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Sample Job Description: Production Director

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The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


Under general supervision, directs the university’s local television or radio programming and contract productions.


  1. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  2. Supervises and trains department personnel, including students, interns, and volunteers.
  3. Reads and distributes public radio messages that are received from the Public Broadcast Service Digital Access Computer System.
  4. Produces underwriter, public service, and station promotional messages for broadcast.
  5. Engineers studio broadcasts and recordings, including live call-ins and interviews.
  6. Records and supervises the recording of satellite feeds.
  7. Develops annual operating budgets and provides fiscal direction to the unit.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


High school diploma or GED with 3 to 5 years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.


  • Ability to supervise and train staff, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to develop and supervise volunteers.
  • Ability to program and conduct on-air broadcasts.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of broadcasting techniques/procedures, protocols, and standards.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to create and produce broadcast messages.
  • Knowledge of broadcast engineering techniques, procedures, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of FCC and other federal, state and local broadcasting regulations.
  • Knowledge of satellite broadcasting procedures and protocols.
  • Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles and procedures.


  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

The [LICENSEE] provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.