Producer, Michigan Learning Channel

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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.

The Opportunity

We are actively pursuing a dynamic and diverse team member to join us in the role of Producer in Wixom, MI.

The Producer is responsible for managing the production, creative team, crew, script, edit, budget, and deliverables of DPTV’s Michigan Learning Channel, including live to tape, single or multi-camera programs, short and long form video projects, and other partner productions.

Essential Functions

  • Produce single or multi-camera programs for distribution online and on-air including scheduling the crew and all equipment and facilities; scripting; booking talent; preparing graphics; booking travel; designing set and lighting; producing roll-in materials; and other duties essential to the production.
  • Research, script, schedule, coordinate, conduct interviews, determine B-roll needs, log footage and edit rough cuts for short and long form projects.
  • Manage relationships and all deliverables related to the project.
  • Produce content related interstitial material
  • Coordinate with the education and programming teams to keep a log of all available programs and/or interstitial
  • Create and reconcile budgets.
  • Manage multiple timelines and deliverables and regularly track the project status.
  • Produce special programs as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent ability to self-prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines at the same time
  • Excellent organizational ability with strong attention to details
  • Solution-oriented under high pressure
  • Effective influence and leadership skills to motivate teams
  • Ability to work independently under pressure with minimal supervision
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; including clear storytelling skills
  • Ability to contribute creative ideas
  • Ability to complete tasks within budget and time constraints and prepare necessary reports
  • Basic knowledge of production set ups
  • Basic knowledge of technical equipment


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Broadcast, Journalism, or related field of study or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years long and short form video production experience
  • 5+ years of experience with Adobe products preferred
  • Ability to work a varied schedule including evenings, weekends, and some holidays

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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: 8/31/2020

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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