Director of Technology - KNBC/KVEA
Location: Universal City, California
Specialty: Television & Film, Video
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive
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
Director of Technology
Owned Stations & Affiliate Relations
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
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
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
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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