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KPBS Master Control Technician at San Diego State University in San Diego, California

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Job Description:

KPBS Master Control Technician

Req No: 2024-17152


Full-Time Contract

$29.72 - $31.21 per hour

Close Date: 6/9/2024


The salary range for this position is $29.72 - $31.21 per hour depending upon qualifications and is non-negotiable.

Flexible work hours when needed is a must - days, nights, weekends, holidays, and some overtime.

This position is part of the SAG-AFTRA bargaining unit with KPBS.

KPBS serves the greater San Diego community with informative, cultural, entertaining and educational television, radio, and web programming. KPBS TV/FM is the public television and radio stations for San Diego. Licensed to San Diego State University, KPBS supports and furthers the university's educational and community service mission by informing, enlightening and empowering its listeners. It does so not only by presenting national and locally produced programming of value to its San Diego audience, but also by producing programming about San Diego and its people for distribution nationwide.

Under supervision of the Production Manager, the Master Control Technician is responsible for master control operations and television support, maintaining and operating the S-ENG Truck and participating as technical crew in special shows and events projects in KPBS studio productions.

Providing technical support for a complex telecommunications facility, the KPBS Operations & Production Services Department is responsible for all aspects of radio and television production including oversight of all electronic media production, recording and transmission needs for the station.

Perks you'll enjoy as a member of #teamKPBS

  • Working on a college campus & in public media: Access to campus facilities and staff perks, farmer's market Tuesday's, tons of eateries, community events, entertainment, etc.

  • Hybrid schedule/ remote work flexibility options (varies by job)

  • 10 vacation days, 1 personal day & 13 holidays off (4+ days off over winter break)

  • Enjoy a 'beautiful day in the neighborhood' with local employee discounts

  • Opportunity drawings to attend SDSU basketball games, local concerts and events

  • Discounts on local attractions (theme parks, entertainment, restaurants, memberships)

  • Free wellness classes & programs

  • Monthly pop-up events

  • Full benefits packages that are unmatched (medical, dental, vision, life)

  • Sick leave accruals and paid leave options

  • On-site childcare at a discounted rate (based on availability)

  • Opportunities for continued learning and professional development

  • Flexible spending account(s)

  • Employee assistance program

  • Matching and voluntary retirement savings plan


The KPBS Operations department has a customer-service oriented focus, serving all viewers, clients, inhouse, and out-of-house customers. The incumbent will need to work well under the deadlines of time constraints, and achieve the best quality possible in an efficient and timely manner. Communication skills are important in successfully interpreting the needs of the Programming, Traffic, Operations & Production Services, and other KPBS departments. Professional broadcast quality work that meets station and network technical specifications is essential.

Master Control Operations Support (75%)

  • Execute the tasks necessary to deliver KPBS programming streams to the KPBS audience as directed.

  • Operation and monitoring of Public Media Management (PMM) Broadcast Automation System; editing equipment, graphics equipment, switchers, media asset databases, satellite receivers, fiber feed equipment, tape archival systems and accompanying PC’s.

  • Ingest, trim and setup for proper On Air playout of locally originated program files.

  • Work closely with Programming and Traffic departments to ensure details of programs meet technical specifications, quality standards, correct timing and scheduling.

  • Monitor TV/Radio Transmitters and complete TV Transmitter logs and fulfills EAS requirements.

  • Perform technical evaluation of program recordings to assure compliance with station and network technical standards.

  • Perform first-line corrective maintenance and routine preventive maintenance on the various electronic systems and technical equipment. Incumbent will report equipment failures when intensive corrective maintenance procedures are required.

  • Assist and inform Engineering staff of any technical issues.

  • Assist the Production Manager with new business development and station projects or initiatives

  • Television Operations Support (10%)

    Support Studio productions and other special shows and events including but not limited to:

  • Daily News programming.

  • Pre-Recorded and Live locally produced programs

  • Telethons

  • Distance Learning

  • FundRaising Pledge Productions

  • Awards Presentations

  • Productions for outside Clients and Underwriters

  • S-ENG Truck Maintenance and Operations (5%)

  • Responsible for driving truck to remote locations and identifying line of sight access to ViaSat satellite

  • Oversee all operations whole at remote location; system and connection start-up, satellite antenna set-up.

  • Interface audio/video equipment to truck transmission equipment & establish remote site intercom communications to control rooms; Troubleshoot technical problems.

  • Responsible for maintaining the readiness of the Live Truck; Mileage log for SDSU.

  • Responsible for taking the Live Truck in for routine maintenance at Dodge Dealer

  • Responsible for keeping an up to date Transmission Location Map with Go/No go location listed for future Live Shot knowledge.

  • Oversee different system/equipment operations and how the signals flow through the truck by following a signal diagram.

  • Customer Service (5%)

  • Communicate with clients with courtesy, diplomacy and tact

  • Assess the needs and wants of clients and/or vendors and meeting those demands within specified budget limits

  • Respond to customer requests for information and service in a timely and efficient manner

  • Monitor client services for quality control and customer satisfaction

  • Other Duties and Responsibilities as Assigned (5%)


    Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to understand and general knowledge of operating professional broadcast quality television equipment and systems that integrate computers with broadcast equipment in the television industry

  • Working knowledge of the full range of production techniques and equipment used in production, including graphics and editing, in both studio and field environments.

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with preparing video for use online through various internet platforms.

  • Ability to learn, understand, and apply techniques used throughout the Production Cycle: pre production, production, and post-production.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills to coordinate all facets of television production, distribution including schedules, and other projects.

  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills; ability to establish and maintain cooperative and cordial working relations with a wide range of internal and public contacts.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in order to disseminate information about activities, programs, and objectives.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer software: such as but not limited to Google Workspace, Ross Overdrive, Crispin Automation, Sony Ci and PMM operations.

  • Minimum Education/Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or additional experience that may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis.

    • Six months of experience in a related field; experience with professional broadcast equipment in a studio environment

    Preferred Qualifications and Special Skills

  • 2-3 years of related experience.

  • TV production and production coordination experience

  • Skilled in Adobe Premiere

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field.

  • Additional Applicant Information:

    • Candidates must reside in California, or be willing to relocate, and live within a commutable distance to the SDSU campus at the time of hire.

    • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results (including a criminal record check).

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

    • This position is part of the SAG-AFTRA bargaining unit with KPBS.

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