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Public Affairs Host/Producer

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Public Affairs Host/Producer
Department AZ Public Media Content Prod (3105)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Reports to the Executive Producer in consultation with the News Director and works under the direction of the Public Affairs Producer, the incumbent is responsible for producing and hosting public affairs content for Arizona Public Media. The Public Affairs Host/Producer will develop, create, produce, and deliver high quality content for public affairs, promotion, and production across multiple media platforms.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Hosting on-camera multi-platform public affairs programming.
  • Producing, reporting, writing, and editing news and public affairs content for radio, television, and online platforms.
  • Keeping abreast of and understanding current events and issues, especially those that affect Southern Arizona and the Southwest.
  • Choosing interview subjects and conducting interviews, for television, radio and online delivery, regularly evaluating worthiness of stories.
  • Consistently producing high quality work products in a fast-paced environment with attention to accuracy, fairness, balance, and professional delivery. Exercising good judgment, ethics, and integrity consistent with AZPM’s Code of Editorial Ethics and Practices.
  • Interfacing with staff, managers and supervisors to create a professional, cooperative working environment.
  • Driving University vehicles as needed to support the production of content.
  • Participating in AZPM promotions, outreach, fundraising, and other special event activities as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervises on-location crews as required.

Customer Relations:

  • Each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to all they come in contact with, both within and outside of the organization.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


  • Sound editorial judgment;
  • Advanced organizational, research and story development abilities;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to plan schedules and to meet deadlines;
  • Attention to detail and good follow-through;
  • Initiative in developing stories;
  • Assertiveness in interviewing.

Manual Skills and Dexterity:

  • Computer literate; must be comfortable working in a Mac environment;
  • Ability to operate field audio/video recording equipment.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting, Journalism, Communications or a related field.
  • Eight years of media experience in publishing, producing, editing, writing or reporting with a working knowledge of contemporary journalism standards and practices.
  • Appreciation and understanding of government, politics and current events.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of public affairs and issues in Southern Arizona and the Southwest.
  • Must meet minimum qualifications for automotive insurability as per University of Arizona policies.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bilingual: Spanish and English preferred.
  • Working knowledge of multi-media production techniques.
  • Experience with digital video and audio editing.
  • Experience in a non-linear editing environment desired.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Experience in live studio, field production, and remote production techniques.
  • Familiarity with PBS and NPR journalistic style.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40+
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22108
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 10/23/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

John Booth
Executive Producer
Arizona Public Media
P.O. Box 210067
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067

Open Date 09/29/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/09/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting, Journalism, Communications or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Media File
  4. Writing Sample
Optional Documents