Coordinating Producer, Great Lakes Now

Detroit Public Television
Detroit , MI

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Sep 19, 2023


Who we are:

Detroit Public TV (DPTV) is the largest and most watched public television station serving Southeastern Michigan, the most diverse public television audience in the country. We’re also the state’s only community-licensed station, meaning we operate independent of any educational, government or other institution. Our funding comes from the community we serve.

Each week more than two million people watch our five broadcast channels, and nearly 200,000 people listen to our radio station, 90.9 WRCJ for classical days and jazzy nights. In addition, DPTV is building the next generation of public media with our rapidly growing digital presence that has grown to reach more than half a million unique visitors through our website, YouTube channels and social media platforms each month.

Our key values: diversity, engagement, trust, innovation, excellence, financial stability, and growth are evident in everything we do from the engaging content we provide, to the way we work with viewers, supporters, board members and employees to the local events we host connecting DPTV with thousands of our fellow community members each year.

Does the idea of building your career alongside a dedicated group of professionals with different backgrounds and experiences excite you? If so, we invite you to join us in our mission to provide public media that helps individuals discover new ideas, make informed decisions, and enjoy enriched lives.

For more information about DPTV, please visit the website

The Opportunity

We are actively seeking dynamic and diverse team member to join us in the role of Coordinating Producer, Great Lakes Now in Detroit, MI, in a hybrid work structure.

Through multi-year grants from multiple funders, Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes initiative provides journalistic content to the Great Lakes Now (GLN) on-air programs, website, and social media portals from partner organizations as well as other DPTV staff and contributors.

As part of DPTV’s Detroit Bureau team, the Great Lakes Now Coordinating Producer will be the lead producer for the show with final editorial decision residing with the Executive Producer. The Coordinating Producer will also create and assist others in developing visually interesting and interactive content for the on-air programs and news website and contribute to DPTV’s efforts and other deliverables related to the bureau, its partners, and its mission across a variety of platforms – on air, online and through social media.

Essential Functions

Creation of monthly Great Lakes Now show requires a full-time producer to:

  • Responsible for production and gaining approval of monthly show, ancillary assets (e.g. show promos, related digital content, etc.) and distribution
  • Contribute to content strategy and vision in partnership with GLN Executive Producer, VP of Content, Director of Strategy and GLN News Editor to outline content priorities and calendar
  • Responsible for the tracking GLN production expenses
  • Assist the GLN Executive Producer in recruiting freelance producer relationships
  • Manage and maintain contracts with freelance producers and video crew
  • Recommend long-form and broadcast products in collaboration with GLN broadcast producers to GLN Executive Producer
  • Help facilitate a process of content sharing among PBS affiliates, commercial media and other distribution platforms in for-profit and non-profit media and gather key metrics
  • Track evaluation metrics such as ratings and video views of video content
  • Research segments for show that may feed/reflect stories on the GLN website;
  • Evaluate and give input on content submitted from third parties, including video, audio, and other visual and written materials as needed.
  • Contribute to development of partner station process for collaborations and segment contributions
  • Manage original and freelancer content
  • Coordinate and guide video content collaboration of GLN with Great Lakes News Collaborative with input from Manager of Partnerships and Engagement
  • Manage the media/footage shot in the field;
  • Plan, write, shoot and produce host standups and other video assets;
  • Manage voice-over recordings;
  • Write show promos and supervise their completion or coordinate with Promo Producer from Digital Team
  • Oversee post-production;
  • Oversee digital work for show
  • Participate in additional audience and station engagement as needed
  • Collaborate across station departments
  • Develop and maintain deep and up-to-date knowledge of Great Lakes issues across multiple U.S. states and Canadian provinces
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Strong written, oral, video and digital communication skills; including clear storytelling ability and willingness to include multiple platforms for each piece.
  • Video production and editing skills and experience.
  • Excellent people skills, able to work effectively with other members of a team and other departments as well as with prospects and existing clients.
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive criticism to achieve high quality deliverables.
  • Ability to manage projects and resources effectively.
  • Ability to work independently under pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to appropriately contribute creative ideas.
  • Excellent organizational ability with strong attention to details.
  • Ability to complete tasks within budget and time constraints and prepare necessary reports.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Video Production, Journalism, Broadcast and Digital Communications, Digital Content Management or related field of study or equivalent experience
  • Strong writing and reporting skills as demonstrated on multiple platforms.
  • Video production and editing.
  • Digital development abilities.
  • Ability to work a varied schedule.
  • Passion for the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes region.

Physical Demands

Individual must be able to:

  • Type, and sit behind a desk for extended periods of time
  • Work in the field under a wide range of climate conditions
  • Look at video, computer screens, printed documents
  • Drive on company business

Work Environment

Individual is exposed to a typical office setting with computer equipment and a TV studio or on-location site with some related business travel.

What you’ll get:

  • Experience the rewarding feeling of knowing you’re part of an organization committed to the greater good of the community
  • Enjoy a flexible work environment with a hybrid in-person and work from home model
  • Continue to grow and learn through opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Share your input, knowing that your ideas are valued and always welcome
  • Be yourself! We believe your uniqueness makes you an even greater asset to the team

Apply Now

*No telephone calls or third parties.

Detroit Educational Television Foundation, d/b/a Detroit Public Television and 90.9 WRCJ, is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability status, marital status, military status, or protected veteran status. Employment decisions at Detroit Public Television will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. The specific statements above are not intended to be all inclusive.

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