This position is a leader of broadcast engineering operations for WAMU, a key partner to the Senior Director, Technology Operations. This role is responsible for ensuring proper operation of all WAMU-related facilities, including transmitters, control systems, studios, and all related equipment in the on-air, production and transmission process. The position collaborates with WAMU IT systems engineering staff to ensure all audio routing and playback systems are meeting the needs of the broadcast facility. The position coaches junior technical staff and teaches basics in field production, operation of newsgathering equipment, and set standards and procedures to be followed by staff operating production equipment in-house or in the field. This position ensures the operational stability of WAMU, working in concert with team members across the technology area to provide uninterrupted service to its listeners of the highest quality. At all times the position ensures the technical operations of WAMU comply with FCC rules, that work is performed in an appropriate manner consistent with industry best practices, and that threats to operational stability or compliance are identified, prioritized, and resolved as quickly as possible.
This position reports to the Senior Director of Technology Operations, who sets the strategic technical direction of the station and is ultimately responsible for its overall technical operation
This role collaborates with the Senior Director and is primarily responsible for the daily technical operation of the station, ensuring seamless delivery of content across multiple platforms
The successful incumbent will lead the evolution of this new role, which may eventually include direct reports
This position has a key leadership role in the department and works to mentor, teach, influence, and establish standards and protocols for operation
Has key relationships with leaders in business IT, broadcast IT, and broadcast operations and will lead the team in ensuring day-to-day operational needs are met at all times
This is an essential staff position
Frequently on-call 24 hours a day. Required to monitor and reply to essential email after-hours
After-hours work required for scheduled and unscheduled transmitter, tower and studio maintenance, special broadcasts and emergency repair
Must have reliable means for getting to all WAMU worksites, including the studio and all transmitter facilities, within a reasonable amount of time (typically within 2 hours of notification, for DC-based facilities)
Travel will periodically be required to remote facilities such as WRAU in Whaleyville, MD
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Function Leader B
Commensurate with experience
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated success in similar positions that establishes the necessary skills and abilities required for the job
A minimum of seven years of broadcast engineering experience
Must have working knowledge of FM transmitters, IBOC transmission and support systems, analog and digital audio production and broadcast equipment, diverse experience with Studio-to-Transmitter Link (STL) systems (via microwave, leased access, TDM/IP in a variety of configurations), contribution links (IP, ISDN, POTS), satellite downlink systems, and fundamental IT experience
This is a hands-on role that requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, differentiate colors, climb ladders, hear sound and distinguish audio quality, type on a QWERTY keyboard or touch screen, read (and understand) schematics and fine text, and effectively communicate with others using both written and spoken word
Must also be able to follow and implement broadcast industry-standard safety guidelines for working with electricity and Radio-Frequency generating equipment, periodically work in confined spaces, and guide others through such work
Preferred Education and Experience
Previous experience with Audio-Over-IP (AOIP) console/routing systems, news content management, metadata management, digital automation systems, and disaster recovery / business continuity planning
Familiarity with National Public Radio, its satellite system, and public broadcasting in general
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check
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