Monday, June 21, 2010

MLP Foundation Relations and Communications Assistant/PA, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions (MLP) and The PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Washington D.C.

MLP Foundation Relations and Communications Assistant/PA,
MacNeil/Lehrer Productions (MLP) and The PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,
Washington D.C.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Administrative Production Assistant will
support the operations of the foundation and grant activities for MLP
and The PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as well as select activities within
the Communications Department. This individual will be required to
maintain the data base, tracking grant due dates and report
requirements, as well as research new grants for both MLP and The
NewsHour. This individual will also maintain a list of awards, their
requirements and submission due dates in order to coordinate the
multi-layered awards submission process for The NewsHour and MLP
programs. This person will communicate with producers about which awards
would be best to apply for – most compelling piece / proper piece; write
essays, edit DVDs, create press kits, etc. The Foundation Relations and
Communications Assistant /PA will also participate in and support the
grant proposal writing process and will maintain the show funding
information for PBS in Orion.

This position has a variety of administrative tasks associated with
projects and initiatives of MLP including editing and drafting
documents, report generation, assisting with surveys/ outreach for
viewer feedback, DVD duplication, filing, coordinating meetings and
materials, scheduling and appointments, arranging travel, mass mailings,
mail distribution, maintaining and disseminating information and other
duties as assigned.

The Foundation Relations and Communications Assistant/PA is also
responsible for providing administrative and clerical assistance that
includes phone coverage, keeping track of invoices and accounts for
various projects, maintaining and organizing material and schedules.

The Foundation Relations and Communications Assistant/PA must interact
with MLP staff along with project partners, advisors, and consultants.
In addition, this individual will also interact with foundations, PBS,
WETA, and other MLP strategic partners. The Administrative Production
Assistant is expected to use good judgment in determining the relative
importance and urgency of these communications, either forwarding or
re-directing them to the appropriate staff member, or handling them

When directed, this position is also responsible for research and
production assistance as well as designing material for the.News, an MLP
project currently in development, to produce segments of a ten-minute
news program for middle and high school students such as lesson plans
and transcripts for the.News.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is
required, along with strong written and verbal skills; pleasant phone
manner; very good organizational and research skills; efficient work
habits; the ability to work independently; and, a willingness to learn
new skills as needed. Excellent computer skills (proficiency with
Microsoft Office including Excel) and a comfort with new technology is
required. Knowledge of Photoshop and Final Cut Pro is beneficial.
Familiarity with video production and an interest in Journalism is

This position reports to Rob Flynn, Vice President of Communications and
Marketing with a dotted line to Foundations. Please submit your resume
to or Anne Bell at

Beginning Salary: $26,300

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