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Job Standard for Radio Broadcasting Chief Engineer

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Radio Broadcasting Chief Engineer Overview

  • Person Group: Professional
  • Job Code: 75154
  • Pay Grade: P9
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Senior Manager
  • Family: Communications & Marketing
  • Function: Broadcasting


Responsible for the overall technical operation of the station, management of the facilities, in addition to all transmitter facilities, ensuring compliance with FCC rules, and leading the delivery of high quality service to internal and external customers.

Level Scope

Spends the majority of time (50% or more) achieving organizational objectives through the coordinated achievements of subordinate staff. Manages experienced professionals who exercise latitude and independence in assignments. Establishes departmental goals and objectives, functions with autonomy. Manages the accountability and stewardship of human, financial, and often physical resources in compliance with departmental and campus wide goals and objectives. Ensures subordinate supervisors and professionals adhere to defined internal controls with a focus on policy and strategy implementation. Manages systems and procedures to protect departmental assets and requires practical knowledge in leading and managing the execution of processes, projects and tactics within one area.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 5 years professional experience including 1 year managerial experience.  Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Certification (any), such as the following: Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT), Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT), Certified Broadcast Engineer (CBE)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and experience hiring, training, planning and directing the workload
  • Ability to troubleshoot and identify strategies for preventive maintenance on all equipment
  • Ability to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of information technology methods and procedures.
  • Experience listening and understanding information and ideas presented by others.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Radio Broadcasting Chief Engineer must:

  • Works closely with the senior managers to meet the evolving technical and operational needs of the station.
  • Responsible for ensuring proper operation of all facilities, including transmitters and translators, control systems, audio routing and playback systems, studios, and all related equipment in the on-air, production and transmission process.
  • Maintenance of Station Licenses: As Director of Engineering, the individual is responsible for FCC compliance. Ensure the station is operating within FCC perimeters.
  • Train engineering staff on FCC requirements.Guide and train engineering assistants in equipment repair, operation, and preventative maintenance.
  • Engineering Maintenance/repair of transmission and studio facilities: Troubleshoot, perform repairs and preventive maintenance on all transmission and related equipment.
  • Provide input on site needs including identifying issues, scope of work, budget, and implementation.

35% of Time the Radio Broadcasting Chief Engineer

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Radio Broadcasting Chief Engineer

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Radio Broadcasting Chief Engineer

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.