Job Description:

This senior-level Director develops and implements the strategic technology plan for Montana’s statewide public television service. The Director of Technology provides leadership to the station’s Engineering staff and manages the broadcast and information systems necessary to bring educational and entertaining programs to Montana PBS viewers.

The Statewide public television service, Montana PBS, is a partnership of Montana State University-Bozeman (KUSM) and the University of Montana-Missoula (KUFM). Montana PBS serves one of the largest geographical regions in the public television system, with broadcast transmitters in five designated market areas and many translators in smaller communities throughout the state.

The Director of Technology is a member of the Montana PBS senior leadership team. The primary role of the Director is to provide technical management of systems that deliver Montana PBS national and local content to statewide audiences, including broadcast operations and transmission facilities, digital technology, and general network infrastructure. The Director will collaborate with Montana PBS leadership at both stations to develop and articulate Montana PBS’s comprehensive technology plan, including researching and securing private and public funding for upgrades and replacement of capital equipment.

As Montana PBS prepares for a major renovation and expansion of its broadcast and production facility, the next Director will have the unique opportunity to chart the technological future of Montana PBS.


Duties and Responsibilities

Technology Leadership

  • Serve as Montana PBS’s chief broadcast and operations technology strategist, working with staff across all departments to maintain, upgrade, and grow Montana PBS services for statewide viewers
  • Supervise and manage technology in the Network Operations Center, Satellite Operations Center, Transmitter Sites, TV Studio and Engineering department
  • Leverage new technologies, such as NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0), as well as emerging digital platforms to reach new audiences.
  • Serve as primary liaison with national PBS Technology leadership to ensure timely implementation of upgrades and new technologies or products at a local level
  • Oversee support of general station IT needs, including desktop computers, networked devices, and servers
  • Serve as primary liaison with university facility managers, external technology partners, equipment vendors and systems integrators
  • Lead technical planning, budgeting and implementation for broadcast and operations construction projects
  • Serve as principal investigator for federal and/or private technology grants
  • Create, defend, and manage annual technology and operation budgets
  • Negotiate contracts, make purchasing decisions, and submit required reporting to internal and external entities
  • Foster and maintain beneficial partnerships within the commercial and non-commercial Montana broadcasting community
  • Develop long-term capital budget plan for technology replacement and growth into new communities

Compliance and Reporting

  • Assure compliance, and serve as the principal contact, for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations, as it relates to broadcast licenses and technical facilities
  • Maintain effective and strategic communications with station’s broadcast legal counsel

Engineering Staff Supervision

  • Directly supervise, train, and evaluate station engineer/IT analysts
  • Provide leadership to the engineering department by setting work objectives, defining procedures, and establishing priorities


Required Qualifications

  1. Post-secondary education in electronics technology and ten years specialized experience as a television engineer, with at least five of those years as an engineering manager
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of FCC communication law
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of broadcast television and information systems technology
  4. Working knowledge of IP, satellite, and terrestrial transmission systems
  5. Demonstrated experience with computer and IT networks
  6. Working knowledge of single and 3-phase electrical systems, generators, and transfer switches
  7. Demonstrated experience leading and supervising a team
  8. Demonstrated understanding of current trends in media distribution and consumption
  9. Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a creative team environment
  10. Demonstrated experience in technology grant or proposal writing
  11. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  12. Demonstrated experience creating and managing a budget

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience in public television broadcasting
  2. Experience in digital media and video production
  3. Experience with institutional purchasing and RFPs
  4. Familiarity with public television programming and mission
  5. Member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Successful Candidate Will:

  • Possess and communicate a vision and strategy for the technological future of Montana PBS
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills and a teambuilding attitude
  • Demonstrate a highly motivated work ethic with advanced multi-tasking and prioritization skills
  • Demonstrate ability to acquire new technical skills and knowledge in fast-changing industry
  • Work flexible hours, including occasional night or weekend events
  • Be accessible and ‘on call’ to respond to occasional system emergencies
  • Positively represent Montana PBS to internal and external constituents
  • Exhibit the highest level of professional conduct, embracing Montana PBS standards for honest and ethical behavior
  • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the mission of Montana PBS and the Universities



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Job Location: 
Bozeman, MT
United States
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Full time
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