Job Description:

Production Assistant, Local Projects 

Full-Time, Regular

Reports to: Senior Director of Production and Creative Services

We’re looking to hire a Production Assistant, Local Projects for our Television department. Under the supervision of the Senior Director of Production & Creative Services, and Producers, Local Projects, the Production Assistant, Local Projects will participate in producing programs about the local area, interstitials, and special projects for WETA-TV.  

In an average week, you can expect to:

  • In support of Producers, assist in producing local programs and short stories about the people, places, arts, dining, and culture of the Washington, DC area.  
  • Participate as needed on video shoots both in the field and in-studio. 
  • Pull supplemental b-roll and conduct research for stories in edit. 
  • Fulfill back-end show tasks such as creating music cue-sheets, generating annotated edit decision lists, and managing release forms. 

What success looks like:

  • After 60 days, you will have a general understanding of the production process for WETA’s field-based Local television series, as well as studio-based production. Develop a close working relationship with the production teams, especially the Producers and Associate Producers associated with those series, and demonstrate ability to support productions, including liaison between producers and editors. Comfort with software utilized by the Television Department, such as Office 365 (including OneDrive and Excel) and
  • After 120 days, you will have a broad understanding of the ebb and flow of work among multiple Local series, through the phases of research, production, and post-production. Anticipate producers’ needs in the field to ensure efficiency of shoots. Accurately gather and organize the documentation required for each production.

You must have:

  • Ability to punctually support Producers on location in a fast-paced production environment with many moving parts. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people. 
  • Reliable transportation to locations across the DC area, some of which are not serviced by public transportation.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. 
  • Ability to work remotely and self-direct. 

You should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, or related field. 
  • Basic experience in video field production. 
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Proof of full dosage of a COVID-19 vaccination is required for all positions that will be working onsite, or may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite.

About us:

Founded in 1961, WETA is Washington, DC’s leading public broadcasting station. As a PBS and NPR member, we not only serve the DC metro area with our local programming and classical radio station, but also the nation with Washington WeekPBS NewsHour, and our partnerships with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Our staff comes from very diverse backgrounds, but we all have one thing in common; we believe in our mission and the service we provide to the public.

We know there are great candidates who may have skills we haven’t thought about.   If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We also encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans and people with disabilities. 

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WETA is an equal employment opportunity employer.  WETA does not discriminate against employees or applications on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.



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