Vice President, Program Scheduling

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 19, 2018
Metro Area
Full Time

Vice President, Program Scheduling

Team:       Program Scheduling

Status:     Full-time/Regular/Exempt

The primary responsibility of the VP, Program Scheduling is the leadership and ongoing management of the PBS program schedule, with focus on long-term planning and program pipeline management, calendaring priorities, seasonal and monthly schedules. This includes participating in program development and greenlighting process, pipeline management, development of seasonal schedules, completion and distribution of the seasonal and monthly schedules for National Program Service primetime programming, as well as PBS Plus syndicated programming (including management of the entire PBS Plus service), all programming associated with packaged channels, and sequencing multiplatform rollout of content on broadcast, streaming, and MVPD FVOD (including management of the MVPD FVOD programming and scheduling operations). Additionally, coordinate with the digital and marketing teams to ensure that the PBS programming and scheduling strategy is consistent across all media platforms.


The VP, Program Scheduling bears responsibility for the successful strategic schedule planning as well as the effective implementation of the program schedules for PBS' internal and external stakeholders. S/he will communicate all programming strategy and plans, and multiplatform schedule details to key stakeholders and liaise with internal and external stakeholders. In addition, will participate in strategic discussions regarding company-wide initiatives and manage scheduling strategy, scheduling implementation, and program operations staffs.

Essential duties will include, but not limited to:

Leadership of all aspects of the Program Scheduling organization, including overall responsibility for successful scheduling strategy and reliable scheduling implementation. This includes:


Strategic Leadership of Program Schedule – 50%

  • Responsible for the strategic leadership of the NPS primetime and PBS Plus schedules, and for the management and implementation of those schedule strategies. Creation of advance schedules, notification of schedule plans to producers and other stakeholders, communicating seasonal schedules to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage the preparation and dissemination to stations of monthly "week-by-week" schedules, including NPS primetime, fringe, weekend, PBS Plus, PFP, and the packaged channel schedules, along with any other PBS multicast channels and services.
  • Coordinate with marketing, publicity, digital, fundraising, and other departments to optimize schedule strategies.
  • Monitor and support the pre-release process with producers.
  • Communicate scheduling strategies and details with stations through seasonal schedule releases, monthly week-by-week schedules, teleconference presentations and speaking at and planning presentations for conferences.

Long Range Strategic Planning/Pipeline Development - 20%

  • Craft and maintain long range strategic plans for the NPS prime time schedule, looking ahead 1-3 years at the mix of subject matter and schedule needs. 
  • Plan for tent-pole programming events, stunts, and special themes. 
  • Work closely with the PBS greenlighting team to evaluate proposals and participate in content acquisition decisions consonant with programming strategy.

Multiplatform Scheduling – 10%

  • Manage planning and scheduling of PBS MVPD FVOD content, coordinate with MVPD providers and internal marketing department to optimize PBS FVOD experience.
  • Manage FVOD scheduling implementation and coordinate with outside FVOD metadata and delivery service provider.
  • Analyze FVOD usage results and communicate plans to stakeholders.

Manage Schedule Implementation and Program Operations - 10%

  • Manage Scheduling Implementation group responsible for the accuracy of key schedule and metadata aspects in traffic systems and for the communication of late changes to internal and external operations stakeholders for PBS and non-PBS distributors on the PBS-operated interconnection system for real-time and non-real-time distribution, including allocating interconnection resources among distributors.
  • Support of PBS Technology Conference, Traffic Advisory Council, as well as member station outreach.
  • Manage Program Operations, responsible for publishing Program Offers necessary for stations to broadcast PBS content, with key program information, rights and metadata tracking on timelines to serve member stations.

Personnel Management - 10%

  • Responsible for the effective management of 9 staff, including 3 direct reports. 

Other Duties:

  • Oversee data tracking on the common carriage program in concert with the Business Intelligence Group.
  • Provide reports on a variety of scheduling questions (as requested), including composition/mix of program types and topics in any given season.
  • Provide other guidance and support to the GA Programming staff as required, and perform other duties as assigned/needed. 

Requirements for success:

  • 8+ years of progressive experience in broadcasting, with experience in programming, content management and scheduling, including personnel management, preferably in public media or national media brand.
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required.
  • Thorough knowledge of elements of broadcasting, including programming, content management, scheduling, production, promotion, acquisitions, analytics and operations. 
  • Must have excellent management skills, including strategic planning and personnel administration.
  • Must also have effective written and oral communications skills with a strong ability to communicate strategic vision/direction with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint) and facility to quickly learn new software skills, especially those specific to PBS (Broadview, Rightsline, Orion and other web-based systems).
  • Able to manage change swiftly and productively, and handle other essential elements as assigned.

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