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Assistant Director of Engineering

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KCCI TV
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1900716 Requisition #

A Hearst Television station, KCCI-TV is a proven leader in local news and on the national stage. KCCI has a rich history of public service to our community. We seek an individual to join a management team committed to excellence.

 
 
 

KCCI-TV, the CBS affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, is searching for an effective manager and passionate leader for the position of Assistant Director of Engineering. A strong IT background and understanding is required, including a detailed knowledge of the latest IT-based broadcast television systems. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to organize, plan, manage, document and execute assignments within a demanding live broadcast environment. The individual will be directly responsible for supervision of the installation, operation, and maintenance of all studio and field equipment and the supervision and motivation of the technical and operational staff responsible for the highest quality television product in the market. The position will also provide oversight of facility integrity and infrastructure, serve as the point person for logistics planning of special events and projects, and will assist the Director of Engineering in achieving station and departmental objectives and priorities. We are looking for a results-oriented leader with the ability to motivate, communicate, and interface with various departments.

 
 
Job Responsibilities:
  • Assist Director of Engineering in daily departmental managerial tasks and on-going projects.
  • Manage and support broadcast maintenance engineering and associated technical staff in their daily work assignments.
  • Assist in maintaining satellite antenna systems, microwave antenna systems, signal distribution and routing systems.
  • Exhibit a good working knowledge of television systems maintenance and IT systems, as well as FCC requirements and licensing.
  • Oversight of all studio and field equipment.
  • Assist IT department in support of systems as needed.
  • Document and maintain engineering operational policies and procedures.
  • Ability to adapt to multiple priorities and tasks and follow through until successful resolution is achieved.
  • Requires excellent judgment and ability to effectively handle complex issues under pressure and during emergencies.
  • Assist with capital budget planning and execution, with collaboration from other departments.
  • Manage implementation of capital projects.
  • Assist with oversight of engineering operations budget.
  • Establish and maintain operational technical standards policies.
  • Train and educate staff to understand all relevant systems.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills:
  • Attention to detail - strong organizational and communication skills are imperative.
  • Works and communicates with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner.  Committed to quality service.
  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently.  Works with minimal supervision.  Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail.
  • Computer and technical literacy.  Demonstrate knowledge of vLAN configurations and managing critical updates to systems.
  • Lifting 50 pounds, climbing ladders and other physical activity associated with equipment installation.
  • Must have current driver’s license.
  • Aptitude for operating electronic equipment for broadcast transmission and production.
  • The ability to work with other departmental leaders.
  • Experience working in a union environment.
  • Working knowledge of data networks, data communications, computer systems and equipment.
  • Understanding of computer operating systems.
  • Ability to follow drawings and schematics and troubleshoot systems and equipment.
  • Working knowledge of audio and video technologies, both digital and analog.
Preferred Experience:
  • 5 years in television broadcast operations and maintenance, or military equivalent.
  • 3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Multi-channel television station automation and servers.
  • File-based newsroom workflows and Adobe non-linear editing.
  • Technical configuration experience with video routers, switchers, and video systems.
  • Television transmitters and broadcast encoders.
  • Understanding of various audio and video encoding types. 
  • ENG, SNG, and CNG transmissions.
  • Knowledge of Virtual Server Platforms, VizRT and BitCentral Playback.
  • SBE certifications.
  • Other relevant educational experience.

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About Hearst Television

We are Hearst Television, a national multimedia company. We own and operate 30 local television stations and two local radio stations, serving 26 television markets across 39 states, reaching approximately 21 million US television households. Our mission is to be No. 1 in broadcasting, achieving that status with integrity, respect and community spirit.

That’s the bigger picture. But there’s another story here too. A story of an award-winning, diverse, stable, supportive employer, guided by strong principles and engaged, involved professionals who believe in what they do.

Culture

Television is a high profile medium, and most people will recognize the Hearst name. But, within Hearst, Hearst Television has a distinctive culture of our own and a track record to be proud of in our own right. Our success is built on how we support our people, support our communities and always place integrity at the center of every action we take.

Because Hearst Television is an established, stable organization with real history and heritage, we have values, a vision and a leadership style that are firmly embedded in our operations. There’s definitely an identifiable ‘Hearst Way’ of doing things: supporting your colleagues, acting with integrity, and always thinking about the bigger picture when making decisions.

Values

Our Leadership Values set a code of standards for our employees in their relationships with colleagues, customers, audiences and the communities we serve. Our values include:

Set the highest standards of integrity, character, honesty and fairness. Articulate a clear vision of what is to be accomplished. Communicate effectively. Help others succeed. Respect and trust your colleagues. Value different skills, talent and ideas. Recognize good performances. Be customer focused. Be passionate and take pride in what you do. Have fun and WIN!

Vision

We recently conducted focus groups with employees from more than 50% of our stations – with the objective of better understanding our culture, our shared ways of working and the features of Hearst Television that people prized the most. The findings were genuinely fascinating. People who work here love the way that they have a voice and opportunities to express themselves. While we may be part of the wider Hearst Corporation, we still have a family feel and a collaborative, supportive environment. There’s a sense of community, and an appreciation of the stability that comes with life in a big organization. At the same time, everybody recognizes that we’re ambitious too. We’re established, but not set in our ways. Big, but never slow to move. Above all, it’s our integrity that counts the most. We’re renowned for bringing the news to our communities with sincerity and transparency. People trust us – and that makes our employees proud to work here.

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Diversity

Entry-Level

The Fred Young Hearst Television Producer Fellowship

The Story is Yours

Veterans

Our Career Areas

Every career with Hearst Television is like a story waiting to unfold. How it develops, where it takes you, the milestones you reach along the way - it's all up to you.

