Job Description:

Arizona Public Media seeks a talented and highly experienced Chief Broadcast Engineer. This position reports to the senior leadership team. The successful candidate is responsible for daily Television and Radio broadcast operations. They will lead and manage AZPM’s broadcast and physical infrastructure. Position maximizes the quality, reliability, and robustness of AZPM’s infrastructure in support of its public service mission. This position coordinates AZPM’s content delivery and physical infrastructure necessary to best leverage techniques to build programming, donor, and listener interactions. The ideal candidate will have expert knowledge of microwave transmission systems, digital television, radio transmitters, and HD radio broadcasting. Must be able to accommodate shift changes, including extended hours, weekends, evenings, and 24/7 on-call response to technical issues.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ensure proper operation of all facilities, including transmitters,  translators, control systems, audio routing, playback systems, studios, and all related equipment in the on-air, production, and transmission signal chains. 
  • Ensure station is operating within FCC parameters and policy as specified in Parts 73 and 74. Maintain station licenses (AM/FM/ITFS/ATSC1/ATSC3).
  • Direct the day-to-day operations and technology staff to ensure reliable and effective operation of Television and Radio broadcast system as well as current and future IP based delivery systems. Helping recruit and train the next generation of broadcast RF and media engineers, and instill the understanding of the standards, best practices, and regulations around FCC licensed broadcasting. 
  • Oversee and manage all engineering and facility contractors.
  • Training of all transmitter operations personnel to a skill level that renders those employees knowledgeable and capable of performing their duties in full compliance with F.C.C. rules before assuming their responsibilities.
  • Training of all non-transmitter operations personnel to a skill level required for the position by the organization and accepted engineering practice.
  • Help design the Public Broadcasting facility of the future. 
  • Evaluate technologies and vendors in the ATSC3, HD Radio and 4K editing spaces for best in breed products and services.
  • Help create new workflows and solution to an ever-evolving media distribution landscape.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot issues on broadcast-specific software and operational services for news and programming.
  • Maintain and keep in proper working order all transmission and studio equipment.
  • Ensure that the automated processes at the studios are operating properly. 
  • Purchase of all capital and non-capital items necessary for proper operation of the facility.
  • Work with CTO on engineering and technology budgets, overseeing all broadcast and technology expenditures to ensure they conform to the stated plan and goals of AZPM.
  • Identify technology opportunities to increase organization effectiveness and efficiency internally and externally.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of F.C.C. rules pertinent to television and radio broadcast technical requirements as found in Parts 73 and 74.
  • Be a self-starter and able to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment, working both independently and as a part of a diverse team.
  • Be project oriented, organized, detail oriented and able to show a list of previously executed projects from concept to completion.
  • Demonstrate the ability to pivot and manage changing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Be willing to expand their knowledge with emerging broadcast industry concepts/technologies.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree. Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, including 2 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Must be able to accommodate shift changes including extended hours, weekends, evenings, and 24/7 on-call response to technical issues.
  • Flexible work schedule is required to accommodate evening/weekend hours and travel to on-site locations for recordings.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience with AutoCAD and Visio software.
  • Experience with Production Control software.
  • Experience with Broadcast Automation Systems and related equipment.
  • Experience with Newsroom NRCS/MAM Systems.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Software Products.
  • Experience supervising and scheduling and managing a technical staff.
  • Previous experience as Chief Engineer or Technical Supervisor at television or radio broadcast station preferred.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.



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Tucson, AZ
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