CHIEF ENGINEER/BROADCAST SYSTEMS MANAGER,WBUR Engineering
Location: BOSTON, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 7086
The position of Chief Engineer and Manager of Broadcast Systems is a key component and critical role in the WBUR Engineering department structure. This position is responsible for maintaining the highest level of technical performance and broadcast standards for all aspects of WBUR's broadcast systems. These systems include, but are not limited to, equipment related to the WBUR broadcast chain, studio facilities and all transmission facilities. This position is also directly responsible for managing the audio needs for WBUR remote broadcasts ensuring we are operating at the highest technical levels and also keeping within all FCC rules and guidelines for all broadcast operations. Another key responsibility of this position is to oversee and manage all signal improvement and signal expansion initiatives. This position will continually assess our currrent broadcast systems and identify areas where they can be improved and present these recommendations to the Director of Engineering. These recommendations will also include potential areas where we can expand our signal reach and proposal of a plan to achieve these goals. Employees managed by this position: Assistant Chief Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, outside contractors as necessary.
Maintenance and upgrades to WBUR transmission facilities and systems. FCC compliance monitoring
Signal Improvement and Expansion initiatives
Develop and implement technical improvements
Engineering related purchasing (quotes/bids/purchase)
Supervise equipment and installation repair
Participation in fundraiser and on-call rotation
At least 10 years experience in Broadcast Engineering
Bachelor's degree or relevant experience required
SBE Certification to the Certified Radio Engineer level or higher
The Chief Engineer/Manager of Broadcast Systems must be able to think strategically about the technical systems which support the distribution of WBUR programming to a supporting audience. The position requires long-term thinking and planning skills to ensure WBUR continuously remains at the cutting edge of audio and broadcast technology.
Similarly, the Chief Engineer/Manager of Broadcasts Systems will actively seek ways to improve the signal coverage of WBUR into areas we do not currently reach and make recommendations to achieve these goals. This requires an ability to evaluate potential broadcast signals for construction or acquisition in terms of projected costs to build and operate. The Chief Engineer/Manager of Broadcast Systems will continually evaluate our broadcast signal and make recommendations as areas of improvement have been identified.
The Chief Engineer/Manager of Broadcast Systems will carry the ultimate responsibility for ensuring WBUR is operating within all FCC rules and guidelines, in terms of compliance with FAA rules for towers, lighting, Emergency Alert Systems, legal operation of FM and/or AM transmission equipment, and other technical guidelines established by the FCC for legal operation of broadcast stations. This position requires someone with extensive broadcast experience and knowledge of these legal requirements. The Chief Engineer/Manager of Broadcast Systems will be directly responsible for all studio facilities and making sure we are always operating at the highest level of performance. Technical improvement recommendations and continually evaluating new technology, both for the studio facilities and equipment used by staff, are critical parts of this position. The Chief Engineer/Manager of Broadcast Systems must have extensive knowledge of state of the art audio equipment used for recording live sound, field sound, and audio post-production.
The Chief Engineer/Manager of Broadcast Systems is charged with management and maintenance of all current WBUR transmission facilities and systems in addition to new locations as WBUR continues to grow. These facilities need to be operating at the highest levels and as problems arise they need to be resolved immediately and with a sense of urgency.
As part of keeping WBUR at the technical forefront, the Chief Engineer/Manager of Broadcast Systems must be experienced at project management at a complex level, including initial budget projections, detailed specification of new facilities, creation of Scope of Work documentation, Construction Management, Competitive Bid solicitation, and budget management. Typical project costs would range from $250,000 to $750,000. Additional responsibilities include managing and being part of the audio/transmission systems on-call rotation which provides 24/7 support for keeping WBUR on the air and broadcasting at all times. The Chief Engineer/Manager of Broadcast Systems is part of the Holiday Coverage schedule for WBUR, Fundraiser Coverage shifts, and is considered an Essential Worker during University closings.
Expert knowledge is required (but not limited to) the following studio systems: AudioVault Suite, Wheatstone TDM and Wheatnet IP systems, IP Audio codecs (such as Prodys, Comrex, Worldcast, and Tieline), VoIP Studio telephone systems, and Telos streaming codecs.
Expert knowledge is required in the following transmission system equipment: HD Radio, Artist Experience, High Power FM transmission equipment (up to 20 kW), Burk Facility/transmitter controllers, microwave systems, satellite downlinks, fiberoptic transmission equipment, HVAC cooling systems, high power AC transfer switches to support emergency operation, auxiliary power generators, antenna theory and transmission line theory.
Expert knowledge is required to evaluate and design transmission sites for technical filings with the FCC. Experience with an FCC allocation software program like V-Soft is essential.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
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