Senior Editorial Associate, PBS Digital Studios

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 13, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

Senior Editorial Associate, PBS Digital Studios       

Team:      PBS Digital Studios

Status:    Full-time/Non-Exempt/Project


Application instructions:

For full consideration, candidates must submit video and writing samples along with their resume and cover letter. At the bottom of your cover letter, include one writing sample and links to up to three videos. Please provide video clips using streaming sites like YouTube or Vimeo (do not send videos as attachments). Thank you. 



PBS Digital Studios focuses on developing original online series and content strategies that position PBS as a leading global source of entertaining and enlightening video content, in support of the PBS vision of being the most trusted, valued and supported media organization in America. The 20+ ongoing PBS Digital Studios series — including Physics GirlSay It LoudIt’s Okay to be SmartCrash Course and Eons, among others — receive approximately 50 million average views per month, and have amassed two billion views on YouTube to date.


The Senior Editorial Associate assists the Digital Studios team in managing day to day editorial and engagement activities for Digital Studios shows and channels on YouTube, Facebook, IGTV, podcasts and other platforms. The incumbent supports the team in developing new digital-first content as well as leading editorial operations duties, including event planning and overseeing PBSDS’ merchandise strategy.



  • Work closely with Director of Programming and other staff to execute editorial standards duties for PBS Digital Studios series including:
    • Review rough cuts and offer feedback to producers
    • Work with PBS stations and production companies on new series concepts
    • Work with PBSDS creators on their YouTube, Facebook and platform-specific strategies
    • Manage editorial calendar
    • Oversee episodic publishing including operational and monetization settings
    • Monitor and manage digital rights claims and disputes
    • Help coordinate cross program collaborations including scheduling and delivery
  • Support the creation of promotional assets and optimization of channel engagement
  • Work with show producers to develop crowd funding rewards and launch campaigns
  • Work with team to develop and maintain editorial best practices and tutorials that assist in content and audience development at the national and local level
  • Coordinate and execute fan events such as meet ups, conference panels and exhibitions
  • Work with Director of Programming, and the audience development team to grow new audiences for specific shows and the PBSDS network
  • Track analytics for episodes, series and network


  • 2 years professional experience working for media organizations or nationally recognized brand(s) via digital media initiatives (content development, social media, communications, etc.)
  • 1 year experience working with a digital team (content creation, online publishing, or social media)
  • Experience in producing video, specifically for YouTube, Facebook and social platforms


  • Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies, Journalism, Liberal Arts, STEM subjects, Communications or related fields


  • Demonstrated skills and passion for creating online video content that educates, entertains and inspires
  • Experience as a YouTube creator a strong plus
  • Ability to deliver thoughtful, actionable feedback for video content, scripts and series concepts
  • Must be a frequent consumer of educational content across different platforms, especially YouTube and podcasts
  • Must be familiar with PBSDS' series, video approach and style
  • Knowledge of YouTube and Facebook publishing and analytics skills
  • Digital photo/video producing and editing skills
  • Familiarity with a variety of social platforms and their audiences
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Experience writing for online video preferred
  • Ability to thrive in an independent work environment  
  • Positive attitude and superb organizational skills
  • Willingness to take on new roles, share ideas, and perform other duties as assigned
  • Proven ability to build consensus and work effectively within teams
  • Committed to the mission of the Public Broadcasting Service

PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities



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