WHYY Employment

Thank you for visiting WHYY's employment page. Here you'll find a range of employment opportunities in the fast-paced setting of Greater Philadelphia's leading public media provider. The award-winning professional staff of WHYY continues to set the bar high in areas such as television, radio and the web. Whether it's preparing a program to air or a behind-the-scenes role in support, all positions are vital to the continued growth and development of WHYY.


Available positions


Associate Web Producer, NewsWorks

WHYY is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Web Producer, NewsWorks. This position is responsible creating, formatting and managing content across all channels, including web, mobile, and newsletters for NewsWorks and WHYY. Major duties of the position include curating and posting articles from WHYY and WHYY's content partners, freelance contributors, and wire services to NewsWorks.org; editing web copy and writing display copy, including headlines and captions, curating and editing photographs, and producing and maintaining the NewsWorks homepage and other sections as necessary; identifying automation opportunities as well as system/process defects and working with the development team to resolve identified issues in a timely manner. Candidates must have at least two years of experience maintaining online content across multiple platforms for a news media company or similar organization and demonstrated extreme attention to detail and mature news judgment. Strong writing skills, including creativity, vocabulary, an expert grasp of grammatical concepts, and a mastery of SEO and social media skills are essential in order to edit content, compose captions and headlines, and promote NewsWorks as a respected news and information source. This position requires the ability to quickly master new software and production tools. Candidates must have proficient knowledge in basic software skills (standard HTML editors, Photoshop, and Final Cut Pro), coding (compliance with HTML and CSS, DHTML, JavaScript, and various management systems), and experience with a web content management system. All candidates must have the temperament to work in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment. Blogging experience, especially experience writing for a food or dining blog, is preferred. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter as one document when applying. 09/04/14

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Corporate Underwriting Representative

WHYY seeks a goal-oriented sales professional for the position of Corporate Underwriting Representative. Responsibilities of the Corporate Underwriting Representative include cultivating and soliciting corporate support from Philadelphia area businesses and agencies for TV, radio, web and production sponsorship; prospecting new leads and generating new revenue opportunities; maintaining a strong relationship with underwriters and other investors after agreements are solidified and signed. Further responsibilities include managing all levels of corporate relations that include underwriting, corporate pledges, matching gifts and venue rentals. The ideal candidate for this position should have a minimum of two to three years of sales experience in the media industry, in which they have demonstrated their use of the skills needed to succeed. These skills include excellent writing, verbal, and presentation skills, which are necessary in order to effectively communicate with potential and existing underwriters in-person, over-the-phone, and via written correspondence, as well as advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite. All candidates should have a four year college degree in marketing or a related field or the equivalent professional experience, be willing to travel, able to work flexible hours, and have the temperament to work in a high-pressure environment and to cope with the highs and lows inherent to a sales position. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter as one document when applying. 10/01/14

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Costumed Character Performer

WHYY seeks an energetic individual for the part time, temporary role of Costumed Character Performer. The Costumed Character Performer will appear as various characters from WHYY-TV's children's programming and will interact with family groups at community events. Candidates should be friendly, courteous, animated, and have a positive attitude, while also being punctual and reliable. Previous performance experience is preferred. Due to the constraints of the costumes, all candidates must be of average weight and build and be no taller than 5'4". Candidates cannot wear glasses while inside the costume, and must have the strength both to carry a large costume case, weighing 35 pounds, from transportation to events and to move, gesture, and dance in costumes that can weigh up to 20 pounds. Candidates for this position are required to have a reliable vehicle and valid driver's license in order to get to and from events in the Philadelphia region, and must have the availability to work on weekends. This is a temporary, part-time position. Hours and shifts of work vary. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion and results of a criminal history, child abuse clearance, and FBI fingerprint background check. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume as one document when applying. 09/30/14

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Development and Donor Relations Officer

WHYY seeks a development professional with a passion for public media for the role of Development and Donor Relations Officer. Responsibilities of this position include developing strategic communications and donor roadmaps to educate, cultivate and solicit major gifts for WHYY; working with the Director of Donor Relations and in support of the board committee and its other development and advancement staff to cultivate and solicit donors; monitoring all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations; recommending and assisting with programming, stewardship and cultivation events; working with other fundraising and development personnel to ensure collaboration and encourage harmony within the Major Gifts Department; and supporting the Director of Donor Relations and key volunteers in major gifts solicitations. This position requires a seasoned and focused development professional with three to four years of experience working in a role that required the cultivation and stewardship of donors. Exceptional communication skills are required in order to influence donors' decisions through tact, diplomacy and strong relationship building and to convey and inspire genuine affection for the work of the organization. All candidates should have a Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent professional experience. Candidates should have professional experience using the Microsoft Office Suite, and must have the ability and willingness to learn to use new software and technologies. Previous experience using TeamApproach is preferred. The ability to travel frequently and to work irregular, long hours and weekends in order to maintain and cultivate donor relationships throughout the Delaware Valley is required. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume as one document when applying. 10/02/14

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Education Reporter, Delaware

This fulltime temporary position is responsible for reporting on education-related topics in the state of Delaware. This reporter will have the opportunity to cover education related issues in Delaware such as "Race to the Top," the cost of higher education, and alternatives to traditional education systems and practices. Candidates should have a knowledge of the Delaware education system and three to five years of broadcast, web, or newspaper reporting experience. The education reporter should be an engaging story teller with strong reporting and writing abilities. The reporter must have professional experience producing content for radio and the web, and have an understanding and willingness to learn the multimedia reporting platforms used at WHYY. Reporters must be able to work flexible hours and have a valid driver's license and access to transportation as they are required to be on location at a story with little notice. This position demands a high level of creativity in attaining hard to get sources, and it is critical that the reporter is able to display good judgment in properly assessing the newsworthiness of their subject as well as its appeal to the reader. The position requires the ability to work effectively in a deadline driven environment. This is a temporary position scheduled to last approximately one year. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and at least two related writing samples as one document when applying. 08/28/14

