Arkansas PBS Employment

 

WHO WE ARE

For more than 50 years, Arkansas PBS has played a vital role in educating, informing, enriching, and entertaining audiences in every corner of our state.

At Arkansas PBS, we value excellence, innovation, and collaboration. We pursue the highest standard of quality and productivity in our work. We encourage and strive for teamwork and open communication. We celebrate differences, embrace diverse perspectives, connect individuals and communities, and facilitate learning for all ages.

 
 

WORK WITH US

At Arkansas PBS, we value excellence, innovation, and collaboration. We pursue the highest standard of quality and productivity in our work. We encourage and strive for teamwork and open communication. We celebrate differences, embrace diverse perspectives, connect individuals and communities, and facilitate learning for all ages.

"Arkansas PBS is a great place to work!"
Join us!
 
 

JOIN THE TEAM

ARKANSAS PBS offers various career opportunities in several departments, including Marketing/Communications, Development, Finance & Administration, Operations, Production, Engineering, Information Technology, Broadcast Management, Programming, and Education.

 

DIVERSITY

Arkansas PBS is committed to creating a working environment that values, respects, and utilizes the contribution of our staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Arkansas PBS Diversity

 
 
 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Arkansas PBS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Current Employment Opportunities

AR PBS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION (CFO)

AR PBS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION (CFO)

 

Arkansas PBS seeks a Director in the Finance and Administration Department (CFO). The Chief Financial Officer reports to the Executive Director and serves as a key member of the executive leadership team. The CFO directs financial division strategies and activities by establishing financial goals, objectives, and short and long-range plans to ensure consistency with overall agency mission. This includes annual, biennial, and interim budgets, and reallocation needs of the department; ensuring accuracy of financial data through the review and creation of financial and statistical reports; developing and/or overseeing policies and procedures for new and revised accounting. This position maintains an active communication and collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Financial Administration.

 

In the area of administration, the CFO oversees the development, revision, implementation, and monitoring of administrative policies and procedures, following established state guidelines for purchasing and maintains clear and functioning internal systems and controls. This position oversees the progress and finalization of department work product, interviewing and selecting department applicants or approving selections.

 

The Arkansas PBS CFO also supervises HR functions for the agency/network, ensuring successful talent acquisition and retainment, and appropriate training for Arkansas PBS staff; strengthening organizational culture and diversity; supervising the performance evaluation process, helping establish personnel staff work priorities, and maintaining effective communication and collaboration with the State Office of Personnel Management.

 

As a key member of the executive leadership team, the CFO lends vision and helps deliver promise of vision; provides technical assistance, guidance, and information to internal and external contacts, legislators, vendors and customers by researching and interpreting federal and state laws and agency policies and procedures; monitors legislation affecting the agency and affiliated foundation and represents agency before legislative committees; The ideal CFO candidate possesses excellent verbal & written communication skills.

 

Minimum Qualifications: The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in accounting, general business, public administration, personnel management, or a related field, plus five years of experience in a supervisory or leadership capacity.

 

Required Certifications: CPA

 

Preferred Qualifications: CPA; 8-10 years of experience in fiscal and personnel management; experience and knowledge of Arkansas State government and/or public broadcasting; experience in researching legal issues; familiarity with FCC regulations; knowledge of modern automated business and accounting systems (such as AASIS); law degree a plus. A background check is required.

 

Must have a valid driver’s license 

If you know someone who may be interested, visit https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/about/employment for more information or to apply online, visit https://arcareers.arkansas.gov/ search for: AETN Dep. Dir. for Admin & Finance. Requisition ID number 21668, or Educational Television Div.

Arkansas PBS offers amazing benefits and perks:

•Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family

•Eleven paid holidays per year, including birthday

•12 to 22.5 days of vacation per year depending on years of service

•8 hours Sick Leave per month

• Retirement Benefits: Vesting in a defined-benefit retirement annuity plan funded by a 7.00% employee salary contribution (mandatory) and a 15.00% contribution from the State of Arkansas. Employees can also contribute to an optional 457b plan at a minimum pretax contribution rate of 3%.

•Basic Life Insurance up to $10,000

•Eligible for the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program

The salary offered commensurate with experience.

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RF Maintenance Technician

Arkansas PBS is seeking a Radio Frequency Technician 

The RF Maintenance Technician is responsible for maintaining and repairing digital transmission sites, installing new equipment, and maintaining remote telemetry return links. This position requires the ability to act independently following verbal and written direction from supervisors and manufacturer’s literature, to install and make repairs to broadcast television transmitters and all associated equipment microwave delivery system and IP based remote control systems used in all facets of the statewide public broadcasting network. 

 

Trade School or Military Qualifications in Electronics with verifiable work experience, RF maintenance experience in Radio or Television broadcast with Society of Broadcast Engineers trade certification experience will be beneficial. 

 

The successful candidate must demonstrate excellent IT networking and repair skills. Working knowledge of broadcast networks, equipment software programs and systems as applied to the effective delivery of television signals is required. A service support knowledge of power generation equipment, electrical power distribution equipment as well as HVAC and building environmental and mechanical services is needed. Ability to quickly assess problematic situations; formulate and implement effective solutions; articulate and document discrepancies; and work around major problems. 

 

State vehicle will be provided for business use only due to the extensive daily in-state travel.

Locally, and nationally recognized as a great place to work, Arkansas PBS is Arkansas’s only statewide public broadcaster. Arkansas PBS’s mission is to nourish the cultural and civic life of our statewide community, forging a vibrant bond through inventive engagement and authentic stories that matter. We serve as an indispensable resource for educators and learners by delivering strong, relevant multi-platform content that educates, informs, entertains, and inspires.

 Arkansas PBS offers amazing benefits and perks:

Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family

•Eleven paid holidays per year, including birthday

•12 to 22.5 days of vacation per year depending on years of service

•8 hours Sick Leave per month

• Retirement Benefits: Vesting in a defined-benefit retirement annuity plan funded by a 7.0% employee

   salary contribution (mandatory) and a 15% contribution from the State of Arkansas. Employees can   

   also contribute to an optional 457b plan at a minimum pretax contribution rate of 3%.

•Basic Life Insurance up to $10,000

•Eligible for the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program

 

The salary offered commensurate with experience.

If you know someone who may be interested, visit https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/about/employment for more information or to apply online, visit https://arcareers.arkansas.gov/ search for: Digital Broadcast Specialist, Requisition ID number 20233, or Educational Television Div.



Senior Public Affairs/News Producer

Senior Public Affairs/News Producer

Arkansas PBS is seeking a Senior Public Affairs/News Producer who embraces our high standards of compelling, creative, and informative storytelling through content innovation across multiple platforms to inform Arkansans on today's issues. Do you have the vision to make Arkansas PBS the relevant thought leader in Public Affairs and an essential daily resource in Arkansas? If you have the talent to develop original ideas, produce impactful and unique stories, and would love communicating with local audiences on what is important to Arkansans while upholding our core values of education, integrity, fairness, and independence, we want to hear from you!

The Senior Public Affairs/News Producer will produce daily and essential content for broadcast and digital, podcasts, current affairs segments, talk shows, and blogs. This role will be responsible for overseeing editorial decisions, shooting, audio, editing, graphics, and scriptwriting to deliver compelling, informative, and innovative public affairs content that keeps Arkansans informed and engaged. They will also have the ability to collaborate closely with civic leaders, newsmakers, and talent; and be hardwired to keeping abreast of noteworthy events and issues that affect Arkansas locally, regionally, and nationally.

The ideal candidate is a collaborative, inclusive leader, capable of building trust within the ARPBS team and the communities we serve. This role requires a commitment to the core values of ARPBS and the ability to be mindful of diverse voices and lived experiences in our communities that broaden perceptions and seek common ground. The ideal candidate must uphold the station's core content goals to Inform, Entertain, Educate, Resonate, Inspire, and Enlighten, keeping them central to our aim of becoming more daily and essential to our audience.

Requirements for the Senior Public Affairs Producer include a degree in journalism, communication, or other related filed, and three years of experience in public affairs reporting and/or broadcast Journalism. Experience in research, editing, blog content, podcasts, and hosting/moderating preferred.

Please provide a portfolio of examples of work.

 If you know someone who may be interested, visit https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/about/employment for more information or to apply online, visit https://arcareers.arkansas.gov/ search for: Television Production Manager, Requisition ID number 21089 , or Educational Television Div.

Please provide a portfolio of examples of work.

