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President/CEO/General Manager

Located in the beautiful Adirondacks, Mountain Lake PBS is seeking an energetic and visionary CEO to lead a respected, award-winning station serving over 3.9 million viewers in Northern New York, Vermont, Quebec, and Ontario.  Mountain Lake PBS is recognized as a key resource in regional development and educational programming, with a cohesive, motivated staff. The President/CEO directs general operations of the station, leads strategic planning, oversees the budget, engages in community development and fundraising. The successful candidate must demonstrate ability to manage and institute change within the fast-paced dynamics of public television.

Minimum qualifications include Bachelor’s Degree, 5 years+ executive leadership in public broadcasting, not for profit, or progressive success in senior management.  Financial acumen, ability to manage/ implement multi-department budgets, successful fundraising, collaboration with community and superior communication skills are essential for success.  French a plus. Interest will be kept confidential. Equal Opportunity Employer. Position to be filled by November 1, 2014.

To learn more about the position read the full job description below.

JOB TITLE:                       President/CEO and General Manager

DEPARTMENT:                  General Administration

REPORTS TO:                     Mountain Lake PBS Board of Trustees

STATUS:                               Exempt, Full Time

SALARY RANGE:              TBD upon experience


Summary of Job:   The President/CEO and General Manager executes station operating policies set forth by the Mountain Lake PBS (MLPBS) Board of Trustees; oversees day-to-day operations of the station; is responsible for the organization’s financial well being, strategic planning, and the morale and performance of staff.  Working with the Board, the President/CEO and General Manager devises and implements the strategies and provides the leadership that ensures MLPBS’ successful execution of its mission.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:


The President/CEO and General Manager, in his or her leadership role are expected to:

  1. With an entrepreneurial outlook, identify and develop opportunities that financially benefit MLPBS;
  2. Navigate MLPBS through the challenging new environment facing public broadcasting, aware of the new global media and telecommunication environment, while committed to localism;
  3. Advance throughout the organization a market sensitivity to MLPBS’ unique bi-national service area.
  4. Maintain personal working relationship with major cable and satellite companies within our service area to enhance MLPBS’ value to its subscribers.


      Board Related

  1. Is accountable and directly responsible to the Board of Trustees for the overall direction and well-being of the organization;
  2. Consults with the Chair or other Board members as their approval, help or advice may be needed;
  3. Assists the Chair and other officers in preparing for Board or Board Committee meetings;
  4. Informs the Board of important industry, national/state, market and station issues, trends and activities;
  5. Brings to the attention of the Board and its committees the need for policies or policy changes pertaining to station operation.  As appropriate, makes recommendations accordingly;
  6. Acts as liaison between Board and staff;
  7. Is a Board member on the Canadian Friends of WCFE-TV Board;
  8. Is a Board member on the Centralcast LLC Board.


  1. Takes leadership in developing, implementing and evaluating a strategic plan embodying MLPBS’ mission and in addressing, on both a short-term and long-term basis, MLPBS’ position and services to its market;
  2. With the appropriate staff, develops and provides financial management of MLPBS’ operating budget, which is formulated on an annual basis, to meet station goals and objectives.
  3. Seeks short-term and long-term private, federal, state and corporate sources of revenue;
  4. Establishes an organizational structure and staffing plan. Selects, develops and evaluates a team of employees and elicits a high quality, professional performance.  Administers wage and salary structure.  Delegates authority to senior staff;
  5. Maintains a regular flow of communications to and from the Board, staff, members, advisory boards and important constituencies;
  6. Maintains a managerial framework that enhances the smooth and efficient operation of MLPBS services.  Ensures that all operating units and key staff contribute to fulfillment of station goals.  Ensures that senior staff, as appropriate, is kept informed of station issues and on-going executive initiatives;
  7. Oversees maintenance of physical plant and equipment;
  8. Negotiates and executes agreements and contracts.  Oversees compliance with federal, state and local statutory and regulatory requirements.


  1. Cultivates and maintains relationship with members, advisory board, and important station constituencies: Major donors, business/corporate supporters and partners, government officials, industry related associations, and other non-profits;
  2. Positions organization as a respected and valued service to, and citizen of, MLPBS’ service area, particularly Plattsburgh, the North Country region and Montreal/Quebec;
  3. Represents station and advocates its value.


Education & Training: Bachelor’s Degree

Work-Related Experience: Five years + executive leadership in public broadcasting, not for profit, or progressive success in senior management.  Financial acumen, ability to manage/implement multi-department budgets, successful fundraising, collaboration with community and superior communication skills are essential for success.  Bilingual in French a plus.

REQUIRED CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATIONS OR LICENSURE: Driver’s license and ability to obtain enhanced driver’s license or passport for travel into Canada.

