SDSU Research Foundation

  • KPBS Project Manager

    Req No.
    Full-Time Contract
    $85,000 to $95,000 DOE
    Dept/Proj Name
    Close Date
  • Overview

    KPBS, San Diego’s NPR and PBS stations, provides news and information to more than 1.2 million people each week across San Diego and Imperial counties on TV, radio and digital media. A public service of San Diego State University, KPBS has a staff of 180 and an annual operating budget of $32 million. As the #1 public television station in the country and #1 radio station in the San Diego market, KPBS has been recognized as one of the nation’s top independent news organizations by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.


    The innovation department provides strategic guidance and tactical support for KPBS’ digital initiatives. The department is responsible for evaluating and implementing new technology, ensuring an excellent user experience for our audience and balancing often competing priorities from the business units throughout the station. The team also serves as an in-house incubator for new initiatives, evaluating for sustainability and setting up best practices and workflows before implementing in other departments at the station.


    The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for the planning, implementation and maintenance of KPBS’ digital technology, specifically the transition to a new content management system for our news stories, events calendar, and marketing content at The PM will be responsible for all elements of the project, from gathering requirements from key stakeholders to securing vendors and ensuring the deployment of the new system happens on time and on budget.


    • Plan and implement projects
    • Help define project scope, goals and deliverables
    • Develop and communicate functional and technical requirements
    • Define tasks and required resources
    • Identify key stakeholders and critical members of the project team. Ensure quality standards and deadlines are met by team members at all levels of the organization, up to and including senior executives.
    • Manage budget
    • Allocate project resources
    • Create schedule and project timeline
    • Track deliverables
    • Support and direct the work of the project team
    • Lead quality assurance
    • Monitor and report on project progress
    • Present reports to stakeholders on progress as well as problems and solutions
    • Implement and manage change when necessary to meet project outputs
    • Evaluate and assess result of project
    • Ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget
    • Support the project sponsor in selecting technology by documenting requirements and gathering proposals for technology options. Participate in the selection process and help develop message points for key stakeholders once a decision is made.
    • Ensure all technology meets SDSU’s accessible technology requirements
    • Ensure all technology and processes are PCI compliant
    • Act as primary point of contact for technology vendors
    • Find solutions to complex problems and communicate those solutions to others
    • Some nights and weekends may be required to meet deadlines
    • Review analytics and audience data and make decisions based on that information


    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent training and applied experience
    • Three to five years project management experience
    • Experience successfully managing budgets
    • Experience managing vendors

    Preferred experience:

    • Experience in digital news or news publishing
    • Knowledge or familiarity with KPBS or other public media
    • Experience negotiating and executing contracts
    • Experience working with content management systems
    • Experience migrating websites
    • Familiarity with SEO and the impact of website migration on SEO
    • Familiarity with digital media files and specifications
    • Advanced understanding of how the Internet works
    • Experience with testing and implementing new technology
    • Ability to convey technical issues and recommendations to non-technical people at all levels of an organization
    • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with developers and other technical staff


    San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


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