 

Arkansas PBS offers amazing benefits and perks:

•Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family

•Eleven paid holidays per year, including birthday

•12 to 22.5 days of vacation per year depending on years of service

•8 hours Sick Leave per month

• Retirement Benefits: Vesting in a defined-benefit retirement annuity plan funded by a 6.5% employee salary contribution (mandatory) and a 14.5% contribution from the State of Arkansas. Employees can also contribute to an optional 457b plan at a minimum pretax contribution rate of 3%.

•Basic Life Insurance up to $10,000

•Eligible for the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program

 

The salary offered commensurate with experience.



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BENEFITS

Arkansas Teachers Retirement System (TRS)

A contributory/non-contributory retirement plan for public employees. All new applicants are enrolled in the contributory program. Arkansas PBS contributes 15 percent to both contributory/non-contributory plans. All new employees are enrolled in the contributory plan which requires a 7 percent employee contribution. Eligibility: Regular, full time state employees and part-time state employees who have worked in excess of 1,040 hours. Please visit artrs.gov for more information.

Arkansas Diamond Plan

457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Pre-taxed earnings. Employee only contribution. Eligibility: Regular full-time state employees. The Arkansas Diamond Plan is an optional 3 percent pre-taxed earning. Please visit myplan.voya.com for more information.

Health Insurance

Eligible state employees may choose one of three insurance plans provided to state employees. Cost of health insurance coverage is shared between employer and employee; premiums are deducted from bi-weekly pay. Eligibility: New hire state employees on the 1st day of the month after 30 days initial employment.

Arkansas PBS Foundation employees are enrolled in a group health plan. Cost of health insurance coverage is shared between the employer and employee; premiums are deducted from bi-weekly pay. Eligibility: New hire Arkansas PBS Foundation employees on the 1st day of the month after 90 days initial employment.

Arkansas Cafeteria Plan (ARCAP)

A tax free method to pay for eligible benefits such as: Dependent and elder care expenses (up to $5,000 per year), out of pocket medical expenses (up to $4,000 per year), and group health and life insurance premiums. Eligibility: Regular, full-time state employees.

Section 125 / Cafeteria Plan

A tax free method to pay for eligible benefits such as: Dependent and elder care expenses (up to maximum allowable), out of pocket medical expenses (up to maximum allowable), and group health and life insurance premiums. Eligibility: Regular, full-time Arkansas PBS Foundation employees.

Employee Assistance Program

A program that provides counseling, information and referral service to community resources for employees. Eligibility: All regular, full-time State and Arkansas PBS Foundation employees.

Holidays

Eleven paid holidays per year, listed as follows:

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • George Washington's Birthday / Daisy Gaston Bates Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • Employee Birthday

Eligibility: All regular full-time and extra help employees are eligible to receive holiday pay if they are in pay status on their last scheduled work day before the holiday and at least 1 hour on the first scheduled work day after the holiday. Employees who work less than full time may take the holiday at a rate proportionately equal to their time worked.

Annual Leave

Annual leave accruals begin on the first full month of employment. Accrual increases are based on continuous years of service.

Years of Employment Monthly Annually
0 - 3 years 1 day 12 days
4 - 5 years 1 day 2 hours 15 days
6 - 12 years 1 day 4 hours 18 days
13 - 20 years 1 day 6 hours 21 days
More than 20 years 1 day 7 hours 22.5 days

Unused annual leave time will carry over to the next year provided the 30 day maximum is not exceeded. Eligibility: All regular full time employees. Job share employees accrue leave time on a pro-rated basis. Extra help employees are not eligible for annual leave.

Sick leave

All regular full time employees earn 12 days of paid sick time per year (8 hours) per month for full-time employees. Unused sick leave will carry over to the next year provided the 120-day maximum is not exceeded.Eligibility: All regular full time employees. Job share employees would receive leave time on a pro-rated basis. Extra help employees are not eligible for leave.

Other paid time off

Jury Duty: Employees who miss work while performing jury duty will receive normal and full compensation.

Maternity Leave: Eligible female employees can take up to 4 weeks of paid leave after the birth of the employee's child or placement of an adoptive child in the employee's home. Paid maternity leave will run concurrently with Family Medical Leave. Eligible male employees can take FMLA after the birth or placement of a son or daughter or to bond with a newborn or newly placed son or daughter.

Military Leave is granted at the rate of 15 days per calendar year, plus necessary travel time for annual training purposes. Up to 15 military leave days may be carried over to the succeeding year for a maximum of 30 military leave days for that calendar year. Eligibility: All employees who are members of the National Guard or any other of the reserve branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Last Updated 04 Oct 2022