viewer engagement through social media and other channels
  • Assist in fundraising through communications
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Excellent reporting, writing and communications skills
  • Communications, journalism or related knowledge and experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of popular social medical platforms including (but not limited to) Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr
  • Ability to learn digital and social media analytics and other similar tools
  • Experience with relevant aspects of Web-based and print communications
  • Familiarity with and interest in topics of importance to the Detroit Public Television community, including arts and culture, children and education, leadership and public policy, health and wellness, energy and environment and the general well-being of the people of Detroit and Southeast Michigan
  • Knowledge of and adherence to tenets of accuracy, fairness and ethical standards of communications
  • Creative, innovative and thoughtful approaches to assignments
  • Ability to work well across the many departments of the Detroit Public Television and with diverse community in the external environment
  • Ability to adapt to a changing media landscape and to apply emerging technologies as necessary
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines and to work irregular and extended hours when required
  • An appreciation for the mission of public media


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, English or related subject matter field required
  • 2-plus years of communications, journalism, public relations, and marketing required

What You’ll Get:

  • Excellent benefits package that includes 403(b) employer match, medical, dental, vision and much more
  • Opportunities to participate in personal and professional development programs
  • Opportunities to serve our mission and community
  • Great work environment


How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources
WTVS Detroit Public Television
1 Clover Court
Wixom, MI 48393-2247

*No telephone calls or third parties.  Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.


Posting Date: 11/20/2017


Detroit Educational Television Foundation, d/b/a Detroit Public Television and WRCJ FM 90.0, is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability status, marital status, military status, or protected veteran status. Employment decisions at Detroit Public Television will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.  The specific statements above are not intended to be all inclusive.

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