5113 Senior Broadcast Engineer-Radio

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

TITLE Senior Broadcast Engineer-Radio

CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 5113

GRADE 34

CLASSIFICATION Nonexempt
 
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Chief Radio Engineer
 
MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR General Manager - Radio
 
GENERAL FUNCTION

The Senior Broadcast Engineer - Radio assists the Chief Radio Engineer in maintaining the operational capability Ozarks Public Radio, including associated repeater and translator stations, and internet services, ensuring station compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) technical operations rules and regulations and ensuring around-the-clock broadcasting capability. The Senior Broadcast Engineer - Radio assists the Chief Radio Engineer in planning, recommending for purchase, and installing all technical equipment, designing and implementing unique prototype electronics equipment and software which performs specific functions to improve station operations, and responding to equipment malfunctions or outages any time they occur.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  An Associate’s degree in Electronics, Applied Science, or a related scientific or technical field or documented equivalent technical training, is required. 

Experience:  Three years of experience in radio broadcast engineering or a related electronics field is required.

Skills:  Computer, electronics, and mechanical skills are required to install, operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and/or repair analog and digital radio broadcast equipment. The ability to use a wide variety of testing equipment in various situations is required. Must be able to use typical broadcast and electronics test equipment and have an understanding of computer systems and networking. Effective oral and written communication skills are required. The ability to troubleshoot and repair high-power RF equipment to include FM transmitters and microwave equipment is preferred.

License:  Must have a valid Missouri driver’s license.

Other :  The scope of the position requires responding to equipment problems and outages around-the-clock. An on-call rotation schedule is required. Reliable transportation is required. Must be able to lift and move heavy equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a weekly basis, assisting others or using devices to move heavier objects on an occasional basis. Must have vision correctable to read test equipment meters and gauges and sufficient mobility and coordination to operate hand tools. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES

1. Protects the station’s broadcasting license and prevents institutional liability and the potential for fines resulting from violations of standard broadcasting policies by assisting the Chief Radio Engineer in ensuring that the station is in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations pertaining to technical operations at all times.

2. Ensures that radio master control and production personnel are able to perform their duties by assisting the Chief Radio Engineer in planning, and recommending the purchase, installation, and maintenance of all station technical equipment, including new technologies intended to expand station services.

3. Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining the radio station’s equipment by keeping accurate records on equipment indicating required and performed maintenance, performing periodic cleaning and servicing of equipment, and scheduling major repairs and services as appropriate.

4. Engages in process improvement and facilitates a more effective use of radio station resources by solving technical problems hampering station operations and using modified off-the-shelf components or by designing and building unique prototype equipment or software to perform specific electronic functions or to increase the operational capacity of the equipment in use.

5. Assists the Chief Radio Engineer with the administration of the radio station by producing engineering-related documents for regulatory, governmental, or grant-making agencies, preparing supporting information for the selection of departmental budget priorities, and documenting station policies and procedures related to technical operations.

6. Assists the Chief Radio Engineer with the maintenance of station computer operations by evaluating emerging technologies for station uses, planning for, installing, and maintaining computer workstations, servers, and LAN equipment, providing technical support to production and support staff for radio studio, master control, and computing resources as needed.

7. Assures the continued operation of the Ozarks Public Radio network of stations and translators by being available for an on-call schedule.

8. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Chief Radio Engineer.

9. Contributes to the overall success of Ozarks Public Radio by participating in live radio programs, fundraising, and studio recordings and performing all other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION

The Senior Broadcast Engineer - Radio is supervised by the Chief Radio Engineer and supervises student workers.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
REVISED MARCH 2007

JOB FAMILY 3

Factor 1: Educational/Experience Requirements of the Job

Level 7 - 1379 Points: A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Level 7 as indicated by the Equivalencies Chart, when permitted by the Minimum Acceptable Qualifications.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 3 - 897 Points: Regular but limited supervision and training of small numbers of student or part-time workers is required where the nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and/or assigning tasks. Supervision at this level may also involve directing the work assignments of one or more full-time employees, but supervision typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and the supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day.

Factor 3: Skill, Complexity, and Technical Mastery

Level 5 - 1600 Points: Knowledge of information technology methods and procedures applicable to several types of work processes. Knowledge permits the employee to carry out work assignments where the objectives are clearly identified and can be accomplished by adapting precedents and established practices.

Factor 4: Budgetary Control

Level 2 - 386 Points: Individuals in jobs at this level actively document, monitor, and control expenditures. At this level incumbents may recommend minor expenditures but have no real authority over budgets.

Factor 5: Work Environment and Physical Demands

Level 3 - 75 Points: The work area involves moderate environmental discomfort such as continuous moderate noise from machines and/or discomfort from poor ventilation or uncomfortable heat or cold. Work may require frequent moderate physical exertion including standing, climbing, crawling, and heavy lifting of objects over 50 pounds.

Factor 6: Work Impact and Effect

Level 4 - 3060 Points: Work products or services directly impact the work of other professionals, the development and operation of programs, affect major activities across units, and/or impact the well-being of large numbers of individuals. Typically the work is complex and may involve addressing conventional problems or situations with established methods or resolving critical problems or developing new processes or models to address specific problems. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures produce errors and delays that affect the operations and/or reputations of multiple or critical departments, programs, or units, and individuals. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures may be remedied in the short to medium term, but at substantial cost of time and resources. The scope of improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failure is large and the nature of the activity requires that emergency repairs be performed.