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General Assignment Reporter

WHYY seeks an engaging story teller with strong reporting and writing abilities and at least two years of on-air radio experience for the role of General Assignment Reporter. This position will be responsible for researching writing for broadcast; providing story ideas at morning news meetings; developing and writing stories, features, and interviews; editing, voicing and producing pieces for broadcast; coordinating and co-producing special projects; working closely with other reporters, sharing information and stories; and using social media to cultivate contacts and promote work. This position requires cross-platform experience. The reporter must be comfortable producing content for radio and the web, be able to produce high quality photographs to supplement their stories, and be highly proficient in using audio editing software. Reporters must be able to work flexible hours and have a valid driver's license as they are required to be on location at a story with little notice, and must be able to regularly work at least one day per weekend. The position demands a high level of creativity in attaining hard to get sources, and it is critical that the reporter is able to display good judgment in properly assessing the newsworthiness of their subject as well as its appeal to the reader. Prior experience reporting for a public media outlet is preferred. The position requires the ability to work effectively in a deadline driven environment. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and at least two related writing samples as one document when applying. 10/09/14

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Innovations Reporter

WHYY seeks a fulltime reporter to work within the Health and Sciences Desk, researching and writing stories for broadcast and the web about innovations in technology and life sciences and their effect on the region, nation, and world. This position will be responsible for producing content for radio and the web. All candidates must have at least two years of experience as a reporter, preferably on radio, and must have experience using social media to build a brand and audience. Candidates should also be able to produce high quality photographs to supplement their stories, and have knowledge of audio editing software. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about information technology, innovation spaces, and the scientific method. This position requires the ability to work flexible hours. The position holder must have a valid driver's license as they are required to be on location at a story with little notice. The position demands the ability to work collaboratively. Candidates must possess a high level of creativity in attaining hard to get sources, and it is critical that the reporter is able to display good judgment in properly assessing the newsworthiness of their subject as well as its appeal to the reader. All candidates must have the ability to work effectively in a deadline driven environment. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and at least two related writing samples as one document when applying. 10/10/14

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Marketing Analyst

This fulltime position is responsible for retrieving, analyzing and creating actionable insights based on various forms of data in order to improve WHYY's presence and accessibility to its current and future audience and to support revenue growth. Duties of this position include collecting and analyzing data that provides insights about the WHYY audience on all media platforms with special attention to website users; evaluating content and distribution strategies for NewsWorks.org, including social media engagement and streaming/digital syndication feeds; supporting Marketing Manager in audience research, including writing and analyzing online surveys and conducting focus groups; collecting and analyzing data related to marketing efforts such as on-air promotional campaigns and advertising campaigns; and communicating key insights to and working closely with staff in other departments. All candidates must have at least three years of experience working with digital media analytics. Candidates should also have excellent communication skills in order to work closely with non-technically minded coworkers, and must have excellent analytical and time management skills in order to succeed while working under multiple deadlines in a high pressure environment. A bachelor's degree in a related discipline is required. Please submit a cover letter as well as a resume as one file where the resume is requested. 10/20/14

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NewsWorks Coordinator

WHYY seeks an experienced administrative professional for the position of NewsWorks Coordinator. This position is responsible for providing corporate, administrative and operational assistance to the Vice-President, News and Civic Dialogue and acting as a liaison between the Vice-President and contacts from inside and outside the organization, as well as coordinating logistics, scheduling, purchasing, financial record-keeping, budgeting, invoices, payments, and events for WHYY's News Department. Major duties and responsibilities of this position include generating accurate and thorough financial documents and reports, managing Vice-President's schedule, and writing drafts of reports and correspondence for the Vice-President as needed; maintaining and arranging for the updating and revision of contracts and financial agreements with independent contractors and freelance correspondents and handling issues with invoices and payments; maintaining and updating a vacation calendar and updating a staff contacts directory for News Department; monitoring newsroom's supplies and ordering new supplies as needed; planning and booking travel for News Department employees; assisting in the scheduling, planning, and execution of News Department events, and assisting in the planning, travel booking, materials preparation and execution of any industry meetings hosted by the WHYY News Department. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience in a role that required advanced multi-tasking, scheduling, budgeting, communication and organizational skills. Previous work experience keeping meticulous financial records and tracking and successfully meeting multiple deadlines simultaneously is required. Prior experience planning and coordinating events is preferred. The position holder should have a working knowledge of multimedia organizations, the production process, techniques, and other key components of news media. A bachelor's degree in a related field or the equivalent professional experience is required. The position-holder must be a strong communicator, possessing both excellent verbal and written communication skills, and should have an aptitude for math. Extensive professional experience using the Microsoft Office suite is required. Experience working with budgeting software is preferred. All candidates must possess the temperament to work in a high-pressure, deadline-driven environment. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume as one document when applying. 08/28/14

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How to Apply

About 160 men and women bring to life the programs, content and services our region has come to know and value as part of their daily lives. Consider becoming a member of this dynamic workforce and submit your application today!

To apply, please use the online application links above or mail your resume to:

Human Resources
WHYY, Inc.
150 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Only resumes responding to an available position will be accepted. WHYY is an equal-opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.