At WETA, we value the experiences and perspectives of a diverse workforce. We welcome, appreciate and respect the multiplicity of ways in which individuals identify by national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socioeconomic stratum. We strive to treat everyone fairly and provide access to the same opportunities and advancement for all. We strive to showcase meaningful representation of our different voices and perspectives in all aspects of the work we do. We want our workplace to reflect the diversity of our community, both locally and nationally.

We recognize that we must establish goals in order to measure progress and hold WETA accountable for the future we want.

Therefore, WETA is investing in a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan. The comprehensive plan, which began in 2020, includes training for the WETA leadership team and staff; reviewing and updating recruitment and hiring policies; providing more clarity about the advancement process (in both pay and title) for employees; providing listening sessions for our employees as a safe space for sharing, reflection, support, and learning; increasing diversity in the content we air on our station channels; embracing transparency through regular reporting of our own initiatives to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization; and creating our first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEI) is made up of volunteer members of the staff. The council develops recommendations toward identifying and addressing systemic barriers, raises awareness about race/diversity/gender issues in the workplace, engages with leadership to prioritize DEI as a company value, and advises senior leaders on action steps.

WETA’s Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer leads our organizational initiatives, programs, and pathways. Our Director, DEI works with the VP HR & CDO to support our company-wide diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts and engage with the DEI Council.

DEI is not a trend or a project, it’s our continued, intentional commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values all contributors and provides opportunities for everyone to be heard, seen, and treated with respect, dignity, and fairness.

This is the pledge we make to ourselves, our employees, our viewers, our listeners, and our partners in the public media industry.

How Are We Doing?

At WETA, we recognize that we have work to do to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. WETA will be tracking and publishing our progress by reporting on the data below, among other factors, moving forward.

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Graphs and charts of employee diversity statistics

Job Openings

At WETA, we are committed to making concrete progress on our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds to join us and help make that change real. All positions currently available at WETA and the PBS NewsHour are listed below.

PBS NewsHour

  • Anchor Assistant

    The Anchor Assistant is responsible for a wide variety of administrative and research support for the two anchors of the PBS NewsHour nightly national news program. The Anchor Assistant partners with the broadcast support staff to ensure smooth operations and communications.

  • Senior Coordinating Producer

    The Senior Coordinating Producer will manage editorial story development and oversee both production in the field and in the studio for Judy Woodruff Presents: America at a Crossroads. This is a two-year project to understand better how the American people see their country and whether today’s deep political divisions can be healed. This position will focus on a series of in-depth tape reports as well as segment interviews, focusing on politics, culture and democracy leading up to the 2024 elections,

WETA

  • Audience Services Representative

    The Audience Services Representative will serve as frontline customer service representative to WETA’s members, viewers and listeners. Assist donors and audience members with questions and concerns on WETA’s fundraising program; problem-solving and assistance with WETA Passport (our membership video on-demand streaming service); and with information about WETA’s television and radio programs. Market the benefits of WETA membership to inbound callers when and where appropriate. Occasionally represent WETA at workplace giving and/or other fundraising or outreach events and strike an overall balance in advocacy for WETA’s best interest with the needs and best interests of its constituents. Reports to Executive Director, Development Operations. NOTE: most WETA staff (including this position) currently are required to work from home, though we expect to return to the office for in-person work as circumstances allow. Access to high-speed Internet in the home is required for this position.

  • Coordinator, Digital Fundraising

    The Coordinator will join a dynamic and rapidly growing digital fundraising program, implementing efforts to acquire, renew and retain WETA donors via email deployment, website management, email list hygiene management, and other digital channels in coordination with the Digital Fundraising Associate, other Digital Fundraising Coordinator and Senior Director, Direct Response Fundraising. The Digital Fundraising Coordinator will report to the Senior Director, Direct Response Fundraising.

  • Director, Human Resource Business Partner

    The Director, HR Business Partner provides strategic and tactical human resources business partnership to one or more business groups at WETA/NewsHour Productions. The position is a trusted advisor to business group leadership and an advocate for employees on people and organizational issues. The position oversees and directs the delivery of human resources solutions to the business, including; people strategy, DEI, culture and belonging, organizational efficiency and workforce planning. The Director, HR Business Partner is a member of the HR leadership team and will play a key role in developing, implementing and managing HR programs and processes across the organization.

