Director of Technology - KNBC/KVEA

Posted: 3/14/2019

Location: Universal City, California
Function: Production
Specialty: Television & Film, Video
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive


Director of Technology
Technology/Engineering
Owned Stations & Affiliate Relations
Responsibilities

  • Lead a team of engineers and technicians performing design, installation, maintenance and repair of all technical equipment in a 24/7 live broadcast TV environment
  • Lead a News Operations Center team of News Acquisition operators managing and coordinating the acquisition of all live news content via microwave, Satellite, CBNG including OQ check-in procedures in a 24/7 live broadcast TV environment.
  • Supervise and provide guidance for IT and Broadcast Systems Engineers and NOC operators in support of News
  • Function as Chief Operator for FCC EAS logs and maintain FCC Licenses for KNBC & KVEA and microwave installations.
  • Assist in design, development, and execution of station projects with or without supervision.
  • Manage all UHF transmitters, microwave equipment, Microwave Control systems, radio communications systems, studio equipment, and other equipment associated with our facilities.
  • Develop, implement and support Engineering, NOC and IT SOP/workflows
  • Ensure that all projects are completed in a timely manner and on budget.
  • Ensure compliance with established Change Control procedures
  • Partner with EHS lead to ensure compliance with all policies and procedures and perform regular safety inspections to reduce equipment failure or accidents.
  • Partner with 3rd party vendors and internal service providers to best service the needs of the station and troubleshoot issues
  • Facilitate continuing education on emerging technologies with technical and operations staff.
  • Review, approve and purchase maintenance equipment and parts supporting infrastructure reliability
  • Review and assign all discrepancy tickets daily and lead daily discrepancy and maintenance review meeting
  • Work with News to develop new tools for newcasts
  • Manage site leases for Microwave, Beauty Cameras and Radar systems.
  • Oversee our mission critical systems, including testing back-up systems, training employees on handling such situations in order to ensure no loss of air time
  • Display expert knowledge regarding equipment, technology, and systems and be able to step in and resolve any and all issues in emergency situations
  • Develop and implement Capital and Operating projects and budgets in coordination with the VP Technology and Owned Stations Division
  • Provide diligent and accurate oversight of all capital and operational expenditure
  • Stay current with emerging technologies and industry changes
  • Supervise and maintain support systems such as the Transmitter emergency power generation and switching systems, UPS and power distribution devices
  • Document and maintain strict FCC, EAS, and OSHA regulation compliance
  • Must be available to work during major on air events, breaking news situations, severe weather, new system integrations and updates, and provide on-call services 24-7
  • Display and maintain professional appearance, based on station standards, and professional demeanor
  • Regularly receive and distribute information and instructions via telephone, email, memos and staff meetings, to station personnel or outside vendors/clients
  • Oversee and manage local daily technical operations
  • Develop, communicate, and implement strategic and tactical plans
  • Diligently manage projects driven locally and corporately
  • Facilitate user and system break-fix and troubleshooting as needed
  • Manage purchasing, logistics, and asset tracking for the department
  • Technical champion for production, news, sales, and traffic departments
  • Around the clock phone/email access and remote troubleshooting required
  • Other duties as required


  • Qualifications/Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree required (additional 5 years work experience in lieu of degree acceptable)
  • Minimum of 8 years of information technology experience
  • Must be familiar with RF Broadcast Transmission systems , Microwave and Radar systems
  • Must be familiar with information systems infrastructure relating to broadcast technical systems
  • Must have working knowledge of the latest operating systems software, including server and desktop operating systems; Familiar with network routing and IP addressing
  • Strong broadcast and RF engineering skills
  • Strong network engineering skills
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong background and experience with Microsoft Operating Systems and tools
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office with emphasis in Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Project applications
  • Must be able to act with urgency, immediacy, and efficiency and make situation appropriate decisions
  • Ability to meet deadlines and be resourceful to solve technical issues
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills a must
  • Experience of managing a 24/7 News environment
  • Able to work with other departments’ needs and schedules to accomplish goals
  • Must be solution-oriented, proactive, and willing to dig to find a sound resolution

    Eligibility Requirements
  • Willingness to travel and work overtime, and on weekends with short notice
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be covered by Solutions, NBCU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program

    Desired Characteristics
  • Experience managing equipment used for production and broadcasting including but not limited to: Video switchers, audio mixers, graphics systems, automation systems, editing systems, video servers, media asset management solutions, archive system, transcoding systems, virtual machines and software applications for a major broadcast network or in a top 5 TV DMA
  • Experience leading a large diverse team of engineers, technicians and operators in a live TV environment
  • Experience successfully delivering large scale and time critical technical projects and initiatives
  • PMI, PMP Certification a plus
  • Cisco Certification or equivalent a plus

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