Job Description:

Title : Lighting Director 1

Status: Full Time Non-Exempt  

Reports to:  Sr. Director, Production Center Operations and Production  


Primary responsibilities include but not restricted to lighting director for studio and field productions; lighting console programming; lighting design.


  • Design, set-up and/or program lighting console for in-house productions.
  • When assigned as Lighting Director supervises the technical staff as required by the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Knowledge/experience with studio and robotic camera operation.
  • Knowledge/experience with Video Shading operation
  • Other duties as may be assigned in accordance with union jurisdiction.


  • Familiarity with LED studio lights - operation and maintenance
  • Lighting board experience with the EOS family series (GIO and GIO @5)
  • Working knowledge of other production positions including; ENG/EFP, Studio Camera, Video Shading and Stage Management.
  • Must have the ability to work under pressure.
  • Must be able to work shifts that could span any portion of a 24-hour day.
  • Must be able to lift, carry and drag heavy loads ( > 50lbs. )

Must possess necessary visual acuity (corrected or not) to discern subtleties in color, intensity, and shading.


Minimum seven years of progressively responsible experience as a Lighting Director, board operator and camera operator at the network.


WETA and NewsHour Productions are Washington, DC established media and news organizations.  We are a largely local workforce based out of the Campbell Place office in Arlington, VA.  WETA and NewsHour Productions value employee flexibility when possible.  Most positions based in our Arlington, VA office will be onsite or hybrid, depending upon the role.


WETA and its subsidiary NewsHour Productions LLC serve local and national public media audiences by producing and distributing content of intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Through broadcast, digital and community services, the organization offers compelling, diverse programming on five television channels, including primary channel WETA PBS, and on WETA Classical, the exclusive home for classical music in the nation’s capital; produces a portfolio of national television productions, including PBS NewsHour, recognized globally for bringing balanced, in-depth news coverage to all Americans; creates impactful documentaries with longtime production partners Ken Burns and Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; features a variety of content offerings on, WETA Passport, the PBS Video App and the WETA Classical App; and serves communities near and far with education and engagement initiatives that contribute to the company’s mission of public service.


WETA/NewsHour Productions is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. Fostering a culture of mutual respect is a top priority and something we take very seriously. 

Employment at WETA/NewsHour Productions is based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, age, ethnicity or ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex (including pregnancy), physical, mental or sensory ability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. We are also committed to demonstrating fair and equitable systems, practices, and processes related to how we recruit, develop, retain, promote, reward, compensate, and terminate talent.

We know that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is fundamental to the success of our business and our people, and we will continue to recognize it as part of our guiding principles.

Job Location: 
Arlington, VA
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
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