Jobs/Opportunities

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT PRAIRIE PUBLIC

Prairie Public Broadcasting Human Resources PO Box 3240 Fargo, ND 58108-3240 An online version of Prairie Public’s application for employment is available to download and print. Prairie Public is a EEO/Affirmative Action Employer.

Donor Relations Coordinator

Prairie Public seeks a Donor Relations Coordinator. This administrative support position assists in all areas of fundraising and stewardship, including donor and volunteer relations, gift acknowledgment, data entry, account maintenance, direct mail, membership drives, and events. Excellent verbal, written, and customer service skills a must. Must know Microsoft Word, Excel, and mail merge function. Experience with donor software is a plus. Full-time, benefited position. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in related field preferred. Salary: $25,000-29,000 DOE. Please submit cover letter, résumé, salary history, and three references by Thursday, March 20.

Inside Energy North Dakota Reporter

Inside Energy is the new local journalism center that will offer in-depth, research-based radio and television reporting about energy topics to public media regionally and nationally.

The North Dakota-based reporter will develop both geographic knowledge and sources as well as an area of topical expertise that can serve the broader regional and national mission. The reporter will work out of our Bismarck studio.

The reporter will need to have a strong interest in the topic, the ability to translate complex information to users without losing nuance and at least a basic understanding of investigative reporting skills. The reporter will have a relevant college degree and a track record of successful journalism work experience.

One reporter will be based in each Inside Energy member state: Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota. The reporters will be members of two teams – the Inside Energy coverage unit and the local newsroom in which they are based – and they will be expected to balance the needs and goals accordingly, with guidance from Inside Energy’s Editorial Leader, based in Denver. We currently have funding for two years and are seeking support to sustain the project after that.

Essential functions:

● Develops enterprise reporting on energy topics
● Covers developing/breaking energy news
● Contributes to daily web coverage
● Develops audio packages for both online and on-air
● Develops video packages for both online and on-air
● Serves as subject matter expert for partner station newscasts and talk shows
● Contributes to data strategy through identifying data opportunities and acquiring local data

Competencies:

● Explanatory and investigative reporting skills
● Strong writing skills
● Audio storytelling skills
● Video storytelling skills
● Audio and video editing
● Ability to capture audio and video
● Communication proficiency
● Audience focus
● Teamwork and collaboration

The position is full time with benefits, and is funded for two years with a positive outlook for further funding. Please forward résumé, cover letter and three references to Pauline Holmlund, pholmlund@prairiepublic.org. Open until filled. Prairie Public is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer.

Outreach for Anti-Bullying Project

Prairie Public is seeking an Outreach Coordinator for Prairie Public’s Stand Up ND project to work in western North Dakota. This is a temporary contract – it will begin March 3rd and continue through September, 2014, and possibly longer depending on the project’s budget. Pay is $16/hour.  The work is part-time and will vary from week to week; there is some flexibility.  Average 20 hours/week.

You will work with Meg Lindholm, the project producer, on the following:

  1. Contacting educators about Stand Up ND for the purpose of finding and creating opportunities to do anti-bullying activities with K-12 students.
  2.  Coordinating and overseeing anti-bullying activities with K-12 children/teens at school and community events.
  3. Possible attendance at conferences to network and learn about opportunities for community engagement.
  4. Travel when necessary to oversee activities in the western half of ND.
  5. Meetings with Meg and/or Bill to discuss the work on a regular basis, TBD.
  6. Learning some recording techniques and doing radio interviews for possible use in the project.

If you are interested, send a resume and cover letter to standupnd@prairiepublic.org.

Internships

Prairie Public Broadcasting has unpaid and paid internship positions available throughout the organization. If you are interested in a hands-on learning experience in a fast-paced, exciting environment, send your resume by email to info@prairiepublic.org, or fax it to 701-239-7650.

Production Assistant, Television – work with an experienced producer on projects in the production pipeline including both documentaries and live interview programs.
Network Assistant, Engineering – join the Management Information Services team, which maintains the corporate Macintosh network for 70+ users.
Web Assistant, prairiepublic.org – work with radio and television producers to create companion Web sites for on-air productions.

Education Services Internship

This is your opportunity to work on meaningful community projects within an active broadcasting office! Work with Prairie Public’s Education Services within the television department in the downtown Fargo office. This department provides educational Web, print, and video resources and professional development for preK-12+ educators and early childhood caregivers. Duties include promotion of valuable resources and services to educators and the community; assisting with organizing community engagement projects for pre-school and/or K-12 organizations; updating and developing content for several online multimedia websites; as well as performing routine office tasks which may include updating databases and print materials; digitizing video; writing website description; and other maintenance activities.

