Assistant Operations Manager


Fri, Feb 25, 2022


Fri, Mar 18, 2022


The Assistant Operations Manager is a detail-oriented broadcast and media production professional who excels in a fast-paced, frequently changing work environment. Must have strong organizational, communication and problem-solving skills to handle daily and long-range scheduling of PBS Wisconsin’s studios and remote facilities, equipment, and production personnel. This position has many competing demands and small details to wrangle, but offers great satisfaction in helping production teams get award winning content on the air and online. Will be involved in the hiring, training, and evaluating of Operations Department staff. Reports to Operations Manager. 

Bachelor’s degree in Media or Broadcast Production, Communication Arts, Operations Management, or related field preferred.  


  1. Experience working with audio and/or video production for professional broadcast, live-streaming or similar distribution system including hands-on experience in studio, remote or field production. Familiarity with production workflows for broadcast or digital media content including working knowledge of digital media file formats
  2. Professional experience handling resource scheduling or in operations management
  3. Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle complex schedules, multi-task, and change focus quickly while maintaining accuracy, efficiency and attention to detail
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to manage and prioritize multiple communication streams. Demonstrated ability to stay calm, productive and professional in times of multiple deadlines and competing priorities
  5. Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, work independently and work in teams
  6. Experience monitoring a complex budget and unit expenditures
  7. Innovative problem solver. Ability to think outside-the-box, and to find and implement solutions to challenges while adhering to station standards and University guidelines


  1. Proficiency with resource or project management software such as MediaPulse or ScheduAll
  2. Experience supervising individuals in a media production environment
  3. Experience effectively and successfully working and interacting with customers, clients or stakeholders
  4. Working knowledge of post-production media software such as Adobe Suite, AVID Media Composer, or Pro Tools
  5. Experience with development and implementation of technical standards for media production
  6. Working knowledge of the Microsoft suite of software (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook) and Google applications (i.e. Docs, Drive, Sheets)


  1. Schedules personnel, production equipment, and facilities for content production, broadcast, streaming, events, meetings, and other station operational business. Works closely with station personnel in all departments 50%
  2. Maintains extensive knowledge of studio and remote production equipment and techniques 10%
  3. Creates and manages the annual unit budget and long-range equipment and facilities planning, and creates and maintains long-range operational personnel and equipment calendar to inform station planning 5%
  4. May exercise supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 FTE or equivalent employees 10%
  5. Assists with the development of technical standards and training of technical personnel 5%
  6. Communicates with internal and external stakeholders about technical operations 10%
  7. Maintains PBS Wisconsin Fleet vehicles including scheduling routine maintenance, recording monthly mileage and communication with UW Fleet personnel 10%


Expected salary for this position is in the mid $60,000s. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.

The person in this position will be required to work with computer equipment for long periods of time.

The person in this position will be required to comply with the Ethics for PBS Wisconsin Staff located here:, in addition to the UW-Madison code of ethics.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.


The following must be received for your application to be complete: 1) Resume; 2) A cover letter or narrative describing how your experience relates to each of the required and preferred job qualifications; 3) A list of at least four professional references with titles, emails, and phone numbers (include at least one supervisory reference). Note that references will not be contacted without your prior knowledge.

Apply online at by 3/18/22. The job number is 253650.

Questions? Contact: Erin Cook, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706; 608-263-0477