5113 Senior Broadcast Engineer-Radio and TV


TITLE Senior Broadcast Engineer-Radio and TV





MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR General Manager – Radio and TV


The Senior Broadcast Engineer - Radio and TV assists the Chief Radio and Chief TV Engineers in maintaining the operational capability of Ozarks Public Broadcasting, 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 and TV assists the Chief Radio and Chief TV Engineers 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.


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 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 develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. The ability to troubleshoot and repair high-power RF equipment to include radio and TV 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 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. The ability to read test equipment meters and gauges and operate hand tools is required.


1. Protects the station’s broadcasting licenses and prevents institutional liability and the potential for fines resulting from violations of standard broadcasting policies by assisting the Chief Radio and Chief TV Engineers 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 and TV master control and production personnel are able to perform their duties by assisting the Chief Radio and Chief TV Engineers in planning, and recommending the purchase, installation, and maintenance of all station technical equipment, including new technologies intended to expand station services.

3. Ensures quality and continuity of broadcast service by gaining and maintaining a high level of familiarity with the broadcast automation system and troubleshooting, navigating, and servicing the system as required.

4. Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining the radio and TV stations’ 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.

5. Engages in process improvement and facilitates a more effective use of radio and TV 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.

6. Assists the Chief Radio and Chief TV Engineer with the administration of the radio and TV 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.

7. Assists the Chief Radio and Chief TV Engineers 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 and TV studio, master control, and computing resources as needed.

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

9. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

10. 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 and Chief TV Engineers.

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


The Senior Broadcast Engineer – Radio and TV is supervised by the Chief Radio Engineer and supervises student workers. The Senior Broadcast Engineer - Radio and TV works closely with the Chief TV Engineer as assigned by the General Manager, Radio and TV.