WYES-TV Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer

  • Full Time
  • New Orleans, LA
  • This position has been filled

Website WYES-TV

WYES, New Orleans’ premier PBS station, is seeking an Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO).  Founded in 1953, WYES serves the Greater New Orleans, southeast Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast region.   Our mission remains true today — to inform, teach, illuminate and inspire the many different audiences that make up our community through a variety of media and educational outreach activities.


The EVP/COO reports directly to the President & CEO and is involved in developing and implementing strategic priorities critical for WYES’ growth and community engagement.  The EVP/COO has overall responsibility for a talented team in multi-media content, education and community engagement, interactive media, broadcast traffic, and program production.  The EVP/COO will manage organization-wide initiatives from concept to completion, be an effective communicator, and trusted advisor to the President & CEO.


·         Support the CEO’s vision and strategic priorities and all facets of daily operations at WYES.

·         Manage large, complex projects through collaboration and cross-departmental communication.

·         As the community engagement leader, the EVP/COO will work closely with the President, Community Advisory Board, and other station departments to strengthen the connection to the audience and the community. 

·         Participate in development of the overall organizational budget.

·         Manage programming, production content, and educational services.

·         Lead, motivate and collaborate with team members to create content for multiple platforms.

·         Ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of PBS, CPB and FCC.

·         Work in tandem with the Development team to meet fundraising and member/viewer service objectives.

·         Guide and support staff members in executing WYES’ mission, vision and goals.

·         Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate is a creative problem-solver who can anticipate and avoid potential issues.  The EVP/COO must be an effective communicator who is able to simplify complex issues and is comfortable making quick decisions.  This person is audience-focused and data-driven with strong project management skills.  The EVP/COO must be able to build and maintain strong relationships with a wide range of people within the organization, in the community, and with other media entities.


·         At least 15 years of experience in the broadcast media environment.

·         Television production is required.  Successful candidate must have experience as a broadcast producer.

·         An experienced, mission-driven leader who understands how dramatically media is changing and can use their knowledge to help guide WYES through the transformations.

·         Supervisory/management experience is required – must demonstrate an ability to foster high standards and an ability to coach, inspire and lead.

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills.

·         Exceptional interpersonal skills.

·         Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree preferred. 


WYES is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to resume@wyes.org.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE