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.

Production Manager

JOB SUMMARY: Our Production Manager works as a supervising producer, managing and delivering to broadcast a portfolio of high quality and diverse programs, all eventually finding a home on public television including on ITVS’s Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens on PBS.

The position reports to a Senior Production Manager, and serves as an integral member of the Production and Programming Department. As an ambassador for this public media organization, a production manager is expected to be a role model, to set high standards, and to maintain quality control over the production of funded programs and the integrity of our data and project management systems. The Production Manager is responsible for cultivating and nurturing relationships with producers, series partners, and PTV representatives.


Content Management

  • Serve as the primary contact for production management and broadcast delivery for a portfolio of programs funded through various ITVS funding initiatives, primarily long and short form documentaries
  • Ensure the successful contracting, on-time, and within budget delivery for all programs including successful maintenance of relationships with producers throughout production
  • Set and manage production schedules in coordination with producers, broadcasters, and other ITVS departments
  • Provide education and mentorship to funded producers (as appropriate) regarding ITVS / PTV financial reporting, editorial, and technical standards
  • Evaluate and provide feedback on program deliverables and maintain standards for quality
  • Collect, analyze, and report data related to individual programs and overall portfolio and provide regular reports for the department and Content Strategy Team
  • Support Senior Production Manager in providing oversight to Production Coordinator team to ensure consistent administration of the department including: overseeing database and DAM entry, media and tape tracking, new staff orientation, documenting work processes and policies
  • When necessary, travel to meet with funded producers and their staff to support/troubleshoot successful completion and delivery of the program for broadcast


  • Promote and model culture of high performance and commitment to quality
  • Maintain internal and external communications and relationships that strengthen ITVS culture of teamwork and integrity
  • Maintain and inform excellent production delivery standards across initiatives
  • Maintain standards and consistency of information systems for production management


  • 5-7 years experience either as a producer of national commercial or Public Television programming or as a project manager for a commissioning television network, studio, or television station
  • Proven experience in supervising delivery of programs for broadcast and for online distribution
  • B.A. in Film/Television, Broadcast Journalism, or a related field
  • Prior experience evaluating editorial works in progress, and providing constructive feedback on preliminary cuts of film/tv projects
  • Deep familiarity with all aspects of documentary production, including the technical process of film production and post, and FCC broadcast standards
  • Prior experience preparing and evaluating budgets, cost reports, and financial records for low-budget or independently produced films
  • Understanding of and experience working with rights licensing agreements for film and television, knowledge of insurance and business requirements for companies engaging in film/television work, and best business practices for these types of companies
  • Experience negotiating contracts in a television, film and/or media environment
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with individuals from a wide variety of social and economic backgrounds, as well as the ability to constructively manage conflict in a business setting are MUSTS

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to operate effectively in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment
  • High flexibility and adaptability
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross functionally, and effectively as part of team
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Great analytical and critical thinking skills

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

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Business Development Manager

Department: Business
Reports to: Business Development Director

JOB SUMMARY: The Business Development Manager works closely with the Business Development Director in order to identify, strategize, manage, and secure new business opportunities that will support ITVS's long-term business development goals. In particular, the Business Development Manager will work with the BDD and a cross-functional team to develop and implement a growth strategy for public media's leading social TV platform OVEE. This job is an opportunity to be involved in building a unique social TV platform that will fuel the power of media to engage, educate, and connect communities.


  • Develops, documents, and manages business development systems in order to track and report on potential clients, contracts, projects, and success stories
  • Works closely with Business Development Director to identify, cultivate, and secure OVEE partnerships within the public broadcasting system and beyond
  • Participates with the BDD and integrated strategy team to develop the OVEE business strategy, incorporate OVEE into ITVS programs and services, and drive the creation of new OVEE services, and platform functionality
  • Becomes proficient in the OVEE platform to support business development and strategic initiatives
  • Manages a portfolio of screening events and initiatives with high profile partners
  • Conducts research and analyzes customer data to inform platform development, partnership development, and business strategy
  • Develops and delivers quality presentations at events and for OVEE potential partners
  • Attends industry events to represent OVEE and gather information on market and creative trends


  • BA or equivalent experience; MBA or MPA a plus
  • Minimum 7 years relevant work experience
  • Outstanding planning and project management skills
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and proactive individual
  • Strong public speaking, written communication, and presentation-design skills
  • Demonstrated sales and relationship management experience
  • Fluency in social media and other marketing, outreach, and promotional tools and strategies
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Basic knowledge of Filemaker and project management software a plus.
  • Passionate about the potential of media to make an impact
  • Ability to thrive both in an independent and collaborative team environment, and multi-task and work under deadlines

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

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Promo Film Editor/Producer – Contract position

Department: Production
Reports to: Post Production Supervisor


  • Edit promos and trailers for documentary films (includes writing scripts, picking music, and checking clearances)
  • Offer editorial guidance to assistant editors
  • Track and send media assets to outside vendors
  • Recommend and communicate with outside vendors
  • QC video content from external editors
  • Package video content for web


  • 5+ years trailer/short-form editing experience
  • Familiar with Mac platform editing software (Premier)
  • After Effects knowledge a plus
  • Audio knowledge a plus
  • Must submit reel/website

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to with Promo Film Editor/Producer/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.