Human Resources

Mountain Lake PBS

One Sesame Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

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JOB TITLE:          Director of Engineering

DEPARTMENT:   Engineering

REPORTS TO:      President and CEO

STATUS:             Exempt

SUPERVISES:     Chief Engineer and all technical/maintenance personnel

SALARY RANGE: TBD upon experience

Summary of Job:

This position fulfills a defined leadership and management role for MLPBS and requires a strong working knowledge of a wide range of broadcast and content technology.  The Director of Engineering is responsible for managing operational resources and for ensuring the technical viability and success of all MLPBS Broadcast, multimedia and online platforms. In this role the Director of Engineering is a key member of the management team who provides vision and leadership for the entire organization. The Director of Engineering manages one transmitter, four translators and a complex studio facility which includes full HD and SD capabilities for Master Control, Studio Control, Editing and field acquisition, automated content storage and retrieval systems and master and production control rooms.  Mountain Lake PBS is also transitioning to and is a partner in a central master control for broadcast services.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Note: This position is classified as essential and as Director of Engineering, working on state and federal holiday and during times of emergency may be required.

  1. Maintain all technical/physical plant facilities for studio, transmitter, translator and microwave to highest attainable quality standards.

  1. Proficient IT skills related to networking, communication systems and modern broadcast automation, encoding, and video play out systems.  Strong PC computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.

  1. Supervise engineering department within budget allocations and station policies.  Be an active part of the Executive staff management team, and assume primary responsibility for the station's engineering strategic and planning/goals.

  1. Plan budgets relative to the technical and staffing needs of MLPBS, as well as over seeing bid specifications and budgeting for Federal and State grants.

  1. Good communications and interpersonal skills are essential as this person will work closely with the Senior Staff, clients and members of the viewing audience on a regular basis. 

  1. Demonstrated ability to adjust to competing demands from multiple directions, and balance shifting priority across a range of stakeholders.

  1. Demonstrated ability to manage through difficult and stressful situations, work under deadline pressure.

  1. Be proactive in insuring MLPBS carriage by alternate distribution mediums e.g.: cable, direct broadcast satellites, and internet.

  1. Keep abreast of and implement changing technologies to keep MLPBS current, competitive and indispensable to the community.

  1. Be fully cognizant of FCC regulations and insure compliance.

Required Qualifications

Minimum 5 years of experience in broadcast engineering at a broadcast, video production or cable television facility, performing hands on work on productions and live events, maintaining and updating infrastructure. 

Minimum of 5 years experience managing technical staff and projects including part-time and contract staff with demonstrated ability to improve performance, output and quality.

  1.  Proficient IT skills related to modern automation, encoding, and video play out systems.
  2. Experienced with TV transmitters and traditional microwave links.
  3. Skilled in all facets of project management.
  4. Knowledgeable of FCC Broadcast rules and regulations.
  5. Proven ability to successfully plan, coordinate, and execute tactically and strategically.
  6. Experience with live studio and field production.
  7. Strong PC computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.
  8. Be available, on call, for station emergencies.


Education & Training:

B.S. degree in electrical engineering specializing in television broadcasting.  Management degree desirable.  Good mechanical aptitude.

Work-Related Experience:

Knowledgeable about digital transmission and production and computer network systems as they pertain to broadcasting. General knowledge and ability to perform basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical tasks as needed.


A valid New York State Driver’s license and good driving record is required for all MLPBS positions.


Must be able to hike 2.2 miles to the transmitter site via the existing trail.  Comfortable flying as a helicopter passenger.  Ability to lift and carry equipment up to 50 lbs, carry out frequent reaching, stretching, twisting and bending.  Standing for up to two hour at one time, and sitting for extended periods. Adequate hearing and vision. 

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email or mail your cover letter and resume and any other supporting documents to:

Mountain Lake PBS
ATTN: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

JOB TITLE:              Corporate Marketing Representative (CMR)

DEPARTMENT:      Underwriting

REPORTS TO:        Director of Fundraising & Business Development (DFBD)

STATUS:                  Exempt


SALARY RANGE:   $25,000 salary guarantee plus commission and benefits for first six

 months, $18,000 salary plus commission & benefits thereafter.

Summary of Job:

Responsible for securing corporate underwriting for Mountain Lake PBS (MLPBS) programming (locally and nationally produced) and other related activities, such as special events and other station activities. The individual should have a strong commitment to Public media.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

1.  Secure financial support for MLPBS programming, productions and related activities including, but not limited to: special events, promotion and/or outreach activities/projects.  Primary territory: Northeastern New York, Western Vermont, Eastern Ontario and Southern Quebec (including Montreal and Quebec City).

2.  Identify, research, and solicit clients for financial support.  Cultivate immediate and long-term prospects.  Generate and track clients & prospects, including interests, budgeting cycle, marketing objectives, historical associations with MLPBS, philanthropic activities and corporate financial performance.  Secure immediate funding commitments and long term client relationships.  Identify opportunities for enhanced corporate funding from current clients. 

