POSITION SUMMARY The Chief of Engineering and Production Technology is responsible for providing technology leadership, planning, management and overall supervision of all aspects of the Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Engineering department to ensure high quality media production and delivery. Our ideal candidate demonstrates prior results in a broadcast engineering or media technology leadership role, has effective communication and interpersonal skills and maintains a detailed working knowledge of IT and broadcast systems and other technologies of a television station. The Chief of Engineering and Production Technology oversees WPT’s maintenance and technical production support teams; oversees equipment planning, purchasing and system integration; and works effectively with the transmission engineering team at the Educational Communications Board (ECB). This position reports to WPT’s Chief Operating Officer.
Please note that as of November 4, 2019, Wisconsin Public Television will be known as PBS Wisconsin.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Create a vision for WPT’s technology future by identifying technology trends and opportunities that support WPT’s mission to boldly enrich, educate and entertain diverse audiences through the innovative use of media production, broadcasting and digital delivery technologies.
Stay abreast of industry developments through careful curation of relationships with manufacturers, professional organizations, public media colleagues, broadcasting industry colleagues, researchers and other media technology leaders.
Lead the planning, implementation and use of new production and delivery technologies.
Work with WPT Senior Leadership to create and implement an integrated strategic, annual and long range engineering and production technology plan including staffing, budgeting and technology investments.
Plan, design, purchase, maintain, evaluate and upgrade technical systems and facilities. Identify, research and resolve technical problems. Maintain technical standards and assure compliance with Federal regulatory agencies.
Engineering Staff Leadership
Lead, manage and supervise WPT’S engineering staff. Create work plans and goals that align with WPT’s strategic priorities. Provide effective coaching, professional development opportunities and timely work performance feedback.
Oversee technical operations of production and distribution equipment, systems and facilities.
Support the continued delivery of high quality media and related content to broadcast television, online platforms and related digital services. Develop and monitor technical quality control procedures and standards.
Cover hands-on production engineering shifts when necessary.
Budgets, grant applications, inventory
Prepare and oversee annual department budgets and multi-year capital equipment plan.
Assist Grants Manager in the identification and development of technical specifications and supporting descriptions needed for equipment acquisition grants.
Maintain written inventory of WPT production facility equipment including remote production truck. Work with ECB technical staff to assure proper asset management of WHA-TV transmitter equipment.
Technical consultation and compliance
Provide technical information to department managers to facilitate their budget planning.
Work closely and effectively with, and act as technical liaison between, Wisconsin Public Television and:
University Research Park (URP), WHA-TV’s transmission facility lessor;
Educational Communications Board (ECB) technical staff charged with managing and maintaining transmission and distribution facilities for the WPT network including WHA-TV; and
UW Facilities staff as needed for physical plant support.
Create and maintain records and comply with pertinent state and federal law and regulatory agencies, including FCC, CPB, and other federal and state guidelines.
Serve, or delegate to others to serve, as Chief Operator of WHA-TV.
In conjunction with IT staff, assist with planning and implementation of computer hardware and software.
Meet all administrative and production deadlines. Handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-based environment.
As a senior manager, comply with the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff found here: https://pbswisconsin.org/about/
Demonstrate respect in all work relationships and interactions.
Encourage and support an inclusive workplace environment by promoting engagement with diverse perspectives and experiences, including organizational decision-making and hiring.
DEGREE AND AREA OF SPECIALIZATION Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Electronic Technology or related field.
MINIMUM YEARS AND TYPE OF RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in television engineering, broadcasting or media production operations.
In-depth knowledge and abilities in application of digital television systems including ATSC, 8VSB, and MPEG standards. Knowledge and understanding of video, audio and control system flow for a television broadcast and digital dissemination production facility.
Excellent communication, organizational, and collaboration skills that actively support a productive, respectful work environment.
Leadership skills and supervisory experience.
Project administration, budget planning and purchasing skills.
Experience with Information Technology hardware and software in a broadcast environment.
Knowledge of FCC rules and regulations pertaining to broadcast compliance.
Society of Broadcast Engineers certification.
Knowledge/understanding of RF transmission systems and theory.
Experience in public broadcasting.
Additional Salary Information: We expect to pay in the 70s to 80s for a highly qualified candidate contingent on experience and qualifications.
Internal Number: 101228
About PBS Wisconsin
Our mission is to boldly enrich, educate and entertain diverse audiences of children and adults through the innovative use of television production and broadcasting, other communication technologies and community engagement. PBS Wisconsin provides access to local and national content, extending its reach and impact in the communities we serve.