Executive Producer Culture, History

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Working Title:              Executive Producer, History and Cultural Affairs

Official Title:          Administrative Program Manager III


The Executive Producer of History and Cultural Affairs leads an award-winning team of producers and storytellers in the creation of a diverse array of compelling, dynamic, thought-provoking, entertaining, educational, and engaging shows, stories and multi-media projects that shine a light on Wisconsin history, culture, arts and performance.  This includes a variety of products ranging from broadcast documentaries to digital storytelling to multi-camera performance productions.  This position requires a high degree of creativity; vision; excellent writing skills; superb communication; independent thought and judgment; flexibility; and the ability to lead and participate in teams, plan strategically in a changing media environment, and manage complex projects with a variety of partners – all while demonstrating an enthusiasm and deep appreciation for the value public media brings to the people of Wisconsin.   This is a leadership and supervisory position that also includes hands-on producing.  The Executive Producer reports to the COO/Director of Production.


  1. Function as Executive Producer on history, cultural and performance broadcast and online projects.  Collaborate with colleagues to build cross platform projects that may also include K-12 educational and community engagement components.  Communicate and maintain production, editorial and creative standards.
  2. Evaluate and develop proposals, program content, concepts and budgets.  Work with Director of Production and Production Leadership Team to assign producers to projects.  Work with producers and partners to develop overall project plans, treatments, timelines and budgets.  
  3. Work as hands-on Producer for designated WPT stories, shows and projects.
  4. Oversee all aspects of projects from concept through completion and evaluation.  Supervise all elements including research, partnership relationships, scripting, pre-production activities, studio and location single and multi-camera work, post-production editing, related educational and community engagement components, delivery of final products and post-project evaluation.  Provide professional guidance and feedback to producers and team members on an ongoing basis to keep projects moving forward and successful. 
  5. Oversee the work of independent producers working with WPT on history, cultural or performance projects.
  6. Lead WPT’s partnerships with affinity organizations such Wisconsin Historical Society, Cultural Coalition, Wisconsin School Music Association and others.  Seek and develop relationships with additional organizations with similar missions and affinities. 
  7. Actively participate as a member of the Production Leadership Team; participate in WPT leadership planning for activities for History and Cultural Affairs Unit and WPT as a whole.
  8. Lead, supervise and evaluate work of producers working on History and Cultural Affairs projects.  This includes articulating and creating goals each year for direct reports that are tied to the WPT strategic and/or operational plan, provide timely work performance feedback and coaching, addressing issues as they arise; provide a formal written performance evaluation annually.  Seek out and ensure professional development opportunities for direct reports that align with station projects and needs.   
  9. Coordinate production administration procedures for Unit such as staff Project Activity Reports; rights and releases; project contracts; Memos of Understanding and other service agreements; and other administrative duties.
  10. Oversee development and management of History and Cultural Affairs Unit budget and individual project budgets. Provide regular, detailed reports on projects.
  11. Participate in strategic and long-range planning.
  12. In a dynamically changing media landscape, keep abreast of digital and video production and consumer trends and incorporate knowledge to maximize project impact and success.  Seek out and participate in professional development opportunities for self and staff.
  13. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in all workplace interactions and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships.
  14. Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff: http://bami.uwex.edu/broadcasting-and-media-innovations-ethical-guidelines
  15. Participate as station representative at public events including participation in station fundraising events.
  16. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Production.


  1. A four-year college degree in related field or equivalent years of experience
  2. At least 5 years full-time experience in video storytelling and production
  3. Demonstrated experience using creativity, vision and excellent writing skills to shape compelling shows, stories or multimedia projects
  4. Demonstrated organization skills with the ability to manage several projects simultaneously and under deadline
  5. Listening, speaking, writing, presentation, collaboration and conflict resolution skills to work closely and effectively with colleagues across teams
  6. Proven leadership skills with the ability to provide direction to, coach and influence others
  7. Ability to think strategically and develop plans and projects that leverage new and existing opportunities
  8. Demonstrated ability to work productively and successfully with a diversity of people, groups, and those with different experiences; a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace


  • Experience with multi-camera performance productions
  • Experience with long form productions, particularly history or documentary production
  • Demonstrated understanding of social media practices and tools
  • Identification with the mission and purpose of Wisconsin Public Television
  • Knowledge of Wisconsin people, places and cultures


  • Superb journalistic judgment and ability to follow professional code of ethics
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills
  • Creative, engaging and clear writing/scripting for broadcast, web, and social media audiences 
  • Travel to urban and rural areas throughout Wisconsin as required to meet people, explore places, and participate in productions.  Ability to work some evenings, weekends and travel overnight as production warrants 
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Calm and resourceful responses when challenges occur, schedule is unexpectedly disrupted and when under tight deadlines

SALARY:  The range for this position starts at $55,406.  We expect to hire in the high fifties; actual pay will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.  UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation, sick leave, healthcare and pension.  Learn more about it here: http://www.uwsa.edu/ohrwd/benefits/summaries/

HOW TO APPLY: For best consideration, submit all application materials online at our applicant portal https://www.careers.wisconsin.edu by October 10, 2016. Search for job ID #12233.  Please include:  a detailed cover letter outlining how your background and experience compares to the job duties and qualifications of this position; resume; and the names and contact information, including email addresses, for three to five work references, including at least one supervisory reference.  Please also provide an electronic media file or DVD showing 3-4 examples of your broadcast production work. A link where we may view your work is preferred.  Direct inquiries and online support questions to:  Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Television, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, 608-262-5221; betsy.nelson@wpt.org.


A criminal records review will be conducted for final candidates.  In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Convictions and pending charges will be considered only if they are substantially related to the circumstances of this position.

Employment is contingent on establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

It is the policy of UW-Extension to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact: betsy.nelson@wpr.org

As a unit within the University of Wisconsin Extension, WPT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration. WPT is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.