History Producer


Mon, Dec 5, 2022


Mon, Dec 26, 2022

Do you love to explore history and bring those fascinating stories to today’s audience? Join us in telling Wisconsin’s stories!

PBS Wisconsin seeks an experienced and creative Documentary Producer with a passion for history to produce long-form, documentary broadcast programs focused on our state’s diverse people, places, events, and cultures. The ideal candidate possesses an understanding of engaging an audience through the human experience, along with strong creative visual storytelling skills, extensive archival research experience, and the ability to manage projects with multiple stakeholders and deadlines. This is your opportunity to join a talented production team and bring Wisconsin’s history to life!

As part of UW-Madison, we offer a good salary, excellent benefits and are mindful of a balance between work and life. PBS Wisconsin is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

Produce compelling and creative broadcast and digital content for PBS Wisconsin’s statewide audience. Bring Wisconsin’s stories to life, with content that explores the state’s diverse people, places, events, and cultures. Join our award-winning team and produce projects similar to: Wisconsin From the Air, Mike Leckrone: Wisconsin’s Showman, Wisconsin’s Scenic Treasures, Wisconsin Hometown Stories and Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace. This position reports to the Executive Producer of History and Production Services. The successful candidate will lead productions from research to field production to post-production and is a well rounded producer to lead productions through these stages of the process.

Bachelor’s Degree preferred; Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or Communications preferred;


  • Three or more years of professional video production experience including producing or reporting, research, script writing, and field production.
  • Demonstrated effective and creative use of visuals, narration, interviews, music, sound effects, and/or graphic elements to create engaging videos while also utilizing excellent editorial judgment.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience managing complex video production projects with multiple interested parties and deadlines.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, ability to multi-task and change focus quickly while maintaining accuracy, efficiency, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to manage and prioritize multiple communication streams.
  • Strong collaboration skills. Ability to work independently, in teams, and with input from multiple interested parties.
  • Record of consistently meeting deadlines under pressure.
  • Enthusiasm to learn and grow as a video professional; ability to take a proactive, innovative approach to projects.


  • Experience using Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop) or equivalent professional-grade non-linear editing software.
  • Familiarity or experience with public media and its mission
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the diversity of Wisconsin’s state history, people and cultures
  • Hands-on experience as a videographer
  • Experience coaching or directing voice-over talent
  • Experience creating long-form, 30 minutes or longer, videos or documentaries
  • Experience conducting archival research

Develops and produces content and production materials in one or more areas for programming. Assists in developing, coordinating, and directing the production strategy and process.

  • 20% Researches and develops production strategy for one or more programs across broadcast and digital platforms
  • 20% Produces, develops, and edits content that may include identifying topics, themes, guests, conducting pre-interviews and/or interviews, writing, and/or integrating content for multimedia platforms
  • 20% Performs daily operational activities for live and pre-recorded content, and may direct the editorial and creative process of production activities
  • 20% Collaborates with other content creators in pre- to post-production processes, prepares materials, and handles logistics for broadcast and/or digital publications
  • 10% Maintains familiarity with studio equipment and/or applicable technology for production
  • 10% May schedule and direct operational activities for content production, including live/recorded studio or field productions

Expected salary range for this position is $52,000 to $62,000. Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications.

The person in this position will be required to comply with the Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff of Wisconsin Public Radio and Television located here: https://pbswisconsin.org/about/, in addition to the UW-Madison code of ethics.

This is a full-time position located at PBS Wisconsin in Madison, WI. PBS Wisconsin is open to considering a remote work agreement within the state of Wisconsin but the employee must be available to work at the PBS Wisconsin facility in Madison as needed for meetings, editing and other production work.

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.

Don’t meet every single preferred qualification? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. If you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t perfectly align with every preferred qualification in the job posting, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles with us.

PBS Wisconsin is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Apply online at https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/516379/producer by December 18, 2022. The job number is 270294-AS.

Please submit the following materials: 1) Resume; 2) A cover letter detailing your interest in the position and how your experience and skills relate to the Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience, and the Not Required but Desirable Qualifications listed for this specific position; 3) Share links to three video projects that you have worked on. Choose samples where the intent of the piece is to explain, enrich, or educate on a topic. Include a paragraph explaining your exact role in creating the media and what you think is successful about the work; 4) Share two pieces of writing. Examples of non-fiction narration or non-fiction script writing are strongly preferred; and 5) Provide at least three professional references with one being a current or past supervisor. Include their job titles, email addresses, and phone numbers. Please note that references will not be contacted without your prior knowledge.

Questions? Contact Kate Crawford, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706;