Director of Originals and Acquisitions

Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA) is a non-profit organization formally called Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative, Inc. (AETC).  As a broadcast service, PBA is comprised of WABE90.1FM, WPBA-TV30 (ATL-PBA) and numerous podcasts and digital offerings. For more information on the broadcast service, programming and opportunities, please visit


The director of originals and acquisitions for Public Broadcasting Atlanta is responsible for the development and production of original programs for television and associated brand extensions across the organization’s platforms, as well the co-production and acquisition of programs from partners and vendors in the community, elsewhere in public media, and other sources. The director reports to PBA’s chief content officer and works with that executive to develop the strategy for programming and identify possible content partnerships. The director of originals and acquisitions also is responsible for managing PBA-originated production work, including creating budgets, identifying vendors, managing staff resources, and overseeing the process from beginning to end.

Position Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for developing a slate of original, locally produced programs in consultation with the chief content officer
  • Manages the external and internal submission of program ideas through the creation of a new system to track, evaluate, and respond to submissions
  • Creates and manages a greenlight process to move projects out of the concept stage and into production
  • Determination of production approach to each project, including budget, resources, personnel, partners, and more
  • Active management of production process for each property with an emphasis on keeping shows on budget
  • Supervises internal multi-platform production team to aid in the development of programs and short-form elements
  • Responsible for working with others across the content team to develop brand extensions for original programming. For example, properties starting as TV programming would spawn radio or podcast versions of the show, a digital home for the program, short-form video to be used on digital and social, etc.
  • Responsible for working with marketing to develop a promotion strategy for each property
Credentials/Education Required:
  • Seven to 10 years’ experience in television programming or film/television/video production, with an emphasis on program development
  • Three to five years in a TV or film development management role; production management preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in film/television, mass communications or comparable media curriculum, or equivalent experience
Abilities and Traits:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the current state of television programming involving multi-platform production and distribution
  • Hands-on experience managing TV/film production, with budgetary experience a must
  • Experience working with lean production teams that produce in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent organizational skills to contribute across a multi-platform operation
  • Demonstrated skill as an effective people manager in a creative environment
  • Willingness to work in a collegial and respectful manner to enhance a team-based atmosphere, utilizing effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Works calmly under pressure, react quickly, and meet tight deadlines.
  • Able to lead with confidence and decisiveness
  • Able and willing to work varied hours as needed
Work Environment & Physical Demands:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed. Will require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required (up to 25 lbs.), filing documents, climbing, storing equipment, and working around high voltage equipment.  Proper lifting techniques required. Working in spaces/rooms with various temperatures and lighting, confined spaces, and broadcast equipment as found in a typical technical broadcast environment in addition to working outdoors in all types of weather conditions and temperatures.

Submit resume and cover letter to:
Public Broadcasting Atlanta
Attention: Human Resources
740 Bismark Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Fax: 678-553-3026
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