Programming Specialist 

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Programming Specialist 


Detroit Public TV (DPTV) is Michigan’s largest and most watched television station serving Southeastern Michigan, and serves the most diverse public television audience in the country. DPTV is also the state’s only community-licensed station, meaning it operates independent of any educational, government or other institution. Its funding comes from the community it serves. 

Each week more than two million people watch our four broadcast channels, and nearly 200,000 people listen to our radio station, WRCJ 90.9 FM for classical days and jazzy nights. In addition, DPTV is building the next generation of public media with our rapidly growing digital presence which has grown to reach more than half a million unique visitors through our website, YouTube channels, and social media platforms each month. 

Our core values: excellence, innovation, trust, diversity, engagement, and financial sustainability are evident in everything we do. From the engaging content we provide, to the way we work with viewers, supporters, board members and employees, to the local events we host, DPTV connects with thousands of our fellow community members each year. 

Does the idea of joining our team of dedicated professionals with different backgrounds and experiences excite you? If so, we invite you to join us in our mission to educate, engage, entertain, and inspire through the power of public media. 

For more information about DPTV, please visit the website 

The Opportunity 

We are currently actively recruiting for our Programming Specialist position located in Wixom, MI. 

The Programming Specialist reviews content from independent producers to determine its suitability for use on any of Detroit Public Televisions broadcast channels and/or streaming platforms, making recommendations to programming leadership. After approval, this position will acquire, process, and clear the content for use on DPTV’s platforms, collecting all necessary information to support marketing, promotion, and educational goals. 

Essential Functions 

Content Evaluation and Tracking 

  • Evaluate video materials against established PBS and DPTV production standards, including but not limited to content considerations 
  • Understand how available content fits into content priorities for the station and how it aligns to overall station goals and initiatives 
  • In the case of material under consideration for the Michigan Learning Channel, identify the content’s educational value, age and grade level appropriateness, and alignment with Michigan Educational Standards 
  • Maintain database of videos and supplemental materials available for use 
  • Ensure programming content adheres to DPTV’s and PBS’s editorial and funder recognition guidelines 
  • Help track program ratings for reports and measuring reach and impact of a show or series 

Partner Management 

  • Actively seek partnerships with local organizations, PBS member stations, and independent producers and producing organizations who have content that could be used on DPTV platforms 
  • Manage relationships with regular contributors and key partners 
  • Secure contracts, rights clearances, and content release letters, maintaining a database of rights deadlines and requesting renewals when needed 
  • Work with partner organizations to gather all related program assets including logos, program descriptions, publicity photos, and supplemental educational materials 
  • Report metrics on views and usage of partner materials for stewardship reports 
  • Work with outside producers and production houses to process footage/video licensing requests 

Content Scheduling 

  • Draft the monthly schedule for the Michigan Learning Channel approximately 60 days in advance 
  • Work with ProTrack and the Programming team to address any issues with permissions or content availability 
  • Support the MLC Program Director and MLC Lead Editor to make sure new programs are ready to be aired as scheduled 
  • Coordinating supplemental resources and materials with the marketing and digital media teams for promotion as well as website and social media updates 


  • Attention to detail 
  • Adaptability: A quick learner who is able to learn new software and procedures efficiently and accurately 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and follow up appropriately with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting preferred 
  • Experience working with media or video preferred 
  • Familiarity with PBS, PBS Kids programs, and PBS Learning Media preferred 


  • Proficient with software, including MS Office suite 
  • Experience working with contracts and other legal documents 
  • Demonstrated understanding of educational media for young people of different ages 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in an office or clerical environment 

Physical Demands 

Must be able to type and work in a typical office environment. Occasional travel may be required. 

Work Environment 

Individual is exposed to a typical office setting with computer equipment and video monitors. A portion of the work may be accomplished remotely. 

What you’ll get: 

As part of the DPTV family, you will enjoy a complete package of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) with employer match, HSA/FSA, life insurance, paid vacation days and paid holidays. 

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, our engaging and welcoming environment is a place where you can: 

  • Experience the rewarding feeling of knowing you are a part of an organization committed to the greater good of the community. 
  • Take a little time for fun and friendship. It’s not uncommon to catch people doing yoga together at lunch, conversing about their favorite part of a story during a book club meeting or enjoying a walk around the pond on a nice sunny day. 
  • Continue to grow and learn through opportunities for personal and professional development. 
  • Share your input, knowing that your ideas are valued and always welcome. 
  • Be yourself! We believe your uniqueness makes you an even greater asset to the team. 

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: 12/20/2021 

Detroit Educational Television Foundation, d/b/a Detroit Public Television and WRCJ 90.9 FM, 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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