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Employment

Below are the listings (if any) of paid part-time and/or full-time positions available at WCTE.

Full or Part -time Positions

Director of Education & Engagement

The Director of Education and Engagement is responsible for creating a collaborative team based approach to enhance community engagement and lifelong learning in the Upper Cumberland, thus building on decades of educational and engagement success. The Director serves as part of the WCTE Leadership Team and brings to WCTE’s collective work: Partnership coordination with area school systems, area businesses, state, regional and community groups; a “cradle to career” focus on education; a WCTE mission focus on events as well as creating resource opportunities for this department and the station. The Director of Education and Engagement will uphold and promote the values of WCTE and PBS internally and externally.

Essential Duties:

The Director of Education and Engagement must foster high levels of trust and cooperation among diverse groups. This role requires the ability to lead and manage all aspects of the work: including resource stewardship; grant writing; timelines; budgets and cost projections; communication with stakeholder groups and measurable goals for success. To be successful the Director must possess good judgement; strong written and verbal communication; administrative and organizational skills; the ability to balance multiple priorities, while leading a team on projects from conception to completion; and serves as the public face for education and engagement of WCTE and the President / CEO and also as a full partner with Putnam County Schools.

  • Directs & Manages WCTE Educational Revenue Generating Events: such as a proposed Educational Endowment Luncheon (this is not scheduled at this time)
  • Directs & Manages WCTE Education Initiatives: Ready to Learn; Workforce Development / American Graduate; Academic Bowl; At Home Learning Block; Web and Social educational support materials such as PBS Learning Media / WCTE Connection Zone.
  • Directs & Manages WCTE Engagement Events: Stations of Imagination; Back to School Event (Gilley Pool); Content Screenings; Parades; Special Events such as Windows on the World, etc.
  • Team Building & Community Relations: Build and maintain a collaborative team to facilitate work in engagement and education, while facilitating the integration of WCTE into the community.
  • Department Management: Develop & maintain department inventory & filing system; develop and meet budget expectations; create and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Grant Writing / Reporting: Oversee the RTL & other grant reporting as well as pursue additional grant opportunities on a local, regional, state and national level.
  • Communications: Provide the Upper Cumberland viewing region with strategic educational messaging in collaboration with Putnam County Schools and other key educational stakeholders and partners.

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How to Apply:

To apply for this position, you must submit your application through the Putnam County School District's job portal, found here: https://skyward.iscorp.com/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsfinputnamcotn/rappljoblst484.w

Interning at WCTE


WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS offers internships* for college students throughout the year. Internships are specifically designed to provide training and experience for students interested in the various aspects of public broadcasting. Internships described below are, in general, the types of assignments that are available within each department.

Internships are offered to students of all colleges, universities, and trade schools. Recruiting is normally accomplished through the school internship or career services office, and on-campus through career and internship fairs. Students may also contact WCTE directly. WCTE will process applications and the supervisor from the department for which the student is applying will conduct interviews. Once accepted, students are assigned to work on a specific project or production for an academic semester.

*WCTE internships are unpaid, unless otherwise stated.

Internship Opportunities

WCTE has several internship openings for interested individuals, as part of our Talent Enhancement Program, that offers valuable experience in television production, business development, event planning and management, broadcast engineering, and informational technologies. We seek creative, motivated and energetic individuals, including students, from a variety of backgrounds to lend their effort and time. WCTE requires a minimum of 10 hours per week in order to effectively provide engaging, hands-on experience as part of the Talent Enhancement Program.

  • Internships offered are without payment, unless otherwise stated in their job description.
  • Internships follow a schedule similar to college semesters, beginning and ending around the same time of the year.
  • All Candidates MUST have a flexible schedule and provide own transportation.
  • Students must be able to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week.
  • We select without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status, as stated in our Anti-Discrimination Policy.

Internship Applications

To apply, please complete the online internship application or download the Internship Application and email or mail the application. Each application will require three (3) documents to also be submitted: resume, cover letter (detailing your interest in WCTE), and (1) referral letter (preferably an academic mentor or teacher).

Applications and required documents should be emailed to Donna M. Matson, Director of Human Resources & Business Operations, at dmatson@wcte.org or mailed to the following address:

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS
c/o: Donna M. Matson
PO Box 2040
Cookeville TN 38502

The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 declared that “it is in the public interest to encourage the development of programming…that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities." It is essential that public television stations strengthen their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their management, their governing boards and their workforce to better reflect the society we serve. Public television management believes that promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our workforce and organizations is a moral imperative that will also improve our programming, our business operations and our service to our communities. WCTE has a forty plus year history of serving the people of the Upper Cumberland and beyond as a full PBS member station. Join WCTE in our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as we offer our better selves to each other and to the communities we serve.