3.  Create and execute contracts with the DFBD for clients.  Create effective proposals integrating sales and marketing tools.  Acquire in-depth knowledge of MLPBS broadcast schedule, local and regional productions, outreach and development efforts.  Maintain file of promotional materials and additional opportunities for “off-air” client recognition.  Develop project packages that will result in increased funding for MLPBS and will help corporate funders better meet their marketing objectives.

4.  Provide monthly written progress report to DFBD on revenue goals.

5.  Maintain and update client and prospect files in membership database.  Regularly summarize and report significant client information. 

6.  Maintain regular communication and correspondence with existing client base.  Work with existing and new clients and the production department to create and air effective underwriting spots. 

7.  Attend Production meetings at the station.  The CMR needs to be aware of all productions at the station.  The CMR will be ready to report on sales calls from the previous week as well as discuss various underwriting products and what objectives s/he will be working on for the week. 

8.  Work with the Director of Communications and Director of Programming & On-Air Fundraising to develop presentation materials, rate cards and other documents necessary to implement corporate support efforts.

9.  Participate in MLPBS development efforts, including on-air fundraising.  Represent MLPBS to community at large including community events, trade organization, service clubs, meet and greets, special events, etc...

10. Other duties as assigned.


  • The Corporate Marketing Representative is expected to maintain complete confidentiality.

  • Attire: Business casual on non-meeting days (with clients). Business wear on            meeting days. Appropriate business wear at all times.

  • Some overnight travel may be required - at the stations cost. Attendance professional development workshops and seminars may be required.


Education & Training: Associates degree.

Work-Related Experience: Three (3) years sales experience or a combination of customer service, sales and special event experience. Must have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written skills, ability to communicate effectively and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.  Must be detail and deadline oriented, have the ability to work well with others under tight deadlines and possess strong organizational and customer service skills.  Basic understanding and demonstrated skill with Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, social media sources, Google docs and other programs as determined.


  • Valid NYS Driver’s License
  • Proper documentation to travel to Canada or the ability to obtain proper documentation.



Adequate vision and hearing.  Occasional lifting of heavy items.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email or mail your cover letter and resume and any other supporting documents to:

Mountain Lake PBS
ATTN: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

2014 New York State Broadcasters Association Intern Program.

DEADLINE has closed.  Please consider us again next year.

Attention high school seniors and undergraduate college students interested in a career in radio and television broadcasting - would you like to work at Mountain Lake PBS? If you’re between 17 and 22 years old and a career in broadcasting sounds interesting, send us a letter and resume telling us why you’d like to work for us. We’ll review your letter and perhaps call you in for an interview. The intern will be expected to complete up to 180 hours at the station and will be paid $8.00/hour for their time. At the conclusion of the internship the intern will be expected to complete a written evaluation of the experience including the intern’s intentions to further a career in broadcasting. Send your letter to the NYSBA Intern Program, WCFE- Mountain Lake PBS; One Sesame Street; Plattsburgh, NY 12901.


- at least 17 years of age;

- high school or undergraduate college students;

- resident of New York State or attending school in New York State;

- first time entrant into the program;

- relatives of station or NYSBA employees are ineligible to participate.

Mountain Lake PBS is an equal opportunity employer, and offers employment opportunities in a variety of disciplines including production, programming, development, communications, engineering, information technology and many other areas.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email or mail your salary requirements, cover letter and resume to:

Mountain Lake PBS
ATTN: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901roduction Assistant

Duties may include studio setup and camera operation, logging video, transcribing field interviews, working for production during live studio events (debates, specials, fund raising, etc.) Flexible hours but must work agreed minimum per semester.


This position is coordinated through the SUNY Plattsburgh Mass Communications Department and is full time for one semester. An academic internship is dependent on department approval, required courses, and GPA, and is normally done in senior year. Interns assist in local productions as production assistant, videotape editor, videographer, or researcher. When appropriate and in collaboration with a producer interns serve as writer or field interviewer. This internship is for credit hours only and is unpaid.

Marketing & Promotions

Opportunities to become involved might include assisting with the writing press releases, researching media opportunities, creating and placing advertising, planning and executing special events, assist with mailings, as well as handling details of a wide range of projects and activities related to the promotion of Mountain Lake PBS. Minimum 6 hours per week. This internship can be for credit hours or as a volunteer position.


Internships in this field allow you to expand your knowledge of non-profit administration and improve your communication skills in various forms. As an intern you would assist with: letter writing and/or design for appeals, thank you letters to donors and volunteers, budget development, revenue analysis, information and data management, expanding the overall mission of Mountain Lake PBS with creative ingenuity, and events and member drives.

If you are interested in an internship with Mountain Lake PBS, please send your cover letter and resume to:

Mountain Lake PBS
Attn: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY, 12901

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