Work approximately fifteen flexible hours per week between the hours of 8 and 5. This unpaid internship provides insight into office operations as well as the education, production and broadcasting professions and will provide valuable work experience and professional contacts while helping to improve communication skills. We ask that our intern candidates possess good people skills, be able to work with minimal supervision, and be dependable.

This is a positive office atmosphere with staff that really appreciates interns! Check out our Web site or contact Bev Pearson at bpearson@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7575.

Ready To Learn Internship in Education Services

This is your opportunity to work on meaningful community projects within an active broadcasting office! Work with Prairie Public’s Education Services within the television department in the downtown Fargo office. This department provides educational Web, print, and video resources and professional development for preK-12+ educators and early childhood caregivers.

Duties include assisting with organizing and supporting of preK-3 literacy event grantees; promotion of valuable PBS Kids and other resources and services to educators and the community; developing partnerships with teachers, the community, and education organizations; as well as performing routine office tasks which may including updating the Web, databases, and print materials; writing newsletter/website description; assisting in development of exciting new regional preschool fitness and literacy project; and other maintenance activities.

Work approximately fifteen flexible hours per week between the hours of 8 and 5. This unpaid internship provides insight into office operations as well as the education, production and broadcasting professions and will provide valuable work experience and professional contacts while helping to improve communication skills. We ask that our intern candidates possess good people skills, be able to work with minimal supervision, and be dependable.

This is a positive office atmosphere with staff that really appreciates interns! Check out our Web site or contact Bev Pearson at bpearson@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7575.

Individually Designed Internship – Radio Some interns work with us to design a set of activities that match the intern’s interests and skills with our needs. An internship like this may combine elements of writing, audio production, web work, radio operations, music programming, program distribution, and so on. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org

Radio News InternshipsBismarck (2 concurrent internships available) This is a 1 semester, unpaid news internship in Bismarck. The intern will work under the direction of the News Director and in association with other news staff. The intern will be given a “real world” experience in news, so that by the end of the internship, the person will be able to report and write news stories, as well as operate the control board, newsroom software, and possibly anchor newscasts. Prairie Public covers statewide news, including state government. Hours per week are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. Up to full time is possible. The people will be selected through an interview process, and candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and recording. Students should have some background or course work in journalism. The intern will be assigned duties by the News Director, and those duties may include coverage of scheduled events, telephone interviews, on-site interviews, writing and rewriting news copy, and production of voicers and wraps. Some work may be for television and the internet as well as radio. We will assist the intern in preparing audition recording based on their work. We will reimburse expenses. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

• Radio News Internship — Fargo or Grand Forks This is a 1 semester, unpaid news internship in Fargo or Grand Forks. The intern will be directly supervised by our Red River Valley reporters, under the overall direction of the News Director. The intern will be given a “real world” experience in news, so that by the end of the internship, the person will be able to report and write news stories, as well as operate the control board, use newsroom software and possibly anchor newscasts. Prairie Public covers statewide news, and this position focuses on stories originating in eastern North Dakota. Work is based at the studios in downtown Fargo or on the UND campus in Grand Forks. Hours per week are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. Up to full time is possible. The people will be selected through an interview process, and candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and recording. Students should have some background or course work in journalism. The intern will be assigned duties by the News Director, and those duties may include coverage of scheduled events, telephone interviews, on-site interviews, writing and rewriting news copy, and production of voicers and wraps. Some work may be for television and the internet as well as radio. We will assist the intern in preparing an audition recording based on their work. We will reimburse expenses. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

Community Affairs Internship, Radio — Fargo This is a one semester, unpaid internship to produce a broadcast and web program on a particular topic. The student will work with the Director of Radio to choose a subject, and determine the production activities necessary. The conclusion of the internship will be the production of programming for radio broadcast and internet presentation. The end result might be, for example, a half hour program, or a series of shorter pieces. The student may suggest a topic, or accept one provided by Prairie Public. The subject could be a social or political issue, music or other arts activity, or almost anything else. The main criterion is that the resulting programming be interesting to public radio listeners. Production activities could include field recording, field interviews, in-studio interviews, and will certainly include writing and audio editing. The intern will have the chance to become familiar with the production process, including equipment and appropriate software. The production may be broadcast and presented on Prairie Public’s website. The hours are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. The intern will work under the supervision of the Director of Radio. Students should have an interest in radio and journalism, and some experience with audio equipment and writing will be helpful. Please apply with a cover letter and resume. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

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