Director of Engineering and Information Technology

KHQ Inc & Cowles Montana Media
Spokane, WA

What if you could help chart the course for an entire industry?  What if you could take off the corporate limitations and work for a family-owned company that is very forward-thinking?  And what if you could live, work, and play in the beautiful Pacific Northwest?  This person will oversee all Engineering and IT aspects for the Broadcast Division of the Cowles Company.  This person will report directly to the President and serve as a trusted advisor to Station Managers, and Department Heads across the company.   

When it comes to engineering:  the right candidate will have excellent leadership, attention to detail, and communication skills, collaborate with, and support engineering departments at all stations; work with vendors to research, acquire, and maintain broadcast equipment; work with chief engineers and the master control supervisor to comply with all FCC regulations; work with chief engineers to develop capital and expense budgets for broadcast/IT equipment and station facilities; will give direction to managers and supervisors with all personnel related issues in engineering, master control, and IT departments including hiring, development, and termination.

On the IT side:  the right candidate will lead, manage, and assist the IT team in user support and technology objectives for all locations including 350 users, 300 desktops, 100 servers, IT based broadcast systems, and remote users in 10 geographic locations in WA and MT; continue the company’s pursuit in hardening IT systems, security, and policies; work with vendors to research, acquire, and maintain IT equipment/services; manage all service contract renewals; collaborate with IT departments in other business divisions within Cowles Company.

The Cowles Company owns NBC television stations in Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Yakima WA., along with markets in Montana, including an NBC affiliate in Billings, and ABC/FOX affiliates in Missoula/Kalispell, Butte/Bozeman, Great Falls, and Helena.  Cowles also owns a Regional Sports Channel that crosses Washington, Idaho and Montana.   Please see the full job posting at:   https://www.khq.com/site/employment.html

If you’re up for this exciting challenge in a fast-paced and every changing technology business, please send your resume and cover letter to:  Jeff Hite, Director of Recruiting and Training at:  jeff.hite@khq.com  KHQ Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.  No phone calls please.  Position open until filled.