Job Description:

WTTW (Chicago PBS) and WFMT (Classical radio) are seeking a full-time Chief Engineer. This position is primarily responsible for planning, evaluation, acquisition, installation, and maintenance of all related material and resources supporting media platforms for broadcast and related production/distribution operations.  The Chief Engineer will also be responsible for proactively managing production operations functions as they relate to the engineering staff and equipment. Also reporting to the Chief Engineer are IT, facilities and media archiving. The role requires oversight and on-call availability 24/7 for all functions.


Broadcast Engineering - Maintenance

  • Maintain facility equipment and transmitter
  • Oversee engineering interconnection, project design, construction, installation, and maintenance

Broadcast Engineering - Production and Program Distribution Operations

  • Work with producers/departmental managers to align production needs with engineering services
  • Proactively manage engineering operations for production service functions (e.g., editing and staffing)
  • Closely manage program and content distribution operations
  • Institute new processes, trouble-shooting procedures, documentation and tracking of issues and resolution in a manner that meets production needs
  • Effectively manage and motivate staff to ensure best-in-class and cost/time-efficient broadcast and distribution operations to produce the highest level of quality to audience
  • Coordinate with PBS and other third-party distribution entities regarding technical specifications and deliverables of house-produced/presented programming
  • Identify current and long-term facility/equipment needs based on requirements and obligations of content teams; the Chicago Production Center (business to business production services); state, local and federal (including FCC, EAS) rules and requirements

IT/Archiving/Media Management

  • Provide management, direction and vision for IT needs throughout the organization
  • Plan and implement upgrades to network and computer systems
  • Ensure that IT engages with vendors to transform organizational infrastructure to state-of-the-art shared systems
  • Evaluate and assess current media management capabilities/systems and make recommendations on future technology requirements to ensure future accessibility to media assets
  • Oversee media asset management, archiving, and related data security with an outcomes-driven, content activation approach


  • Oversee campus security and safety
  • Oversee maintenance and upkeep of all aspects of the facilities

Management, leadership and future technology sustainability

  • Manage, deploy and initiate training of union and related staff in new and existing equipment, technology, skills, procedures, and workflows
  • Develop/maintain deep understanding of union contracts (IBEW, DGA, AFTRA); educate/train bargaining unit and non-bargaining unit staff on jurisdictional rules
  • Lead management team in IBEW and DGA union negotiations to ensure flexible, agile and efficient culture and workflows
  • Establish and ensure technical and technology standards and priorities for the organization
  • Develop organization-wide technology strategy that addresses future-state planning and operations
  • Responsible for proactively managing and developing staff in aforementioned areas
  • Document policies and procedures to improve operational functions where engineering is critical to the output
  • Maintain and report on industry-wide benchmarks on operations and personnel procedures
  • Develop plan to align functional areas with strategic plan
  • Establish goals in order to ensure measurable outcomes


  • Thorough knowledge of FCC rules, regulations and compliance requirements
  • Outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to guide others through high-level technology and equipment operations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of business needs, competitive/market trends, problem-solving, contingency planning, latest technologies essential to current and future business needs
  • Skills compliant with FCC broadcast engineering standards
  • Must be process oriented, results-driven and focused on demonstrable outcomes
  • High level of personal integrity and leadership ability, communication, planning, decision making, and customer service skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multitask, dynamically prioritize and work under pressure
  • Must have the capacity to effectively manage complex projects, large budgets and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to work nights, weekends, and be available 24/7 as needed
  • Effective negotiating skills


  • Five to ten years of demonstrated leadership with experience directly related to technology/broadcast management
  • Understanding or experience in maintenance and repair of technology-based or broadcast systems, high power transmitters and network infrastructure
  • Familiarity with labor law and practices
  • Proven track record of production operations management
  • Demonstrated leadership in technology architecture visioning/planning
  • Effective management of production operations engineering team
  • Management experience required

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Broadcast Engineering, computer science or related technology field.

Job Location: 
Chicago, IL
United States
Job Category: 
Job Type: 
Full time
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