Managing Director of Distribution and Audience Development

Reports to: Vice President and Senior Vice President of National Productions and Strategic Partnerships

JOB SUMMARY: The Managing Director (MD) of Distribution and Audience Development serves as an integral member of the senior leadership team and develops and executes ITVS’s multi-platform distribution, campaigns, engagement, and station relations strategy. This position represents ITVS programs and services to the public television system, increasing the stations’ value and connection to their communities and audiences.

The position oversees three units: station relations, campaigns, community engagement, and broadcast and distribution of ITVS-funded content to the system. As a senior ambassador for the organization, the MD of Distribution and Audience Development builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders and public television stations and sets the internal integrated station relations strategy.

The position reports jointly to the Vice President and the Senior Vice President of National Productions and Strategic Partnerships. The MD works closely with senior leadership from Communications and Programming.


Programming Distribution (30%)

  • Develop and oversee a multi-platform distribution strategy to advance ITVS’s content through public television series (e.g., Independent Lens, POV, American Masters, Frontline) and single-program distribution, using television, online, and engagement platforms, including thematic campaigns, to develop and retain audiences for ITVS-funded programming
  • Work closely with the Content Strategy Team to revaluate content to support distribution and placement strategies, managing current and projected distribution portfolio in service of advancing ITVS’s position as a leader in presenting diverse and independent content
  • Analyze audience data and produce audience profiles to inform broadcast, distribution, and marketing and communications strategies
  • Provide viewership targets for broadcast premieres using industry ratings standards
  • Secure distribution for ITVS-funded programming on multiple platforms, overseeing rights exploitation in first/second windows
  • Maintain communication and relationships with filmmakers, public television series, and distributors surrounding distribution and audience data

Audience Development (40%)

  • Develop a model and high-level integrated strategy incorporating ITVS’s portfolio of programming and services, including campaigns and engagement, to improve our position as leader in public media
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with public television station general managers, public media senior leaders, programmers, and others to secure and maintain carriage of Independent Lens — an ITVS-PBS co-production — and other key programs in top markets nationwide
  • Work closely with the MD of Marketing and Communications to build viewership of Independent Lens and other series
  • Represent ITVS at stakeholder convenings ranging from programmer conferences to the Major Market Group/Public Development Conference

Leadership & Team Development (30%)

  • Lead organizational development activities and help define strategic priorities as a member of the senior leadership team
  • Manage the 10-person team executing station relations, distribution, campaign, engagement strategies; oversee day-to-day activities, including budgeting, planning, and staff development
  • Promote a culture of high performance, continuous improvement, and a commitment to quality
  • Mentor and develop staff through a supportive and collaborative approach


  • 8 or more years of experience in a senior management role
  • Extensive experience in public broadcasting, television, or other non-profit or public policy organization with constituent/member services
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive, multi-platform strategic plan to advance an organization’s mission and goals
  • Excellent analytical skills, with a track record of translating data and other variables into strategic thinking into action plans and output
  • History of proactively building productive relationships with key stakeholders
  • Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching a team of communications specialists
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict-resolution skills
  • Excellent and persuasive communicator with exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a positive and productive team leader

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to with Managing Director of Distribution/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Project Administrator

Department: Programming and Production

JOB SUMMARY: The Department Project Administrator is a member of the Programming and Production department, which manages over 150 television programs in various stages of completion and delivery to PBS and other public media platforms. The Project Administrator manages and implements the administrative processes and data management systems that support the work of the Programming and Production department. As a specialist in these areas, the Administrator maintains best practices for department administrative functions — assisting in documenting, adapting, and refining these processes as necessary in collaboration with department leadership and fellow staff.

The Department Administrator reports to the Managing Director of Production and Programming and works closely with the Sr. Production Manager to manage the work of the Programming and Production coordination team.

As a highly visible representative of this public media organization, the Department Project Administrator is expected to be clear and professional in both their internal and external communications. This person will be expected to maintain a high standard for attention to detail in their work; will have the ability to juggle multiple assignments and complete them efficiently while at the same time staying in good contact with the personnel who have delegated them. As a leader among the coordination team, the Project Administrator will become an expert in the standards set for departmental administrative processes and will be able to ensure that colleagues within the department are meeting these standards on an ongoing basis.


