Chief Broadcast Engineer

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Classification:Broadcast & Media Professional 4
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF KUAC
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Engineering/Computer Science

Position Summary:

KUAC TV & FM is seeking an entrepreneurial & innovative Chief Engineer with the vision & the technical expertise to lead the organization through a pivotal time of technological convergence & the expansion of multiplatform production & delivery system. The ideal candidate will be able to translate ideas into action, effectively manage complex projects; & accomplish ambitious goals via strong leadership & effective management. Oversee media & information technology, broadcast & digital distribution, engineering, facilities & infrastructure services. Responsible for the planning, management of the Engineering Systems including RF transmission and satellite uplinks, IT & Enterprise Systems, Media Engineering, & Systems Engineering & Integration for KUAC. The Chief Engineer will also work with Senior Leadership to develop, budget & implement an organizational technology strategy that serves both current & future needs in an evolving media environment.


10Serves as the designated Chief Operator as required and defined by FCC regulations for both FM and TV, assuring compliance with Emergency Alert System rules, transmitter logging and OSHA rules and standards relevant to broadcast operations. Serves as the primary on-call engineer to resolve signal failure problems, with back-up provided by contract engineering supportEssential
20Observes broadcast signals and systems for faults both internal and external to the broadcast facility, identifying causes and possible solutions. During broadcast failures of KUAC TV, KUAC FM, or the State of Alaska uplinks (Alaska Rural Communities System-ARCS, Statewide Emergency Alert System-EAS), this position has ultimate supervisory authority in these areas until the problem is resolved. Communicates and troubleshoots with various stakeholders including but not limited to KUAC staff, UAF Office of information Technology, Alaska Public Broadcasting, Inc. engineers, PBS and NPR engineering departments, manufacturers' technical representatives and other UAF departments to resolve problems. Assists with the State of Alaska uplink and interfaces with state agencies as delegated by the General Manager.Essential
20Provides engineering technical support for radio and television programming and production teams; provides training on new equipment, technology and procedures.Essential
50Responsible for daily, monthly and annual maintenance and repair of all TV, Radio and IT equipment, systems and programs. Installation and integration of new technologies to include interface of new equipment to old infrastructure as needed. Project Director for technical infrastructure upgrades for FM, FM-HD and LDTV at origination as well as remote sites.Essential

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks an experienced Chief Engineer to work at Alaska's award-winning public radio and television stations KUAC TV/FM. UAF seeks candidates excited about living in Alaska and working at a premier Land, Sea and Space Grant Institution. KUAC-FM is a full-service NPR station with eight associated translators and statewide distribution via satellite. KUAC-DT operates in the Fairbanks area and three translator communities. KUAC technical facilities also include the operations center for Alaska Rural Communication System (ARCS) uplinks including four statewide television services as well as public radio satellite uplinks. KUAC operates an occasional-use uplink as well. This position reports to the General Manager and is responsible for ensuring that all equipment and facilities are in working order to provide the highest quality broadcast signal possible, 24/7/365.


Minimum 3 years management exp. in Television and Radio broadcast processes with a strong understanding of the technology necessary to support a growing multiplatform digital presence. Including 3 years in a professional supervisory capacity.

Ability to coordinate 24/7 response to technical emergencies.

Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of digital and analog technologies as used in a broadcast environment.

Thorough understanding of broadcast and microwave radio frequency technology and theory of operation.

Demonstrable experience with maintenance, troubleshooting and repairing analog, digital equipment and high power transmitter repair.

Proficiency in troubleshooting and repairing high power, solid-state radio and television transmission systems including transmitters.

Understanding of radio and television production and on-air operations.

Demonstrated experience directing others on projects with adherence to deadlines.

Understanding of FCC rules and regulations relative to TV and Radio broadcasting and steps necessary for compliance.

General knowledge of all building systems and knowledge of compliance standards with all related governmental industry regulations.

Ability to attain a cutting-edge organizational knowledge base by interfacing with leading broadcast professionals & researching relevant technical literature.

An understanding of the workings of a statewide public broadcasting network is a plus

Proven budget management experience.

Ability to lift 50 lbs and must be willing and able to travel to remote locations and transmitter sites. Travel may include small planes and helicopter.


Three years of experience as a broadcast engineer working with TV, Radio and IT. 3-5 years supervisory and budgetary experience. May substitute military or other electronics training for experience. Certification by the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Knowledge of AC/DC electrical wiring and related safety practices. Experience with field modification of equipment.


Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science or a related field. May substitute military or other electronics training. Experience with computer applications and computer.

This is a full-time, Grade 81, minimum $30.56 hourly, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, excellent paid time off including 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on May 29, 2020. To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 5/28/2020.  Applications received after this date may not be considered.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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