  • Intern, Special Projects (West Coast) Remote

    WETA and NewsHour Productions are Washington, DC established media and news organizations. We are a largely local workforce based out of the Campbell Place office in Arlington, VA. WETA and NewsHour Productions value employee flexibility when possible. Most positions based in our Arlington, VA office will be onsite or hybrid, depending upon the role.

  • Production Manager

    Serve as client representative on projects in the National Programming portfolio. Services include preparing programs for submission to chief distributors (PBS, APT, others) budget design and administration, booking and scheduling of personnel and facilities, expense management, and financial reporting to both producers and station management.

  • Project and Implementation Manager

    The Project and Implementation Manager is responsible for developing project and implementation plans throughout WETA and NewsHour Productions to support multiple departments working on various projects through the Office of the CTO ranging from editing, asset management, archiving and storage, hybrid workflows, operational tools and systems, business continuity, and disaster recovery. This role is responsible for evaluating the current and future needs of multiple departments, understanding the systems currently deployed at WETA, and recommending, implementing and training staff on solutions for their project specific needs. This position reports to the CTO and works across the technology team, and all departments at WETA and NewsHour Productions, to gather information, design and deploy these solutions.

  • Senior Director, National Digital Content

    The Senior Director, National Digital Content will spearhead our digital-first content development and production; and digital engagement plans, including social media strategy and website development, for national projects throughout our portfolio of history, performance, and health programming. They will explore new ideas, platforms and technologies, supporting the WETA mission within the ever-changing media content and distribution landscape. They will work closely with the SVP & CNCO, as well as programming, education, and engagement staff. In addition, the Senior Director will expand and deepen impact with the public, viewers, and other stakeholders by developing partnerships and sponsorships, and leveraging WETA national programming brands in the digital space.

  • Senior Engineer, Infrastructure and Security Management Operations

    The Sr. Engineer, Infrastructure and Security Management Operations is primarily responsible for all aspects of WETA’s computing environment. This role will provide architecture, planning, design, risk mitigation, security oversight over all WETA information systems architecture, as well as working to implement these technologies in strong coordination with other tech team members, within IT, and also across TV, Radio, and NewsHour Productions. This is an operational position at WETA and requires a “hands-on” approach with a very wide range of complex computing systems expertise.

  • Technical Support Specialist

    The Technical Support Specialist will provide user technical assistance, support, and resolutions related to computer systems, hardware and software for WETA and NewsHour Productions, LLC. Reports to the Technical Services Manager (Help Desk).

Internships

  • Intern, Digital Media: Local History

    Local History interns work within WETA’s Digital Media team to develop content for the Boundary Stones local history website (https://boundarystones.weta.org). This website includes articles, photos and video related to the history of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia and the notable events, personalities and happenings that have shaped WETA’s local community. Interns will assist in identifying, researching and writing content pieces for the website and promoting content via social media. Interns may be required to make research trips to local libraries, archives and historical societies.

  • Intern, Digital Media: Social Media

    The social media intern works within WETA’s Digital Media team to develop engaging, sharable content for WETA’s social media channels including our primary brand accounts, our Boundary Stones local history project accounts, and our Telly Visions British TV and Culture accounts. Priorities include promoting WETA’s on-air broadcasts and digital content, spotlighting WETA’s community initiatives, and highlighting local history events and stories. With guidance from Digital Media staff, the social media intern will draft social media posts and tailor them for various platforms; find photos and memes; develop quizzes and polls; and respond to comments from social media followers. Specific channels include WETA Facebook, @WETATVFM Twitter, @WETATVFM Instagram, @WETAPBS YouTube Community Tab, @BoundaryStones Twitter, @BoundaryStones Instagram (currently in planning stages), @Telly_Visions Twitter and Telly Visions Facebook.

WETA is an equal employment opportunity employer. WETA does not discriminate against employees or applications on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.