The opportunities at Hearst Television are wide-ranging, in career areas including:

Digital | News | Advertising Sales | Creative | Production | Radio | Advertising Operations | Engineering & IT | Business Operations

Our Bigger Picture

Community

At Hearst Television, supporting our communities is very important to us. We also extend that same high level of support to our employee community. We will reach out to individual stations in times of need. Like when employees from all over the country traveled to New Orleans to help our overwhelmed local station there cover Hurricane Katrina – and then help our New Orleans employees start putting their own lives back together.

As a broadcaster, the work we do plays a vital role in connecting communities and bringing people together. We take the time to really understand the communities we operate in, because we feel a sense of connection to those places. It’s this sense of commitment that led to two Hearst Television stations winning the NAB Service to America Award. In 2014, WCVB won this prestigious award for their coverage of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. In 2017, WMUR won for their recurring series of segments which have the goal of finding permanent adoptive homes for the more than 700 children in New Hampshire who live in out-of-home placement. We also strongly believe in supporting employees who engage in charity work and volunteer initiatives.

Our HTV Family

‘Hearst Family’ has come to mean something very important to our employees. It means that they’re a part of something special here - we’re an organization that treats people well, values relationships with communities and looks after its employees and their careers.

We like to think that everyone in our organization feels like part of an extended family, because of the values, beliefs and shared sense of purpose that bring us together. We’re all passionate about being a trusted news source for our communities. This attitude empowers every employee to achieve more, to make a difference and to see the impact of their endeavors. For us, that’s what being a good employer means. It’s a real commitment that we have to supporting one another. If you need help learning about an aspect of our industry, or how to advance in your career, the ‘Hearst Family’ – your management team and colleagues – will be there for you. At its core, Hearst Television is a family company. We’re family friendly, and our culture incorporates a family atmosphere.

Diversity

We foster a culture of diversity, stability and support not only within our stations, but within our wider communities. We strive to open the broadcast industry to individuals from all backgrounds and perspectives by reaching out to emerging talent, and through supporting organizations like:

• The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation • The Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media • The National Association of Black Journalists • The National Association of Hispanic Journalists • The Asian American Journalists Association • T. Howard Foundation

Benefits We offer

Hearst Television takes a personal interest in the long-term physical and financial health of its employees. That’s why we offer a range of employee benefits to make sure the ‘Hearst Family’ stays healthy and strong.

Health & Welfare

Hearst Television employees can choose between two health insurance plans, two dental plan options, and have access to additional benefits including a VSP vision plan, a Healthcare Flexible Spending Account, a Health Savings Account and an Employee Assistance Program.

Retirement & Income Protection

Hearst Television employees can participate in a 401(k) Savings Plan upon being hired. Employees can make both pre-tax and post-tax contributions, which are partially matched by Hearst Television, into a pre-assembled Retirement Fund. Employees are automatically enrolled into this plan, and Hearst Television also provides a contribution regardless of employee participation. Additional benefits include basic and supplemental Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability.

Work/Life Programs

Other Hearst Television employee benefits include:

• Adoption and Surrogacy Expense Benefit • Auto and Home Group Insurance • Magazine Discounts • Paid Time Off • SoFi Student Loan Refinancing • WageWorks Commuter Benefit • Wellthy Family Care

Mobility & Station List

At Hearst Television, we pride ourselves on our commitment to employee mobility - and on our network of award-winning stations. Moving from one station to another is an opportunity that many of our employees are more than happy to pursue. Whether you're looking for your next career advancement opportunity, or you're just looking for the perfect environment to work in, you've got a wealth of career paths to explore with a truly diverse range of stations, locations and roles.

Awards

During our long history, we’ve been recognized with numerous awards for distinguished journalism and innovation. Each and every win represents a team effort by an outstanding team of individuals, all of whom are able to share in the feeling of pride and accomplishment that these awards inspire.

Walter Cronkite Awards (10)

Record 10 consecutive awards through 2018

Peabody Awards (7)

Since 2002, including WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (2015)

Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia Award

WBAL-TV Baltimore and lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller

National Murrow Awards (3)

KCRA-TV Sacramento for Overall Excellence, KCCI-TV Des Moines for Excellence in Writing and WDSU-TV New Orleans for Breaking News Coverage (2018)

Sigma Delta Chi Award

KCCI-TV Des Moines, Feature Reporting (2018)

National Headliner Awards (13)

Including 4 first place wins for 2018

National Gabriel Awards

WMUR-TV Manchester for Documentary, Local Release (2018)

Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards (28)

Including KCCI-TV Des Moines, KCRA-TV Sacramento, KMBC-TV/KCWE-TV Kansas City, KOAT-TV Albuquerque, WCVB-TV Boston, WDSU-TV New Orleans, WESH-TV Orlando, WGAL-TV Lancaster, WISN-TV Milwaukee, WLKY-TV Louisville, WMUR-TV Manchester, WTAE-TV Pittsburgh and WVTM-TV Birmingham (2018)

National Association of Broadcasters Award

WMUR-TV Manchester won a NAB Service to America Award for 'Home at Last' (2017)

What’s it like to work at Hearst Television?

A career at Hearst Television is full of opportunities. From your first day you'll be provided with the necessary training, support and development opportunities to excel and progress. Here you can be the bigger picture, and make a notable impact to the way things work. Growth is at the heart of our ethos, and we believe in keeping with the times. Evolving to meet new requirements and spotting opportunities to implement change. Now is your time to join a team that values every member, always thrives to achieve more and works together to get the best results.

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Hearst Television is an Equal Opportunity Employer with respect to females, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance in applying for a position, please contact us at HTV.careers@hearst.com.