Program and Initiative Administration

  • Manage producer payment process
  • Maintain show documentation binders
  • Manage requests for program coordination support and distribute tasks amongst the Program Coordination team
  • Update funding initiative information on

Event Support (Producer Orientations and Funding Panels)

  • Lead staff in the planning and execution of internal producer orientations and funding panels
  • Coordinate and book travel for select ITVS staff/external partners for travel to/from ITVS events
  • Arrange logistics for events including but not limited to catering and facilities
  • In consultation with other department staff, set event schedules and agendas

Departmental Administration

  • Collect and organize relevant department information and data for reports and presentations (board reports, year end metrics, annual planning summaries, etc.)
  • Organize department meetings
  • Track department and travel budgets
  • Manage department expense and reimbursement process
  • Other department administration as needed

Standards and Systems

  • Be a specialist in departmental administrative processes and the use of department information systems (Filemaker database, At Task, DAM, server)
  • Promote attention to detail and adherence to department standards for administrative tasks through deep familiarity with processes, and the ability to communicate to other staff when these are not being met
  • Provide consultation and information to department leadership to help review and adjust these standards / procedures as needed. Assist in standards documentation.

Knowledge Skills & Abilities

  • Strong clerical and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with event planning and arranging travel
  • Prior experience with project management systems a plus
  • Ability to operate effectively in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment
  • High level of flexibility and adaptability
  • Success in juggling tasks and prioritizing
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross functionally, and effectively as part of team
  • Ability to supervise peers and “manage up” in order to uphold policies and standards set by the department
  • Proficiency with Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Filemaker Pro, Google Apps

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume, cover letter, and salary history to with Project Administrator/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Spring/Fall, Summer Semester Internship (college credit or unpaid)

Term: Full-time (8-10 weeks); at least 15 hours/week
Reports to: Department Manager

JOB SUMMARY: ITVS is seeking interns to support activities in the programming, production, communications, and business affairs departments. In addition to gaining hands-on work experiences, the interns will attend organizational and community engagement events, view producer rough cuts, and participate in staff activities. The interns will observe how programs are evaluated, managed, and distributed to reach the widest audience. The ideal student intern is passionate about documentaries, marketing engagement, outreach, social media technology trends, and other facets of public television and media. Based on the interests of the student, the intern will be assigned to a specific department.


  • Support the program proposal process (Programming)
  • Help with outreach and community engagement events (Communications)
  • Draft web content, blog entries, and social media postings (Communications)
  • Compile and edit video footage from event organizers for publishing on ITVS YouTube and blog platforms (Communications)
  • Support the execution of marketing projects and campaigns (Marketing)
  • Assist with the compilation of quarterly department metrics (Marketing)
  • Measure the reach and efforts of ITVS’s various social networking platforms and offer suggestions on how to increase impact (Marketing)
  • Strategize and execute social media campaigns to drive tune-in and increase engagement around the weekly Independent Lens broadcast (Marketing)
  • Electronic research of copyrights and intellectual property matters (Business Affairs)
  • Assist in organizing files, media, and updating electronic information (All departments)
  • Provide support as needed (All departments)


  • Enrolled in school with a focus on film, broadcasting, sociology, public policy, or marketing
  • Detailed, organized, curious, and self-directed
  • Computer, software, and social media skills as they relate to job responsibilities
  • Eager to learn and contribute to a nonprofit media organization

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to with Intern/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Social Media Intern for Women and Girls Lead Global

Term: 16 hours/week

About Women and Girls Lead: The Women and Girls Lead (WAGL) combines documentary films, strategic communication promotion, in-country content production, facilitated film screenings and other engagement activities to bring social change. The goal of the project is to use powerful storytelling and transmedia strategies to improve the lives of women and girls in nine countries and reduce gender inequality by helping create knowledge, attitude, behavior, and policy change.

JOB SUMMARY: ITVS is seeking a social media intern to help publicize upcoming film screenings and engagement activities in Kenya, Peru, Bangladesh, Jordan, and India using in-country social media platforms. The intern must be available and flexible to work in San Francisco and remotely with the country coordinators across time zones. The ideal intern is proactive, disciplined, creative, and self-directed.


  • Research and develop stories and multimedia content to post on Facebook pages and Twitter feeds from all five countries
  • Blog about gender issues and engagement events in the five countries
  • Develop creative, strategic ways to use calls to action and crowd-sourcing to increase social media traffic to Facebook and Twitter
  • Support the engagement and outreach strategy as managed by the ground coordinators


  • Experience with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and in-country social media platforms
  • Strong interest in gender equality, sophisticated about cultures and languages, and passionate about the power of documentaries and social media (community engagement and publicity, a plus)
  • Must be a student currently enrolled in an academic program

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to with WAGL Intern/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.