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Director of Engineering


Location: Austin, TX

Contact Name: Lisa Cordes


Job Description

The Director of Engineering trains and manages a small group of experienced maintenance engineers, and assigns work projects and daily activities to them, based on priorities and resources. The candidate must have a clear knowledge of project management and be strong in customer service practices. A “customer service first” mindset and an ability to consistently deliver a high level of customer service and support with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate technical matters to non-technical staff. 

Provide technical oversight and hands-on support (where necessary) on the installation, maintenance and repair of a wide range of broadcast equipment and systems. These systems include (but are not limited to) commercial insertion and playback automation, production automation, production switchers, HD cameras and camera robotics, signal routing and monitoring, newsroom automation systems, ENG/SNG live trucks, and RF transmitters (both microwave and high-power VHF).

Additionally, the Director of Engineering serves as a station point-of-contact for facilities maintenance issues (including HVAC, access control and building security systems). In his/her duties as Chief Operator, the Director of Engineering will be responsible for the upkeep of all required FCC logs, and for ensuring the station correctly follows all FCC operational guidelines. As part of the Engineering Management team, the Director of Engineering works in conjunction with the station’s Operations Manager and VP of Engineering & Operations to accomplish station goals in a timely and professional manner.

A minimum of 10 years’ prior experience working as a broadcast engineer is required for this position. Previous supervisory or engineering management experience is a plus.  A college degree is preferred, along with either SBE certification or a General Class FCC license. 

The Director of Engineering both directs the work of station engineers and serves as lead engineer when tackling time-sensitive or challenging maintenance issues.  For this reason, strong prior maintenance experience is highly desirable on at least two of the following:  Sony ELC, Miranda iTX, BitCentral CORE newsroom software and hardware, or Chyron graphics systems. Prior experience in the maintenance of Sony video switchers, Evertz EQX routers and SSL audio boards is also highly desired.  Any experience with very similar systems will be considered. 

In addition to a comprehensive knowledge of traditional broadcast equipment, the successful candidate will also have a strong working knowledge of computer hardware and networking, along with an understanding of SMPTE 2022 and proposed VoIP standards such as ASPEN and AIMS.

Must be able to drive company vehicles.  Valid driver’s license and good driving record required. 

Strong leadership and administrative skills.