Senior Director of Technology
The Senior Director of Technology for WKAR will be an innovative, and collaborative professional who strategizes the broadcast and information technology systems that are used across media platforms (TV, Radio, Digital) and the organization. You will oversee the daily technical operations, while keeping the organization at the forefront of technological trends. The role includes advising, managing, budgeting and being hands-on. Also includes successfully navigating technologies and forward planning to identify necessary equipment replacements and upgrades. You will also oversee the areas responsible for the maintenance and installation of broadcast and IT equipment, to include systems and equipment used at the transmitter, in the studios, control rooms, server rooms and edit suites. You will report directly to the Director of Broadcast Services and work collaboratively throughout the organization and with external partners.
You will also enjoy the spectacular benefits that Michigan State University has to offer. In addition to salary, Michigan State University provides its staff with a variety of benefits, which are among the best in the profession. Among the most important are a retirement program (currently 10% matching), health, prescription drug, dental, and life coverage.
East Lansing, Michigan ranks as a ‘best place to live’ for its very affordable living, small town charm, vibrant arts and local activities – not to mention it’s only short drive to Michigan’s captivating great lakes and beautiful scenic views.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Electronics as applied to Broadcast Communications; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in management of television production and distribution equipment and systems, electronics in the communications field, fiber optics, satellite and cable equipment and systems, and the ability to interpret various monitors and analyzers and other commonly used test equipment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Five (5) years of relevant experience, including education, training and experience that provides the requisite skills for this position (such as IT, broadcast, video and audio experience).
- Bachelor’s in electrical engineering, computer sciences or a related discipline.
- Must be familiar with FCC Rules and Regulations regarding broadcast.
- Progressive supervisory and management experience.
- Manage complex projects and large budgets.
- Translate ideas into action.
- Explain/describe complex technical terms and projects in easy-to-understand terms to non-technical personnel.
- Familiarity working in IP including local area networking, file handling, and protocol management as it relates to the broadcast environment.
- Supervisory experience in a union environment.
- Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) certifications
- Familiarity with Emergency Alert Systems (EAS)
- Initiative to gain the understanding necessary to keep WKAR at the cutting-edge. (e.g., Advanced Television System Committee standard #3 (ATSC3))
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
Please submit your resume along with a cover letter addressing your extent of IP/IT experience, and why you feel this position would be a positive career move for you. Please include the names and email addresses of three professional references. A writing sample is requested, see further instructions below.
In less than 500 words, provide a writing sample telling us what you enjoy about working with broadcast and information technology systems.
You may work varied schedules and on an on-call basis, as this position oversees a 24/7/365 broadcast operation.
Summary of Physical Demands
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Individuals may need to sit or stand. Move throughout facilities on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Move equipment weighing up to 25 lbs. and working around high voltage equipment. Proper training certifications will be provided for lifting techniques and working in confined spaces. Working in spaces/rooms with multiple temperatures and lighting, and broadcast equipment as found in a typical technical broadcast environment in addition to working outdoors in all types of weather conditions and temperatures.
Bidding eligibility ends on 10/6/2020, 11:55 PM