Assistant Chief Engineer
Univision Television Group, Inc. - San Francisco, CA

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KDTV/KFSF in San Francisco is seeking a highly motivated, experienced, hands-on Assistant Chief Engineer to assist, work for and with the Director of Technology (DOT) to support, address all technology equipment and Staff related issues. Tasks include the design, installation and maintenance (both hardware/software) of the station engineering infrastructure which supports all aspects of the studio, field operations, RF transmission based systems including air chain production, promotions, news, and facility mechanical and environmental support.

The Assistant Chief Engineer will help establish and maintain technical quality standards including maintaining up-to-date technical documentation related to the facility as well as input to forecast, prepare and maintain departmental operational and capital budgets. A successful candidate must be a strong team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. An in depth familiarity with an all digital high definition television studio facilities and experience with high power digital UHF transmitters and antenna systems are essential. Assistant Chief Engineer must have the capability to make concrete command decisions in absence of the DOT.


1. Manage the technical integrity of the stations through the development and execution of a preventative maintenance program and efficient response to daily defective systems reports.
2. Maintain positive and proactive communication on all technology related issues among all other departments in the station with a specific emphasis on Engineering, News, Sales, Production and Promotions.
3. Supports the requirements of intense daily News operations including Live Trucks, ENG sites, and Newsroom content and Editorial systems.
4. Leverage available technology to affect and improve operating efficiencies.
5. Assist in Design and Implementation of new facilities, equipment, infrastructure installation as directed by station operational requirements, the DOT, and the Corporate Technology group.
6. Maintain compliance with FCC, OSHA and other local or state regulatory requirements.
7. Learn to establish a working relationship with cable and satellite providers to assure robust, reliable, high quality signal availability to their systems for redistribution.
8. Functions as daily contact for Security systems, IT/Network systems, and Telephone/Telecom Systems under the tutelage of the DOT.
9. Day-to-day supervision of the Staff Broadcast Engineers including: help generating weekly schedules, conducting annual performance evaluations, and disciplinary actions. Collection and verification of timesheets, vacation requests and other administrative duties to be shared with the DOT.
10. Perform and oversee the daily maintenance of all Studio and Broadcast transmission facilities. This includes component level troubleshooting and root cause analysis of failures related to IT based production and mastercontrol systems, along with microwave links supporting transmission and news gathering.
11. Position must serve as the designated Chief Operator or Alternate Chief Operator, and be fully accountable for the proper operation and maintenance of our two full-power and one Class-A digital broadcast transmission facilities.
12. Provides daily technical and IT support to other station departments.

13. Assist in Administration of Operating and Capital budgets.
14. Help Determine project and task priorities in concert with the DOT.
15. Maintains and upkeep documentation for all systems.
16. Attends Station-sponsored and industry events as needed.
17. Performs other duties as assigned and/or required as directed by the DOT.


1. Help Develop short and long-term plans to support the growth of the station’s capabilities in accordance with business needs, corporate plans, and changing market requirements.
2. Help Develop strategies and scenarios for the digital broadcasting evolution within our facilities.
3. In concert with the DOT, researches emerging technologies and develops plans articulating new service opportunities for the stations.
4. Provides input to the DOT working as a team regarding needs of the Engineering department, maintenance priorities, project planning, and the overall station capital and operating expenditure requirements of the TV Stations.


Education: Requires a BSEE or ASEE or relevant technical training or experience with a substantial record of successful work in Broadcast or directly related allied industries. FCC General Class License and Senior SBE Certification are desired.

Work Experience: Ten (10) years Television Broadcast Engineering, hands-on experience including supervisory roles in a unionized environment. Successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and excellent team leadership skills. Extensive knowledge of studio, transmitter, computers, production systems, and all standard accepted engineering principles and practices are required.

Other Required Skills: Must have the ability to work nights, weekends and holidays and on short notice if needed. Must have a valid California driver's license with a good driving record.

Physical Requirements: Ability to lift up to (50) lbs. Ability to stand, walk, climb, bend, reach, and sit up to (8) hours.