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CoastAlaska - Director of Engineering

The CoastAlaska Director of Engineering is both the engineering manager and hands-on repair and problem solving person for a five-community, seven-station public media organization in southeast Alaska, and a key member of the management team. CoastAlaska stations inlcude: KCAW, Sitka; KFSK, Petersburg; KRBD, Ketchikan; KRNN, Juneau; KSTK, Wrangell; KTOO, Juneau; KXLL, Juneau. Position Supervision: Reports to Executive Director and coordinates with General Managers. Supervise other engineering staff.

Assures that technical facilities are operational and maintained to standard engineering practice and in compliance with all applicable FCC rules and regulations. Such compliance efforts include the maintenance of an established record system. Provide emergency service as required to restore broadcast signals. Maintains origination and transmission equipment including but not limited to analog and digital transmitters and translators, control room and studio equipment and computers. Consults and trains staff on the correct operation of equipment and systems. Provides onsite technical support and support via telephone and IT to station staff regarding computer, broadcast, and production equipment. Oversight of regional technical budget. Provide maintenance and installation of broadcast translators and their infrastructure. Maintain an engineering knowledgebase consisting of records and diagrams pertaining to troubleshooting and modification of station systems. Monitor changing technical needs of stations. Coordinate with station managers to pursue regional standardization and meet local needs. Performs other work as directed.

The successful employee will have the following skills: Supervisory – Have experience managing technical staff, communicating effectively, and organizing staff time and resources. Technological Competence and Industry Knowledge – Ability to operate and maintain diverse broadcasting facilities and digital technology systems. Knowledge of regulatory and administrative demands and strong interest and practice in staying current with industry changes. Flexibility – Ability to work in a constantly evolving environment where it is necessary to prioritize competing tasks and determine significance of a particular issue. Collaboration with management team for budgetary and resource judgments. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science or related technical degree, or exceptional commensurate experience. FCC General Radio Telephone License and/or SBE Certification. Five years’ experience in managing progressively complex broadcast technology environment. Demonstrated ability to manage complex technical projects, personnel and resources. Written and oral communication skills. Management and Supervisory experience. Desired Qualifications: Experience at a multi-station and/or multi-ownership broadcast facilities. Design and installation experience with analog and digital broadcast systems. Project management including personnel, timeline management, and budget administration and review. Thorough understanding of FCC rules and regulations and demonstrated willingness to maintain compliance. Experience in project management, equipment procurement and grant compliance work. Familiarity with public broadcasting. Able to travel bimonthly within and outside of the CoastAlaska region. Capable of lifting a minimum of 50 pounds, and transiting through rough terrain to remote equipment sites.

HOW TO APPLY: CoastAlaska is being assisted in this search by Livingston Associates. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references to Tom Livingston, email For best consideration apply by April 15, 2013; Open Until Filled. Inquiries are welcome with Livingston Associates at (410) 243-1974. Learn more about CoastAlaska at CoastAlaska is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DEADLINE: 2013-04-15