Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country. The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched such iconic shows as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…, Nerdette, Making Oprah and the ground-breaking podcast Serial. Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, digital streaming, and mobile apps. Our flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM) is Chicagoland’s premier media hub for high-quality, fact-based journalism and engaging, entertaining audio programs and podcasts. WBEZ’s sister service, Vocalo (91.1 FM in Chicago, vocalo.org everywhere), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative format.
The Opportunity: Director of Broadcast Engineering
The Director of Broadcast Engineering is a service-oriented management position that will oversee the broadcast maintenance team, report to The Senior Director of Technology and collaborate closely with colleagues and other stakeholders to support user needs and build systems that will improve broadcast processes, ensure FCC Compliance, and optimize critical broadcast strategies.
In this role you’ll manage and supervise a 2-person broadcast maintenance engineering team; install, maintain, and repair all broadcast equipment (both studio and transmitter hardware); maintain traditional radio and digital broadcasting systems and equipment, including but not limited to transmitters, studio consoles, satellite receivers and broadcast automation equipment. It will require excellent written and oral communications, personable interaction with fellow employees, and strong organizational skills.
Required Skills and Experience
In-depth experience (10+ years) with radio broadcast operations, including maintenance of broadcast automation and studio equipment, Transmitter RF equipment, and computer/IT skills; ability to troubleshoot GatesAir/Harris and Nautel transmitters is preferred
An ability to work independently and as an effective team leader
An understanding of FCC regulations to ensure technical compliance
Responsiveness to equipment outages, malfunctions, and related technical problems
Experience documenting equipment maintenance, repair, and replacements
Associate degree or greater in a technical field, or equivalent experience
SBE certification is a plus
Additional Position Requirements
A valid state driver's license and access to your own vehicle to travel to multi-location worksites
Ability to climb ladders, work in small places, and lift 50 pounds is required
Occasional night and weekend on-call work expected; must be available to respond 24/7
Working at Chicago Public Media
Our associates are in service of our mission. Our full-time employee population hovers around 150 people, and approximately half of our team is represented by SAG-AFTRA, at our newly renovated open and collaborative space at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. We know it is imperative that our workplace reflects our community so we can, in turn, provide content that connects people. We are committed to having a workplace that thrives by creating a place of belonging where everyone can contribute their talents. If you share our passion for public service news and information, join us!