Posted in Other 9 days ago.
Type: Full Time
WHNS-TV, a Meredith Corporation station, is in search of a Director of Engineering. The Director of Engineering manages all aspects of the Broadcast Station and Digital Operations. This position ensures that the station operates efficiently and in compliance with all federal, state and local agencies. The Director of Engineering supervises all maintenance and IT staff. This role oversees physical plant operations and improvements including all electronic television equipment as well as building-related issues. This position ensures the department effectively and proactively services the station s newscast and content operations. The Director of Engineering also develops foresight into the technical future of broadcasting and identifies cost reductions and business opportunities through technology. This position is critical in the strategic plan for capital acquisitions for the broadcast station.
Essential Job Functions
25% Manages personnel of the Technical Department and oversees maintenance of all station broadcast equipment to insure infrastructure is functional at all times.
20% Manages the daily operations of the studio, digital assets and transmitter facilities including modernization, new construction, safety, and security. Insures rapid response to unexpected issues in studio and field.
20% Initiates communication and effectively coordinates with staff and other departments to optimize the workflows needed to ensure clean, error-free, technical operations. Participates in staff and editorial meetings and takes action to ensure information is disseminated between staff and other departments news/promotion/production/digital. Goes out on reporter/photographer assignments (including in Live, ENG and Production trucks) and other actions to optimize workflow, hardware and software operations.
10% Prepares and manages the annual fiscal operating budget for the technical department. Ensures department spending is within or under budget.
10% Oversees project management of plant improvements, new construction and news/digital/production assignments, i.e. video transfer, editing, and archiving. Ensures completion by estimated timeline and brings project in or under budget.
5% Maintains the physical plant (studio/transmitter) to acceptable levels of operational requirements by OSHA, FCC, federal, state and local agencies. Performs hands-on technical equipment maintenance.
5% Prepares and manages the department and capital equipment budget. Reviews equipment and facility requirements for purchase of additional and replacement items.
5%Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to, the engineering portion of the Strategic and Business Resumption plans, and compliance with corporate policies.
Minimum Qualifications and Job Requirements
Bachelor s degree or trade school degree/diploma in electronics or broadcasting or equivalent technical training and / or experience
Previous employment in the capacity of Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer or a minimum of 5 years as an Assistant Chief Engineer, in broadcasting, production, or institutional organization is preferred. Experience at a major news operation is highly desirable. Demonstrated experience in organizing and motivating personnel.
Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Should possess a general knowledge of all engineering fields including electrical, electronics, mechanical and civil engineering with a thorough understanding of electronics and broadcast engineering management. Thorough understanding of FCC rules and regulations. Leadership of the technical staff to maintain and update a broadcast quality television station. Must be able to operate the station within an allotted budget, design and implement changes to meet current and future plant needs. Possess skills in working with people, unions and knowledgeable in general labor relations. Must be able to meet deadlines and work well under pressure. Able to identify how technology can reduce operating costs and provide new business opportunities.
Possession of an FCC General Radiotelephone License or equivalent certification in broadcast engineering desirable.
SCOPE OF FINANCIAL IMPACT:
Operation of the station in technical compliance of the FCC rules reduces the risk of losing the station license or monetary forfeitures relating to non-compliance. Hiring and managing the most qualified personnel will reduce on-air errors and outages that may result in loss of ratings and/or revenue. Purchasing the correct equipment and proper design of the signal and transmission plant ensures reliability and the ability to compete in the marketplace that can affect revenue generation. Wise selection of equipment features against price point will result in a sensible and cost efficient facility.
SCOPE OF CUSTOMER IMPACT:
* Internal customers include every department in the station since all departments have some need of technical services. Primary internal customers include the traffic department (sales related) and the news and production departments. Good interfacing with all areas keeps morale high and ensures the on-air product is the best for our viewers.
* External customers include our viewers and advertisers. Good customer service towards viewers that call with complaints or problems fosters a more positive image of the station and deters negative comments to viewers friends and other associates. Good service to our advertisers works towards building a long-term relationship with those that purchase time on the station.
* In all cases, the goal is to provide excellent service to all in resolving any technical matters pertaining to the station.
* Hire, terminate - when necessary, and/or promote
* Provide training and coaching
* Set performance standards
* Assign and check work
* Give feedback and support
* Take corrective actions (discipline and/or terminate)
* Appraise performance
* Recommend pay increases
It is the policy of Meredith to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Meredith will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
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