Project Manager, WARN Grant

Job Type

Full Time




2100 Crystal Drive
United States


Under the authority of The Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act, PBS has received a grant to act as the public television entity that provides a pathway for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) to Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) providers. 


Under the general direction of the Director, the Project Manager will develop and manage the deployment plan for the project, which will include communications and technical support to member station sub-grantees.


Essential duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Effectively manage the deployment of PBS-WARN equipment at PBS locations and approximately 150 member stations, including supporting installation at each site and communicating the FCC compliance requirements of this program to sub-grantees
  • Develop a detailed project plan, communicate to stakeholders, and track & measure progress.
  • Convey the benefits of the PBS WARN program to stakeholders and clients
  • Work with engineers and contractors on technical communications products, including RFPs, documentation, and testing plans
  • Develop and sustain relationships with potential service providers, equipment vendors, stakeholders, carriers, and others involved in development of, or providing services to, the WARN project
  • Manage the extensive reporting obligations and process for the grant, ensuring that all necessary project reporting requirements are met, including but not limited to reviewing technical reporting pieces and crafting narratives
  • Perform risk management to minimize project risks
  • Report and escalate obstacles to management as needed
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation

Requirements for success:

  • 5 years technical project management, preferably in a grant-funded environment
  • 2 years direct experience with IT and broadcast technology
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience in broadcast technology and project management may be considered in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Coursework or certifications in project management, telecommunications, or broadcasting are preferred
  • Significant experience in crafting and delivering technical communications such as reports, presentations, and training
  • Strong skills in succinctly and clearly communicating technical information to clients and stakeholders with varying levels of technical expertise
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to track many tasks
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work effectively in a cross-disciplinary team
  • Strong customer service commitment
  • Understanding of digital television systems, the telecommunications industry, and cellular carriers
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Access)
  • Public media experience a plus

PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree