Job Information

University of Utah Politics & Elections Producer/MMJ in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date

Requisition Number PRN37475B

Job Title Producer/Director

Working Title Politics & Elections Producer/MMJ

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 00334 - PBS Utah

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $54,000 to $58,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

PBS Utah’s Politics & Elections Producer/ MMJ will help produce the highest-quality coverage of the 2024 elections. The Producer will produce, shoot, and edit political programs and content of varying lengths for a variety of platforms. The Politics & Elections Producer/ MMJ should be a creative thinker with strong storytelling and journalistic sensibilities with a collaborative mindset, excellent communication and time management skills, and strong shooting and strong video editing skills. Applicant should be passionate about creating and delivering election coverage and politics programming that adheres to our core editorial standards of Independence, Accuracy, Fairness, Transparency, and Accountability.

PBS Utah stands as one of the premier public television stations in the country. We are dedicated to serving the entire Utah community through high-quality and award-winning local productions, K-12 educational programs, and community engagement. PBS Utah provides Utah and the surrounding areas with relevant and compelling programming and services, upholding our core values of Innovation, Education, Independence, and Integrity. ( )

We offer excellent benefits and health & wellness plans through the University of Utah.

  • Health, dental, and wellness coverage (\_wellness.php)
  • Automatic and immediately vested14.2% employer contribution (\_401aPlan.php) to personal retirement account (401a)
  • Freepublic transportation pass ( (Utah Transit Authority)
  • Paid leave time (
  • Tuition reduction for employee and family members
  • … and more:


The Politics & Elections Producer/ MMJ will co-produce, shoot, and edit an election-themed documentary, as well as co-produce other election coverage that may include debates, analysis, and a voter guide. Other responsibilities include:

  • Ability to shoot well-framed behind-the-scenes footage with an ear towards who is speaking, what is being said, and who is reacting
  • Ability to edit using the Adobe Suite
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and receive constructive feedback and direction in the spirit it was given
  • Mostly daytime hours but with occasional nights or weekends especially leading up to the U.S. Presidential Debate on October 9th, 2024 as well as the January/February Utah Legislative Session in 2025.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Journalism, or a related field, or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience), plus three years of directly related experience in instructional or commercial television required.


  • Previous MMJ reporting experience in TV or media-related newsroom
  • Interest in Utah politics
  • Demonstrated communication skills; ability to build trust and understand various perspectives within their team and the community.
  • Ability to write and speak fluently in a second language is advantageous.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Resume with links to your previous work and a Cover Letter explaining how your skills match our job description. Please include references.

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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