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Michigan State University Senior Director of Technology / Telecomm Technical Services Manager in East Lansing, Michigan

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Senior Director of Technology / Telecomm Technical Services Manager

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Back to search resultsApply nowJob no:676018

Work type:Support Staff

Pay Grade:15

Major Administrative Unit / College:College Of Communication Arts Sciences

Department:Broadcasting Services 10047117

Salary:Salary Commensurate with Experience

Location:East Lansing

Categories:Full Time (90-100%), Professional Supervisory- APSA, Administrative/Business/Professional, Union

Working/Functional Title

Senior Director of Technology

Position Summary

The Senior Director of Technology for WKAR will be an innovative, and collaborative professional who strategizes the broadcast and information technology systems that are used across media platforms (TV, Radio, Digital) and the organization. You will oversee the daily technical operations, while keeping the organization at the forefront of technological trends. The role includes advising, managing, budgeting and being hands-on. Also includes successfully navigating technologies and forward planning to identify necessary equipment replacements and upgrades. You will also oversee the areas responsible for the maintenance and installation of broadcast and IT equipment, to include systems and equipment used at the transmitter, in the studios, control rooms, server rooms and edit suites. You will report directly to the Director of Broadcast Services and work collaboratively throughout the organization and with external partners.

You will also enjoy the spectacular benefits that Michigan State University has to offer. In addition to salary, Michigan State University provides its staff with a variety of benefits, which are among the best in the profession. Among the most important are a retirement program (currently 10% matching), health, prescription drug, dental, and life coverage.

East Lansing, Michigan ranks as a ‘best place to live’ for its very affordable living, small town charm, vibrant arts and local activities – not to mention it’s only short drive to Michigan’s captivating great lakes and beautiful scenic views.


  • Set and establish high-quality technical standards and priorities that are aligned with our procedures.

  • Effective project management.

  • Prepare budget for fiscal year, for projects and equipment/system purchases.

  • As a member of the Senior Leadership team, informs and provides advice on technological needs of the organization, new technology capabilities, goals, and solutions.

  • Develop short and long-term technology strategies.

  • Oversee both IT and Engineering areas and their maintenance, diagnosis, repairs along with the testing and installing new equipment.

  • Analyze and repair technical faults on equipment and systems.

  • Setting up and operating equipment and transmission links during remote broadcasts.

  • Interpret and implement instructions and requests from producers, directors and other colleagues or external partners.

  • Engage team members and other colleagues.

  • Keep up-to-date with the industry and changes in technology by building and maintaining a network of contacts and investigating new systems and techniques.

  • Ensure that there is a first call response process for broadcast, on-air and information technology emergencies ensuring all incidents and service requests are resolved and documented.

  • Assist in maintaining the broadcast technical infrastructure and provide labor for project execution and installation.

  • Ensure compliance with all FCC regulations.

  • Personnel Management: You will oversee staff to assure consistency and quality of work performed. Expectations include:

  • Provide clear direction and priorities for staff.

  • Promote excellence through well-defined and measurable goals; inspire and motivate staff through the free flow of information placing staff members’ work within the context of the strategic priorities of the division and within the mission of WKAR.

  • Lead by example; foster a work environment that recognizes and rewards collaboration and team-based efforts. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), celebrate current achievements, and set clear [and equitable] expectations for future success.

  • Mentor and train staff, providing frequent opportunities for professional learning and growth; emphasize retention as a means of increasing capacity and expertise of the team. Leverage human and financial resources and promote greater efficiency.

  • Navigate staffing situations within a union environment.

  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Electronics as applied to Broadcast Communications; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in management of television production and distribution equipment and systems, electronics in the communications field, fiber optics, satellite and cable equipment and systems, and the ability to interpret various monitors and analyzers and other commonly used test equipment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Five (5) years of relevant experience, including education, training and experience that provides the requisite skills for this position (such as IT, broadcast, video and audio experience).

  • Bachelor’s in electrical engineering, computer sciences or a related discipline.

  • Must be familiar with FCC Rules and Regulations regarding broadcast.

  • Progressive supervisory and management experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Manage complex projects and large budgets.

  • Translate ideas into action.

  • Explain/describe complex technical terms and projects in easy-to-understand terms to non-technical personnel.

  • Familiarity working in IP including local area networking, file handling, and protocol management as it relates to the broadcast environment.

  • Supervisory experience in a union environment.

  • Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) certifications

  • Familiarity with Emergency Alert Systems (EAS)

  • Initiative to gain the understanding necessary to keep WKAR at the cutting-edge. (e.g., Advanced Television System Committee standard #3 (ATSC3))

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter addressing your extent of IP/IT experience, and why you feel this position would be a positive career move for you. Please include the names and email addresses of three professional references. A writing sample is requested, see further instructions below.

Special Instructions

In less than 500 words, provide a writing sample telling us what you enjoy about working with broadcast and information technology systems.

Work Hours

You may work varied schedules and on an on-call basis, as this position oversees a 24/7/365 broadcast operation.

Summary of Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Individuals may need to sit or stand. Move throughout facilities on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Move equipment weighing up to 25 lbs. and working around high voltage equipment. Proper training certifications will be provided for lifting techniques and working in confined spaces. Working in spaces/rooms with multiple temperatures and lighting, and broadcast equipment as found in a typical technical broadcast environment in addition to working outdoors in all types of weather conditions and temperatures.

Bidding eligibility ends on 10/6/2020, 11:55 PM

Advertised:Sep 30, 2020Eastern Daylight Time