Chief Engineer Position

Published: Jan. 23, 2020 at 3:40 PM EST
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Gray Television:

Chief Engineer Opening:

This is a department head leadership position, managing the station’s technology with a core team of two engineers. The Chief Engineer oversees the station’s technical and news operations, building facilities, digital production, as well as distribution systems that produce and deliver high-quality video streams across multiple platforms.

Overall Responsibilities

Oversee television technical operations, including master control play-out systems and servers, HD studio facilities, editing suites, remote and microwave equipment, video streaming, IT infrastructure, cable and satellite distribution, as well as all other technical and facility systems and platforms.

Ensure around-the-clock (247) high-quality broadcast and digital platform operations.

Fully responsible for all aspects of tower/transmitter repair and compliance.

Hire and supervise staff.

Plan and implement all capital expenses, as well as departmental budget.

Provide internal authority and full understanding of FCC matters, as well as other regulatory authorities such as EPA and OSHA.

Plan and implement broadcast and IT operations throughout technical plant as well as connectivity with the Gray corporate network.

Maintain engineering, broadcast, IT procedures and documentation, including Standard Operating Procedures, up-to-date technical drawings and service contracts. Manage the station’s capital equipment pipeline from start to finish.

Implement and manager staff and systems related to routine and emergency maintenance/repair of facilities/grounds.

Implement and oversee safety and security procedures.

Oversee management and planning of projects as required.

Maintain technically accurate records.

Education and Desired Experience

Degree or equivalent experience in television engineering, broadcasting, computer science, or related field required.

Solid understanding of current broadcast television encoding and transmission systems and standards.

Minimum 5+ years technical experience, 2+ years in management, in broadcast engineering and/or video production or equivalent with HD and IT-based systems with a stress in the following areas: Broadcast play-out and automation systems and workflow, News operations (where applicable), HD multi-camera studio production, including sets and chroma key operations, audio, lighting, character generator, motion graphics systems as well as live digital workflow. Also, experience is desired in field production for single camera and multi-camera shoots, including operating remote audio, and video production equipment. Expertise is also required in post-production operations, including non-linear editing as well as online video distribution.

Experience in RF installation, repair and operation including terrestrial or electronic news gathering microwave, high power television transmitters as well a C-Band and KuBand satellite transmission, reception and operation.

Familiarity with fiber installation and operations as implemented in IP or in video use.

Expertise with IT systems and IT network administration, implementation as well as management of IT solutions including file-based content, back-up systems, website and databases.  Expertise in encoding and transferring multimedia files.

Facility/building management expertise especially related to power, emergency generator, and HVAC.

Other Job Requirements

Must live within 30-minutes of the station, and be on-call 24/7.

Commitment to the station’s mission and viewers.

Ability to manage multiple projects and assignments simultaneously.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Demonstrated ability to work successfully under stressful conditions.

Pro-active in solving problems.  Ability to work in a team environment with both technical and non-technical staff.

Strong work ethic with an entrepreneurial spirit.

About WILX and Lansing MI:

WILX, the NBC affiliate in Lansing Michigan, is owned by Gray Television Inc., the fastest growing broadcast and digital media groups in the nation. WILX produces a total of 46 hours of news per week for both WILX and the local Fox affiliate WSYM. A market leader in News, digital, and social media, WILX News 10 is home to Emmy award winning reporters, and recipient of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters “Station of the Year” award. Lansing, a vibrant, diverse, stable city is a great place to live and work. A community with a rich history, full of hard-working, caring people, striving to make Mid-Michigan their place they call home. You can go from cheering on the Spartans to a waving wheat field in 10 minutes. Crystal clear beaches are an hour away, and northern Michigan is home to beautiful lakes, beaches and cities. Lansing

is an hour from thriving Grand Rapids and 1.5 hours from downtown Detroit, a center of renewal and vitality. Marvel at the beauty of a state Capitol building, partake in a local craft brew, kayak down the Grand River, or attend a festival.The capital area includes large cities like East Lansing and Grand Ledge, as well as smaller communities like Okemos, Holt, Mason and Williamston. Many residents work in state government offices, local healthcare systems, or one of the General Motors manufacturing plants that produce some of the country's most popular cars and trucks.Sports fans proudly cheer on Michigan State University team, their beloved high school sports, and the Class A Lansing Lugnuts baseball team. Hard-core fans who want a bird's eye view of the action can even choose an apartment in the outfield. Those who prefer single-family homes find affordable choices in metropolitan Lansing. U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Lansing, Michigan is ranked 50th Best Place to Live.

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