PBS12 Colorado Public Television
Not of Hispanic Origin
April 29, 2024
Job Type
Part Time


Programming & Acquisitions Manager


PBS12 is a dynamic, creative place to work with talented employees having diverse backgrounds and interests who are committed to a common goal and work hard to achieve it.

The Mission of PBS12 is to share the real, personal stories of the Colorado experience that celebrate our lifestyles and tackle the issues that define our state. 


PBS12 strives to fulfill this mission by:


·         Exercising and supporting freedom of expression and independence from political and commercial forces.

·         Respecting our viewers, members and public as, first and foremost, inquisitive and discerning citizens.

·         Addressing social issues and public concerns that are not otherwise adequately covered in the community.

·         Cultivating an environment of discovery, learning, collaboration, mutual regard, tolerance and civic pride.

·         Encouraging experimentation, creativity, new ideas and high standards in all aspects of our work.

·         Providing a safe haven for children.

·         Serving under-represented interests by providing access to diverse and opposing viewpoints.

·         Working cooperatively and in partnership with other organizations and interests that share our goals in the community.

·         Exercising responsible stewardship of our human, fiscal and other resources.




The Programming team for PBS12 is responsible for determining when, where, and what content airs across all PBS12 platforms. This position ensures content is scheduled and ready by airdate. We are looking to expand our team to include a Programming & Acquisitions manager charged with leading content planning, programming strategy, and scheduling. This role is responsible for vetting all options and opportunities offered across all content subscription services as well as researching, identifying, and making recommendations on new content that is aligned with the Station mission, brand, and strategic objectives. The Programming & Acquisitions Manager is the first point of contact between the PBS12 and external content providers and independent producers. As such, this position requires a professional demeanor, along with excellent written and verbal communications skills.  This position reports to the Director of Content & Programming as well as the VP of Development and Marketing.

Key Responsibilities:


          Synthesize monthly content offerings from NETA, APT, PBS, WETA, etc. and make programming recommendations for the team to consider through the lens of viewership data and mission.

          Work to continuously evolve the station’s programming strategy to fine-tune the alchemy of subscription service programs, acquisitions, and with consideration to PBS12’s original program slate.

          Work with Content Management Specialist to implement programming strategy/selections into monthly schedules, including considering scheduling alignment with current community and cultural concerns, heritage months, notable calendar/seasonal events, etc.



          Field and track external content offered by other stations, independent producers, and PBS12 partnerships to recommend acquisitions and content for programming slate.

          Research and scout for potential content, network with other stations, and at festival events to discover new potential film and series for acquisitions.

          Correspond and coordinate with external producers, production companies, other stations to negotiate license terms and acquire selected content.  

          Generate licensing contracts and facilitate signatures for all acquired content on our platforms. Maintain database of licensing terms.

          Correspond and coordinate with outside Producers to insure timely media delivery to in-house server. This role is responsible to screen all content for FCC violations, and it moves through traffic and arrives in master control by department deadlines and airdates.

          Manage all programming-related station obligations associated with content partnerships (i.e., managing acquisitions of films from festivals).

          Liaison between external producers and marketing department about airdates, promotion, and coordination of delivery of marketing materials.

          Write short and long descriptions for all content coming from external sources for website and Protrack.

          Maintain tracking spreadsheet of all licensed materials and check frequently that expired agreements are removed from our platforms.


Minimum Education Requirements


·         Bachelor’s degree in communications, broadcast or related field, or equivalent level of experience.


Minimum Experience Requirements:


          Experience in broadcast, digital media, programming strategy and operations.

          A strong understanding and familiarity with broadcast schedules and systems.

          A passion for television, content, and public broadcasting and a natural curiosity of all types of content i.e.  series, documentaries, public affairs, food, travel, etc.

          Experience organizing and presenting amounts of data where attention to detail is paramount.

          Experience working with and adjusting legal contracts, corresponding with external partners, and negotiating details of legal agreements.

          Scheduling strategy experience in either linear or multiplatform spaces; both is a bonus.

          Experience adapting and working in a fast-paced environment and being flexible with shifting priorities.

          A collaborative and team-oriented sensibility, who wants to develop their already sharp strategic thinking skills.

          Experience working in the acquisitions space, identifying, and licensing content.

          Familiarity with the comScore ratings system



Preferred Experience:


          Public broadcasting experience or non-profit media experience.

          Experience with programming software or data management systems like Protrack.



Job Details:


This position is a contract to hire starting at 20 hours per week.  The goal is for this position to grow into 40 hours per week and become an employee. 


Compensation:  $25 to $35 per hour (DOE)


Work Environment:  Hybrid



To Apply:  Please send a single PDF document including cover letter and resume to [email protected]



PBS12 is a dynamic, creative place to work. We have talented employees with diverse backgrounds and interests who are committed to a common goal and work hard to achieve it. On the air and off, in front of the cameras and behind the scenes, everyone at PBS12 plays an important role. PBS12 is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively seeking to diversify its workforce. PBS12 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all staff and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.





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