5081 Chief Radio Engineer


TITLE Chief Radio Engineer





MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Director of Broadcast Services


The Chief Radio Engineer has primary responsibility for the technical operation of the Ozarks Public Radio network of stations and translators, maintaining all its equipment, ensuring compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) technical operation rules and regulations at all times, and maintaining around-the-clock broadcast capability. The Chief Radio Engineer supervises the administration and operation of radio station computers and networking systems and responds to or assigns a qualified technician to respond to technical emergencies on a twenty-four hour basis.


Education: A high school diploma plus completion of an accredited course of study in electronics or an Associate's degree in Electronics is required. A Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in Electronics is preferred.

Experience: At least three years of experience as a public radio or commercial radio station engineer is required.

Skills: Mechanical skills in the use of small hand tools such as saws, drills, soldering irons; and the ability to install, operate, and repair various standard test equipment and a wide range of audio control equipment is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing 50-100 pounds.

License: Must hold a Federal Communications Commission General Class permit or Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) certification. Must have a valid Missouri driver's license.

Other: The scope of the position requires the Chief Radio Engineer to respond to equipment problems and outages around-the-clock.


1. Ensures that Ozarks Public Radio and its network of stations and translators is in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations regarding technical operations at all times, thus protecting the license and financial resources of the station, by overseeing the review of the station's operations and maintenance logs, scheduling regular on-site transmitter inspections, and performing regular reviews of station operations to keep them up-to-date with current FCC policies.

2. Maintains the technical operations of Ozark Public Radio by overseeing the maintenance of all recording and playback equipment, receivers and transmitters, on-air and studio audio mixing equipment, and audio reproduction equipment, overseeing the software and hardware maintenance of automation computer, audio automation and control equipment, and calibration of remote instrumentation, and monitoring and measuring station audio signals for both FCC technical requirements and highest possible audio quality.

3. Provides the resources necessary to maintain the technical operations of Ozarks Public Radio by organizing the writing of operation manuals for all professional staff and student operators and keeping a library of all technical manuals and data manuals for equipment and components used.

4. Promotes and practices strategies of preventive maintenance, thus ensuring around-the-clock broadcasting capability for the Ozarks Public Radio network of stations and translators, by periodically testing all backup equipment including transmitters, generators, transfer switches and remote controls, knowing how to operate all test equipment needed to troubleshoot and maintain station technical operations, and responding to or assigning a qualified technician to respond to technical emergencies on a twenty-four hour basis.

5. Facilitates the purchase and installation of new equipment by researching new equipment and writing bid specifications, installing or supervising the installation of new equipment, engaging in process improvement by identifying operations problems that have technical solutions and finding existing devices or designing and building devices as solutions, and inspecting and making recommendations for possible new locations for better operations.

6. Supervises radio station computer and network operations by researching and selecting software and hardware for in-house use, learning its use, and facilitating staff instruction on its use, overseeing any programming and network administration necessary for efficient use of software and hardware, and trouble-shooting computer and networking problems and resolving them on site or sending the equipment out to be repaired by commercial vendors.

7. Assists in the administration of the Ozarks Public Radio by reviewing and/or filing all engineering related documents required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio or other governmental agencies; maintaining and reviewing station records such as FCC required logs and other records as indicated by broadcast engineering best-practices.

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

9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the General Manager-Radio.

10. Contributes to the overall success of Ozarks Public Radio by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Chief Radio Engineer is supervised by the General Manager-Radio and supervises the Senior Broadcast Engineer-Radio and contract employees.




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 4 - 1196 Points: Supervision of a work group including hiring, training, planning, and directing the work of employees. At this level the job often requires close supervision of a rather small number of permanent employees, and/or small numbers of part-time workers, graduate assistants, and/or student workers performing relatively complicated technical or skilled work, and/or other groups of employees at a similar level. At this level it is frequently necessary to train and instruct others, and plan and direct work. Supervisory responsibilities may consume moderate amounts of work time and may include general work planning tasks.

Factor 3: Skill, Complexity, and Technical Mastery

Level 7 - 2200 Points: Professional knowledge of the principles, concepts, and specialized complicated techniques of a profession. Knowledge of a wide range of information technology methods and procedures and specialized knowledge in one or more specific functions. Knowledge permits the incumbent to provide authoritative advice on difficult assignments such as planning advanced systems. Skill in applying knowledge through analyzing, designing, organizing, and developing major programs, systems, and networks.

Factor 4: Budgetary Control

Level 3 - 579 Points: Jobs at this level are responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.

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 5 - 3780 Points: Work products or services directly impact the entire university system and 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 the entire University. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures may be remedied in the short to medium term, but at very substantial cost of time and resources. The scope of improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failure is system-wide and the nature of the activity requires that emergency repairs be performed.